Research University Network of Japan (RU Network Japan) is obligated to strengthen their foundation as a research university (RU) as well as to join forces and lead as RUs and to further enhance the research capabilities of Japanese universities. To that end, we are required to facilitate a better research environment and maximize performance. We need to engage in discussion and information exchange about measures to expand the research capabilities enhancement and support functions of universities beyond the bounds of the university and research institute under the close collaboration among the researcher, university research administrator (URA), and administrative staff with due considerations to the individuality and features of each university. With an eye on "collaborate where it is due", we have established “RU Network Japan” to contribute to the research capabilities enhancement of individual universities to promote mutual collaboration and work with the government, etc. toward necessary measures.
With a central focus on the 22 institutes adopted in the "Research University Enhancement Promotion Project" of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, we called on institutes promoting the research capabilities enhancement of universities including the 15 institutes already engaged in the "development of a system to train and acquire URAs. We are composed of those institutes that answered our call.
RU Network of Japan has a GM of the executive director in charge of research, person responsible for the research capabilities enhancement, etc. at each research institute (one person per institute) where network operations are reviewed, common agenda is discussed, and policy proposal is made as may be necessary.
We set up a steering committee (SC) of 5 universities as an advisory board on operations.
Inaugural SC: Kumamoto University, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Okayama University, and the University of Tsukuba
A task force by themes will also be set up for concrete efforts in research capabilities enhancement and shall be a place to consult and collaborate. The term of each task force is two years or so in principle.
Tools or platforms put in place by NINS or participating institutes and that can be used communally will be shared across the entire network.