Message from the President
Osaka Metropolitan University is a new public general university formed by a merger between Osaka City University and Osaka Prefecture University and established in April 2022.
Although both the new university’s predecessors were public universities boasting histories dating back approximately 140 years, their paths to the present day had been very different. Osaka City University was originally founded in 1880 as the Osaka Commercial Training Institute by a group of influential business figures at the time that included Tomoatsu GODAI. Since its rebirth in 1949 under the new university system as Osaka City University, it has continued to preserve its long tradition until the present day. Osaka Prefecture University traces its origins to the foundation of a training school in veterinary science in 1883, after which it merged with other institutions, including the Prefectural Agricultural School and Osaka Higher Technical School, before making a fresh start in 1949 as Naniwa University. Even after changing its name to Osaka Prefecture University in 1955, it has continued to evolve, including mergers with universities specializing in social welfare and nursing and a reorganization of its schools and departments in 2012 into a new system based on colleges and departments.
The different histories and cultures of these two former universities were their greatest strength. I view their merger as an opportunity for further progress, and am confident that it will result in the creation of diverse new values. From the research perspective in particular, the new university offers a full lineup of academic fields that highly complement each other, and I believe that it will result in synergies in many different fields. Our aim is to become a world-class advanced research university in areas including medical–engineering partnerships, disaster prevention, energy, and others.
The catchphrase for our opening is “Beyond the norm.” Living in an unpredictable world, multidisciplinary knowledge is an essential quality required of us. I believe that constructing a solid foundation by deepening our individual areas of specialized knowledge and then challenging ourselves to integrate this with other disciplines as multidisciplinary knowledge is important for resolving complex social issues.
With 12 schools and colleges and more than 15 graduate schools, Osaka Metropolitan University offers numerous unique curricula designed to foster the ability to handle a wide range of issues, as well as the opportunity to gain multidisciplinary knowledge. I am proud that this university will offer every individual student an opportunity to work on achieving their full potential in their own way.
President of Osaka Metropolitan University, Osaka City University and Osaka Prefecture University
Vice Chairperson of University Public Corporation Osaka
Date of birth November 8, 1955
|March 1978||Bachelor of Science, Division of Applied Chemistry, School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan|
|March 1980||Master of Science, Division of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan|
|November 1984||Ph.D. Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan|
|April 1980||Research Associate, College of Engineering , Osaka Prefecture University, Japan|
|September 1988||Post-Doctoral Fellow, Purdue University and Arizona State University, U.S.A. (–August 1989)|
|January 1991||Lecturer, College of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan|
|June 1993||Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan|
|April 1996||Professor, College of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan|
|April 2005||Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Public University Corporation , Japan|
|April 2011||Vice Dean, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan|
|April 2015||Dean, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan|
|April 2019||President, Osaka Prefecture University, University Public Corporation Osaka, Japan|
|April 2022-present||President, Osaka Metropolitan University, Osaka City University and Osaka Prefecture University, University Public Corporation Osaka, Japan|
|October 1995||ICG Prize in Memory of Prof. Vittorio Gottardi from the International Commission on Glass|
|May 2001||Academic Award of the Ceramic Society of Japan|
|March 2002||Academic Award of the Chemical Society of Japan|
|April 2018||Prizes for Science and Technology, Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology|
|March 2019||CSJ Award of the Chemical Society of Japan|
and other awards
Academic and social activities
|April 2007||Program Officer, Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (–2010)|
|April 2010||Steering Committee Member, International Commission on Glass (ICG) (–2013)|
|April 2016||Chairman, Chemical Battery Materials Study Society, Electrochemical Division, the Chemical Society of Japan (–2018)|
|April 2017||Vice President, the Electrochemical Society of Japan (–2018)|
and other prominent posts
|Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Solid State ionics, Glass Science|