Research Center/Institutes

Both the Aoyama and Sagamihara campuses offer excellent facilities for studies and research.

Aoyama Gakuin Research Institute

Aoyama Gakuin Research Institute pursues a broad scope of academic study under a flexible framework set up in conjunction with the university's education and research operations, and also promotes joint research arrangements. The Institute represents the focal point of research and education at the university through exchange programs with other universities and research institutions in Japan and around the world, and strives to promote the cause of academic culture.

Institute of Information and Media

Students that are going to be living in the future IT society are required to have basic information skills. The Institute of Information and Media focuses on enhancing information literacy in order to cultivate human resources that can succeed in various realms of society. We are striving to always provide education methods that are adapted to the times, such as by producing our original IT training sessions for learning basic skills and introducing a time-proven network engineer training program from the U.S.

Foreign Language Laboratory

This is an audio-visual education facility that was established with the aim to improve language education at the University. Audio and visual materials belonging to the AV library can be used for classes and research. Furthermore, both the Aoyama and Sagamihara campuses started providing CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) Rooms, which have been used for foreign language courses as well as lectures on multimedia related courses.

Society-Academy Collaborative Research And Education Center (SACRE)

SACRE employs a modern GP from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to create an open university founded with Institute for Social Collaboration. SACRE conducts studies and research on collaboration and exchanges between universities and society, such as urban renewal and culture creation in the Shibuya and Aoyama area.

WTO Research Center of AGU

The primary focus of the WTO Center is on current issues pertaining to free trade systems, such as "the balance between trade and the environment," "co-existence between developed and developing countries," and "pertinent issues at structures such as the FTA and the EPA." The WTO Center holds presentations, forums and workshops involving leading figures from industry and government in Japan as well as international bodies such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). All events are open to Aoyama Gakuin University students.

Human Innovation Research Center (HiRC)

HiRC was set up with a mission to utilize information and communications technology (ICT) in producing "talented graduates" equipped with the skills to produce intellectual creativity environments and in the process attain world-class standards in research and training. Through collaborations with the international community and with the public and private sectors, we strive to nurture "designers and producers of "intellectual creativity environments at education institutions, public-interest and nonprofit groups as well as in the private sector, in line with the organizational learning approach."

Joint Research Institute for International Peace and Culture (JRIPEC)

JRIPEC was launched in April 2008, in conjunction with Aoyama Gakuin University and an extramural international exchange fund, to pursue academic and practical research and associated policy formulation in the area of international understanding and international cooperation. Recent research topics include cultural considerations in regards to peace-keeping initiatives operating in regions of conflict and the potential role of international exchange programs in revitalizing regional cities in Japan. JRIPEC conducts a number of symposiums and seminars involving outside speakers and participants, and also publishes a research journal.