About GIAR
Gunma University

A Message from GIAR Director

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 splendid discoveries for our society and will continue to forge ahead toward our goal of becoming one of the world-leading research institutes.

In April 2019, GIAR restructured in three research divisions:
・Division of Integrated Oncology Research
・Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Signal Research
・Division of Element-Function Chemistry
Each division has international open laboratories and recruits capable young researchers from all over the world to do collaborative researches. Moreover, we introduced ‘Future Session’ to run a team-building between the researchers.

GIAR is the organization to manage flexibly and strategically over fences of university departments under the leadership by GU president. 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 and GIAR will perform worldwide research toward future society.

Minoru Hanaya
Director of GIAR
GU Executive Director