The Center for Research Strategy

Message from the Director

所長Dynamic Research Initiatives for Social Impact

The Center for Research Strategy (CRS) is one of the research institutes affiliated to Waseda and is dedicated to strengthening its research abilities and initiatives. We have four main pillars in our activities; (1) conduct research, analysis and evaluation of research activities in and outside Waseda; (2) plan and propose research strategy; (3) promote and support research; and (4) develop a network of connections for research. Since its establishment in April 2009, the center has played a central role in revitalizing the university’s academic research.

The managerial environment in which universities operate has been getting even more competitive than ever before, compelling academic researchers to obtain competitive funds to be financially independent in their research. Research questions are now increasingly associated with problem-solving in the real world, which requires an interdisciplinary approach and collaboration among multiple institutions. Under such circumstances, it is indispensable to build a research management system and foster experts of research management to advance effective and efficient research. CRS staff members are determined to play a leading role in research management based on the above-mentioned four pillar activities in order to strengthen our research.

Waseda University is now working towards strategic goals established under “Waseda Vision 150,” which was inaugurated to serve as our road map as we think about “what we need to do at the present” for “how we should be” in the year 2032, which marks the 150 year anniversary of the university’s establishment. In the field of academic research, we have addressed “the promotion of original research and the enhancement of our ability to deliver this internationally” and “new challenges in educational and research fields” as major challenges to tackle. To these ends, the center will take the lead in projects to “reform research support systems”, “nurture and support young researchers”, “restructure existing research organizations and support systems” and “promote international collaborative research.” Responding to a changing society, we will try to break new ground in research. By doing so, we will do our best to make an impact in realizing a safe and secure society through dynamic research initiatives and conveying research results.

 

Masahiko Munechika
Director, Center for Research Strategy
Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Waseda University's Vision

One hundred years ago, Shigenobu Okuma, the founder of Waseda University, advocated “Independence of Learning,” “Practical Utilization of Knowledge,” and “Creation of Good Citizenship” as the mission of the University. More specifically, he declared the University’s mission to develop human resources to contribute to the Earth and human society through academic research in Waseda University. In 2012, Waseda University set forth the “Waseda Vision 150,” which lays out Waseda University’s ideal situation in 2032 (the 150th anniversary of Waseda’s founding), in order to realize this founding philosophy in the modern era. “Waseda Vision 150” is a mid-to long-term plan that consists of four visions for the reorganization of the education and research system, and the fundamental reform of university governance. To achieve this vision, 13 core strategies with numerical targets are currently being implemented.

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Four visions

Promotion of Leading Research

Waseda University establishes world-class global researcher groups and promotes research that is linked to social issues by steadily implementing the initiatives set forth in the “Waseda Vision 150.” We have formulated three research policies based on the three core strategies of “promotion of original research and enhancement of the ability to deliver this internationally,” “education, research, and societal contributions that expand to the world,” and “new challenges in educational and research fields.” We have accelerated development of the research environment and system reforms for establishing Waseda University as an international research university in the next 20 years.

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Three research policies

System for Promoting Research

Waseda University has established a Research Enhancement Head Office, headed by the President of Waseda University. The Center for Research Strategy and the Research Promotion Division play a focal role in strengthening research functions in Waseda University, and work jointly to promote research activities across the University. University Research Administrators (URA) are deployed to the Center for Research Strategy, and work to revitalize research activities in each faculty and research council.

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System for Promoting Research
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About us

Mission

The Center for Research Strategy aims at revitalizing academic research in Waseda to make the university more internationally competitive and to enhance the presence, exerting significant impact on the research community outside the university.
For this purpose, the center examines, analyzes and evaluates the research environment and systems, plans research strategies and makes recommendations to fulfill our responsibilities through academic research activities, promotes and supports research activities through assisting faculty members in obtaining competitive research funds and awards, and develops an extensive network of connections for research among industry, academia, and government.

Research, analysis and evaluation

The center is responsible for conducting research, analyzing and evaluating roles which universities are expected to play in response to a changing global society, economy and environment and serves as the basis for Waseda to formulate its research strategies. We have conducted extensive research on relevant policy trends, such as in the field of science, technology and innovation and government funding for research. We have also closely monitored and surveyed current research trends in Waseda.

Research strategies and recommendations

The center examines a number of research strategy choices based on surveys and research outcomes, actively interacts with researchers, departments and research centers in Waseda, and frames and proposes the most feasible and effective research plans.
We provided the university, outside agencies and the government with policy recommendations concerning research challenges and questions. We also developed training/educational programs for research administrators in universities as a commissioned project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Research promotion and support

The center assists faculty members in designing research projects, making plans and improving the research environment by recommending system reforms for revitalizing research activities, assisting applications for major competitive funds, collaborating with research institutions in Japan and abroad, and promoting industry-academia-government collaboration.

Expanding network of connections for research

The center intends to enhance strategic as well as organizational planning abilities through acquiring various expertise and information valuable for research revitalization and developing a network of researchers in and outside of the university.
We have been active in networking by internally providing information on public funding programs and research evaluation systems, and externally providing our expertise with JST and overseas partners.

Faculty

Faculty members

Masahiko Munechika

所長 Director, CRS and Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering
■Research interests
Quality Management
■Short Bio
Ph.D. in Engineering, University of Tokyo (1987). Lecturer (1992), Associate Professor (1993-1998), and Professor (1999- ), Department of Industrial and Management System Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University. Director, CRS Waseda (2012-).

Naoto Kobayashi

02_kobayashi-3Associate Director and Professor, CRS
■Research interests 
Research Strategy, Research Evaluation, Semiconductor Materials, Quantum Beam Material Interaction, Optical Semiconductor Devices
■Short Bio
Earned Ph.D. in Engineering from Kyoto University and joined the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL) in 1978. Director of Quantum Radiation Division, ETL (1998-2001), and Director of Photonics Research Institute of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) (2001-2002), Vice President of AIST (2003-2009). Associate Director and Professor, CRS Waseda (2009-).

Ichiro Nakajima

nakajima-3Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Research Organizations, Industrial Policy, Socio-economic and Industrial Security System and Management
■Short Bio
B.Eng. in electronics, University of Tokyo (1970). educated in economic administration at l’Ecole National d’Administration (1975-1977). Ph.D. in Engineering, Tohoku University (2003). Joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (1970-2000). Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University (2003-2008). Professor, CRS Waseda (2009-).

Yuichi Matsushima

matsushima-3Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Research Strategy/Evaluation, Optoelectronics, Optical Communication/Network
■Short Bio
Earned Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering, Waseda University and joined KDD R&D Laboratories in 1978. Executive Vice President of KDDI R&D Laboratories (2001-2002), Executive Director of Information & Network System Department of Communication Research Laboratory (2003-2005), Vice President of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (2006-2010). Professor, CRS and Director of Green Computing System Research Organization, Waseda (2010-) . Fellow of IEEE, IEICE and JSAP.

Nobuaki Kojima

kojima-3Professor/ Senior Researcher, CRS
■Research interests
Global Business Strategy and Planning, Global Environment
■Short Bio
Bachelor of Laws, Waseda University (1974). Mitsubishi Corporation (1974). Educated in University of Tehran (1975-1977). Managing Director, Mitsubishi International Corporation(Iran), Limited. (2001). Executive Vice President, Group CEO, Global Environment Business Development Group (2010). Executive Advisor of Hitachi, Ltd. (2015-). Professor/ Senior Researcher, CRS Waseda (2015-).

Yasushi Matsunaga

matsunaga-3Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Research Strategy/Evaluation, Micro plasma, Nano Plasma, Process Plasma Technology, Carbon Nanotubes, Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics
■Short Bio
M.Sci. in Plasma Physics, Waseda University (1990). Joined ULSI Research Center, Toshiba Corp. in 1990. Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University (1995 -1998). Earned Ph.D. in Plasma Physics, Waseda in 1997. Associate Professor and Head of Secretariat at 21st COE Physics Program (2004-2009), Associate Professor, CRS Waseda (2009-2012). Professor, CRS Waseda (2013-).

Kazuo Hashimoto

hashimoto-3Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, Ontology, Privacy Management
■Short Bio
Ph.D. in Information Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (2001). M.Sci. in Computer Science, Brown University, Providence, R.I. (1986). M.Eng. in Electronics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (1979). Senior Manager (1996) and Executive Director (2000), KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc., Tokyo, Japan. President and CEO, KDDI Labs USA, Inc., Palo Alto, California, USA (2001). Professor, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (2005). Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Bio-Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (2012). Professor, CRS Waseda (2014-).

Yoshiyuki Shirakawa

shirakawa-3Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Research Strategy/Evaluation, Nuclear/Radiation Engineering, Electric/Electronic Engineering, Sensing/Control Engineering
■Short Bio
M.Eng.in Electric/Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (1980), worked for Nippon Steel Corp. (1980-1996), studied in Harwell Laboratory, UK (1985-1987), earned Ph.D.in Engineering (1993), joined Fukui University(1996-1998), transferred to National Institute of Radiological Sciences(1998-2015), Director of Technical Development(2010-2015), joined Kobe University as Professor(2015), Professor, CRS Waseda(2015-).

Yoshikuni Edagawa

edagawa-3Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Research Strategy/Evaluation, Research Organization/Human Resource Management, Neuroscience/Neuropharmacology
■Short Bio
Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The University of Tokyo (1998). MBA in technology management from Waseda University (2007). Super Technology Officer (STO) from Waseda University (2007). Assistant Professor, Nagoya University (1998-). Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Nihon University (2000-). Lecturer (2005), Associate Professor (2006-), Consolidated Research Institute for Advanced Science and Medical Care (ASMeW), Waseda University. Associate Professor, Waseda Institute of Advanced Study (2009-). Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Teikyo Heisei University (2012-). Professor, CRS Waseda (2014-).

Kohei Maruyama

maruyama-3Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Research Development, Science and Technology Policy, Technology Planning, Measurement Science, Metrology, Bio-sensing
■Short Bio
M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, Meiji University (1994). Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Tokyo University Agr & Technol (2004). JUKI Corporation (1994-2005). Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Waseda University (2005-2009). Associate Professor, CRS Waseda (2009-2012). Fellow, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) (2009-2012). Senior Research Administrator, Tokyo University Agr & Technol (2012-2014). Associate Professor, CRS Waseda (2014-2016). Professor, CRS Waseda (2017-).

Mikiko Shimaoka

shimaoka-3Associate Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Management of Nonprofit Organization, Stakeholder Management, Collaborative Governance
■Short Bio
Ph.D. in Public Management, Waseda University (2013). Associate Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (2011). Research Associate, Research Institute of the Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University (2011). Assistant Professor, CRS Waseda (2014-2015). Associate Professor, CRS Waseda (2016-).

Eriko Saito

HPsaito5Associate Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Research outreach, Communication design
■Short Bio
M. Sci. and Eng. in Architecture, Waseda University (1998). Dentsu Inc. (1998).  Engaged in the advertising business of marketing strategy, communication design, promotion solution. Assistant Professor, CRS Waseda (2014-2016). Associate Professor, CRS Waseda (2017-).

Takashi Ichinose

一之瀬先生新Associate Professor, CRS
■Research interests
Research Strategy/Evaluation, Sports Medical Sciences
■Short Bio
B.A. in Human Sciences, Waseda University (1998), M.A. in Human Sciences, Waseda University (2000), Ph.D. in Medicine, Shinshu University (2004). Research Associate, Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University (2004-2007). Waseda Research Institute Corporation (2008-2014). Assistant Professor, CRS Waseda (2014-2015). Associate Professor, CRS Waseda (2016-).

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