Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI) was established in November 2016 as a result of an expansive reorganization of the existing Keio University Global Security Research Institute (G-SEC), and as a base to facilitate the further globalization of the university to become an international research university that can make positive contributions to the world.
Keio University was selected for the Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2014 as one of Japan's top universities providing a world-class level of research and education. Under the project, and in line with Yukichi Fukuzawa's founding principles, the university is striving to enhance the sustainability of global society through jitsugaku (science). It has created three research initiatives of Longevity, Security, Creativity, to facilitate interdisciplinary research and will build on its strength as a comprehensive university in which research in a wide range of disciplines from the social sciences to the natural sciences is carried out.
As the base for the three initiatives, KGRI will work closely with the related educational and research departments within the university to promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and disseminate the findings to the world.
Research projects under these three initiatives are being carried out at KGRI. Researchers specializing in not just one but multiple disciplines participate in each project pursuing transdisciplinary research. By applying specialized, cutting-edge research conducted at the undergraduate faculties and graduate schools in an interdisciplinary way, the university is seeking to find solutions to various social issues.
KGRI is where Keio's leading research, education, and society converge. It is also a platform on which interdisciplinary research is actively in progress, where next-generation researchers are developed and produced, and from which research findings are shared within and outside Japan with the goal of contributing to sustainable development.