We aim to become a research center for the next generation while placing importance on regional cooperation
The Industrial Technology Research Institute, established in 1996 in the Faculty of Engineering to promote industry-government-academia collaboration and strengthen research functions, was reorganized and developed into the Kindai University Research Institute of Fundamental Technology for Next Generation in 2010.
The research institute building was constructed in March 2010 as a research facility under the “MEXT- Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities” in FY 2009.
This research institute was established to encourage technological development, to enable regional industries to utilize more advanced technology to maintain a sustainable society. It aims to conduct comprehensive research concerning the fundamental technologies for the next generation.
This research institute consists of the Center for Industry and Public Relations, which serves as a contact point for regional companies and research institutes, and six research centers to promote research and study. The Center for Industry and Public Relations, acting as one stop contact point for the industry-government-academia collaboration, accepts inquiries about joint research and technical consultations; provides the Faculty of Engineering with support to enhance its research functions; and manages intellectual properties. The comprehensive collaboration agreement entered into between the research institute and local financial institutions makes it possible for undergraduate students of the faculty to enroll in career education courses endowed by various financial institutions.
While upgrading facilities and equipment at the research centers, we have been conducting “community-based research of the automotive technology for the next generation” as part of the strategic research project adopted in 2009 with the aim of establishing a major educational research center in the Hiroshima Region. The research of wooden houses suitable to the Hiroshima Region is being conducted to determine an appropriate architectural environment in which natural energy generated by solar heat, rainwater, wind, etc., can be utilized effectively. Research leading to the development of pharmaceutical products and health-promoting foods is also being conducted at the Advanced Chemistry and Bioengineering Research Center. At the Service Innovation Research Center we are also involved in developing scientific or engineering techniques to enhance productivity in the service business. At the Advanced Robotic Technology Research Center, development of robot technology contributing to medical welfare and livelihood support, is now under way. The objectives of Advanced Additive Manufacturing Research Center are to promote advanced research activities, to establish a global research and development center, and to develop excellent human resources involved in the 3D additive fabrication technology for the next generation. In closer liaison with local communities, each research center has been making distinctive efforts to promote industry-government-academia collaboration and to enhance its research functions by organizing a team made up of teachers in the faculty.
One of the unique characteristics of the approaches taken by the Faculty of Engineering to promote closer collaboration with regional companies is the establishment of the “Kindai Association for the Promotion of Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration”. Presentation of research seeds and technologies by teachers, exchange of information between members, networking events, and refresher courses for business people are organized and offered with the cooperation and support given by the members of the association.
We hope that these efforts and approaches will lead to the development of technologies paving the way for the next generation to utilize our research achievements to carve out a new future.
Last but not least, allow me to emphasize that this region has a broad base of fundamental technologies featuring excellent craftsmanship. Our research achievements brought about by working in close liaison with the local communities will contribute to progress of society and industries of this region on which our livelihoods depend.
Minoru Hatate, Director of Kindai University Research Institute of Fundamental Technology for Next Generation