Since its establishment as an Imperial University in 1931, spanning its 70-year history, Osaka University has conducted education and research with the aim of establishing itself as a world-leading institution contributing to advancement in the level of human knowledge. Osaka University has come to encompass 10 Faculties/Schools, 14 Graduate Schools, 5 Research Institutes, and 2 National Facilities for Joint Use, in addition to a number of other facilities, in its development as one of Japans most distinguished universities.
Aiming to further develop in the 21st century, Osaka University will welcome a new beginning under a system of independent administration from April 2004. While maintaining focus on the continuation of education and research, Osaka University must undergo a reformation in order to better realize its philosophy of Live Locally, Grow Globally. Osaka University, as an institution that fosters the creation of wisdom, should consistently function as a base for a culture of thought. Under such a strong common belief, we are making advancements in the tuning of the education and research atmosphere to assure its further development as a first-class institution through the open-minded education and research activities provided by its professors. Osaka University shall proceed operating through a structure under which the leadership of the President will provide a basis for the coordination of an institution displaying even more promise, reaching all of the universitys education and research departments. This shall provide for a rising of the bar of the overall achievements of the independent and active education and research conducted by these departments
a change worth displaying to the international world.