4th RMAN-J Annual Conference


September 19, 2018 (Wed)
10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Reception opens at 9:00 am)
Information exchange from 6:30 pm


September 20, 2018 (Thr)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Communication, Collaboration & Creation by URAs!


 In recent years global competition has intensified. Academic research is the source of innovation, and the role of universities in leading this research has become increasingly important. In order to strengthen the research capabilities of universities and research institutes, research administrators (URAs) must take on roles as management professionals for new advanced research.
 The Research Administrator Council (RA Council) was established to help universities, technical colleges, inter-university research institutes, independent administrative corporations, local independent administrative agencies, special corporations and other public research institutes establish and develop research administration organizations. The Council contributes to strengthening the research capabilities of universities and other organizations, promotes academic science and technology and contributes to innovation in Japan. To achieve this, the Council organizes information sharing for the development and training of research administration personnel and to solve shared issues.
 The annual RA Council conference contributes to realizing the above goals.
 Since the RA Council was established in 2015 and the first annual conference was held in the same year, the conference has led to increased recognition of the RA Council and URAs. As a result, participation levels in the convention are increasing year by year. Furthermore, the RA Council will take on the new role of host country for the first time in the Asian region when INORMS is held in 2020.
 The 2018 conference marks a turning point for the RA Council and URAs. The theme of the conference will be "Communication, Collaboration & Creation by URAs!" Recognizing that this annual convention has reached a new stage, we aim to make this a stand-out event, while still cherishing the foundation that the host institution and its members have built over the past three annual conventions. The RA Council aims to strengthen our international collaboration. Accordingly, this conference marks the first time for the RA Council to invite chairpersons from URA organizations around the world and hold an international conference simultaneously.

Greeting Message from Chairperson

 In Japan we aim to promote internationally competitive academic research and social innovation, creating and fostering research seeds that will play vital roles in the future. To achieve this, we are engaged in the internationalization of research, promotion of international training, and enriching of research management skills. In particular, we need management personnel to strategically strengthen the capabilities of research institutes represented by universities and independent administrative agencies (hereinafter referred to as "universities, etc."), managers to discover, nurture and enhance original research, specialists to propose strategies and analyze research capabilities that contribute to university management, and human resources who are responsible for building international collaboration. Research administrators are stepping up to fill these roles.
 Under the theme of "Communication, Collaboration & Creation by URAs!" this year's convention will examine universities' efforts to strengthen research capabilities and look for solutions to shared issues. Through these initiatives, we aim for the development and improvement of research administrators.
 We will work diligently to make this a meaningful annual convention for the members of the Research Administrator Council and other participants, including support members. I look forward to your attendance.

Matsuto Ogawa, 4th Annual Conference Chairperson


6-9-1, Minatojima-nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, 650-0046, Japan

Target audience

University Research Administrators (URAs), university management staff, those interested in URA activities


RA Annual Conference Executive Committee Secretariat
Academic Research Management Section, Office for Academic and Industrial Innovation, Kobe University

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Last update : Jul 31, 2018