Osaka University
Osaka, Japan

Osaka University is committed to contributing to global society through the upholding of its motto, “Live Locally, Grow Globally.” It prides itself in successfully conducting research and educating the next generation of scholars in a multitude of disciplines ranging from humanities, social sciences, medicine, dentistry and pharmaceutical science, to life and engineering sciences.

Osaka University was founded as Japan’s sixth national university in 1931 and has evolved into one of the country’s most prominent institutions. As part of the efforts to strengthen international activities, Osaka University opened four overseas offices. They are the North American Center for Academic Initiatives in San Francisco, USA, in 2004, European Center for Academic Initiatives in Groningen, The Netherlands, in 2005, ASEAN Center for Academic Initiatives in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2006 and East Asian Center for Academic Initiatives in Shanghai, China, in 2010.

Furthermore, Osaka University’s strong education and research capacities were enhanced by merging with the former Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 2007, creating a synergy to improve international cooperation and research on global issues. We also established a new center for international cooperation named the “Global Collaboration Center” in 2007. It aims to draw strength from networks, both local and international, cooperating with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the National Museum of Ethnology as well as other government and international organizations, agencies, industries. We hope that it provides a new mechanism for inter-university collaboration.

Website: https://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en

VSE Season 3, 2022-23: Courses offered by Osaka University

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Application Deadline

Students must submit an application to the VSE Central Office before:
May 31, 2023 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)

Course Information

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Number of Credits1
Offering DepartmentCenter for Global Intiatives
Course TeacherPlease refer to the course flyer.
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassAug 21, 2023
Last Day of ClassAug 29, 2023
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimePlease refer to the course outline and flyer.
Time ZoneUTC+09
Course Description

This intensive online course aims to develop students’ understanding of SDGs by bringing together inspirational speakers and educators from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, who share their experiences and views in addressing local and global sustainability challenges. Through lectures and discussions, students will gain a coherent and situated understanding of SDGs framework, its global local implications as well as needs for action.

Course Outline

Course Outline; Course Flyer

Course Prerequisites/Restrictions


Points to Note for Students

The overall course is facilitated by ISHIKAWA Mayumi, ENKHTUR Ariunaa, LI Ming and ZHANG Xixi.

Fees to be Borne by Students


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