Unique Point 2 :The Unique Shinshu-Oriented Education ProgramTaking Full Advantage of ShinshuA Visit to the Nano-WaterwheelStudents watch a nano-waterwheel at work in a village forest in Nagano. The waterwheel was developed and built by a teacher in the Faculty of Engineering. Students learn how the device powers a fence designed to prevent animals damaging crops, and think about the benefits of locally generated power.Shinshu University’s general education program plays a key role in developing the skills that will enable our graduates to contribute to society. One of the unique features of the educational experience we offer is the opportunity for students to engage in fieldwork and learn about the natural environment. No less important are our guest speakers, both from industry and the local community, whose lectures provide students with a broad knowledge of regional culture.In accordance with the measures adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to promote the development of a regionally-oriented education system, we have taken the initiative to establish the University as a “Center of Community” (University COC Programs) (2013–2017).We organize and categorize all classes into “themes”, from regionally-specific issues to global challenges, in order to provide a continuous learning environment that enables students to study a certain social issue which they are interested in from their freshman year through to senior level in an interdisciplinary manner, while acquiring the latest knowledge in the subject they are specializing in. We also continue to expand the involvement of local lecturers and the range of study fields which lend themselves to problem-based learning.Furthermore, we are utilizing the 2015 Program for Promoting Regional Revitalization by Universities as Centers of Community (COC+ Program, 2015–2019) to cultivate human resources with considerable experience and a deep understanding of the ties between academic study, society and the local region. We hope to cultivate such human resources in close cooperation with the local region and give back to the local community.08