Summary

The Research Facility Center for Science and Technology was established on April 1, 2004. The University of Tsukuba has not had a research institute, but rather a relatively small organizations called centers, which conduct research, education, and their support services. Around 2003, there was a movement within the university to establish a new structure by integrating and consolidating the centers, and discussions were held regarding the integration of the five centers located adjacent to the west side of the university. The centers aim to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary research and the creation of cutting-edge research, as well as to improve the University's research and educational support system through the appropriate management and operation of basic joint-use research facilities. The centers were reorganized on April 1, 2006, into four divisions, and have been in operation since then. Each division is headed by a deputy director in charge of the division and is composed of full-time faculty and technical staff. The center has four divisions: the Applied Accelerator Division, the Cryogenics Division, the Chemical Analysis Division, and the Engineering Workshop Division, each of which manages and operates electrostatic accelerators, low-temperature generation equipment, various analytical instruments, and various engineering workshops to support research, and develops equipment to enhance research and educational support, and conducts research in complex fields. Many divisions provide research and educational support for a wide range of areas within the university, and some have also accepted use from outside institutes. In April 2012, the Open Facility Network Office was established in the Research Facility Center for Science and Technology, a university-wide organization, in order to promote more effective use of equipment within the University of Tsukuba as well as more open and effective use of equipment from outside the university. In FY2013, the MEXT subsidized us to accelerate our efforts to convert our equipment to open facilities, and we have been working to build an efficient equipment operation and management system. As part of this effort, on March 24, 2022, the Open Facility Network Office was reorganized to position itself as a university-wide supervisory organization, and the "Organization for Open Facility Initiatives" was established. We believe it is necessary to continue to effectively promote research, educational support, and industry-academia collaboration while developing a network system for industry-academia collaboration with other institutes in the Tsukuba area and in Japan, and to cooperate with this organization to consolidate research facilities and establish an operational system with one-stop services. We appreciate your cooperation.


History

April 1, 2004

April 1, 2006

April 1, 2012
March 24, 2022

The Research Facility Center for Science and Technology is established by merging five centers: Applied Accelerator, Cryogenics, Engineering Workshop, Chemical Analysis, and Isotope.
Isotope Division became independent and reorganized into four divisions: Applied Accelerator, Cryogenics, Chemical Analysis, and Engineering Workshop.
The Open Facility Network Office is established.
The Office was reorganized into the Organization for Open Facility Initiatives.


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