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Academic learning and research at Aoyama Gakuin is supported by libraries, research institutes, and collaborations with Institute for Social Collaboration.
The library collection totals some 1,727,000 works publications spread between the main building at Aoyama and the Sagamihara branch library. This constitutes the lifeblood of academic study and research at Aoyama Gakuin. The unparalleled learning environment is complemented by a number of top-class research institutes as well as collaborations with outside groups and facilities.
Integrated Research Organization is the core research organization at Aoyama Gakuin University. Established in April 2018 to carry out integrated research initiatives from a university-wide perspective, the organization have took three bodies, Aoyama Gakuin University Research Institute, Aoyama Gakuin University Project Research Institute and Aoyama Gakuin University Liaison Center under its wing, in order to design and promote the university’s research strategies with originality, and to enhance research activities across the university through various research projects.
Aoyama Gakuin Research Institute has been the research hub at the university for over 30 years. It pursues a broad scope of academic study under a flexible framework set up in conjunction with the university's education and research operations. The Institute represents the focal point of research and education at the university through interactions with other universities and research institutions in Japan and around the world, and strives to promote academic culture. It consists of a group of internally funded research units which are awarded funds for the research’s significance. Each unit is expected to shift to externally funded research projects, along with the advancement of the study.
Aoyama Gakuin University Project Research Institute consists of a group of externally funded research projects which are supported by public competitive funds such as the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research（KAKENHI） and by industries such as collaborative research and contract research. It provides supports and stimulate world-class research projects by our faculty members who acquire medium/large-scale external funds. It also seeks to maximize social benefit derived from our research achievements obtained through the projects.
- Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory
- Bioinformatics Research Institute
- Center for Educational Development of Mixed Methods Research
- Computer Graphics Research Institute
- Institute for Brain Science
- Institute for Early Medieval Studies
- Institute for Gerontology
- Institute for Solving Social Problems through Intellectual Properties: SSP-IP
- Institute for Technological & Social Transformation
- Institute of Electromagnetic Compatibility
- Institute of Energy Harvesting
- Institute of Financial Technology
- Institute of Nano-Carbon Device Technology
- Institute of Photochromic Materials
- Learning Community Design Institute
- Mirai Molecular Materials Design Institute
- Pictogram Research Centre
- Research Center for International Development Strategies
- Research Center of Geolinguistics
- SDGs Human Resources Development Partnership Institute
Aoyama Gakuin University Liaison Center was established in April 2019 to promote three-way partnerships between Industry-Government-University, as well as collaboration with the local community, and to obtain private grants and public competitive funds. In order to achieve our objectives, we explore relevant information and match up the research outcomes of our faculty members with the needs of local governments and companies. We also arrange our research teams’ participation in large-scale science and technology matchmaking events held by public institutions.
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.
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.
The Center for Instrument Analysis was founded in 2003 as a part of the School of Science and Engineering. They manage large-scale equipment and instruments as a one-stop and promotes collaborative research on advanced science both on and off campus.
Instruments Managed include:
The development of nanotechnology is fully supported by the Japanese government as a critical technology for the 21st century. The center aims to strengthen relations with the community and the local economy.
The Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) was founded in 1998 as a part of "Project for High Tech Research Centers at Private Universities" and selected by the Ministry of Education (now the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). The project was launched to encourage open, world-class, cutting-edge research which serves society.
CAT helps fundamental research with various devices including, synthesizers of carbon materials (diamond and graphene, graphite, etc.); deposition systems for the functional oxide or nitride films; various equipment to analyze nano-scale structures and other different physical properties; superconductivity property test equipment; a high temperature high pressure oxygen atmosphere furnace; microwave · millimeter wave band return loss measurement instruments; A microwave band large anechoic chamber; a DNA microarray fluorescence detection apparatus. Also there is a shared clean room that is equipped with submicron level microfabrication apparatuses such as electron beam exposure apparatus, mask aligner, ion milling apparatus, reactive ion etching apparatus, etc.
Aoyama Gakuin A Studio is a high-tech creative hub in Shibuya with a laboratory for the School of Cultural and Creative Studies as well as a broadcasting studio used for NHK, a national broadcasting corporation. The studio was founded in 2009. The Aoyama Community Laboratory, a research center, resides in A Studio and works closely with local artists and creative leaders.
We asked Professor Shinji Koh about elements such as initiatives aimed at further facilitating the nurturing of brilliant students and progress in terms of practical research, along with the establishment and maintenance of environments serving to those ends.