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Global COE Program

Targeted Support for Creating World–standard Research and Education Bases (Centers of Excellence)

Based on a MEXT report entitled "A Policy for the Structural Reform of Universities," this program was established in 2002 to cultivate a competitive academic environment among Japanese universities by giving targeted support to the creation of world-standard research and education bases (centers of excellence). By thus raising the standard of both education and research at them, the program seeks to elevate Japanese universities to the world’s highest echelons, while fostering people of talent and creativity who will be qualified to assume roles as world leaders.

In carrying out this program, JSPS established the "21st Century COE program committee," chaired by Dr. Leo Esaki, a 1973 Nobel laureate in Physics, to oversee program implementation.