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About Chubu University

Aiming to become the leading academic research institution for the Chubu region

With the addition of the new College of Contemporary Education, Chubu University has become a comprehensive university encompassing 7 colleges and 30 departments in the arts and sciences. Initially established as a pre-eminent technical university for the Chubu region, in April 1984 Chubu University added to its original College of Engineering, the College of Business Administration and Information Science, and the College of International Studies. April 1998 saw the foundation of the College of Humanities, and in April of 2001, the university opened its newest faculty, the College of Bioscience and Biotechnology. In April 2006, the College of Life and Health Sciences was opened, and in April 2008, the College of Contemporary Education was established.

Characteristic of the university is its establishment of a structure that is truly comprehensive, including studies of the fields of nature, society, and the humanities at its six colleges and twenty-one departments of arts and science. The university has created an academic environment in which students can study beyond the spheres of each department or college. Considered extremely important is the combination of fostering a multi-lateral outlook, while gaining in-depth specialization. The university strives to educate students who can contribute fully to a 21st century society - providing knowledge in the arts to technology students, as well as teaching the fundamentals of science to those majoring in the humanities. Therefore, Chubu University encourages students to attend lectures in colleges and departments other than their own majors.

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The College of Bioscience and Biotechnology

Answering the needs of the present bio-era.

It is often said that the 21st Century is the era of biotechnology. The highest expectations are held of this field, as it is counted upon to solve problems that are experienced on a global scale, such as limitations of food supplies and challenges to the environment. Facing these needs head on, in April 2001 Chubu University established the College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, in which students can focus on the study of these disciplines, coursework not widely available even here in Japan. Characteristic of this College is the comprehensive incorporation of the disciplines of science, agriculture, engineering, and pharmacology, creating a new academic field of applied biology. The program includes two courses of study: the investigation and development of microbiological functions in the Department of Biological Chemistry, and the creation of better global environment for all living organisms in the Department of Environmental Biology. Through these studies, the university aims to educate students who will go on to play an active role supporting this modern-era industry of biotechnology.

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The Graduate School established over each college

The Graduate School of Engineering offers six doctoral programs: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Constructional Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Computer Science and Innovative Energy Science and Engineering. The Graduate School of Business Administration and Information Science was established in 1996, and in 1998 began to provide doctoral programs. The Graduate School of Global Humanics was founded in 1991, and in April 2001 started a doctoral program. The Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology was established in 2005, and in 2007 began to provide doctoral programs.  The Graduate School of Life and Health Sciences was established in 2011 and in 2013 started a doctoral program.  The Graduate School of Education was established in 2012. 

As above, Chubu University now maintains Graduate Schools for all colleges.

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Activities such as study abroad programs with overseas sister schools enable dynamic international exchange.

Ohio University became a sister university to Chubu University in 1973. In addition, Chubu University has established academic exchange agreements with the following institutions (as of 2016):

  1. Ohio University, U.S.A. (1973)
  2. Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia (1989)
  3. West Virginia University, U.S.A. (1999)
  4. Wonkwang University, Korea (2000)
  5. Harbin University of Scinence and Technology, China (2001)
  6. Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Germany (2003)
  7. China Foreign Affairs University, China (2003)
  8. The University of New England, Australia (2003)
  9. Université de La Rochelle, France (2004)
  10. ENSEIRB-MATMECA, France (2005)
  11. Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania (2006)
  12. Anhui University of Science & Technology, China (2006)
  13. Mohammed V Agdal University, Morocco (2006)
  14. Harbin Institute of Technology, China (2006)
  15. East China Normal University, China (2006)
  16. Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indoneia (2009)
  17. Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (2011)
  18. Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico (2011)
  19. Tongji University, China (2011)
  20. China Huadian Electric Power Research Institute, China (2012)
  21. Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science, China (2012)
  22. Kathmandu University, Nepal (2012)
  23. ICIMOD: International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal (2012)
  24. The Council for Renewable Natural Resources Research of Bhutan, Bhutan (2012)
  25. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India (2012)
  26. University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia (2013)
  27. Tongji Zhejiang College, China (2014)
  28. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (2014)
  29. King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand (2014)
  30. Northeastern University, China (2014)
  31. Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia (2014)
  32. Research and Development Center at Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System, Russia (2014)
  33. Jiaxing University, China (2015)
  34. University of Sciences and Technology of Oran Mohamed Boudiaf, Algeria (2015)
  35. Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany (2015)

These exchange agreements have fostered a deep friendship between the institutions. In addition, every year Chubu University enthusiastically welcomes students from abroad. In fact, presently all departments and graduate schools teach students from around the world.

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Advanced IT education systematically implemented for an information-orientated society.

Chubu University has put great effort into computer-related education for students since it opened its doors, always providing the instruction and environment necessary to match the times. Whether it be for practical learning, research, or private study, students are enthusiastically taking advantage of facilities such as the Information Systems Center with its large-scale computers, or the over 3,500 personal computers set up throughout the university. Furthermore, most of the computers are joined to a network through the University's internal LAN system, making access, including to the Internet, almost always possible. Also, for students who wish to undertake self-study independent of university classes, additional computer courses are provided, and study for certification examinations is encouraged.

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Interdisciplinary research exceeds the scope of university walls

The Chubu Institute for Advanced Studies is one institute involved in such research.

Chubu University does not simply offer undergraduate and graduate education, but also serves as a research institution promoting the advancement of academic research. The Chubu Institute for Advanced Studies, as the first University Cooperative Research Facility housed by a private university, aims to provide an integral contribution to central Japan's regional academic research.

The University expands its role in the region as an institution for lifelong learning.

With the Extension Center as the focus of its program, Chubu University offers Open Courses and promotes the concept of the regional open university. Furthermore, the Miura Kohei Memorial Hall hosts public lectures, campus concerts, inter-business exchanges, and various regional cultural events in addition to the usual academic meetings.

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