Kazuo-Ogata-Kyushu University

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Kazuo OgataSenior Vice President for the Top Global University Project


Professor Ogata is Director of the SHARE Office at Kyushu University (Strategic Hub Area for top-global Research and Education). He is also Senior Vice President for the Top Global University Project – a Japanese governmental funding project that aims to enhance the international compatibility and competitiveness of higher education in Japan.

Kyushu University

Kyushu University was established as Japan’s fourth imperial university. The number of students currently totals about 18,619 (as of May, 2019) of which about 13% are international students, and its faculty boats roughly 2,074 full-time members.

As a comprehensive university, the university has 11 undergraduate schools, 19 graduate schools and 17 faculties spanning the field from natural science to humanities and social sciences.

The university is in the process of establishing a new campus, the Ito campus; its largest with a total of 275 hectares. The campus plan aims to make it the core of an academic research city, based on industrial, governmental, and academic cooperation. It will be completed in three years’ time. It is located in a stunning location, easy access to the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Fukuoka, with the nearby sea, mountains and forests of the region offering ample opportunities to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings.

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University for Universality 

Kyushu has 11 foreign partner universities. Foreign partner universities referr to those institutions where our students can study abroad and take subjects or receive research supervision for up to one year while maintaining their enrollment status at Kyushu University.

Kyushu University recently was selected for inclusion in the Top Global University Project administered by MEXT. It is designated a Type A (superior) grantee, the category for universities conducting world-class education and research that have the potential to be counted among the World University Rankings first 100 institutions.

Based on a plan dubbed “Establishing the Strategic Hub Area for Top Global Research and Education, Kyushu University (SHARE-Q),” the University will seek to improve its governance and systems for promoting education, research and internationalization, taking full advantage of its distinctive strengths and characteristics to become, within the next 10 years, a globally leading center of academic productivity and excellence.

Mission and vision

  • Article 1: The Purpose of the Charter: Kyushu University proclaims this Charter of Education in order to contribute to achieving the goals of higher education and meeting the expectations of all people, both in Japan and abroad
  • Article 2: The Purpose of Education at Kyushu University: Through the education of individuals capable of leadership in a diverse range of fields in Japan and willing to assume an active role in the world, especially in Asia, Kyushu University aims at contributing to progress throughout the world.
  • Article 3: The Principle of Humanity
  • Article 4: The Principle of Social Responsibility
  • Article 5: The Principle of Global Citizenship
  • Article 6: The Principle of the Advancement of Knowledge
  • Article 7: The Principle of Unity
  • Read more about each here

Ranked 5th in the Japan University Rankings (THE)

68,881

Research citations (2020)

‎¥‎10.1bn

Funded research funding (2018)

Despite its strong teaching ethic, Kyushu is also an active research institution with over 12 billion Yen funded research from corporate partners and government.

Their centennial motto – “leading the field in the next 100 years, leaping into the world top 100” – underpins the university’s commitment to sustained educational and research advancement over the next century.

Its alumni are noted in research fields; Hakaru Hashimoto, one of Kyushu’s first graduates, was a doctor whose research led to the discovery of a chronic thyroid disorder – chronic thyroiditis – which has become known as “Hashimoto’s disease”. Shozaburo Jimi, who graduated from Kyushu medical school in 1977, is a current Japanese politician. Ryukichi Inada, a pioneer in Japanese clinical medicine and the discoverer of the Weil’s disease pathogen, was a former professor at the institution.

(Copy taken from THE)


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