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[Ends Wednesday, March 31!] Video content from Osaka University Homecoming Week 2020 - Osaka University Alumni Reunion Online now available!

Video content from Osaka University Homecoming Week 2020 - Osaka University Alumni Reunion Online, which was held from Saturday, November 28 ~ Saturday, December 5, 2020, is now available!

If you missed these videos the first time around, make sure to give them a watch!

*These videos will only be available until Wednesday, March 31.

(1) Alumni Talk Session

  • INOUE Yukari (Managing Director for Japan and Korea, Kellogg Company; 1985 graduate, School of Economics)
  • TANIGUCHI Tatsunori (Founder/CEO, Remohab Inc.; 2006 graduate, Faculty of Medicine)
  • KITAOKA Tomohiro (2nd year, master's course, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering Science)
  • TSUCHIYA Fumika (4th year, Spanish language major, School of Foreign Studies)
  • Facilitator: YAGI Ekou (Professor, Osaka University Center for the Study of CO*Design

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(2) Homecoming Videos

News at OU (NISHIO Shojiro, Osaka University President)

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Greeting (KISHIMOTO Tadamitsu, President, Osaka University Federation of Alumni Associations)

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(3) OU in the era of COVID-19

"Approaches to Education at OU in the Era of COVID-19," TANAKA Toshihiro (Osaka University Executive Vice President; 1980 graduate, School of Engineering)

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"Immunology and clinical application –medical revolution created at OU," KUMANOGOH Atsushi (Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University; 1991 graduate, Faculty of Medicine)

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(4) OU Students Giving it Their All

  • New Students Giving It Their All (SEKINE Haruki, 1st year, School of Engineering)
  • International Students Giving It Their All (Kim Byoree, 4th year, School of Human Sciences)
  • Graduate Students Giving It Their All (HANAKI Aiko, 1st year, Master's Program, Graduate School of Engineering)
  • Medical Interns Giving It Their All (AKIYAMA Hisanori, 6th year, Faculty of Medicine)
  • Festival Committee Members Giving It Their All (OHTANI Mahiro, 3rd year, School of Human Sciences/Representative, Osaka University Festival Central Executive Committee)
  • Students Giving It Their All Outside the Classroom (ISHII Mayumi, 3rd year, School of Foreign Studies/Women's Leader, Archery Club)

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Past Events

From Saturday, November 28 until Saturday, December 5, 2020, Osaka University held the Homecoming Week 2020” online as substitute for the Homecoming Day and the Osaka Alumni Reunion in Tokyo, annual events for OU community members (including those related to former Osaka University of Foreign Studies), to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

During the week, social gatherings were held online, and homecoming videos, such as “News at OU,” “OU in the era of COVID-19,” and “OU Students Giving it Their All,” were streamed on the special website.

Homecoming Videos

In his video message, OU President NISHIO Shojiro spoke about the latest news at Osaka University, including its current and future approaches regarding COVID-19, student activity, and awards given to OU members. He also spoke about the current status of the Nakanoshima Campus redevelopment project and the development of the new Minoh Campus, both of which are part of Osaka University’s 90th and Osaka University of Foreign Studies’ 100th Anniversary Commemoration Project.

In addition, OU’s Federation of Alumni Associations President KISHIMOTO Tadamitsu delivered a greeting and a message to members of the OU Family.

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President Nishio speaks about news at OU

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President Kishimoto greets viewers

In the Alumni Talk Session, a video of a talk show by alumni and current students facilitated by YAGI Ekou (Professor, Center for the Study of CO* Design), INOUE Yukari (Managing Director for Japan and Korea, Kellogg Company; 1985 graduate, School of Economics), TANIGUCHI Tatsunori (Founder/CEO, Remohab Inc.; 2006 graduate, Faculty of Medicine), KITAOKA Tomohiro (2nd year, master's course, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering Science), and TSUCHIYA Fumika (4th year, Spanish language major, School of Foreign Studies) talked about the role of the university and alumni in the era of COVID-19 as well as societal expectations of OU students and alumni. They also talked about their memories and the current situation at OU, various happenings during the COVID-19 crisis, measures to prevent the spread of the virus, and how they are getting through their difficulties.

Alumni Talk Session

TANAKA Toshihiro (Osaka University Executive Vice President; 1980 graduate, School of Engineering) and KUMANOGOH Atsushi (Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University) gave a pair of lectures on the topic of "OU in the era of COVID-19."

In his lecture entitled "Approaches to Education at OU in the Era of COVID-19," Executive Vice President Tanaka spoke about measures to prevent the spread of infection, support for students, and changes in class format during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also spoke enthusiastically about how students were coping with the pandemic.

Professor Kumanogoh spoke about topics regarding immunological research, development and clinical applications of vaccines, and information regarding COVID-19 during his lecture entitled "Immunology and clinical application – medical revolution created at OU."

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Executive Vice President Tanaka (left) and Professor Kumanogoh

The video entitled “OU Students Giving it Their All,” which introduced interviews with OU students overcoming the COVID-19 crisis as well as online classes and blended learning conducted at OU, impressively showed how students were giving it their all to achieve their goals.

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Some scenes from "OU Students Giving it Their All"

Online Social Gatherings

In the online social gatherings on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29 held by class, classes of 2000, 2020, and 2014, participants had a talk about their present situation and even their favorite university meals.

The general session on Saturday, December 5 had some 30 participants from Japan and Asian countries. There were group discussions about their old days at OU and present state of COVID-19 in age groups (part 1) and region groups (part 2).

The participants shared their feelings, saying, “The online gathering allowed me to easily join to talk with those to whom I lost access, bringing a meaningful time,” and “It was stimulating to hear from different people.”

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Photos taken from Zoom video meeting: individual session by graduation year (top left: class of 2010-11; top right: 2014-15) and general session (bottom row)

We would like to thank all those who participated and tuned in for the event.

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