Mie's population and industrial structure differ greatly between the North Central region, which is close to the urban centers of Chukyo and Kansai, and the South and East Kishu regions, which are more rural. The challenges faced by each region are exactly the same as those faced by Japan as a whole.
Mie University will be a global leader in education and research grounded in the local community, with whole areas of Mie as its educational and research field, serving as a microcosm of Japan. We will utilize regional satellite campuses, which are a distinctive feature of Mie University, to promote collaboration and co-creation in cooperation with the local community by enhancing URA, etc., centered on the three divisions of the Regional Co-Creation Deployment Center under the Mie Regional Plan Co-Creation Organization, for a spiral-up effect. By accelerating the "Mie Model," which aims to resolve problems through regional collaboration, we will return the results to society and contribute to the revitalization of the region.
Mie University considers "social application of advanced technologies based on the results of basic research and the creation of new social value by utilizing these technologies" to be an important issue for further development of the region, as part of its social contribution. The "Industrial Vision" division will promote social applications for research and development to meet the requirements of local communities, including DX for next-generation telecommunications in information infrastructure development, and research and development for the formation and construction of a recycling society model that considers a new energy cycle including carbon neutrality as the world moves toward a decarbonized society, in addition to Mie University's existing leading-edge research. In social applications, we will further promote collaboration between industry, academia, government, and the community, and work with the local community to deepen understanding and raise awareness of Mie University.
The "Vision of Japan's Regional Models" division will collect and understand the issues and needs faced by regions, further uncover the appeal and potential of Mie's agricultural, forestry, and fishery resources and distinctive culture, and work to resolve various issues in medicine, food, and housing through collaboration among industry, academia, government, and the community, including student involvement in the community and educational curriculum solutions, in order to create a society that excites people, in the context of major changes in the environment surrounding local communities, such as the declining birthrate and aging population, globalization, and global warming.
One of the critical factors for people to carry on socioeconomic activity is the "formation of a safe, secure, and comfortable society." Mie University has been working with Mie Prefecture on disaster prevention and disaster mitigation in the region, and will further develop these activities. The "Vision of a Sustainable Society Model" division aims to make society more sustainable by promoting initiatives for medical and healthcare DX, infectious disease control, medical care for disaster victims, raising disaster awareness among young people, and measures to extend the life of infrastructure and contribute to national resilience.