Shinshu University is a national university with eight faculties (Arts, Education, Economics and Law, Science, Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, and Textile Science and Technology) and six graduate schools. The University offers courses and conducts research across a broad range of academic disciplines on its five campuses located in Matsumoto, Nagano, Ueda, and Ina. Employing a total of 1,100 teaching staff, it has a student body of around 11,000 (including about 300 international students).
The University takes full advantage of its multidisciplinary character by encouraging collaboration between its various academic departments, resulting in internationally recognized research and innovative approaches to teaching.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Japan Alps mountain range-the "roof of Japan"-the University is a local center of knowledge, actively forging collaborative relationships with the local community and industry as it seeks for new ways to contribute to the goal of building a sustainable society.
The Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting-Edge Research:
A World-Class International Research Center
The Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting-Edge Research was established in order to bring together resources in five research areas in which the University has unique and world-class strengths: carbon science, energy and environmental science, fiber engineering, mountain science, and biomedical sciences. Our aim in pursuing this multi-faceted approach that transcends the traditional barriers separating academic fields is to nurture the next generation of researchers and position the University at the forefront of innovation and creativity in science and technology. In addition, we have established the "Global Aqua Innovation Center for Improving Living Standards and Water-sustainability (COI)", a national project designed to promote social systems innovation. In the Reuters university rankings, Shinshu University was highly rated as one of the most innovative universities in Asia.