In the year 2002 the Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology started the "Priority
Assistance for the Formation of Worldwide Renowned Centers of Research
- The 21st Century Center of Excellence Program". This program
is based on the competitive principle that selection for support by
the program relies on third party evaluation, and by giving priority
support to the formation of world-class centers of research it aims
to promote the creation of internationally competitive universities
that answer to the world's highest standards. The Ministry makes a
selection from proposals sent by universities from all over Japan
for the formation of centers of research and education on a graduate
school specialization level. In 2002, from 5 fields of study, namely
the Life Sciences, Chemistry/Materials Sciences, Information/Electrics/Electronics,
the Human Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Research/Combined Research
Areas/New Fields of Research, 113 centers were selected from a total
of 464 applications, and at Osaka University 7 centers were selected.
|Symbiotic colony composed of E. coli and Dictyostelium.
[Ref: M. Todoroki, et al., BioSystems, 65, 105-112, (2002)]
We are now developing new information technologies (ITs) to build
a networked symbiotic environment (NSE) where many humans can go on
living in a pleasant, symbiotic society.