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Toward the New Industry Creation and Promotion of Open Innovation

Director of GIC

Masato WAKAYAMA
Director of GIC
(Global Innovation Center,
Kyushu University)
Executive Vice President

Expectations with regard to research and development activities based on industry-academia-government collaborations increase day to day not only domestically but also internationally. While it goes without saying that new technology backed by advanced science is attractive, this is because major expectations are focused on the creation of new industries and the development of human resources ahead of that. At Kyushu University, starting with the establishment of the Advanced Science and Technology Center for Cooperative Research in 1994, the Art, Science and Technology Center for Cooperative Research (KASTEC) has had a 20-year history as a leader of industry-university collaborations. On October 1, 2016, KASTEC was reborn as the Global Innovation Center (GIC), a research promotion organization with a more contemporary format of industry-academia-government collaborations focused on open innovations and higher expectations.

At the Global Innovation Center, we intend to create a new age of industry-university collaboration by promoting the KOINE (Kyudai global Open Innovation Network Engine) Model, which is the newly proposed open innovation model by Kyushu University, as well as joint research and development of technology that will extend to social applications based on collaboration with industry circles to be inherited from KASTEC. Although this may be an unfamiliar term, KOINE has its origin in "lingua franca," a word used in ancient Greece that means common language. With the KOINE platform, people engaged in different kinds of research and development fields or activity areas with various languages, purposes and dreams, will take on the challenge of creating innovation by sharing understanding and objectives through free discussion or exchange, tackling various themes and research fields, without regard to classification, size or history of region or organization domestic or overseas.

Now, the themes in industry-university collaborative research focus on finding solutions to industrial problems arising from anticipated future social problems or demands including energy, the environment, medical care, security and food. Finding solutions to many of these problems will require an approach that spans a variety of fields, including social sciences as well as the development of elemental technology. Under such conditions, the Global Innovation Center intends to develop as Kyushu University’s research center that will lead industry-university collaborations into a new age.

In cooperation with the Academic Research and Industrial Collaboration Management Office, which is the center for research and industry-university collaboration promotion support, and also in unified coordination with entrepreneurship education that Kyushu University is promoting, the Global Innovation Center aims to position itself as the center for the creation of venture businesses and new industries together with all of you. With your cooperation and guidance, each and every member pledges to be always devoted toward our combined future endeavors. Thank you very much for your continued support.

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