Since its inception in 1897, Kyoto University has nurtured academic freedom in a spirit of self-reliance and self-respect, and has cultivated creative horizons in scholarly endeavor. To date, Kyoto University has produced many world-leading researchers including nine Nobel Prize laureates and two Fields Medalists, giving birth to innovative concepts and academic fields unparalleled in the world as exemplified by the philosophy of Kitaro Nishida and Japanese primatology. By conserving these heritages and generating cutting-edge research, the University’s action plan named WINDOW Concept aims to further enhance the capabilities of all of its members, and to send them out into their respective fields of endeavor. It is essential that the University provides researchers with a window of opportunity to encounter diverse abilities and ideas, and to build cooperative relationships beyond their boundary.
To that end, in 2012 Kyoto University launched its Research Administration Office (KURA) under the direct supervision of the Executive Vice-President for Research, deploying University Research Administrators (URAs) who strategically help promote university reform, research enhancement, and global engagement. KURA currently supports university function reinforcement, intra-university synergies, international commitment, and research environment enhancement. Taking advantage of the university’s strength, KURA also administers programs that will assist cultivating seeds for interdisciplinary research and in increasing the university’s international presence. Thus, KURA is establishing itself as an indispensable part of the engine that propels university reform under the WINDOW Concept. As we continue to further develop our research support system to be a model organization for research administration in Japan, we fully recognize that your support and the continued trust is the foundation of our success.
Kyoto University Research Administration Office (KURA) initially opened with eight Research Administrators (URAs) for the “Program for Training and Securing Research Administrators” by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) in fiscal year (FY) 2011. The office then augmented its URAs under MEXT Research University Enhancement Project in FY 2013, and its staff members tripled by FY 2014. With the reinforced staff, KURA has committed itself to diverse activities leading to research enhancement at Kyoto University in cooperation with university-wide research support and administrative organizations. These activities encompass supporting acquisition of competitive funds, internationalizing research activities, enhancing the research information database, assisting industry-government-academia collaboration, and promoting interdisciplinary research.
In the meantime, regional URA offices were created in eight campus sections for research support within each faculty in FY 2014. These URA offices launched numerous support activities within their own sections while establishing face-to-face relationships with faculty members and researchers.
Although their roles and scope of activities slightly differ, KURA and regional URA offices had collaborated through Kyoto University URA Network toward the common goal of research enhancement. To further enhance the quality of research support, the new KURA was launched in April 2016 by integrating these URA offices and bringing together 39 research support professionals at the Research Administration Building.
To contribute to harmonious coexistence in the global community, Kyoto University has promoted cutting-edge academic research with world-leading quality. The University also has fulfilled its duty to develop various studies and to return the benefits to society as the world’s shared assets, and has been highly recognized in the international community. To further bolster the university’s mission “to create distinguished knowledge and wisdom,” the new and scaled-up KURA dedicates its efforts to meet diverse needs by promoting flexible and active collaborations and deploying best qualified specialists. In addition, we tackle a goal of developing and implementing our unique research support plans to enhance research environments and to upgrade our research promotion support activities. We will inform you of any progress on this website and other means.
We look forward to your continued understanding and support for our activities.
Kyoto University Research Administration Office (KURA)