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* Update due to COVID-19

initially planned to open in Spring 2020.
However, due to the current situation concerning
COVID-19, the official opening of UoC
has been postponed to September 1,
2020 to ensure the health and safety of
all guests and everyone involved.

Meanwhile, as a beta version for creatively
prototyping the world post-COVID-19,
online sessions will begin in June.
We look forward to seeing you online
as well as in person
at UoC Tokyo Campus in September!

UNIVERSITY of CREATIVITY (UoC) was initially planned to open in Spring 2020.
However, due to the current situation concerning COVID-19,
the official opening of UoC has been postponed to September 1, 2020
to ensure the health and safety of all guests and everyone involved.

Meanwhile, as a beta version for creatively prototyping the world post-COVID-19,
online sessions will begin in June.
We look forward to seeing you online as well as in person
at UoC Tokyo Campus in September!

We Are All Born Creative.

is an innovative research platform
based in Tokyo
to cultivate human creativity as the capital
for creating the future.

How can we learn creativity?
What moves us?
Why do we laugh?
Why do we love?
Why do we cry?
Why do we create?
Where do we find beauty?

How can we play with creativity
to transcend the boundaries between
and humanities/arts/sciences?

How can we make the history of creativity
sharable for future generations?

How can we foster more beautiful societies
through creativity?

Essentially: what makes us human?

Dive Into the Creative Odyssey of Homo sapiens.
Image: 'History of creativity since BCE 300,000' research room
Image: History of creativity in Homo sapiens – research room
UoC School System. Growing Trees of Creative Animism.UoC’s school system

UoC treasures reverie.

There are no traditional lectures.
To maximize creative stimulation and cross-disciplinarity,
UoC's school system is based on
expression, research and prototyping.

“Mandala” is where participants of different backgrounds
explore new ways of worldmaking together
in public brainstorming sessions and nonverbal
All are welcome to join.

“Ferment” will conduct research on creativity
and formulate new plans for disruptive growth in society.
6 themes are covered, as well as
the 'History of creativity since BCE 300,000' research.

“Play” brings UoC out to the world.
Prototypes for regional, educational and social innovation
will be implemented through radical collaboration
between industry, government and academia.

Six Key Fields for Designing New Creativity
New Ways of World making

The age of creativity is dawning.
This new era is emerging from the intersection of three movements.

1. Redefining what humans can do in the age of computation

The exponential advancement of technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT, is unstoppable. Many aspects of our daily lives are already being operated and synthesized through smartphones, computers, and servers, with new interfaces under rapid development. Systems excel at optimizing, streamlining and rationalizing, tasks that had been expected of us in the transition through automation. As these systems approach maximum efficiency, what can humans do that computation cannot?

We believe the answer lies in CREATIVITY:

the unpredictable nature of serendipity; the raw emotions of desire; the incalculable expanse of imagination; the melty subjectivity of space-time experiences; nonverbal aesthetics; the mystery of love. And fortunately, these are tied to our fundamental core as human beings. In order to shape a world where each person can be human in the age of computation, we must place greater value on creativity, especially in the education of future generations.

2. Shifting focus from manufacturing management to value creation

Businesses are beginning to look for ‘disruptive growth’. As the internet allows people’s behaviors to be traced anytime anywhere, the world economy is slowly heading towards homogenization. At first glance, this homogenization may seem to guarantee the stable growth of each industry. However, the homogenization of the world economy is actually represented by a significant reduction in wealth of the vast majority, for the sake of the profit of a handful of platforms.

As astute business executives and investors desperately look for the next game-changing idea, the competitive advantage of companies will not be measured anymore by productivity and profit margin alone, but by the adaptability of companies’ value propositions and by the integrity of companies’ culture and philosophy. Once again, creativity is a strong reason behind our change in mentality from manufacturing management to value creation, and will be equally vital in making the framework that gives companies the speed and plasticity needed to survive in the current marketplace.

3. Crystallizing the essence of Japanese civilization

Finally, there is a growing expectation towards Japan as a civilization as we enter the new Reiwa era. Throughout its history, Japan has accumulated an abundant repertoire of creativities: a unique intentionality and dedication to detailed ways of living; the connection between body, mind, and soul offered through Zen and Tao; the animistic worldview perpetuated from Jomon era; Buddhist art from Kamakura era; Japanese baroque that flourished from Azuchi-Momoyama era; the humorous pop culture from Edo era; Japanese gastronomy and its continuous innovation; the fetishism in manga and otaku culture; and world-class, iconic Japanese fashion… All these hidden, powerful pieces can now be elevated to a new dimension through the fusion between art and science. The source of Japan’s strategic advantage as a nation, which is limited in geographical size and natural resources, lies in its layered creativity.

Adventurous paradox of researching creativity

Despite the significance and importance of creativity in our lives, there is yet to be a far-reaching organization dedicated especially to creativity. Creativity is a complex concept to structure, as it relates not just to arts and music, but to all fields, including architecture, entertainment, programming, engineering, social design, product design, scientific discovery and education. Moreover, creativity inherently requires a cyclic and recurrent induction and deduction of ideation, a sublimation of conceptualization, imagination, and mastery of skill and technique, with multiple and often transitory forms of expression. For these reasons, it has been nearly impossible to conduct a comprehensively structured research on creativity. Focus too much on a specific topic, and you will blur the big picture; focus on an overly holistic approach, and you will lack deep knowledge in a given field. Creativity is elusive and yet it is the most essential way of worldmaking. Our mission is to solve creativity’s unsolvable conundrum, by researching the incomprehensible and attempting to learn the unlearnable.

Beyond partial optimization to bold visions of future civilization

Are we really living in an explicitly understandable, rigidly arranged world? Is our world simply the sum of each subject, industry, and organization? The history of academia stemmed from Greek philosophy roughly 2600 years ago in the search for omniscient wisdom based on ‘arkhē’, the root of everything. In the Modern Age, after Descartes, academia diverged into natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Each branch differentiated further and deepened within themselves, to try to understand the world through the summation of the parts. As a result, academia nowadays feels more like tightly guarded tiny silos.

Although the fragmentation of academia succeeded in the partial analysis of the world, the dynamic pursuit of an overarching world thesis has been missing. Academic compartmentalization seems to have rendered the universal dynamism of our humanity vulnerable. Despite the impressive progress of convenient technologies, a future where humans are treated mechanically as a mere part of a system will never satisfy us.

‘We are all born creative.’

What if we reconsidered academia, not as the three areas of arts, sciences and humanities, but as a dynamic architecture with infinite aesthetics and values that transcend a single specialization? What would happen if these diverse creativities met spontaneously, colliding and reacting to each other as in a neural network? Although creativity may be remarkably hard to construct, under our philosophy “we are all born creative”, we believe that we can compose unheard of cross-disciplinary explosions and bring about exceptionally provocative futures.

New Ways of Worldmaking, from Japan to the world

Japan is currently at an important crossroads: the new imperial era, Reiwa, has just begun, the fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics continue to be a source of hope for the future. The time is right for us to restructure the world by centering creativity as humans' greatest capital of worldmaking.

We are pleased to announce the opening of University of Creativity;

for the redefinition of humanity,
for the evolution of civilization,
for the renaissance of our earth.


  • Q. Is UoC an accredited university?

    A. No. UoC is not currently seeking certification from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Instead, UoC aims to construct an unprecedented platform that harmonizes learning, working and living, while honoring the openness and intellectual rigor of classic universities.

  • Q. Are there any age restrictions or necessary requirements to participate?

    A. No. UoC is designed to be a lifelong learning platform for anyone who is interested in creativity. Everyone is welcome, from students, athletes, musicians, businesspeople, to teachers.

  • Q. Do I have to pay to participate?

    A. UoC is not planning to charge any enrollment fee. However, some seminars and programs may incur accommodation, transport and other associated costs.

  • Q. What do you mean by “cross-disciplinary”?

    A. It is a collaborative, cross-sectional research approach whereby experts of various fields gather to comprehensively and extensively explore creativity in both individuals and civilizations.

  • Q. Is there an entrance examination or university application for UoC?

    A. There are no entrance exams and no student body limit at UoC. UoC welcomes anyone who is interested in creativity and embraces the UoC philosophy.

  • Q. How can I be part of UoC?

    A. Registration for online sessions will open on our website in June.
    Details about how to participate in our Tokyo Campus will be announced at a later date.

  • Q. Is it true that UoC has no faculty?

    A. There are experts who are involved in constructing UoC, but there are no designated teachers or professors, since UoC is interested in providing an ‘n:n learning approach’, not a 1:n teacher/student ratio.

  • Q. What is the “History of creativity since BCE 300,000”?

    A. “History of creativity since BCE 300,000” is one of UoC’s original research projects, which explores the essence of humankind’s evolution, through creativity, over its 300,000 years history.

  • Q. Is it true that people will take off their shoes at UoC Tokyo Campus?

    A. Participants will be required to take off their shoes in part of the Tokyo campus, to encourage everyone to relate to each other more than just verbally, to dig deeper and more openly into our own thinking, in a tangible environment.

Access: Akasaka Biz Tower 23F 5-3-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.


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We Are All Born Creative. すべての人類は、生まれながらにして創造的である。





Dive Into Creative Animism. この30万年、ぼくたちはなにに感動してきたのか
UoC School System. 「創造性の森羅万象」の木を育てる「創造性の森羅万象」を越領域しながら引き込み、深化させ、社会と企業に実装する。






New Ways of World making



1. 今の時代だからこそ、人間が得意なことがある





2. 企業は、生産管理から価値創造へ


3. 日本という文明プラットフォームの真髄









第4次産業革命、2020という未来への節目、令和新元号の今こそ、人類の最大の資本であるCreativityを「新しい世界制作の方法」として見つめ直し、再構築したい。このような衝動から、わたしたちは、この秋、創造性を包括的に研究実験する機関『UNIVERSITY of CREATIVITY(ユニバーシティ・オブ・クリエイティビティ)』を設立します。




  • Q. UoCは大学ですか?

    A. 文科省認定を受けているものではありません。
    いわゆる大学のように開かれた研究と学びの場という意味で、UNIVERSITY of CREATIVITYと名付けました。

  • Q. 年齢制限や参加資格はありますか?

    A. ありません。UoCは生涯学習をベースとし、「創造性に興味があるすべての方」に開かれています。

  • Q. 参加するには、費用がかかりますか?

    A. 現状、無料で参加をベースに検討しています。

  • Q. 越領域ってなんですか?

    A. 多分野の専門家が集まることで文明の森羅万象におよぶ創造性を横断的に研究します。

  • Q. 入学するには試験がありますか?

    A. UoCでの学びに関して、受験は必要ありません。「創造性に関心があるすべての方」に開かれています。UoCの趣旨に賛同いただける方であれば、どなたでも自由に参加していただけます。

  • Q. 参加方法をおしえてください。

    A. オンラインセッションへの参加については6月に本WEBサイトで発表します。
    9月のTokyo Campus 開校時の参加については後日発表します。

  • Q. 教師がいないって本当ですか?

    A. 専門家はいますが、1対NではなくN対Nの創発的な学びを目指していますので、決まった教師はいません。

  • Q. 「創造性全史」とはなんでしょうか?

    A. 人類30万年の進化の本質を探すUoC独自の研究プロジェクトです。

  • Q. Tokyo Campus が「裸足」というのは本当ですか?

    A. よりリラックスして非言語な感覚を共有し、思考を深掘りできるように、キャンパスの半分はハダシベースになっています。