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Introduction to Osaka University

President's message describing "The Ideal Osaka University Staff Member"

Since Osaka University’s change in status from that of a “national university” to a “national university corporation,” descriptions of the “ideal staff member” have been published as a means of promoting a united approach by staff to the management of the university.

As I pause to consider the image of the ideal staff member, I am reminded of words spoken by the 11th president of Osaka University, YAMAMURA Yuichi: “Even though the tallest tree can never touch the sky, strive to grow and touch it!” By this he is saying that, without denying the reality of the situation or compromising ourselves, we should pursue our dreams and ideals to the utmost.

Japan is facing its greatest challenge since WWII. Japan’s future depends on the development of our nation’s human resources. Innovative technological development and the creation of a spiritually rich and peaceful society cannot be realized without advancement in the sciences. Society asks that universities promote fundamental academic research as a creative intellectual activity and nurture excellent persons who will lead the next. Universities are being asked to fulfill their original missions.

Now is the time to coalesce the wisdom of all members of the Osaka University community and lay the foundation on which Osaka University will continue to shine forth in the 21st century and even into the 22nd century as a world leader of learning and education. We will promote fundamental academic research and education that only a university can provide.

As any organization depends upon the support of its individual members, Osaka University works to promote a work environment in which Osaka University staff members can work with vigor and in which education and research organizations can exhibit their originality.

Staff at this university should assess what the university must do and implement plans and steps consistently, view their roles within the totality of the university, pay attention to social and global circumstances, and strive to improve themselves so that they can make appropriate decisions.

Osaka University’s future hinges on the dedicated approach and effort of individual staff members to their work. With staff reaching for the sky as a goal, considering the university as they pursue their dreams, step by step without compromising, Osaka University is sure to continue to shine even into the 22nd century with its head held high.


President, Osaka University

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