List of Facilities
University Library / Shinshu University Archives
The six libraries listed above, each with its own specialization, are spread across the five campuses. The Library runs a peer support service (Peer Support@Lib) that gives undergraduates the opportunity to consult older students for advice on studying and academic writing. Members of the public can consult the Library's holdings and access services such as photocopying and borrowing.
The University Archives collect materials from alumni and former faculty and staff through the Alumni Association and other organizations. The Archives are committed to documenting the history of Shinshu University and to passing this knowledge on to future generations through exhibitions curated within the digital archive. The Library also houses the Kotani Collection, one of the most important collections in Japan of materials related to mountains.
Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Management
The Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Management consists of a Health Education Department and an Environmental, Health and Safety Department. The former is responsible for the health of students and staff, and the latter for the environment in which they study and work. The Center is located on the Matsumoto campus, and each of the other campuses has its own health and counselling center.
With 717 beds and 68 departments and facilities, the hospital differs from general hospitals in that it provides not only general treatment but also, as a specialized hospital, can offer more advanced medical care and conduct clinical research. In addition, as a teaching hospital, it trains the next generation of medical professionals. In the area of living-donor liver transplantation, we are proud of our many achievements, including the world's first successful adult living-donor liver transplant and the first brain-dead liver transplant in Japan.
In April 2018, the South Ward (Comprehensive and Advanced Medical Care Unit) began treating patients in its hybrid operating rooms, smart treatment rooms, ICUs and perinatal care facilities, all equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
Organization for Research and Education
Center for General Education
The Center for General Education works closely with the eight faculties to plan and implement the common curriculum taken by all undergraduates. The Center also carries out research and development in order to support the University in achieving its educational objective of ensuring that its students graduate with the key skills required by today's employers.
The Admissions Center is responsible for the undergraduate selection process and the administration of the Common Entrance Test. Its research and development program ensures that the entrance examination system remains in line with the University's admissions policy. The Center also engages in public relations work directed at prospective students.
Research Center for Higher Education
The Research Center for Higher Education supports curriculum development at Shinshu University and is also responsible for quality assurance and faculty development.
The e-Learning Center plays an important role in improving the University's education. It is responsible for the development and operation of information and communication technology-based systems and for supporting the use of ICT in the classroom.
Student Support Center
In collaboration with staff throughout the University, the Center offers an integrated and user-friendly service that supports students struggling with either practical or social problems in their daily lives. The Center's main duties involve processing, and assisting students with, applications for tuition or entrance fee exemption and scholarships, as well as dealing with issues related to extracurricular activities and student welfare (e.g. dormitories), and supporting student club activities, etc.
Student Advisory Center
Students are able to consult the Student Advisory Centre on a variety of issues. In addition to dealing with general enquiries about day-to-day life, our specialized staff are also able to offer advice to students suffering from psychological stress caused by academic or interpersonal relationships as well as provide support for disabled students. Counselling services are available at all faculties and the Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Management also supports students in their campus life.
Career Support Center
In the midst of ever-diversifying work styles and in an increasingly uncertain world, the Career Support Center provides career education and employment support to help students find the right career. It works in cooperation with companies, organizations and local governments in Japan and abroad to place students on internships, and raises students' career awareness and motivation to learn.
During the job-hunting season, the Center holds orientation sessions and events for each step of the job-hunting process in order to provide students with all the information and knowledge they need. Every year, companies and organizations from all over the country come to the campus for a joint corporate information session, hoping to hire Shinshu university students.
Center for the Teaching Profession
Center for the Teaching Profession supports teacher education in the five faculties that offer teacher-training courses (Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, and Faculty of Textile Science and Technology). The Center consists of three divisions: the Division of Teacher Education, Division of Community Collaboration, and Division of Curatorial and Teacher Training Support for Science and Mathematics, and is engaged in various projects related to teacher education in cooperation with on-campus and local educational organizations.
Center for Global Education and Collaboration (GEC)
The GEC is responsible for global education at Shinshu University. It encourages the University's students to study abroad and supports the inbound programs, in part by providing Japanese language classes and other courses. The Center is responsible for formulating the University's international exchange policies and maintains agreements with over 200 global partners, as well as working to create new partnerships as it coordinates the planning and implementation of the University's globalization strategies across the four campuses. The Center's work also extends to public relations exercises and the promotion of international cooperation in the Shinshu region as a whole.
Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting-Edge Research (ICCER)
The Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER) drives innovation in research by concentrating resources in areas where Shinshu University has particular or unique strengths. The Center supports the integration of innovative research across different disciplines, thus ensuring the sophistication and sustainability of the University's research culture as a whole, as well as working to promote the inclusion of new research in the University's courses.
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
The Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology maintains a network of cooperative relationships between researchers working in the fields of genetics, animal experiments, instrumental analysis, and radioisotope utilization at Shinshu University. Besides running advanced experiments safely and efficiently, the Center also works to improve the quality of both education and research at the University by training technical support staff.
Advanced Research Promotion Office
The Advanced Research Promotion Office works to enhance the University's research profile, strengthen its basic research capabilities, and develop the infrastructure required to support academic research. The Office's remit includes the promotion of open innovation through large-scale, industry-academia-government collaboration, the management and utilization of intellectual property, venture support and research compliance.
Advanced Regional Liaison Strategy Office (AREAS)
The Advanced Regional Liaison Strategy Office contributes to the revitalization of the local economy by building networks between regional companies and organizations, supporting product development and business creation through joint research, and running projects designed to solve regional problems and develop human resources.
University Research Administration Office (URA)
The Research Administration Office supports research activities throughout the University, plans and manages industry-academia-government regional cooperation, and engages in PR related to the University's accomplishments in education and research. [Its centralizing role allows the Office to effectively monitor both the University's academic research and regional industry-academia-government cooperation.]
Center for Shinshu Medical Innovation of Regional Technology
The Center for Shinshu Medical Innovation of Regional Technology works with researchers in the University and from other institutions to support the creation of local start-ups in the sector of medical technology by promoting collaboration between industry, academia and government.
Center for Environmental Awareness
The mission of the Center for Environmental Awareness is to ensure that the University's students graduate with a good understanding of environmental issues. The Center also coordinates and supports conservation-related volunteer work across the five campuses and publishes the annual Environmental Report.
Center for Disaster Mitigation and Prevention
At Shinshu University, research on disaster prevention is conducted by researchers not only in the fields of science and engineering but also in disciplines such as psychology and medicine. The aim of this project is to give back to the community by increasing the level of cooperation both between these researchers and also with disaster prevention organisations throughout the prefecture.
Center for Information Infrastructure
Center for Information Infrastructure is responsible for the development and maintenance of the University's information infrastructure, support for the construction and operation of information systems, support for information system users, development of systems and training of personnel related to information technology, and education related to information technology.
Our kindergarten wants its children to "dive into playing", and we place great importance on helping each child to actively pursue their own interests and immerse themselves in nature.
Nagano Elementary School
The philosophy of Nagano Elementary School, which adopted the Nagano Prefectural song "Shinano no Kuni" as its school anthem, is based on an integrated style of learning that began in the Taisho era (1912-1926) and was known as "Bringing Up Children from Within". We believe that teachers should be inquirers who learn together with their pupils and our motto is "Being Together".
Our classroom activities include raising animals and growing plants, and we try to make learning as hands-on as possible. Activities such as the swimming event at Tanihama Beach in Niigata have been a part of the school's life for over 100 years.
Nagano Junior High School
The school's philosophy is for children to become "one with others" as they learn. The Togakushi shoma, a flower which the school adopted as its emblem, is an essential part of the school's identity. The Togakushi withstands the snow and blooms gracefully.
We hope that both our teachers and their students will strive to emulate this spirited flower. One of the things that Fuzoku Nagano Junior High School values most is its choir. In our music festivals, the voice of the children singing in unison fills the gymnasium.
Matsumoto Elementary School
The school's goal is to create an atmosphere in which the pupils can be physically active, focused on their lessons and surrounded by friends.We want our children to find all their activities as exciting as their sumo tournament and to grow in body and mind to become well-balanced individuals.
Matsumoto Junior High School
Matsumoto Junior High School joined the UNESCO Associated Schools Network in 2011 and is committed to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Our children learn about regional products and traditions, and contribute to the local community, through activities like raking the leaves in the grounds of Matsumoto Castle or picking and selling plums. Our hope is that they will grow up to become resilient and broad-minded global citizens, independent, creative, and kind to others.
School for Special Needs Education
The school caters for children from grades 1 to 12 with learning difficulties. In order to achieve our goal of "supporting children to make the most of their abilities and live independently, now and in the future," the school encourages child-centered lifestyles with a focus on both life skills and working skills, combined with personalized learning. The school, the PTA and the faculty work together to run the after-school club (Genki Club) and other activities centered on cooperation with families and the local community.