University IMPACT Champion

Seiichi Matsuo

Gender equality is an absolute necessity for a free and vibrant academic culture. Nagoya University is committed to breaking gender barriers not only on campus but across academia.

Impact Commitments

Build a ‘Center for Gender Equality’ to serve as the home for the gender equality movement.

As the first Japanese university to establish a university-wide committee and an exclusive office to promote gender equality, Nagoya University is a nationwide leader in this area. Nagoya will remain at the cutting edge by creating a Center for Gender Equality on its own campus. The Center for Gender Equality will promote gender equality and host a gender library of 10,000 books. Slated to open in 2018, the Center for Gender Equality will serve as a hub for gender equality in Japan, driving campus-, city- and country-wide change.

Drive parity from the top, increasing the representation of women in leadership positions to 20% by 2020.

Nagoya’s creative approach to supporting female faculty members has already paid dividends; their women-only positions in natural science subjects have nearly doubled the representation of women in these roles. Using this success as a platform for parity, Nagoya will scale and strengthen female-only roles, create dedicated programs for female PhD students, and dedicated mentoring programs, to achieve 20% of women in faculty and leadership/administration positions by 2020 (a 75% increase from today).

Work with the government and private sector to champion gender equality across Japan.

Nagoya established a forum to promote gender equality in Aichi Prefecture. Much like the IMPACT 10x10x10, the group comprises private sector, academia, and public sector actors. The trilateral group has launched effective programs including gender sensitization seminars and science outreach for female high school students. Going forward, Nagoya will scale the program with a strategic focus on two key pillars: effective career support for women students, and joint research opportunities for women researchers. By 2020, Nagoya will engage five companies, five universities, 10 government funding schemes and 20 mentorship/leadership programs to promote HeForShe and gender equality across Japan.

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