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4th EDGE Symposium - Towards the Mutual Creation of New Societal Worth

2016-3-14 (Mon) 13:30 -

2016-17 marks the final academic year for the Enhancing Development of Global Entrepreneur (EDGE) Program of the Ministry Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. What must be done in order for EDGE to continue to function as an ecosystem that will continue to create new societal worth? What kind of educational program effectively produces outstanding innovative human resources? Industry, bureaucracy, and academic will come together to examine the direction of the program.

Date and Time

Sunday, March 14, 2016

Symposium - 13:30 ~ 18:00
Social Gathering - 18:00 ~ 20:00


SAJI Keizo Hall, Osaka University Nakanoshima Center

(Social Gathering: 9F Lounge)

How to Apply

Please apply through the form located at the link below:


*The flyer for this symposium can be seen here.

Symposium Program

MC: YOSHIDA Kouji (Specially Appointed Professor, Office for University-Industry Collaboration, Osaka University)



Opening Greeting

NISHIO Shojiro (President, Osaka University)


Hope and Expectations

SAKAMOTO Shuichi (Director, University-Industry Collaboration and Regional R&D Division, MEXT)


Introduction of EDGE Program Role Models

We will introduce cases of effective human resource cultivation in the EDGE Program. In addition to presenting imitable essence of each university, such as project content and operating finances, we will also introduce the effectiveness of implementing a portion of corporate education together with universities.




Panel Discussion

We'll discuss what kind of meaning and worth have been shown and what effects this has had in programs implemented thus far in the EDGE Program. To this end, we will hear opinions from the fields of industry, bureaucracy, and academia on what is needed and what kind of scheme is appropriate when preserving EDGE as an educational program.


GOTO Taro (Medical Liaison Director, Eli Lilly Japan K.K.)
HORII Hideyuki
(Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)
NOJI Kunio
(President, Komatsu Ltd.)
(Director, Regional Development Office, Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
(Coordinator, Cross-Boundary Innovation Program, Osaka University)



YOSHIKAWA Hideki (Executive Vice President of Industry-University Collaboration, Osaka University)

(This symposium is scheduled to finish at 18:00.)

Social Gathering

18:00 ~ 20:00 (We will collect an entrance fee of 2,000 yen.)

This is the time for universities to appeal to corporate representatives. Using posters, flyers, videos, etc., universities will show the appeal of the EDGE Programs being carried out at their respective schools. We hope you enjoy the free opinion exchange between the fields of industry, bureaucracy, and academia..


CLIC Office, Innovation Division
University-Industry Collaboration
Osaka University
apply[at] (Please change [at] to @ when contacting this address.)

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