Kyoto University launched an "on-site laboratory" initiative in September 2018 as part of a strategy implemented under the education ministry's Designated National University (DNU) program. The initiative involves KyotoU departments/centers and their overseas partners collaboratively establishing laboratories, each to be hosted by either or both of the participating institutions and locally managed.
These centers are tasked with conducting world-leading advanced research, developing quality human capital, recruiting talented international students, and expanding collaboration with industrial partners. Through these efforts, Kyoto University aims to strengthen its institutional infrastructure with a view to playing a greater role in international academia and among the world's leading institutions, as well as further contributing to Japan's development and innovation.
FY2018 has seen five on-site laboratories established or approved for establishment (details below).
KyotoU on-site laboratories
|Laboratory name||Graduate School/Institute involved||Partner institution||Date of establishment|
|IFOM-KU Joint Research Laboratory||Graduate School of Medicine||The FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM), Italy||February 2018|
|Kyoto University Research Center San Diego||Graduate School of Medicine||The University of California San Diego, USA||March 2019 (planned)|
|Smart Materials Research Center||Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS)||Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), Thailand||August 2018|
|Kyoto University-Tsinghua University Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology|| Graduate School of Engineering |
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES)
|The Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, China||October 2005|
|Kyoto University On-Site Laboratory at Mahidol University for Educational and Research Collaboration in Environmental Studies||Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES)||Mahidol University, Thailand||January 2019|
- Kyoto University's DNU concept overview
- News: Kyoto U named Designated National University (30 June 2017)