Kagawa University is the birthplace of rare sugar research. The International Institute of Rare Sugar Research and Education was established on 2016, as a research and development organization consisting of members from various Faculties to efficiently develop and promote a wide range of projects. The institute aims to strengthen rare sugar production technology;to improve cooperation between industry, academia and government for the development of new applications of more than 50 different kinds of rare sugars with independent functional characteristics; and to further the global development of basic and application research with international collaborations.
Rare sugar research has been chosen as a top priority strategic point of emphasis at Kagawa University. The International Institute of Rare Sugar Research and Education promotes the most advanced production technology, the accumulation of knowledge for rare sugar studies, as well as practical education for "innovation" through rare sugar research.

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