Global Knowledge Partners

Global Knowledge Partners

Based on the idea of Open Community stated in OU Vision 2021, Osaka University, as a global university open to society, aims to create new value in its environment in which diverse knowledge and talent are coalesced. The university has accumulated outstanding research results through its researchers’ active international collaborative activities.

Meanwhile 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 effectively achieve the SDGs.

In order to respond to these changes in society, it is necessary to gather even more diverse knowledge to tackle social issues. Thus, Osaka University will work together with university partners around the world to achieve outstanding and steady results, with the clear objective of "contributing to the solution of social issues."

Using these strategic partnerships for knowledge collaboration, in cooperation with these global partners, Osaka University will promote advanced research on challenges set with world-class universities in interdisciplinary research groups. At the same time, OU will develop world-class global human resources through this joint research.

Furthermore, the university will establish a cross-organizational system to support joint research projects with its global knowledge partners, in cooperation with the university’s overseas centers and offices, and will assist these projects by supporting the acquisition of research funds and the operation of projects, and through the design and implementation of a system for accepting and sending early-career researchers.

Partner universities (as of January 2024)

Activity Reports


Osaka-Melbourne Joint Research Workshops Fund

New seed funding projects with UCL

New seed funding projects with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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