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Administration

President

President TAKEDA Hiroshi

TAKEDA Hiroshi

Birth: 1949
Degree: Doctorate of Science, University of Tokyo.

Professional Career:

1977 Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
1978 Research Associate of Laboratory of International Collaboration on Elementary Particle Physics, related institution of School of Science, Tokyo University.
1984 Research Associate of School of Science, University of Tokyo/ Assistant Professor of International Center for Elementary Particle Physics, related institution of School of Science, University of Tokyo.
1989 Professor of Faculty of Science, Kobe University.
1998 Director of Information Science and Technology Center, Kobe University (until September 2000).
2003 Dean of Faculty of Science/ Director of Biosignal Research Center (until March 2007), Kobe University.
2007 Professor of Graduate School of Science, Kobe University.
2007 Director of University Library, Kobe University.
2009 Executive Vice President of Kobe University.
2015 President of Kobe University.

Executive Vice Presidents

MIZUTANI Fumitoshi

Executive Vice President In Charge of Planning, Human Resource and Labor Management MIZUTANI Fumitoshi

Executive Vice President
In Charge of Planning, Human Resources and Labor Management

Birth: 1957.
Degree: Ph.D., Harvard University.
Professional Career:

1994 Associate Professor at School of Business Administration, Kobe University.
1999 Associate Professor at Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University.
2000 Professor at Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University.
2012 Dean of Graduate School of Business Administration (until March 2014), Kobe University.
2015 Executive Vice President of Kobe University.

Message

I will do my best so that Kobe University will be recognized as a global research university.

OGAWA Matsuto

Executive Vice President In Charge of Research and Information Management OGAWA Matsuto

Executive Vice President
In Charge of Research and Information Management

Birth: 1956.
Degree: Ph.D. in Engineering, University of Tokyo.
Professional Career:

1985 Research Associate of Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University.
1988 Lecturer of Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University.
1992 Visiting Research Scientist, IBM T.J.Watson Research Center (until Dec.1993).
1995 Associate Professor of Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University.
2002 Professor of Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University.
2004 Professor of Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University.
2011 Dean of Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University (until March 2015).
2015 Executive Vice President of Kobe University.

Message

I will do my best to foster an outstanding research environment for the faculty, students, and staff of Kobe University as well as maintain a research administration infrastructure whose excellence matches that of Kobe University research itself.

OKADA Akihiro

Executive Vice President In Charge of Education and Admission OKADA Akihiro

Executive Vice President
In Charge of Education and Admission

Birth: 1955.
Professional Career:

1986 Research Associate, School of Law, Nagoya University
1988 Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Kobe University
1991 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Kobe University
1992 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Human Development, Kobe University
2005 Professor, Faculty of Human Development, Kobe University
2013 Dean, Faculty of Human Development and Graduate School of Human Development and Environment (until March 2016)
2016 Executive Assistant to the President, Kobe University
2017 Dean, Faculty of Global Human Sciences, Kobe University
2019 Executive Vice President, Kobe University

Message

The times are rapidly changing, and universities need to change with them. Since its founding Kobe University has followed the principles of "harmony between theory and practice" in our education, and I believe we can respond to society's needs by equipping students with even more capability and practical skills. I will give my utmost to fulfill these goals.

SUGIMURA Kazurou

Executive Vice President In Charge of Hospital, Student Affairs and Risk Management SUGIMURA Kazurou

Executive Vice President
In Charge of Hospital, Student Affairs and Risk Management

Birth: 1953.
Degree: 1984 Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine (PhD).
Professional Career:

1980 Doctor of Radiology, Kochi Medical University.
1982 Doctor of Radiology, Kobe University School of Medicine.
1987 Associate Professor of Radiology, Shimane Medical University.
1988 UCSF Research Fellow of Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.
1994 Professor and Chairman of Radiology, Shimane Medical University.
1998 Professor and Chairman of Radiology, Kobe University School of Medicine.
2007 Director, Kobe University Hospital.
2014 Executive Assistant to the President, Kobe University, Director of Advancement Center for Community Medicine, Kobe University School of Medicine.
2015 Executive Vice President of Kobe University.

Message

Kobe is one of the world’s most comfortable cities to live in. Our traditional university and the region its rooted in offer a wonderful environment for students and faculty to learn and carry out their research. I am determined to make every effort to assure that Kobe University is recognized for excellence around the world.

YOSHII Masahiko

Executive Vice President In Charge of International Exchange and Evaluation YOSHII Masahiko

Executive Vice President
In Charge of International Exchange and Evaluation

Birth: 1958
Degree: Doctor of Economics, Kobe University
Professional Career:

1985 Research Associate, Faculty of Economics, Kobe University
1987 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, Kobe University
1990 Researcher, Embassy of Japan in Bucharest, Romania (until August 1992)
1990 Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Kobe University (until June 1998)
1994 Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University (joint chair)
1998 Professor, Faculty of Economics and Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University (joint chair)
2000 Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University
2012 Dean of Faculty and Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University (until November 2014)
2015 Executive Assistant to the President, Kobe University
2016 Vice President, Kobe University
2019 Executive Vice President, Kobe University

Message

I will endeavor to further advance our international exchange and evaluation in education and research in order for Kobe University to shine as an outstanding university both in Japan and overseas. I will strive to develop our University's internationalization so that students are equipped with the skills to become future global leaders, and faculty can produce research achievements that are internationally recognized. I will also work to produce an evaluation system that enables all faculty and staff to find satisfaction and meaning in their work at Kobe University.

SHINADA Yutaka

Executive Vice President In Charge of Public Relations Organizational Collaboration, Alumni Relations and Funding SHINADA Yutaka

Executive Vice President
In Charge of Public Relations, Organizational Collaboration, Alumni Relations and Funding

Birth: 1963
Degree: Bachelor of Law, Kyoto University
Professional Career:

1987 Research Associate, Faculty of Law, Kyoto University
1990 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Kobe University
2000 Professor, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University
2013 Dean, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University (until September 2015)
2016 Vice President, Kobe University
2019 Executive Vice President, Kobe University

Message

I will collaborate with alumni, corporations and local government in order to spread the word about the appeal of Kobe University. I look forward to your support.

ODA Keiji

Executive Vice President In Charge of Industry-University Cooperation ODA Keiji

Executive Vice President
In Charge of Industry-University Cooperation

Birth: 1956
Degree: Doctor of Engineering, Osaka University
Professional Career:

1983 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Special Research Fellow
1984 Research Associate, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University
1985 Research Associate, Kobe University of Mercantile Maritime
1988 Assistant Professor, Kobe University of Mercantile Maritime
2002 Professor, Kobe University of Mercantile Maritime
2003 Professor, Faculty of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University
2009 Dean, Faculty and Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University (until September 2013)
2015 Vice President, Kobe University (Research Promotion)
2019 Executive Vice President, Kobe University

Message

Kobe University's development has been greatly influenced by its cosmopolitan location. I am committed to applying our founding principles of "harmony between theory and practice" to achieve the societal applications of academic research achievements.

KATO Ken

Executive Vice President In Charge of General Affairs, Finance and Facilities KATO Ken

Executive Vice President
In Charge of General Affairs, Finance and Facilities

Birth: 1959
Professional Career:

Apr. 1978 Tohoku University
Jun. 1983 The Open University of Japan
Apr. 1985 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Apr. 1998 Head of Finance Division, Hirosaki University
Apr. 2000 Deupty Head of Education Finance Planning Office, Financial Affairs Division, Education Finance Bureau, MEXT
Jan. 2001 Deputy Head of Education Finance Office, Financial Affairs Division, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, MEXT
Apr. 2001 Head of General Affairs Division, General Affairs Department, Kyoto University
Apr. 2003 Senior Specialist for the Human Resources of Care and Welfare/Deputy Head of Medical Education Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT
Apr. 2006 Senior Specialist for Public Universities/Deputy Head of University Promotion Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT
Apr. 2008 Head of Administration, Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Apr. 2011 Head of Administration, Kyoto University Hospital
Apr. 2014 Executive Vice President and Director-General, Hirosaki University
Apr. 2018 Executive Vice President, Kobe University

 

Auditors

TONOMURA Shoichiro

Auditor TONOMURA Shoichiro

Auditor

Birth: 1952.
Professional Career:

Mar. 1981 PhD in Engineering Science, Osaka University
Apr. 1981 Entered Asahi Kasei Corporation
Apr. 1991 Head of LSI and Information Technology Research Laboratory at Asahi Kasei Corporation
Sept. 1999 Head of Central Research Laboratory at Asahi Kasei Corporation
June. 2006 Auditor, Asahi KASEI Life & Living Corp. (now Asahi KASEI Chemicals Corp.)
Apr. 2008 Company Executive and Head of Research and Development Center at Asahi Kasei Corporation
Apr. 2011 Company Executive at Asahi Kasei Corporation and Head of Fuji Branch Office
Oct. 2013 Executive Director at Japan Science and Technology Agency
Oct. 2015 Senior Fellow at Japan Science and Technology Agency
Apr. 2016 Auditor, Kobe University

Message

In my role as auditor I hope to make a useful contribution to ensure that Kobe University is a valued institution for all its stakeholders.

Hayashi Kinuko

Auditor (Part time) Hayashi Kinuko

Auditor (Part time)

Birth: 1968.
Professional Career:

Mar. 1991 Graduated from School of Business Administration, Kobe University
Oct. 1992 Entered KMPG Azusa LLC
Apr. 1998 Entered EY ShinNihon
May. 2002 Entered Hayashi Certified Public Accountants and Tax Accountants Office
Apr. 2016 Auditor (Part time) Kobe University

Message

I hope to support the President, Executive Board and all University employees in making Kobe University an institution that the students responsible for Japan’s future are proud to call their alma mater.

Vice Presidents

In Charge of University Reform

SAKAMOTO Hiroshi

In Charge of Mathematical and Data Sciences and Research Promotion

SAITO Masahiko

In Charge of Liberal Education

OHTSUKI Kazuhiro

In Charge of International Collaboration and International Education

MASUMOTO Hiroko

In Charge of Financial Strategy and Hospital Finances

KOKUBU Katsuhiko

In Charge of Advanced Medical Studies

NAKAMURA Shunichi

Executive Assistants to the President

In Charge of Career Support

MINAMI Chieko

In Charge of Diversity

ALEXANDER Ronni

In Charge of Admission Reform

NISHIYAMA Satoru

Adviser to Executive Vice President

In Charge of Risk Management

YAMAGUCHI Toru

Adviser to the President

SHOJI Kenichi

Special Advisor to the President (Part-time)

AKASHI Yasushi
SEKIMIZU Kouji
ISHIMURA Hidekazu