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OU Vision 2021 -- Moving Towards University 4.0 through Orchestration and Co-creation of Knowledge

Based on “OU Vision 2021,” principles for continuous efforts for self-reform, in which the 6-year of the third mid-term goals period is positioned as the “period of its evolution,” OU is involved in various unique activities.

Open Education

High School & University Collaboration
Osaka University believes that the integration of high school curriculum and university curriculum and collaboration between high schools and universities are essential for further improving the quality of students who will lead the next generation. Thus, Osaka University has been involved in activity to inform senior high school students hoping to go to university and senior high school-related individuals about education and research activities at Osaka University.

Open Research

International Advanced Research Institute (IARI)
In order to promote the multifaceted, multilateral development of research, the International Advanced Research Institute (IARI) supports Osaka University’s endeavors to create new world-class research hubs that maximize the individuality and strengths of the university. To this end, the institute proposes the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) and supports OU members’ efforts to obtain large-scale external funding.
Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies
The Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies aims to nurture young researchers who have both high-level research management ability and a high sense of morals and will promote education and research at the world’s highest level.
Open and Trandisciplinary Research Initiatives
The Open and Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives (OTRI) aims to create new academic fields by further promoting leading interdisciplinary research through cooperation beyond the boundaries of organization, society, and nationality.
Osaka University Institute for Datability Science
The Institute for Datability Science aims to promote the use of big data and the pursuit of new methods of science through datability, or the "sustainable, responsible use of large data resources."
The Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities
Osaka University will promote further globalization of research and the development of young faculty members, as well as the employment of more female and international faculty members, in order to enhance diversity, a source of development of scholarship.
In addition, under the leadership of the president, the university will create a research environment where researchers from all over the world will gather and further improve the university's excellence in research by increasing the budgets for research expenses and faculty member positions and providing researchers with advice from research administrators (URAs) and more.
International Joint Research Promotion Program
Osaka University aims to further develop the quality of research at OU and promote its globalization through joint research between international researchers involved in advanced research and Osaka University researchers. The university provides travel support and an honorarium for the international researcher, travel expenses for OU faculty members, and support for employing additional researcher(s).

Open Innovation

Co-Creation Bureau
Osaka University is actively engaged in creating new knowledge, developing human resources, and achieving innovation through collaboration with diverse leaders in society.
Social Solution Initiative (SSI)
Social Solution Initiative (SSI), an Osaka University think-tank, envisages a harmonious, sustainable society by identifying and solving social issues under the motto of "Protect, Nurture, and Connect Lives."
Establishment of the Joint Research Chairs & Research Alliance Laboratories
The Joint Research Chairs are independent research organizations established within a school or facility with the funds from outside. Osaka University was the first university to introduce this system.

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