Unique Point 6 :With the local communityA university that exists alongside the local community, is loved by, and walkshand-in-hand with the localcommunityShinshu University has ranked overall top for four years running in the National Survey of the Degree of Contribution to a Local Community by a University conducted by the Nikkei Research Institute of Industry and Regional Economy from 2012 to 2015. There are several reasons why the university is so highly appraised, including the number of open courses and on-demand courses for the general public and the frequency of symposiums and forums, as well as the diverse partnership programs and the large number of contracted or cooperative research projects and joint initiatives pursued through industry-academia-government collaboration.The university has a very high number of partnership agreements with local governments and organizations, and strives to solve regional problems while also engaging in a wide range of collaborative projects with organizations and members of the public throughout the region by taking advantage of the campuses dispersed across Nagano Prefecture that serve as a hallmark of the University. The University also hosts many activities led by the students and student clubs as well as by faculty members.Partnership agreements with cable television providers in Nagano PrefectureShinshu University concluded a partnership agreement in 2012 with the Nagano Prefectural Council of the Shinetsu Branch of Japan Cable and Telecommunications Association, for the purpose of contributing to regional development. Forums for citizens and Shinshu University have been held pursuant to the agreement. The events were broadcast on CATV, which received very favorable reviews.Shinshu University Disaster Mitigation and Prevention Center “Disaster Prevention Symposium for Citizens”Shinshu University Disaster Mitigation and Prevention Center aims to promote education and research on regional disaster prevention and mitigation at Shinshu University in an organized manner. The Center utilizes the results of research on disaster generation mechanisms and thus improves disaster prevention and mitigation capabilities through regional cooperation.21