Social Contribution Social Contribution Social Social Contribution ProgramsPublic lecture courseOpen review of local-issue-solving plan commenced by Shinshu University, CATV Association and Nagano prefectureOutline of extension courses for local citizens (FY2020)Courses offered650Total AttendanceNumber of studentsFirst Semester/Year RoundSecond Semester361139102No.1 in the universities' local contribution ranking !Shinshu University ranked No.1 in Japan in “2019 National University Local Contribution Ranking” published by Nikkei Inc. and the Research Institute for Industrial Regions. The University was rated highly across the board in areas such as number of collaborative projects between industry, academia and government, number of courses and symposiums held for residents, and local volunteer activities by students.Shinshu University has opened approximately 700 courses to local residents. More than 350 people attended one or more of these courses during the 2019 academic year. In addition, the University offers a range of learning opportunities to local residents at community centers, schools and other venues, with teaching staff travelling throughout the prefecture to teach courses. For the 2020 academic year, we have prepared 295 highly distinctive courses taught by 165 teachers utilizing their specialist knowledge.A diverse array of lifelong learning programs pro-vides learning opportunities for many members of the community.TOPICSShinshu 100-year Business Project Launched As a model project for the Small and Medium Enter-prise Agency, a new undertaking, the “Shinshu 100-Year Business Project”, was implemented. Its aim was to revitalize the regional economy by creating a 100-year enterprise culture to support the next generation of businesses in Nagano Prefecture. Experts employed from metropolitan areas were assigned to local com-panies as Shinshu University research fellows, their brief being to engage in problem solving and planning for sustainable growth by exploring future scenarios.