Program Overview

Program Objectives and Strategy

Hiroshima University, Yamaguchi University, Tokushima University and Ehime University formed the Consortium, “World-Class Researcher Development Through Regional Collaboration” (hereafter referred to as HIRAKU-Global) with the aim of launching a program to develop innovative, influential and impactful researchers in the global community.

The HIRAKU-Global Program selects young, highly capable tenure-track faculty members (the HIRAKU-Global Researchers, (HGRs)) on a yearly basis. Thereafter, the Program provides the selected HGRs with start-up research funding, financial support to promote medium- to long-term research abroad, multiple experienced mentors, skills development opportunities through international collaborative research, etc. The Program will build a platform for the HGRs to establish multiple networks, allow them to be exposed to multi-disciplinary research activities, inspire each other and ultimately lead and manage the Program.

The Program will ensure their successful academic career, enhance their global profile and network, and accelerate international collaborative research. Ultimately, our collective efforts will enhance the global presence of the HIRAKU-Global Member Organizations, as well as the Chugoku and Shikoku regions as a whole.