The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion,
Hiroshima University

About Us

About Us

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What is The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion?

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Hiroshima University established the Institute for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in April 2023 on a university-wide basis in order to contribute to building a sustainable society where everyone can play an active role with a sense of fulfilment and happiness. Under the leadership of the President, the Organization aims to become a world-leading D&I education and research center through the collaboration of the Director, Deputy Director, The Center for Special Needs Education Research and Practice, Research Center for Diversity and Inclusion and The Accessibility Center.

University-wide promotion of D&I through strong leadership at the top

Head of the Institute
Executive Vice President (Education and Peacebuilding)

Vice Head of the Institute
Vice President (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

Management Department
Supervision of three centers, cooperation with other institutions and organizations HUB

The Center for Special Needs Education Research and Practice
We aim to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities by training teachers with an excellent research eye and advanced practical skills.

The Research Center for Diversity and Inclusion
We foster people for an inclusive and diverse society.

The Accessibility Center
We make reasonable adjustments, considerations and support with regards to academic accessibility (ease of learning).

Members of our Institute

We work with national and international researchers to promote D&I education within the university, on university campuses, in society and overseas.

Our Institute’s member list

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In recent years, legislation and other measures to recognize diversity and related research have been rapidly implemented in Japan and abroad, but issues such as a shortage of highly specialized personnel in special needs education, school teachers with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds, female researchers in science and agriculture and delays in digitalization in the education sector remain a serious problem throughout the country.


Against the background described above, The Institute for D&I , established in April 2023, aims to build a human resource development system with an inclusive mindset as a world-leading D&I education and research center.
By promoting education and research on how to create a society and environment in which diverse people can live comfortably, the D&I Promotion Organization aims to foster wellbeing for individuals and society by focusing on improving the health and well-being of diverse people and examining ways to provide them with better learning and working environments.

The ‘six’ goals that the D&I Institute aims to achieve

Of the 17 goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which Hiroshima University aims to contribute to on a university-wide basis, the D&I Promotion Organization will develop activities to contribute to the achievement of six goals in particular.

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion, Hiroshima University is committed to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Development of activities

The Institute for D&I will strengthen the activities that have been promoted by the three centers.
For example,

  • We provide a university-wide D&I education and practice environment for students who do not aim to obtain a teacher’s diploma.
  • We will strengthen the development of D&I promotion activities, for example, by taking initiatives to improve accessibility across the continuum of primary, secondary, higher education and society through digitization and assistive devices.
  • We will strengthen accessibility and inclusive support for students with diverse needs, such as women, LGBTQ people, people with foreign roots and disabilities.
  • In the future, the three centers will develop the four projects shown in the diagram, utilizing their respective characteristics and in collaboration with each other.

Cooperation and collaboration

We are expanding our network with relevant organizations domestically and abroad, into school education, university campuses, society and overseas.

Hiroshima prefecture Hiroshima City Higashi-Hiroshima City
Overseas University
Oxford University
Harvard University
University of Notre Dame Australia
University of Colorado at Boulder
Indonesia University of Education
Changchun University
University of Jyvaskyla