Message from the President
Osaka Prefecture University (OPU) is an institute of advanced research that provides regional academic support and aspires to make a global impact. Since the founding of the university in 1949, our predecessors have aspired to make OPU a center of knowledge creation where new ideas are formed across local and disciplinary boundaries.
We embrace this progressive spirit in our constant efforts to take on new challenges and seek connections to break barriers. We continue down this path, focusing our attention on short-term successes to benefit local and regional communities while also building towards a long-term vision of growth, intended to be measured in decades to come. Our university aims to establish recognition in the world in 30, 50, and 100 years.
Our research capacity is one means to achieve this goal. A defining aspect of OPU is our advancement of an interdisciplinary approach, as we bring about advanced and creative research unlike anywhere else. We aim to accelerate a variety of such efforts in part by establishing research facilities in new fields of study where researchers from differing academic domains can collaborate, as we boldly embark to find solutions to contemporary issues facing our world.
Further, I personally believe that exposure to advanced research is the most effective form of education.
Through an ongoing process of growth and reform of our academic disciplinary system, we aim to enhance the education level and reach of our Bachelor’s programs. Additionally, with the goal of training the next generation of leaders on the global stage, we have created a framework to develop wide-ranging specializations through research in our Master’s and Doctoral programs. We also hope to strengthen our role as a public university by giving back to our regional community through our research and by training and producing talent capable of making both local and international contributions.
I often ask undergraduate and graduate students alike where they see themselves in 20 or 30 years. We take pride in being a university where our students make firm goals for the future, and work to make themselves into the people they want to be. It is with great pleasure that we will welcome many more young people to come study with us.
Osaka Prefecture University