On Monday, June 22, 2015, a ceremony was held at the Ito Campus to mark the opening of the Research Facilities for Co-Evolutional Social Systems, which will be the core facility of the Center for Co-Evolutional Social Systems.
In 2013, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) chose Kyushu University’s Project to Create Co-Evolutional Social Systems to support the Sustainable Development of Diversity for inclusion in its Project to Create International Centers for Scientific Innovation based on Academic-Industrial Collaboration Using Local Resources. Our aim is to create co-evolutional (coexisting and evolving) social systems that meet diverse needs, by blending the university’s cutting-edge research with the vision for developing Fukuoka into a hub for the whole of Asia, to respond to the increasingly international nature of the Fukuoka region and the aging of its population. Construction of the research facilities (three-story reinforced concrete building with an area of 2,907m2 and a total floor area of 7,742m2) was funded by a grant for the development of facilities to promote science and technology based on collaboration between local industry, academia and government. As well as the Center for Co-Evolutional Social Systems, which has been selected for inclusion in MEXT’s Center of Innovation Science and Technology-based Radical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (COI STREAM), these research facilities are occupied by the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA) and part of the Institute of Mathematics for Industry.
The ceremony opened with horn and trombone performances by members of the Kyushu University Philharmonic Orchestra. After Kyushu University President Dr. Kubo greeted the assembled guests, special guests Etsuko Ebii (Vice Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture), Yasuo Kishimoto (Senior Deputy Director-General of the Science and Technology Policy Bureau at MEXT), and Masaharu Sumikawa (Visionary Leader of Vision 3 (Establish a sustainable society with vitality) of the COI Program) each spoke a few words to mark the occasion. Around 150 invited guests and people with links to the university participated in the ceremony, which was followed by a tour of the facilities to show the visitors the research equipment installed there.
The research organizations that have moved into the facilities will pursue wide-ranging research and development, partnering with relevant organizations both within the university and in the wider world on everything from basic to applied research.