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
Opening AIU, 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 of Center for Independent Language Learning (CILL) founded.
Apr, 2006
Enrollment also expanded from 100 to 130.
Jun, 2007
Construction completed on“Global Village”Student apartments.
Mar, 2008

1st Commencement Ceremony of Undergraduate School.
Construction completed on the new Library.

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, which offers Graduate Program of Global Communication and Language, opened. (Capacity: 30 students)
Dec, 2008
Construction completed on the Lecture Hall (Building D).
Mar, 2010
Construction completed on the Multipurpose Hall.
5th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony
Apr, 2011
Enrollment expanded from 150 to 175 students.
Jan, 2012
Center for East Asia Research (CEAR) founded.
Mar, 2013
Construction completed on “Sakura Village” Student apartments.
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
Construction completed on Center for Student Initiatives (Building I).
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.