Integrated Innovation Center for Community (IICC)
Alongside our fundamental objectives of “education” and “research”, our university has positioned “contribution to society” as a third objective. We have established a structure for the development of local industries and have also promoted the advancement of those industries.
In order to enhance and strengthen our activities, the Organization for Promotion of Industry-University-Government Collaboration was established in April 2008, by integrating the Center for Cooperative Regional Research and the Intellectual Property Office, with a new function to encourage new enterprises and provide support.
The Organization consists of the “Promotion for Research Development Division”, “Intellectual Property Division” and “Support for Enterprise Division”, and aims to provide various supports at each stage, including the creation of intellectual properties through research at our university, and the protection and application of those properties. Okinawa TLO Ltd. and Okinawa Human Capital Ltd. are located in the same building on campus as the Organization, and we have been developing the capability to promote and support industry-university-government collaboration.
In 2009, the organization was selected as “The Industry-University-Government Collaboration bases for the Promotion of Okinawan health and bioscience industry” to advance the health and bioscience industry in Okinawa through cooperation with Okinawa Prefectural Government.
Instrumental Research Center
Instrumental Research Center is a university-affiliated institute for education and research. Introductions of more than thirty instruments have been steadily advanced, and workshops on the instruments were widely provided to users. And internal as well as external requests for an analysis are extensively accepted.
IRC performs the management and workshops on the chemical substance handling such as warehousing, use and drainage produced by experiment. In order to manage the chemical substances, IRC has introduced the chemical management support system. IRC also manages radioactive materials, provides training in safe handling and controls radiation worker and environment of facility according to laws and ordinances.
Education and Research Center for Lifelong Learning
The aim of the Center is to promote education research, and foster the creation of a organization for lifelong learning in Okinawa by providing learning resources at the University of the Ryukyus.
Computing and Networking Center
The center aims to promote computer education and to offer information services for using ICT such as E-mail and WWW to all of students, faculty members, and staff by administering the campus computer network equipment. In addition, the center researches and develops information processing systems and next campus computer network system for the new generation.
Recently the center is focusing the High bandwidth Internet connection and the wireless LAN services.
Besides, the center provides advanced network applications such as E-learning system and also various technical supports for using ICT to all students, faculty members, and staff.
International Student Center
The International Student Center provides education in Japanese, as well as Japanese and Okinawan culture. The Center also assists with students’ academic and personal needs, in addition to providing career advice. In line with promoting academic and student excange, the Center offers a variety of educational opportunities including short term student exchange programs with partner institutions overseas for incoming and outgoing students, education for students who minor in the Japanese language, and the International Student Festival which aims at deepening mutual understanding among international students, Japanese students, faculty and staff as well as local people.
Foreign Language Center
The Foreign Language Center is open to all students, faculty members, and other University personnel, as well as local community for the purpose of providing language learning opportunities.
University Museum (Fujukan)
The University of the Ryukyus Museum, Fujukan, houses over 170,000 specimens and various exhibits collected from all over the Ryukyu Islands, as part of educational and academic research activities. The specimens of endangered animals and birds such as the Iriomote Cat and Okinawa rail as well as archeological materials from Shurijo-Castle and folklore material including traditional crafts and farming tools of Okinawa are exhibited. There is a “biotope” where various animals and plants are available for field study by school students.
A variety of scholarly information produced within the university has been made available to the public. Various information on the museum specimen are available to viewers on the Fujukan Online Collections Database. As a contribution to the community, the museum offers classes to local elementary schools and conducts faculty development workshops.
Low Temperature Center
Liquid helium (-269°C) and liquid nitrogen(-196°C) are manufactured in the Low Temperature Center and are supplied to all over the University. As helium gas is a sparse resource, collecting and recycling lines for helium gas from experimental rooms are set completely in the Center. Only a few selected universities have Helium liquefiers in Japan, such as Kyushu University, Kumamoto University and our university in Kyushu and Okinawa area.
Since there are many cases that the cryogen cause accidental situations such as oxygen deficiency, explosion and frostbite for users, safety education is provided for them. Also the Center supports and promotes education and research in the field of low temperature. Device development and research in low temperature regions is actively performed. In addition, science education held in local schools is popular among students.
The Placement Center aims at broadening an awareness of career possibilities, providing students with career consultation, conducting research and analysis in support of employment searching, supporting university-wide student recruitment activities, and coordinating with related organizations.
As support activities, the Center offers career subjects for 1st and 2nd-year students which are designed to enhance awareness of the importance of working. In addition, career guidance and seminars, as well as advice for job interviews and reviewing resume, are also offered to help students start their employment search.
To make students aware of these opportunities, the Center also carries out joint job fairs on campus as well as sessions for individual companies. Moreover, useful information regarding recruit activities is distributed to students via email.