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Research Facilities

Research Facilities

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.

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.

Center for Instrumental Analysis

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:

  • 400KV High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HR-TEM)
  • 200kV Transmission Electron Microscope (200kV-TEM)
  • Electron Probe Micro-Analyzer (EPMA)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Electron Spin Resonance spectrometer (ESR)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • Focused Ion Beam system (FIB)
  • Laser Raman Spectrometer (LRS)
  • Thin Film X-Ray Diffractometer (TF-XRD)
  • Residual Stress X-Ray Diffractometer (RS-XRD)

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.

Center for Advanced Technology

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

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.