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Designing an Educational Environment for Students

Independent Study Space for Students [Commons]

Commons means 'a common space.' The Learning Commons is a place for students to learn together, i.e., a place for students to have discussions, acquire knowledge, and think together. In order to strengthen and develop the functions of the Learning Commons, the Global Commons, a common space for understanding multiple languages and cultures, is set up on the Toyoyaka Campus. The Student Commons established in the Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Toyonaka Campus has an open space for the café Cartier and four seminar rooms. They can be used for students’ free intellectual exchange through extracurricular activities, seminars, and events. In the Science Commons, individuals can be exposed to science through scientific movie showing, scientific research presentations, and experiencing laboratory equipment. In the Cybermedia Commons in the Cybermedia Center, students and researchers can use a lecture room with a world-class large-scale 3D visualization system, Mishite, as an active learning space where students and researchers can engage in a free exchange of ideas.

Improving University Libraries

In the belief that excellent universities have excellent libraries, Osaka University makes efforts to improve the libraries as its academic information infrastructure. The Main Library, which has the second largest floor area in Japan, and three other libraries (Life Sciences Library Science and Engineering Library, and International Studies Library) house about 3.9 million books and magazines with more than 700,000 titles. Osaka University libraries make special efforts to improve access to electronic data. Currently the libraries provide access to e-journals with some 16,000 titles, and have contracts with over 40 databases.

Undergraduate Research Support Project

The Undergraduate Research Support Project promotes creative, ambitious independent research of undergraduate students. Student research groups selected by the university will obtain research expenses and guidance from faculty advisors.

Access to primary sources -- "Campus Members"

Osaka University considers exposure to primary sources very important and provides faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to be exposed to culture, art, science, and history. The university has, therefore, joined group contracts with various facilities housing primary source materials in the Kansai region. Consequently, persons from Osaka University can enter a large number of such facilities without charge.

Comprehensive Software Contract

A Microsoft Enterprise Agreement has enabled all computers managed by the university to be upgraded to the latest Windows OS and have the latest version of MS Office installed free of charge. Faculty, staff, and regular students can install and upgrade their own personal computers free of charge. We expect that this contract will create a benefit for the strengthening of information infrastructure and the improvement of information literacy at the university as a whole.

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