About AIU


Oct, 1998
Council for Enhancement of Higher Education in Akita founded
(Chairperson: Kumiko BANDO, Vice Governor, Akita Prefecture)
Apr, 2000
Research and Reviewing Committee founded
(Chairperson: Mineo NAKAJIMA, President, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Mar, 2002
International University Founding and Preparatory Committee formed
(Chairperson: Mineo NAKAJIMA, Secretary General, UMAP International Office)
Nov, 2003
Establishment of AIU was approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Apr, 2004
Akita International University inaugurated, and the establishment of AIU as a public university corporation was approved by MEXT and The Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications (MPHPT)
(The first Chair of the Board/President Dr. Mineo NAKAJIMA)
Feb, 2005
Center for Regional Sustainability Initiatives (CRESI) founded
Jul, 2005
Satellite Center opened in center of Akita City
Apr, 2006
Enrollment also expanded from 100 to 130
Jun, 2007
Global Village (student apartment) completed
Mar, 2008
1st Commencement Ceremony of Undergraduate School
Library Building completed
Apr, 2008
Teacher’s License Program started
“Language Development and Intercultural Studies Center” (LDIC) founded
Enrollment expanded from 130 to 150 students.
Sep, 2008
Professional graduate school, the“Graduate School of Global Communication and Language,” established with an admission capacity of 30 students
Dec, 2008
Lecture Building D completed
Mar, 2010
Multi-Purpose Hall completed
5th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony
Aug, 2010
1st Commencement Ceremony of Graduate School
Apr, 2011
Enrollment expanded from 150 to 175 students
Jan, 2012
Center for East Asia Research (CEAR) founded
Mar, 2013
Sakura Village (student apartment) completed
Jun, 2013
Appointment of new Chair of the Board/President, Norihiko SUZUKI, DBA
Sep, 2013
Active Learning Support Center (ALSC) founded
Center for Promotion of International Liberal Arts Education (CPILAE) founded
Sep, 2014
Selected as the Top Global University Project (MEXT)
Nov, 2014
10th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony
Rename of facilities: Nakajima Library (former AIU Library) and Suda Hall (former Multi-Purpose Hall)
Apr, 2015
Institute for Asian Studies and Regional Collaboration (IASRC) founded (joint institute of former CRESI and CEAR)
Sep, 2015
Center for Student Initiatives (Building I) completed
Sep, 2016
Institute for Promotion of International Liberal Arts Education founded
Mar, 2017
Satellite Center integrated into LDIC
Apr, 2021
Restructuring and implementation of new undergraduate curriculum
Jun, 2021
Appointment of new Chair of the Board/President, Prof. Monte CASSIM
Mar, 2022
Tsubaki Village (student apartment) completed
Apr, 2022
Institute for Promotion of Applied International Liberal Arts founded
(joint institute of former Institute for Promotion of International Liberal Arts Education and IASRC)