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Osaka University tops in Japan in 3 areas of industry-academia collaboration


In investment value for industry-academia research for the 2018-19 academic year published by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Osaka University came in a first place in the following three categories.

1. External funds for joint research, commissioned research, clinical trials, intellectual property increased by 1,145,051,000 yen over the last academic year (2nd place) to 9,359,590,000 yen, vaulting the university to the top.

2. The funds for joint research totaled 7,476,569,000 yen, up 645,457,000 yen from the previous academic year, moving OU up from 2nd place in 2017-18 to the top spot in 2018-19.

3. Of the funds for joint research with private companies, research funds over 10 million yen per project stood at 5,580,918,000 yen, a 561,391,000 yen increase, earning the university the top spot for the second year in a row.

Regarding the number of joint and commissioned research projects between a university and companies and municipal governments in the same prefecture in the Kansai region, Osaka University earned the No.1 spot for its 327 projects (2,067,770,000 yen), holding on to first place since records began in 2015-16.

The university understands that this increase in joint research funds were because the systems that the university started before other domestic universities, such as Joint Research Chairs and Research Alliance Laboratories, have become established inside and outside of the university and open innovation produced through the systems has become widely recognized.

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology homepage. (link in Japanese)

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