Flexible response to the needs of researchers and engineers
|From the left
|Takafumi Aoki, Executive Director and Vice President (Director of Planning and Strategy, Provost, Chief Digital Officer (CDO))
|Motoko Kotani, Executive Director and Vice President (Research), Tohoku University, Director of Core Facility Center
|Keiko Nakayama, Special Assistant to the President, Deputy Director of Core Facility Center
|Norifumi Ushio, Director (Personnel & Labor Relations, Environment & Safety, and Facilities), Deputy Director of Core Facility Center, General Manager of Division of Engineering and Technical Staff
The University has changed its “Tohoku University Vision 2030” to the "Connected University Strategy" in anticipation of a new normal following the Covid pandemic. Major measures related to research include promotion of research for building a resilient society in the post-Covid era, formation of an international joint research community and promotion of young researchers, and advancement of data-driven research and open science.
To achieve this, we established the Core Facility Center in October 2021 to promote the enhancement of the research environment. The Center will establish a system to promote more advanced and efficient research than ever before by managing the maintenance of research facilities and devices (hereafter "equipment") and the experts that operate them as an integrated whole. In addition, we will strengthen the shared equipment system that we have been working on, and promote the systematic training of experts to support this system. To achieve these objectives, the Center is managed by the Strategic Planning Council for Research Infrastructure Development, which includes the director in charge of research, the director in charge of human resources, and the director in charge of finance. The maintenance, management, and operation of equipment are now carried out from a university-wide perspective, and the system can flexibly respond to the needs of researchers and technicians within and outside the university who use the equipment.
Recognizing that the University's division into four main campuses has been one of the obstacles to equipment sharing, the University has focused on making equipment use more remote and smarter. The spread of COVID-19 is a push in this direction, and the digital transformation is progressing, making it easier to share equipment between campuses. In addition, access to the University's equipment by researchers and technicians from outside the University has become easier. We are committed to continuing our efforts to stay ahead of the times and provide high-quality services that meet the expectations of those who have used our equipment in the past and those who are considering using it in the future. We appreciate your continued support.
Executive Director and Vice President (Research),
Tohoku University Director of Core Facility Center