Kyoto University's DNU concept overview

In 2017, national university corporation Kyoto University was selected for Designated National University (DNU) status by Japan’s education ministry MEXT.

1. Requirements for DNU selection

Each DNU must establish a concrete strategy under the program, including time-frames and methods of implementation, based on analyses of human and other resources, and including an assessment of evolving socio-economic circumstances. Designated institutions are expected to spearhead the reform of Japan’s national universities, sharing outcomes and best practices, as well as outputs with impact on the development of society and the economy.

2. Six DNU focal areas

Each DNU must focus its strategies and objectives on the following six areas:

  • Recruitment and development of human capital
  • Strengthening research capabilities
  • Boosting international cooperation and collaboration
  • Collaboration with society
  • Strengthening governance
  • Strengthening the university’s financial base

3. KyotoU’s overall DNU concept

Kyoto University's DNU concept melds the foregoing six focal areas with its own unique traditions, seeking to establish innovative forms of university management, and enhancing the University’s contributions to addressing grand challenges facing humanity.

  • Promote world-leading research by establishing centers to advance the development of innovative research by top scholars from diverse fields.
  • Establish locally-managed, on-site laboratories in cooperation with overseas partner institutions to promote exchanges in education, industry-academia collaboration, and student, staff, and faculty development built on a foundation of robust research collaboration.
  • Enhance international flows of knowledge and human capital in an environment of diversity and openness.
  • Consolidate the University's creative and cutting-edge achievements in order to drive innovation and boldly investigate contemporary global issues.
  • Swiftly and comprehensively implement effective institutional governance while respecting the autonomy and diversity of the University's departments and centers.
  • Enhance university-led for-profit ventures to strengthen corporate governance, promote the utilization of research outcomes and intellectual property, and maximize returns to society.

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