1. Research Center for Sustainability and Environment (RCSE)was established in 2003, and has its offices in the Otsu Campus and the Hikone Campus. The Center’s role is to promote and implement multidisciplinary collaboration research on a wide range of issues that pertain to sustainability and the environment, drawing research capability from across the campuses as well as other collaborating institutions all over the world. About thirty research fellows and four core faculty members are conducting joint studies in the four research units; lake basin management, environmental economics and policy studies, environmental education, and regional and human settlement environments.

The RCSE building on the Otsu Campus

The RCSE building on the Otsu Campus

2. Shiga University International (SUI), established in April 2006, is the university-level facility that promotes the exchange of students and faculty members between Shiga University and overseas universities. The SUI also provides exchange students with guidance and counseling in their studies and daily lives, making efforts to support students’ successful stay on our campuses as well as foster international friendships.

The SUI’s missions are: 1. Promoting overseas study- programs for students, 2. Facilitating the acceptance to Shiga University of foreign students and researchers, 3. Offering guidance to international students concerning their studies as well as their daily lives, 4. Offering preparatory guidance to Shiga University students concerning their forthcoming studies in unfamiliar milieus, 5. Coordinating relationships with overseas universities.

Shiga University International

3. Research Center for Cooperation with Society was established in April 2012, restructuring the Research Center for Lifelong Learning, the Joint Research Center, and the Center for Community Partnership.

The new center’s role is to strengthen close ties with local communities and contribute to the education and research of the university by promoting collaborations with varieties of public as well as private activities outside the campuses while utilizing the university’s heritage and resources.

Research Center

4. The Center for Data Science Education and Research aims to promote date science in Japan as a leading center of this new field. With the rapid progress of information and communication technology, the big data era has arrived and the knowledge of data science is essential in extracting useful information and value from the data. The center provides facilities for advanced education and research of data science.

5. The Center for Information Processing was established in 1990 as the facility aiming at providing effective educational and research information services.

The center consists of the Hikone sector and the Otsu sector. The main function is to control and operate the Local Area Network (LAN) and to provide various fields of technical support services for the members of the university.

The center plays an important role in education and research, promoting advanced information processing skills.

ICT system of Shiga University is linked with the Science Information Network. Besides maintaining and managing the systems mentioned above, the center responds to tasks relating to the ever-increasing issue of security.

Personal computers for students’ training rooms have the following functions installed: World Wide Web (WWW), E-mail, the word processor and spreadsheet programs, as well as software for database and application development. They can be applied to the education support system, facilitating varieties of practices.

6. The Health and Medical Services Center supports the overall healthcare of students and faculty members. The center provides medical checkups, counseling by physical and mental health specialists, and first-aid treatment. Recently the center has been making efforts to promote its publicity.

7. Office of Student Accessibility Services offers various services relating to academic and student life to the students with disabilities.

8. The Center for Educational Research and Practice (CERP) is an organization attached to the Faculty of Education. It was established in 1992. The members of the center are working on a variety of practical projects in the areas of school education, such as support for schools in Shiga Prefecture, student-teaching practice, classroom guidance, educational technology in K-12, post-secondary, and professional development settings.

9. The Archival Museum, attached to the Faculty of Economics, was established in 1950 in order to collect, preserve, and exhibit materials that reference the social, economic, and industrial history of Japan, with special emphasis on the Ohmi Shonin, the Merchants of Ohmi Province (the modern Shiga Prefecture) who played important roles in shaping the modern Japanese economy.

The folding screen of the Naha trading port and Shuri Castle

The folding screen of the Naha trading port and Shuri Castle

10. The Institute for Economic and Business Research was established in 1941 to promote advanced studies in the fields of economics and business, with special emphasis on the Japanese economy.

The institute publishes the following academic periodicals: The Hikone Ronso four times a year, The Annals of Human and Social Sciences once a year, Study Series twice a year, and Working Paper Series several times a year.

The Faculty consists of six divisions, and faculty members have a wide variety of research areas. The institute organizes lectures, workshops, and seminars every year, inviting scholars from other universities and non-academic specialists from both public and private sectors. Many faculty members and students participate in them, and lively discussions are held after each of these activities.

One of the most significant materials the Institute has is the collection of the historical documents about the Japanese Colonies before World War II. A list of our documents and some of these materials are available at our website in Japanese.

11. The Center for Risk Research (CRR), established in February 2004, is designed to investigate risk analysis and the management of risk-related issues in economic and social activities through international collaborative research. The center lays emphasis on research into financial risk, environmental risk, and the risk of international economy and management. The CRR is also endeavoring to integrate research outcomes with educational goals through graduate school education and holding seminars and symposia.