Josho Gakuen Educational Foundation (hereinafter referred to as "Josho Gakuen") establishes the Conflict of Interest Policy here to clearly show within and outside Josho Gakuen its basic approach to and management policy of social contribution activities, such as industry-government-university collaboration and technology transfer (hereinafter referred to as "Social Contribution Activities"), which Josho Gakuen Headquarters, Osaka Institute of Technology, Setsunan University, and Hiroshima International University (hereinafter referred to as "Group Universities") promote. Staff members who engage in these activities are requested to always keep this policy in mind when conducting such activities.
Josho Gakuen's Social Contribution Activities include a wide variety of activities, such as joint research, contract research, consulting (including technical guidance), licensing of intellectual property rights, support for analysis and measuring activities by using facilities and equipment of the Universities, and the provision of extension courses. However, the primary responsibility of the Universities lies in the development of professional specialists as clearly stated in goals of foundation. Therefore, Josho Gakuen and the Universities should take utmost care that over commitment of the faculty to the Social Contribution Activities would not limit the students' opportunities to receive education or prevent the development of their uniqueness and their academic pursuits.
The purpose of the Conflict of Interest Policy laid out here is not to limit the Social Contribution Activities by the faculty, but to provide guidelines that enable Josho Gakuen and the Universities to build a management system for conflict of interest and thereby conduct Social Contribution Activities in a proper and smooth manner.
This policy shall be effective on April 1, 2011.
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