Message from the Director

When asked "What is KGRI?" it is difficult to give a clear answer. KGRI is where the most advanced research is being pursued, and it is ever-growing and ever― changing. Its task is to take the rich tapestry of research in the new era-which interweaves a vast amount of research projects including those under Keio's three global initiatives of Longevity, Security, and Creativity, and those conducted across the university―and hoist it up high for all to see.

The mission of KGRI is threefold.

Firstly, KGRI will work to increase the effectiveness of research projects.It will provide a supportive framework for each project funded by an internal or external research grant, and develop and support new projects that can contribute to the sustainability of global society. We are also looking to establish more world-level research hubs.

Secondly, KGRI will make research projects more visible. Current research and findings at Keio will be edited into web content for the recently renewed Keio University website to make it more appealing to a wider global audience. It will promote highly promising research projects overseas by proactively organizing workshops and offering support.

Thirdly, KGRI will propose a new transdisciplinary research platform. Conducting "interdisciplinary" research and research that "integrates the humanities and sciences" are typical examples of concepts that are easier said than done. We are looking beyond the campus and departments, and beyond specialty fields and the framework of industry-government-academia. We are exploring new approaches to scholarship which does not indulge in fixed ideas and stereotypes, and we welcome new ideas and intellectual discussions. "Transdisciplinary" in the truest sense is an approach that takes us on an exciting and adventurous path, and we invite you to come with us.

Director Keigo Komamura
Keio University Global Research Institute