Message from the Chairman of The Council of Joint Usage/Research Centers
In 2010, the “Joint Usage / Research Center (JURC)” program was established under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Under this program, the Council of JURCs in National Universities was established by the research institutes and centers at
national universities designated as certified JURCs by the MEXT. As of April 2019, the Council of JURCs in National Universities is composed of 79 JURC (94 organizations). At each JURC, a program was organized to allow researchers around Japan to transcend the existing framework of individual universities and to conduct collaborative research. Under the program, we are strengthening the basis of academic research and expanding novel academic studies in multidisciplinary fields in Japan .
To encourage effective, high-level joint usage / research at each JURC, the Council of JURCs in National Universities is responsible for promoting close cooperation between these JURCs, and thus contributes to the growth of academic research in Japan, which is one of the Council’s important roles. As another important role, we also widely communicate the achievements of the JURCs throughout Japan by holding a seminar series named “New horizons of science and technology”, monthly lectures that share our research activities with the general public. Through such PR activities, we enable the general public and students to learn about academic world trends in the field of study of each JURC .
In 2018, the “International Joint Usage / Research Center” program was established under the supervision of the MEXT, to encourage joint usage / research by not only domestic researchers but also researchers worldwide by forming a global “hub” of academic research. The MEXT has certified 6 International JURCs in 2018. As the Council of JURCs in National Universities, we will strive to contribute to the evolution of academic research in Japan through the activities of JURCs, including the above-mentioned projects.
Finally, I would like to thank you for supporting the activities of JURCs and International JURCs, and also the Council of JURCs in National Universities.
April 1, 2019