Establishing a Global Identity
Creating with the Community
the aim of Hirosaki University is to acquire a wide
store of knowledge for in-depth teaching of and
research in the professional arts and sciences;
to develop the intellectual, moral, practical, and
applicable capacities of staff and students alike;
and to produce future leaders supplied with
insights sufficiently broad and well informed that
they can help shape the future of human culture.
Hirosaki University is a medium-size university with Faculties of Humanities, Education,
Medicine, Science & Technology, and Agriculture & Life Science. These five Faculties
cover a broad and comprehensive range of undergraduate academic disciplines.
The university is also home to seven graduate programs, including the independent and
interdisciplinary doctoral course in Regional Studies.
Hirosaki University has taken full advantage of its location in Aomori Prefecture to
advance its educational and research goals. First of all, within Aomori Prefecture there
is great potential for energy production and development, including the nuclear energy
and nuclear fusion-related facilities located within its borders. The Shirakami Wilderness
World Heritage Site, located along the border of Aomori and Akita prefectures, offers
Hirosaki University strives to provide a high level of education to future global and local leaders in a wide range of specialized fields. Theuniversity’s general education program instills a strong sense of humanity and social responsibility, while the core curricula in the various specialized academic programs help students develop the know-how and the confidence to grapple with the rapid changes taking place in modern society. All of these academic programs are geared to conform to the university’s commitment to the study of energy, the environment and food production. This commitment extends not only to the hard sciences, but to the human and social sciences as well.
Hirosaki University promotes research that examines modern global issues linked to the local themes of energy, global warming and the environment, as well as food and food production. It promotes internationally recognized research, cutting edge basic research, as well as research that contributes to local growth and development.
Hirosaki University’s community service program covers a wide range of activities that address many of the challenges that face the prefectures of northern Japan, including the loss of population in rural communities, low birthrates and an aging population. The University offers community medical care services, including care for those who have been exposed to radiation. Educational support programs to counteract diminished interest in the sciences amongst local elementary, middle, and high school students have been introduced as well.Projects to protect and build interest in local and regional culture and traditions have also been put into practice. Collabo HiroDai (Hirosaki University Collaboration Center) serves as the base for the cooperation between local industry, academia, and government that has made possible the implementation of these projects.
Hirosaki University actively promotes collaboration with local government and industry. It also seeks to create linkages with other universities and institutions of higher learning in the region through the Committee for the Promotion of Ties between the Three National Universities in Northern Tohoku and the cooperative industry-university-government linkage program. It also promotes academic and personnel exchanges with affiliated institutions of higher learning abroad.
In order to successfully achieve the educational, research and community service goals it has set, Hirosaki University is working to strengthen its management system by soliciting the opinions of administrative staff and students and by giving full play to the leadership of the president. It also encourages its faculty and students to improve the quality of their work and to raise their levels of motivation. The University continues to promote the reforms necessary to reach these goals through a constant process of verification and assessment.