“Global University ‘World Tekijuku’ ”

Realizing OU Vision 2021

Evolving into a World-Leading Innovative University through the Efforts of the
Top Global University Project

Looking toward the 90th anniversary of its founding in 2021, Osaka University has created the “OU Vision” for the 6-year third mid-term goals period, positioned as the “period of its evolution,” as its guidance for continuous efforts for self-reform.

In order to openly share the outstanding knowledge created at Osaka University to society, OU Vision 2021 has taken “Openness” as its cornerstone, consisting of 5 pillars: “Open Education,” “Open Research,” “Open Innovation,” “Open Community,” and “Open Governance.” Through this Vision, all students, researchers, faculty and staff at Osaka University will fully realize their potential creativity and advance the university to the next stage as a world-leading innovative university.
Since its founding in 1931, with the intent to co-exist with a free-spirited civil society, Osaka University has produced outstanding individuals to provide both the region and the world with the most advanced academic achievements. This driving force can be traced back to the powerful civil spirit nurtured in Tekijuku and Kaitokudo, where Osaka University’s origins can be found. Over the ages, Osaka University has cultivated individuals who have been equipped with critical thinking to acquire both the expertise to master the essence of scholarship as well as sure-footed societal judgement based on wide-ranging knowledge, transcultural communicability to be able to converse with people of different cultural backgrounds, and design prowess to nurture a free imagination and the ability to form a network that brings diverse parties together.
In OU Vision 2021, in addition to pursuing high-level academic studies to master the essence of scholarship, by carrying out active “integration of knowledge” that crosses over fields of study, Osaka University will develop outstanding talents who will lead “innovation through co-creation” by working in cooperation with society and people with different knowledge, skills, experience, and standpoints. Through this, in addition to solving societal problems on a global scale that involve various, complicated contributing factors, it is also possible to produce top leaders of global society, top level researchers, and advanced professional technicians who will promote the advancement of world-leading science and technology and greatly contribute to the creation of a society rich in humanity.
Osaka University will co-create innovative knowledge through collaboration with the world’s civil society and various stakeholders, and, as a flag bearer for human society, will evolve into a world-leading innovative university that answers the calls of society in order to become even more of a driving force in providing the world with dreams and change.

new graduate education
Graduate School for International Co-Creation
(Prominent Graduate School Program)

  • Offering degree programs in interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and other innovative fields
  • Assuring international-standard quality
  • Increasing the proportion of international academic staff to 30%
  • Developing curricula in English
  • Fostering partnerships with industries both in Japan and abroad

Outstanding talents who will lead innovation through co-creation

Individuals with critical thinking, design prowess and transcultural communicability
(Collaboration between graduate schools and the Center for the Study of Co Design)
  • World-class expertise
  • Wide-ranging knowledge as the heritage of mankind
  • Design prowess to identify problems and develop solutions
  • Ability to communicate with people of different backgrounds
  • Ability to take action to contribute to co-creation with society (transferable skill)

Program for Leading Graduate Schools

  • Cross-Boundary Innovation Program
  • Interdisciplinary Program for Biomedical Sciences
  • Interactive Materials Science Cadet Program
  • Humanware Innovation Program
  • Doctoral Program for Multicultural Innovation

Interdisciplinary /
university-wide graduate education

  • Graduate Minor Program/Graduate Program for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies

Co-Creation Bureau

International Advanced Research Institute

  • IFReC

Open and Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives

  • Integrated Frontier Research for Medical Science Division
  • Quantum Information and Quantum Biology Division
  • Symbiotic Intelligent Systems Research Center

Institute for Datability Science

Social Solution Initiatives

International Joint Labs

Industry on Campus

Developing educational programs to nurture next-generation leaders

  • 1) Building a platform for integrating specialist knowledge
  • 2) Offering Graduate Minor Programs to all graduate schools
  • 3) Developing new degree programs
  • 4) Implementing the Multilingual Expert Program

Enhancing interdisciplinary education through Graduate Minor Program and Graduate Program for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies

University reform


Reforming the academic calendar and entrance examination system

Increasing academic staff diversity

  • Inviting high-caliber foreign academic staff
  • Introducing flexible personnel and salary systems such as the annual salary system and the Cross-Appointment System

Increasing student body diversity

  • Encouraging the admission of highly-motivated students through AO (Admission Office) and recommendation examinations
  • Introducing the Special Entrance Examination for Privately-Funded International Students Living Overseas
  • Doubling the number of international students
  • Enhancing Japanese language education

Global Village

Dormitories for students and faculty / staff from Japan and around the world

Establishing a system to assure the quality of international-standard education

  • Building a quality assurance system for degree programs
  • Introducing the course numbering system
  • Ensuring impartial grading of students by means of GPA
  • Enhancing the syllabus and developing the English syllabus
  • Carrying out institutional research, and the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey, and enhancing student course evaluation systems

Creating an environment conducive to internationalization

  • Enhancing degree courses in English
  • Doubling the number of outbound students
  • Increasing the number of courses offered in English
  • Offering courses to help students improve their practical English proficiency, such as a course to prepare for TOEFL®
  • Expanding programs that are attractive for international students, such as FrontierLab@OsakaU and summer programs coordinated by the UC / UCEAP Osaka Office

Internationalizing the education and research of Osaka University

Overview of the 10-Year Plan


Opening of the UC/UCEAP Osaka Office
Establishment of the Global Admissions Office


Formation and Expansion of an International Network
Start of the Multilingual Expert Program
Establishment of Education Board and Global Engagement Board


Establishment of the Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies
Establishment of the Global Initiative Center
Establishment of the Center for Gender Equality Promotion
Establishment of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and Global Admissions
Consideration of Candidates of Global Knowledge Partners
Establishment of the Center for the Study of Co Design


University-Wide Introduction of AO (Admission Office) and Recommendation Examinations (World Tekijuku Entrance Examination)
Completion of a Class Numbering System to Display Difficulty and Order of Courses
Introducing a new academic calendar (four-term system)
Formulation of Osaka University’s ASEAN Campus Vision


Establishment of the Graduate School for International Co-Creation (Prominent Graduate School Program)
Establishment of the Multilingual Education Center


Implementation of University-wide Curriculum Reform


Start of Operation of Global Village
Increase of International Students and Students Going Abroad to Study
Establishment of Osaka University ASEAN Campuses


Complete English Syllabus
Developing OU Global Campus


100 International Joint Labs


A World-Leading Innovative University

Progress Report

Establishing the UC Osaka Office

Setting up the Osaka Office of University of California (USA), a world-class research university, Osaka University has promoted students’ personal development through study abroad as part of its efforts, offering interactive special seminars in an all-English group discussion format much like those held at the University of California.

Osaka University serves as host for APRU 19th Annual Presidents Meeting

Osaka University is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), comprised of top research universities in the Pacific Rim area. In June 2015, Osaka University hosted prestigious APRU’s Annual Presidents Meetings with the theme “University as an Agent for Global Transformation.” The meeting hosted 106 guests-including 25 presidents-and composed of panel discussions that revisited the mission of universities in the 21st century and discussed the university’s role as a proactive instrument of global transformation.

Implementation of a New Entrance Examination for Privately-Funded International Students

In order to secure outstanding students, the Global Admissions Office (GAO), responsible for reviewing and developing various entrance examination systems, has established and commenced the Special Entrance Examination for Privately-Funded Undergraduate International Students Living Overseas, which high school students can take in their home country before coming to Japan.

Development of the Multilingual Expert Program

Osaka University has developed a new, Osaka University-style human resource cultivation program in which, by learning English and various other languages, students can acquire the power of “multilingual and multicultural understanding,” which works in each facet of our globalizing social activities, and can contribute to society by making use of their expertise in humanities and social sciences.

Establishment of a Double Degree Program

With the aim of cultivating human resources that can be active internationally, Osaka University has established and promoted a Double Degree Program, in which students from specific universities in an exchange agreement with Osaka University can receive degrees from both Osaka University and their home university. Nine new agreements were formed in 2014.

Promotion of the “International Joint Research Promotion Program(International Joint Labs)”

Osaka University plans to increase the number of International Joint Labs, which serve as hubs for international collaborative research, from the current number of 22 to 100 in 2023 in order to further improve the quality of research at the university and raise its international presence in fields including new fields which are expected to be acknowledged internationally in the future.