Global Knowledge Partners

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Osaka University aims to create new value as a university open to global society in which individuals with diverse knowledge learn from each other according to its basic philosophy of Open Community stated in OU Vision 2021. Each and every researcher at OU actively carries out international collaborative research, producing outstanding research results.

However, the world, including Japan, is facing increasingly complicated and serious social issues. In 2015, the United Nations adopted "Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” outlining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address urgent global challenges. In reaction to this, the Japanese government established the SDGs Promotion Headquarters to move ahead with measures related to the SDGs.

In order to respond to these changes in society, it is necessary to gather even more diverse knowledge to tackle social issues. To this end, Osaka University will work together with university partners around the world with the clear objective of "contributing to the solution of social issues" to achieve steady results. Regarding these strategic partnerships as means for academic collaboration and the partners themselves as global knowledge partners, we will form interdisciplinary research groups to address common issues set together with other world-class universities, implementing advanced research.

At the same time, OU will also develop world-class global human resources through this joint research. For joint research with global knowledge partners, we will establish a cross-boundary support system within the university. We will design systems to acquire external funds, proceed with projects, receive and send young researchers, supporting these endeavors in cooperation with our overseas centers and offices.

Partner universities (as of July 2021)

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
  • University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • University College London (UK)
  • The University of British Columbia (Canada)

New seed funding projects with UCL in 2021-2022

REPRESENTATIVE FROM OSAKA UNIVERSITY

REPRESENTATIVE FROM UCL

Project Name

Specially Appointed Assistant Prof. Chatterjee Shreyam, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research

Dr. Tracey CLARKE, Maths & Physical Sciences

Development of Novel Materials for Green Organic Photovoltaics

Associate Prof.(Lecturer)SHIRAI Shizuka, Cybermedia Center

Dr. Mutlu CUKUROVA, Institute of Education

Development of a Conceptual Framework to Facilitate Collaborative Learning in Hybrid Education settings using Multimodal Analytics

Prof. Beverly YAMAMOTO, Osaka University UNESCO Chair/Graduate School of Human Sciences

Dr. Sarabajaya KUMAR, Social & Historical Sciences

The Everyday Lived Experiences of Disabled University Students in London and Osaka during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Prof. SEKINE Jun, Graduate School of Engineering Science

Dr. Andrea MACRINA, Maths & Physical Sciences

Stochastic Measure-Distortion Processes for Risk Analysis with Heavy Tails and Power Laws - Applications to Climate Change Risk and the Emergence of Pandemics

Prof. KITA Michihiro, Graduate School of Engineering

Dr. Daniel OVIEDO, Bartlett

UCL-Osaka Walking Cities Lab: researching walking cities that are not walkable

Prof. MIURA Asako, Graduate School of Human Sciences

Dr. Keri WONG, Institute of Education

COVID-19 vaccine acceptance for parents and children (UCL-Osaka Vax-PaC Study)

New seed funding projects with UCL in 2020-2021

Representative from Osaka University

Representative from UCL

Project Name

Specially Appointed Assoc. Prof. Jason ORLOSKY, Cybermedia Center

Dr. Kaan AKSIT, Engineering Sciences

Telelife Technology Seminars via Virtual Reality

Prof. NAGAI Takeharu, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research

Prof. Ricardo HENRIQUES, Life Sciences

"Where's the manual?": Understanding the spatio-temporal dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 assembly using super-resolution microscopy and biosensor engineering

Prof. YOSHIMORI Tamotsu, Graduate School of Medicine / Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences

Prof. Henry HOULDEN, Brain Sciences

The impact of Rubicon variants on human brain neurodevelopment

Assoc. Prof. WAN Weiwei, Graduate School of Engineering Science

Dr. Dimitrios KANOULAS, Engineering Sciences

TeleGrasp: Semi-Autonomous Object Grasping using Robot Vision and Human IMU-based Teleoperation

Asst. Prof. YOSHII Chiyo, Graduate School of Letters

Dr. Deborah PADFIELD, Art & Humanities

Using images and movement to explore intercultural understanding of pain and suffering within medical education and higher education - a series of workshops and seminars

Prof. Beverly YAMAMOTO, Graduate School of Human Sciences

Dr. Carol RIVAS, Institute of Education

CHIA: children made vulnerable through health conditions and disability, an international exploration of relevant issues and assets during the pandemic

New selected projects in the Strategic Matching Fund with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2019-2020

Representative from Osaka University

Representative from Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Project Name

Professor Ma Ninshu, Joining and Welding Research Institute

Fenggui LU, School of Material Science & Engineering

Design and Assessment in Advanced Manufacturing

Professor TANAKA Manabu, Joining and Welding Research Institute

Zhuguo LI, School of Material Science & Engineering

Materials and Joining Science for Advanced Manufacturing

Associate Professor FUKUDA Takashi, Graduate School of Engineering

Fei XIAO, School of Materials Science and Engineering

Investigation of new elastocaloric materials for refrigeration

Professor YAMASHITA Hiromi, Graduate School of Engineering

Yixin ZHAO, School of Environmental Science & Engineering

Design and synthesis of photo- and photoelectro catalysts for solar light-driven H2 production and energy conversion

Professor OHSAWA Naoki, Graduate School of Engineering

Yu LUO, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Civil Engineering

Study on residual stress measurement method based on inherent strain

Professor IIJIMA Kazuhiro, Graduate School of Engineering

Shixiao FU, School of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

Concept Development of “Unmanned” Offshore Structure for Fish Farming in Deep Waters

Professor KASHIWAGI Masashi, Graduate School of Engineering

Decheng WAN, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Civil Engineering

Hydrodynamic Study on Ship Maneuvering Motion in Waves Using CFD and Potential-Flow Methods

Professor DOI Kenji, Graduate School of Engineering

Zhongren PENG, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Civil Engineering

Research on how to apply intelligent transportation system to improve urban atmospheric environment

Professor TSUCHIYA Tatsuhiro, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

Wenli ZHENG, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Reliable Decentralized Data Platform for Smart City

Associate Professor YAMAGUCHI Yohei, Graduate School of Engineering

Yanjun DAI, School of Mechanical Engineering

Modelling and evaluation of integrated HVAC system with desiccant and solar technologies

Assistant Professor SASAKI Yuya, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

Hongdi HE, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Civil Engineering

Information Integration Platform for MaaS and Analysis of Urban Environmental Data

Assistant Professor KAITO Takashi, Graduate School of Medicine

Jie ZHAO, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Development of an antibacterial interbody fusion cage for spinal fusion surgery by 3D printing technology

New seed funding projects with UCL in 2019-2020

Representative from Osaka University

Representative from UCL

Project Name

Professor NAGAHARA Hajime,
Institute for Datability Science

Dr. Mutlu CUKUROVA, Institute of Education

Artificial Intelligence for Collaborative Problem-solving: A Computer Vision System to Support Effective Teamwork

Professor NAGAI Takeharu, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research

Prof. Ricardo HENRIQUES, Life Sciences

Towards nano-diagnosis: monitoring molecular dysfunction with nanometer sensitivity, a convergence of fluorescent biosensor engineering and functional live-cell super-resolution imaging

Professor MATSUSHIGE Hisakazu, Center for the Study of CO* Design

Prof. Rose LUCKIN, Institute of Education

Learning (in) Environments Beyond the Formal Educational Boundaries - Revitalizing and Sustaining Knowledge/Skills Transfer in Japan and the UK

Instructor KIMURA Yumi, Graduate School of Human Sciences

Prof. Daniel MILLER, Social & Historical Sciences

Facilitating digital health for older people in rural Japan

Professor WADA Shigeo, Graduate School of Engineering Science

Dr. Ryo TORII, Engineering Sciences

Development of in silico model to evaluate performance of cardiovascular devices

Professor YAMAMOTO
Beverley, Graduate School of Human Sciences

Dr. Sarabajaya KUMAR, Laws, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Historical
Sciences

The Everyday Lived Experiences of Disabled University Students in London and Osaka

Student Perspectives on Sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Roundtable by Osaka University and UC Davis was held online on May 8, 2021.

For more information about this event, click here.

Osaka University and University of California, Davis (UC Davis) conclude Strategic Partnership Agreement

Osaka University concluded a Strategic Partnership Agreement with UC Davis on January 8, 2021.

Of particular note is the highly anticipated strengthening of collaboration between the two universities in the areas of Plant Bioengineering, Scientific Bioengineering, and Smart Communities.

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Executive Vice President Kawahara and Professor Fujiyama (Director, ICBiotech) visited UC Davis in June 2019.

Academic Exchange Seminar and Student Forum with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Friday, November 27, 2020 (Online)

22nd Academic Exchange Seminar between Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Osaka University

Saturday, November 28, 2020 (Online)

1st Osaka University - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Student Forum

For more details, click here.

Online meeting with the University of Groningen

On Friday, July 3, Osaka University held a meeting with the University of Groningen, one of its Global Knowledge Partners, in order to build a strategic partnership between the two universities.

Data workshop with the University of Groningen

"Workshop of AI Center of Institute for Scientific and Industrial Center, Osaka University and Groingen Cognitive Systems and Materials Center (CogniGron)" was held on March 2 and March 3, 2020 at the University of Groningen. For more information, click here.

Strategic Partnership Agreement between Osaka University and University College London Signed

October 7, 2019

UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur, Vice-Provost Nicola Brewer, and their entourage visited Osaka University to sign a strategic partnership agreement with OU. (Details)

Workshop with University College London (UCL)

March 27~28, 2019 (London, UK)

Osaka University - UCL Strategic Partnership Kick-off Event (Program)

Workshop with the University of Groningen

March 12~13, 2019 (Osaka University)

2nd Data Workshop Osaka - Groningen (Details)

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