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The 4th Joint Symposium of Osaka University with Higher Educational Institutions of Brunei Darussalam

On Thursday, October 1, Osaka University held the 4th Joint Symposium with Higher Educational Institutions of Brunei Darussalam: Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Univeristi Islam Sulan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

Over 150 individuals participated in the Joint Symposium, including Dr. Haji Azman (Permanent Secretary of Higher Education) and university vice presidents from Brunei, and Executive Vice President KAWAHARA Genta and ASEAN Center for Academic Initiatives Regional Director HISADA Hitoshi from OU.

This symposium included an introduction to the newly established Osaka University International Certificate Program (OUICP), a hybrid educational program utilizing the Osaka University ASEAN Campuses, as well as research presentations from individuals from both OU and Brunei. During the subsequent open discussion, there was a lively exchange of opinions regarding halal science. Many students from Brunei who wish to enter OUICP also participated in the discussion.

It is expected that these universities will make great efforts for more student exchange.


Online Study Abroad Information Sessions held in the Thai language

On Saturday, September 12 and Saturday, September 26, Online Study Abroad Information Sessions were held for Thai students with the cooperation of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) and the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, with 108 students participating in these sessions. You can view video of these sessions on the official YouTube channel of Osaka University via the links below.

Online Study Abroad Information Sessions held in the Myanmar language

On September 1 and 2, 2020, Online Study Abroad Information Sessions were held for Myanmar students, with a total of 126 students in attendance.

In these sessions, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor Thu Thu Nwe Aye of the Center for Japanese Language and Culture spoke about studying at OU and Myanmar students currently studying at OU talked about their personal experiences.

Students actively asked questions, ending the sessions on a positive note.

You can view a video of these sessions on Osaka University's official YouTube channel via the link below.

Online talk session between U7+ Student Forum participants and President Nishio

On Monday, August 24, 2020, President NISHIO Shojiro, Executive Vice President KAWAHARA Genta and Executive Assistant to the President ISHIKAWA Mayumi held an online talk session with 4 student participants to the U7+ Student Forum.

The students spoke about what they had noticed while experiencing big changes in their environments due to COVID-19, such as self-isolation, bans on in-person school attendance, giving up on study abroad plans, and more.

The students also appealed to the president for student aid packages.

With appreciation for the students’ hard work, President Nishio provided students with feedback on their proposals and spoke about what OU expects of its students with the slogan of "Live Locally and Grow Globally."

Students expressed their hopes, speaking about their heightened sense of membership in the OU community and the world at large during the session with the President and Executive Vice Presidents and their will to actively engage in learning and international exchange activities.

[U7+ Student Forum]

As a preliminary event for the U7+ Summit to be held in November 2020, the U7+ Student Forum was held from Friday, June 12 to Wednesday, July 1, 2020, with 85 student participants from 22 universities in 12 countries around the world. The participants, including 4 from OU, talked about social responsibilities that universities and students should bear in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

U7+ Summit:

Student Forum:

Online meeting with Mahidol University

On Tuesday, August 4, Osaka University held an online meeting with Mahidol University.

Ms. Wattanee Chamnankit (MUSAIS Office) and Ms. Peungjai Tinsulanonda (International Relations Division) were in attendance from Mahidol Univeristy, while Prof. HISADA Hitoshi (Regional Director, ASEAN Center for Academic Initiatives), Dr. ZHANG Xixi (Specially Appointed Researcher), Mr. AKIYAMA Tetsuo (Department of International Affairs), and Ms. Pacharapon Tinawan (ASEAN Center for Academic Initiatives) joined from Osaka University.

At the meeting, the two universities exchanged opinions about the possibility of holding a joint seminar.


Online Study Abroad Fair (in Indonesian)

On Saturday, July 11, 2020, Specially Appointed Lecturer Clement ANGKAWIDJAJA of the Center for Global Initiatives held an Online Study Abroad Information Session for Indonesian students, with 157 students participating in the session. Dr. Angkawidjaja and two alumni gave an overview of the university and introduced personal anecdotes regarding studying abroad at OU. Participants also took part in a lively Q&A session, ending the session on a positive note.

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.

6 individuals were in attendance from the University of Groningen, including Mervin Bakker (Director, International Strategy & Partnerships), Prof. Dr. Andrej Zwitter (Dean of Faculty, Campus Fryslân), and Dr. Jan Peter Birkner (Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials).

13 individuals were in attendance from OU, including KAWAHARA Genta (Executive Vice President), SEKINO Tohru (Director, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research), TANAKA Hidekazu (Vice Director, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research), DOME Takuo (Director, SSI Member of Steering Committee, Social Solution Initiative / Special Advisor to the President), KURIMOTO Eisei (Deputy Director, SSI Member of Steering Committee / Vice President), HASE Toshiharu (Regional Director, European Center for Academic Initiatives, Center for Global Initiatives), OOBAYASHI Saori (Associate Professor, Center for Global Initiatives), and SUMIYOSHI Kenji (Director, Department of International Affairs).

They exchanged opinions about the holding of symposiums, the progress of joint research, and their future development in order to find possibilities to realize their hopes under the travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Osaka University Online Study Abroad Information Sessions

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Global Initiatives has been hard at work promoting the appeal of Osaka University to those living overseas. The Center held Study Abroad Information Sessions for individuals living in Mongolia and China in May and June of this year.

• Mongolia

The Center for Global Initiatives held an Online Study Abroad Information Session on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Participants were asked to register for the session beforehand using a QR code, and by doing so, the university was able to gather information on what aspects of Osaka University held the most interest for participants.

Specially Appointed Assistant Professor ENKHTUR Ariunaa of the Center for Global served as facilitator for the session, and together with 3 Mongolian alumni and current students studying abroad at OU, an introduction to the university was given in Mongolian. 21 students participated in this session, in which they heard personal anecdotes regarding study abroad at OU and actively participated in a lively Q&A session.

• China

On Saturday, June 13, 2020, Specially Appointed Researcher ZHANG Xixi of the Center for Global Initiatives held the “Osaka University Study Abroad Exchange Session” intended for Chinese undergraduate and graduate students, with 112 students participating in the session. During the session, Dr. ZHANG, along with 5 currents students studying abroad from China, gave an overview of the university, provided participants with information regarding study abroad at OU, and introduced laboratories at Osaka University. Following this, a Q&A session and group chat were held, with participants mentioning on the survey following the event that they would like to participate in another online study abroad information session in the future.

Online meeting with Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Japan

On Tuesday, June 6, 2020, Executive Vice President KAWAHARA Genta held an online meeting with Gayrat FAZILOV, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Japan, Deputy Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education the Republic of Uzbekistan Uzoqboy BEGIMKULOV, and Rector Ravshan Rashodovich KHAKIMOV of the Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Construction. Also in attendance from Osaka University were Specially Appointed Assistant Professor Ariunaa ENKHTUR of the Center for Global Initiatives and Director SUMIYOSHI Kenji of the Department of International Affairs. At the meeting, discussions were held regarding the development of collaboration between Osaka University and universities in Uzbekistan.

Photo taken at Conference Room 3 of the Co-Creative Innovation Building

Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI Symposium – University of Montreal

On Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, 2020, Professor Catherine Regis of the University of Montreal visited Osaka University to hold a symposium regarding the Montreal Declaration. This visit by Prof. Regis was realized as a follow up to the U7+ (U7 Alliance of World Universities) Summit held in Paris in 2019, which was attended by President NISHIO Shojiro and Executive Vice President KAWAHARA Genta of Osaka University.

To start things off, on Wednesday, February 19, Prof. Regis and Institute for Datability Science Professor KISHIMOTO Atsuo exchanged their opinions in order to draw up a report to be submitted to the U7+ Summit to be held in June of 2020 at Northwestern University, USA.

On Thursday, February 20, Prof. Regis, President Nishio, Executive Vice President Kawahara, and Professor ISHIKAWA Mayumi (Executive Assistant to the President) held a meeting at the President’s Office. At the meeting, President Nishio introduced the ELSI Center, to be established by Osaka University in April 2020, which will serve as a comprehensive research hub regarding ethical, legal, and social issues in development of new technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI).

At the symposium, which began with an opening greeting from Executive Vice President Kawahara, Prof. Regis gave an overview of The Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI, speaking about its goals and its innovativeness, as well as ethics guidelines for AI development, exchanging opinions with those in attendance from Osaka University.

After her lecture, responding to the explanations about AI-related activities at OU by Prof. KAWASAKI Ryo (Graduate School of Medicine) and Prof. Beverly Anne Yamamoto (Graduate School of Human Sciences), Prof. Regis introduced the AT-related center at her university, having a long talk about future research exchange.

From left: Professor Ishikawa (Executive Assistant to the President), Professor Regis, President Nishio, Associate Vice President Kawahara (at the President’s Office)


Professor Regis

Q&A session

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