A Message from the President of Gunma University
As the world is changing rapidly, reform and change of universities are needed as well. In November 2013, Ministry of Educational, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology-Japan released the University Reform Action Plan to “define the procedures of reforming universities by clarifying: what kind of society we aim for, the skills needed for our future leaders, and the new type of universities we aim to create”. In the concepts of the plan, we are requested to promote world-class research and education.
With this background, we established “Gunma University Initiative for Advanced Research (GIAR)” in April 2014 to aim at developing advanced research fields where the university has already great strengths. As the first step, we developed programs for “Integrated Oncology Research” and “Endocrinology, Metabolism and Signal Research”. We also launched international open laboratories at GIAR with top-class overseas researchers to create global research environment. GIAR pursues great discoveries for our society and will continue to forge ahead toward our goal of becoming one of the world-leading research institutes.
GIAR was established in 2014 with a view to promoting world leading research and internationalization in our university. For this vision, we have intensively provided this organization with resources and cutting-edge equipment and invited top-class researchers from all over the world to form a global research base.
GIAR holds two research divisions: Division of Integrated Oncology Research and Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Signal Research. Each division has three research programs and associated international open laboratories. In these years, the research activities at GIAR have been expanded into the various fields, which opened opportunities for the researchers from different disciplines to combine their knowledge and generate new values. Big Data Center for Integrative Analysis launched in 2016 plays a great role in activating interdisciplinary research as well.
In terms of the governance, the Steering Committee members appointed by the president practically manage GIAR and discuss strategies for project planning and implementation. Also, International Advisory Board consisting of three distinguished experts reviews and advices on the activities at GIAR.
This report outlines our energetic attempts and achievements at GIAR over the past few years.
Chairperson of GIAR