About AIU

History

History

October 1998 The Akita Prefecture Higher Education Promotion Panel was established (chairperson: Kumiko Bando, vice-governor of Akita Prefecture)
February 2000 The final draft of a feasibility study for an international liberal arts (undergraduate) university was submitted to the prefectural assembly
March 2000 The Panel (see above) submited a proposal entitled “The Future of Higher Education in Akita Prefecture”
April 2000 A review committee for the proposed international liberal arts university was established (chairperson: Mineo Nakajima, President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
November 2000 The review committee submited a formal report with the results of its review of the new university plans
December 2000 The prefectural assembly established the Higher Education Special Review Committee (chairperson: Koji Kitabayashi, [Remark 1] Akita prefectural assembly member)
January 2001 Inauguration of the International University Construction Council (chairperson: Keiichi Kishibe, President of Akita Kokuyo Co., Ltd.)
December 2001 Chairperson of the Higher Education Special Review Committee reported on the progress of the survey underway
January 2002 During an extraordinary session, the prefectural assembly passed a budget proposal for the construction planning committee
March 2002 The International University (tentative name) Construction Planning Committee was established (chairperson: Mineo Nakajima, secretary general for UMAP)
November 2003 The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology approved the construction of Akita International University
April 2004 The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology approved the establishment of AIU as a public university corporation, formally opening the school

History of AIU since its opening

April 2004 School opening
May 2004 commemorative ceremony in Akita-city for the opening of the school
February 2005 Center for Regional Sustainability Initiatives (CRESI) established
July 2005 Satellite Center opened in the College Plaza (Akita-city)
April 2006 Number of undergraduate students accepted into AIU is raised from 100 to 130; Global Studies Program revised (Chinese studies expanded to East Asian studies)
June 2007 Student dormitory (nicknamed: the Global Village) completed
March 2008 First class of students graduates New library “the Akita International University Library” completed
April 2008 Teacher-licensing program established Language Development and Intercultural Studies Center (LDIC) opened Number of undergraduate students accepted raised from 130 to 150
September 2008 Professional graduate school Global Communication Practices courses opened (30 students)
December 2008 Construction of Lecture Hall D completed
March 2010 Construction of the Multi-Purpose Hall completed
5th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony held (in the Multi-Purpose Hall)
April 2011 Number of undergraduate students accepted raised from 150 to 175
January 2012 Center for East Asia Research (CEAR) opened
March 2013 Student dormitory (nicknamed: the Sakura Village) completed
September 2013 Active Learning Support Center (ALSC) opened
Center for Promotion of International Liberal Arts Education (CPILAE) opened

Chronology

April 2004 Opening Ceremony(The first president Dr. Mineo NAKAJIMA)
February 2005 Center for Regional Sustainability Initiatives (CRESI) founded
July 2005 AIU Satellite Center founded in downtown Akita city
March 2008 Construction completed on the new Library
April 2008 Language Development and Intercultural Studies Center (LDIC) opened
September 2008 Professional Graduate School of Global Communication and Language opened (capacity : 30 students)
December 2008 Construction completed on the new Lecture Hall
March 2010 Construction completed on Multi-purpose Hall
August 2010 1st Commencement Ceremony for the AIU Master Degree students
January 2012 Center for East Asia Research (CEAR) founded
June 2013 Appointment of new president, Norihiko SUZUKI, DBA