Nagoya University Concludes Partnership Agreement with DENSO Corporation on 'Co-Creation in Education' and 'Value Creation'

On May 23, 2017, Nagoya University (President: Seiichi Matsuo) concluded a partnership agreement with Denso Corporation (President & CEO: Koji Arima) regarding the promotion of "co-creation in education" and "value creation."


Nagoya University and Denso will work together for the development of value-creation type human resources, by effectively using their respective personnel to establish liberal arts and sciences programs for the undergraduate and graduate schools, as well as for the advancement of academic promotion to create value for the future society.


Effects and Objectives of the Partnership -- Unprecedented human resource development initiatives
  • By using our strengths as a comprehensive university and a world-leading manufacturing company, we will develop unprecedented education and research programs combining social and natural sciences. In doing so, we will create the Medici Effect* to develop "human resources bringing about value creation," who will surpass conventional problem-solving type human resources, that is, to develop people who will play a leadership role in the future human society. (The initiatives will be implemented jointly by Denso's "certified professionals" and other experienced engineers and researchers, and Nagoya University's faculty.)
  • Under the theme of "relationship between vehicle and person," Nagoya University and Denso will pursue the promotion of education and research, and will address various issues on the living environment and infrastructure development in the information-oriented society and the aging society.
  • Nagoya University and Denso will search for research seeds by sharing mutual information and exchanging opinions, forecast technologies that will be necessary 10 to 20 years ahead, and create innovation by collaborative research, with the aim of creating new values that can change general evaluation criteria, not just new technologies.


Specific Examples of the Partnership Initiatives
  •  Co-establishment of "Korotama-juku," a new type of educational program combining social and natural sciences through an industry-academia collaboration (eventual development into liberal arts and sciences courses)
  •  Creation of new research and value (implementation of collaborative research, contract research, endowed lectures, etc.)
  •  Mutual exchange between the university's researchers and the company's engineers/researchers


* The Medici Effect is named after the Medici family in Italy in the 15th century who contributed to the Renaissance by bringing together talents in various fields to Firenze.