President, Akita International University
Akita International University was established here in Akita by its first president, Dr. Mineo Nakajima, with the aim to provide a new global education that had never been offered in Japan before. Thereafter, President Suzuki successfully raised the current education level to a global standard within liberal arts in the world of education in Japan. This success is the result of the AIU Community, a diverse and vibrant group of students, faculty, staff, the Akita community, and partner universities around the world.
The next step in the evolution of AIU’s education is to create new value by combining all that Akita, Tohoku, Japan, and the world has to offer. Connecting with diverse people and organizations, and various other aspects will stimulate students to grow and innovate further. For example, the combination of the “Industry in Akita x AIU's curriculum x Overseas partner universities" includes "Wind power x Sustainability x University in Denmark," "Agriculture x Programming x University in Australia," "Tourism x Marketing x University in the U.S.," and so on. The AIU Community offers a learning environment that allows for a variety of combinations and applied practices to match student interest.
Regardless of any uncertainty in the world and influence of digital technology on society in the future, there will always be a need for global leaders who can work while connecting with people from around the world. We look forward to welcoming motivated students, and work together to open up the infinite possibilities that is created by the AIU Community and AILA.
|1947||Born in Colombo, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka|
|1970||B.A., Architecture, University of Sri Lanka|
|1974-1981||Research Fellow and Coordinator, Group Asia 80 Program, Japan Center for Area Development Research|
|1976||M.A., Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo|
|1976-1977||Lecturer and Secretary of the Committee for Graduate School Establishment, University Sains Malaysia|
|1980-1984||Architect at Design Management Division, Design Department, Mitsui Construction Ltd.|
|1982||Withdrawal from the Doctoral Program with the Completion of Course Requirements of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo|
|1985-1994||Senior Research Fellow (U.N. Expert) and Coordinator, United Nations Center for Regional Development|
|1994-2018||Professor, Ritsumeikan University|
|2004-2009||President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University|
|2004-2012||Vice Chancellor, Ritsumeikan Trust|
|2013-2014||Special Aide to the Chancellor, Ritsumeikan Trust|
|2014-2017||Member, Board of Councilors, Ritsumeikan Trust|
|2014-2021||Executive Trustee, Akita International University|
|2015-2018||Assistant Trustee, Ritsumeikan Trust|
|2018-2021||President, Trustee and Professor, Shizenkan University|
|2021-present||President (Chair of the Board), Akita International University|
Publications include Concepts of sustainability (Chapter.2
in An introduction to sustainability science, (Horitsu Bunka Sha, 2013)). He has also given many lectures
at the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science（SLAAS）and universities in Japan and abroad and
In 2016, he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure [Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon] from the Government of Japan for his contribution to the promotion of private education in Japan and his continuous efforts to promote mutual understanding between Sri Lanka and Japan.
In 2017 he received a National Honours Lifetime Award (Vidya Nidhi) for Contributions to science and technology by the Government of Sri Lanka.