The Office for the Promotion of Olympic and Paralympic Activities (OPOP) promote the University of Tsukuba (UT) educational research and contribution to society. We have established three divisions in our office: (1) external liaison, (2) public relations, and (3) database creation.
We will contribute to the Olympic and Paralympic movement through “(A) development of interdisciplinary research project”, “(B) effort and approach to diversity”, “(C) promotion of Olympic and Paralympic education”, and “(D) international exchange through sports” (See below for details). As a result of these activities, we will lead the realization of inclusive society in the 21st century.
(1) “External Liaison” division (Main Role: Promoting activities with collaborating organisations.)
In order to advance the educational research activities by students and researchers who is a faculty member of the UT, we will support the cooperation between the UT and external organisations, and contribute to the promotion of Olympic and Paralympic-related business.
(2) “Public Relations” division (Main Role: Aggregate and send information.)
We will disseminate information and activities related to Olympic and Paralympic Games towards widely to society. We will publish information through our website, and provide press releases to various media outlets.
(3) “Database creation” division (Main Role: Leaving legacy of Olympic and Paralympic Games.)
We will aggregate activities and efforts related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games as an archive, and connect to the future.
A brief look at the activities of the University of Tsukuba
(A) Development of Interdisciplinary Research Project
In the UT, medicine, disability sciences, psychology, sociology, art science, informatics, and engineering are working together to advance cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.
The UT contributes to the improvement of athlete’s performance environment such as cultivate athlete’s performance, supporting disabled athletes, and anti-doping. The UT also contributes to creating the environment where all people can live healthy and fulfilling lives.
(B) Effort and Approach to Diversity
The entire members of the UT learn about diversity, through the Center for Diversity, Accessibility and Career Development (DAC Center).
In 2017, the UT won GOLD prise by a voluntary association, work with Pride (wwP) in recognition of our efforts to improve the working environment for LGBT people. (wwP gave awards to companies and organisations in honour of their efforts to improve the working environment for LGBT people.) In addition, the UT was selected as one of five Best Practice Award winners in the Policy (Declaration of Action) category by wwP. (See More.)
The UT is committed to growing the support systems for students with disabilities to learn together on the same campus by using research from the special needs education schools or disability science of the UT.
(C) Promotion of Olympic and Paralympic Education
There are 11 laboratory schools including special needs education school affiliated to the UT. The students of the laboratory schools learn “inclusive education” and “volunteer education” through exchange study programme among laboratory schools.
In “National Olympic and Paralympic Movement Promotion”, a project commissioned by the Japan Sports Agency, we work on improving people’s interests in the Olympic and Paralympic games, and developing global human resources, inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Furthermore, students of our university are trained to take active parts as volunteer-leaders in the international convention including the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
We will built a volunteer-leader development platform based on our experience and knowledge of volunteer experience. We also aim to function as a volunteer-leader development platform for after 2020.
(D) International Exchange through Sports
The UT accepts many international students every year, and actively supports students’ study abroad. We strive to install global thinking and a global perspective within our students.
As a business of “Sports for Tomorrow (SFT)” project, Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS; Master’s programme) was established by the UT in 2014.
The international students gather in TIAS from all over the world, and TIAS provide innovative academic programmes in English, collaborating with “Joint Master’s Program in International Development and Peace through Sport” (which is a collaboration programme of the UT and National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya; Master’s programme).
In terms of research, we promote collaborative research projects throughout our international networks. As a trans-border university, the University of Tsukuba will practice international exchanges through sports beyond any kinds of borders.
The University of Tsukuba has a potential to contribute to the international games to be held in Japan, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, in terms of producing staff and volunteers to actively supporting the games. Furthermore, the UT has a potential to manage the games collaborating with various stakeholders.