The 21st Century COE Program was established with the introduction
of grants for the establishment of research centers in fiscal 2002,
under the June 2001 "Policies for the Structural Reform of
To ensure that Japanese universities can conduct educational
and research activities on a par with the world's best
universities, it is necessary to foster a competitive environment
by introducing the principle of competition based on third-party
assessments. There must be greater competition among universities,
whether national, municipal or private. This program seeks to
form world-class centers for research and education in Japanese universities,
with the aim of raising research levels and developing
creative human resources who will rank among the best
in the world. The policy is designed to facilitate the
development of unique and internationally competitive
universities through the provision of prioritized support.
Detailed information can be found at http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-21coe/.
Note: In the category of mechanical engineering, civil
engineering, architecture and other types of engineering,
applications were requested in fiscal 2003. This program is
one of the 23 that were approved.