An Academic Research Strategy Council chaired by the university president has been newly established in order to build a strategic management system. The purpose of this system is to stipulate an execution structure and basic policy for academic research at our university and to return the results to society on a large scale.
Individuals, including both graduate school deans and the research promotion/support manager, will take part in this council under the university president in order to promptly determine major policy such as the general features of a study. To provide support from the administrative side as well, the executive director, assistant executive director, heads of both sections of the executive office, and individuals determined by the university president as necessary for promoting management of academic research will also attend. The council is the highest legislative body specialized for research at this university.
For self-evaluation/assessment in the Private University Research Branding Project, the Research Promotion/Support Office will work below the Academic Research Strategy Council with responsibility for concrete policies and enforcement. At the end of the third year (interim report) and the fifth year (final report), each research team will submit a self-evaluation report. These will be assessed by the Research Promotion/Support Office and the results provided as feedback in the form of a self-evaluation/assessment comment.
With regard to external evaluation in the Private University Research Branding Project, each research team will present a progress report for their study and receive feedback in a study progress/assessment comment. To ensure fairness in these assessments, the University of Tokyo (Professor Hajime Tsujimoto), Hokkaido University (Professor Mutsumi Inaba), and Waseda University (Professor Masahira Hattori) were selected for an external evaluation committee with specialist knowledge of the research contents, as was Animal Allergy Clinical Laboratories (Inc.) (President Kenichi Masuda), a business seeking to publicize the research results. A system was instituted in which the project will receive external evaluation each year
Each research team will submit an improvement report to the Research Promotion/Support Office in response to the feedback in the self-evaluation/assessment comment from the Research Promotion/Support Office and the study progress/assessment comment. The Research Promotion/Support Office will collate documents including the self-evaluation report, study progress report, and corresponding improvement reports and inform the Academic Research Strategy Council.
The Academic Research Strategy Council will receive this report and discuss how the Private University Research Branding Project could be carried out more smoothly with an eye to reinforcing the support system in place. Furthermore, the council will decide whether each research team will continue their studies into the following year as well as the allocation of research funds.
After receiving the report on the research results of the project, the Academic Research Strategy Council will continually strive to more effectively publicize the university’s features and strengths to improve the brand. This will be done by actively utilizing the university website, SNS, and press releases to continuously and earnestly make known that our university is constantly in dynamic motion.
Lastly, we are seeking to further deepen our partnership with non-university collaborators in this branding project, including research facilities such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, Yokohama City University, Kagoshima University, and RIKEN, as well as the overseas research sites of the University of Wisconsin, Emory University, and the University of Texas, private enterprises including major food manufacturers such as Yakult (Co., Ltd.) and Ajinomoto (Co., Inc.), and media channels with previous collaborative research achievements such as Dentsu (Inc.), Softbank (Corp.), and NTT Docomo (Inc.). This will prepare us to implement revisions and improvements while receiving pertinent advice regarding the project contents and to proceed in the right direction.