I was appointed the Director of the Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL) on 26 August 2011 when the previous Director, Professor Eisei Kurimoto completed his four year term. It is indeed a challenge for me to follow in the great footsteps of the Founding Director Junji Koizumi and the former director Professor Eisei Kurimoto, but I will do my very best.
GLOCOL at Osaka University was established in April 2007 and is now in its fifth year. The organization has expanded rapidly. Since 2010, 1 director, 3 professors, 13 specially appointed professors, 1 specially appointed researcher and 58 jointly appointed professors have been carrying out its various tasks. Administrative organization to support our undertakings is also growing in capacity.
The three aims of GLOCOL are 1) contributing to the international community through the development of transcultural communicability; 2) linking the wide-ranging departments and organizations at Osaka University, including both the arts and the sciences, and conducting cross-disciplinary research; 3) engaging the university in collaborative projects with the government, industries and civil society organizations. The staff of the Center is united in achieving these aims.
At the graduate school level, we offer 7 Graduate School Advanced Minor Programs, including Global Coexistence, Human Security and Development, Legal Interpreting and Translation, Issues and Research on Contemporary China, and Medical Interpreting. In 2010, we set up Fieldwork, Internship and Experiential Learning Design Office (FIELDO) as a part of GLOCOL. FIELDO puts into practice experiential learning abroad, and designs related educational programs, Global Health Environment and UN Policy Expert Development Program.
GLOCOL has been undertaking a major research project "Anthropological Study on Food Security" (Grants-in-Aid for Science Research) since 2010. In 2011, it will start a program "Determination of the Outbreak Mechanisms and Development of a Monitoring System at Food Administration for Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria" sponsored by Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS), a joint venture by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Since 2010, GLOCOL has begun joint research projects by linking various departments in Osaka University and is promoting innovative research activities based on these projects.
GLOCOL has worked to achieve these 3 aims in the past 4 years. We, the staff at GLOCOL, will continue to make effort towards achieving these aims. I will fulfill my responsibilities as the Director and do my best to live up to the expectations of all of you. I humbly ask for your kind understanding and cooperation.
Kazutomo Ohashi, Director