The European Future Center Study Tour Report and the URA Recruiting Seminar was held.

5:00 p.m., October 30, 2013 (Wed.) through 2:00 p.m., November 2, 2013 (Sat.)
Enyugakusha, Hokkaido University (Sapporo, October 30) and Kokukaikan (Tokyo, November 2)

Hokkaido University will hire university research administrators (URA).
URAs are newly established positions at universities. To detail the role and work of URAs, Hokkaido University will host the following sessions:

Part 1: European Future Center Study Tour report – report from the home of innovation dialogue
URAs engage in various research-related works at the university.
Among such work, promoting industry-university research collaboration, and planning and promoting regional collaboration have special importance.
This year, we’ve been working to create a new “place of dialogue” at Hokkaido University. To this goal, we’ve made a study tour to the “future centers” in the Netherlands and England, where great achievements have been made in solving issues and in changing society through dialogue.
These days in Japan, there is a movement to create a “future center” in a business or in a region. We will report European examples where such undertakings started in the 1990s.
There was a new finding that renews understanding in Japan about the focal point of undertakings in “dialogue” in Europe.
For those interested in developing methods of dialogue and in launching innovations, don’t miss this opportunity!

Part 2: The URA recruiting seminar
Hokkaido University will hire two or three new URAs. (application deadline: Nov. 15)
What do research administrators do?
What’s an ordinary day for them?
What are the employment prospects?
We’ll answer such questions.
The head of the URA Station will talk about the outline of URA, new jobs that support research administration and the type of personnel Hokkaido University is looking to recruit for URA positions. Then, a current URA of the university will introduce the work of URAs.
After the floor discussion, there will be a one-on-one Q&A time.

【Date & Time, Venue】
October 30 (Wed.)
Venue: Enyugakusya of the Hokkaido University (North 18 West 7, Kita-ku, Sapporo)
A 10-min. walk from the Kita 18-jo Subway Station on the Nanboku Line
Campus bus: Take a bus from the Administration Bureau bus stop and get off at the Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education bus stop, then walk 3 min. Or take a bus from the Creative Research Center “Sosei” bus stop and get off at the gym bus stop, then walk 3 min.
Route and timetable of the campus bus://

4:30 p.m. Open
5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.; Part 1: European Future Center Study Tour report
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Part 2: URA recruiting seminar

November 2 (Sat.)
Venue: 801, 8F, Kokukaikan (Address: Shinbashi 1-18-1, Minato-ku, Metropolitan Tokyo)
A 5-min. walk from the Hibiya Exit of JR Shinbashi Station.
A 5-min. walk from the #7 Exit of Shinbashi Subway Station on the Tokyo Metoro Ginza Line or the Toei Asakusa Line
A 30-sec. walk from Exit A2 of the Uchisaiwai-cho Subway Station on the Toei Mita Line.

1:30 p.m. Open
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.; Part 1: European Future Center Study Tour report
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Part 2: The URA recruiting seminar

Reservations are not required for either event.
The content of both sessions is the same in Sapporo and Tokyo.

For details, please refer to the section “Research administrator, Creative Research Institution” under the “Openings for teaching and research staff” webpage of Hokkaido University.

Inquiries about the event:
The URA Station, Creative Research Institution, Hokkaido University
Person in charge: Okada
To inquire about applying for a URA position, please contact the person indicated on the document about the application procedures.