Kanagawa University has set up an Academia-Industry-Government Liaison Department within the Research Support Division. This department supports research activities, assists in procuring research funding from outside the university, and advances liaison with partners in industry, government, and academia.
In order for the numerous research products (“seeds”) and intellectual properties coming out the university to find wide application in meeting the needs of private industry and the public sector, Kanagawa University actively pursues a range of initiatives that include participation in exhibitions for the communication of knowledge, provision of support for joint research projects, and assistance in accepting research commissions and joint research projects.
In August 2007, Kanagawa University established the university-based venture firm Mirai Kankyo Technology & Co., Ltd. This venture works to develop more practical applications for products generated through liaison among industry, government, and academia, so that these may better contribute to wider society.
Kanagawa University actively pursues many activities under partnership agreements with a variety of companies. By applying its store of knowledge to address the technical needs of corporate partners, the university helps to invigorate the local economy. Academia-industry liaison will remain a top priority for Kanagawa University as it seeks to fulfill its responsibility as a university and make a positive contribution to the local community.
In addition to collaboration with industry, Kanagawa University is also pursuing further partnerships with governmental bodies. One example is Kanagawa Prefecture’s University Policy Proposal System, a government-academia joint project adopted by the Kanagawa Prefectural Government. In the 2015 academic year, this program selected a project by Kanagawa University to develop educational animations aimed at changing the minds of students who hate mathematics, beginning in Kanagawa. Carried out in the 2016 and 2017 academic years, the project produced original animations with a game-like approach to learning for students who dislike mathematics or have distanced themselves from the sciences. The program’s aim is to offer support for students’ learning, to help nurture the next-generation of specialists.
Kanagawa University is a member of the Collaboration between Universities, Public Organizations and Private Enterprises in Kanagawa (CUP-K) program, launched by businesses, business groups, universities, and public industry-academia collaboration support organizations in Kanagawa Prefecture. As a member, the university works toward the smooth promotion of partnerships among industry, academia, and the public sector, and toward contributing to the region.
Mirai Kankyo Technology is a venture business engaged in technology transfer to enterprises and commercialization of the “three-phase emulsification process,” a pioneering environmental technology developed by Distinguished Professor Kazuo Tajima (formerly a professor of the Faculty of Engineering).
The business is pursuing practical application in a wide range of fields including foods, cosmetics, fuel, medicine, fragrances, antibacterial and antifungal agents, and coatings.