TUAT was selected by the Japanese government as one of the 12 national universities rapidly promoting global research in 2014. In exploiting our advantages in the agriculture and engineering fields, and as an initiative to enhance our research capabilities, we established the Global Innovation Research Organization in June 2014 to further our goals as a research university. In April 2016, it was reorganized as the Institute of Global Innovation Research (GIR), a new research institution at the graduate school.
At the GIR, we prioritize researches in three key areas: "food”, "energy”, and "life science", which constitute an interdisciplinary area between agriculture and engineering fields. With the aim of creating advanced innovative results for themes with a high social demand in the key areas, the GIR has formed strategic research teams which allow us to conduct cutting-edge research. In April 2018, for further enhancement, the GIR formed field groups in each three key areas and Strategic Research Initiative for Interdisciplinary Fields consisting of researchers who have three years of experience in strategic research teams. In addition, Chairs of each three key areas and Chair of Strategic Research Initiative have newly joined the GIR Management Committee to strengthen the management structure.
The teams, groups and a strategic research initiative welcome the world’s leading researchers as core professors for each areas and build a system so that TUAT researchers and graduate students can conduct collaborative research.
We strongly promote international collaborative researches symbolized by following keywords of each priority research areas:
Food: “Biomass Production”,“Environmental Stress Resistance of Plant”,“Plastic Pollution”,“Conservation of Regional Biodiversity”,“Green Infrastructure”
Energy: “LED”,“Green Manufacturing”,“Li-Ion Battery”,“Resource/Energy Discovery”,“Environment-friendly Process for the Production of Useful Compounds”
Life Science: “Disease”,“Drug Discovery”,“Health”,“Microorganism”,“Cell Biology”
In addition, by strengthening the capabilities to support outstanding professors and doctoral students, especially among young researchers who actively engage in cutting-edge research, we aim to develop the global and innovative human resources in Science who have broad vision in both scientific techniques and management skills, among other skills, as well as global perspective. These human resources are expected to take a central role in bringing research results to practical use and to boost the number of international joint research efforts and internationally co-authored papers.
We believe that our mission to solve the global issues on food and energy, performed with the world’s leading researchers, will lead to the globalization of our education and research system, which in turn, will contribute to fortify the university’s capability and to build the foundation for the university system reform.