Center for Collaborative Research and Outreach: CCRO

While inheriting the functions of the former IASRC (Institute for Asian Studies and Regional Collaboration), the Center for Collaborative Research and Outreach: CCRO deepens collaboration within the school and with various entities in the region and overseas, aiming to enhance education, research, and community contributions.


AIU Design Lab

AIU Design Lab is an industry-academia collaborative program in which students and companies work together to solve various issues faced by universities and companies in Akita Prefecture. In the basic workshop, students learn design thinking as an effective method for problem solving, and then apply the ideas they gain in the basic workshop to actual activities in the applied section on design thinking practice. The goal of the program is to design a better Akita by solving local issues.

Overseas Promotion Project of Akita Prefecture Products

This is a project aiming to expand the export of products produced in Akita Prefecture. In AY2022, we conducted marketing research in Paris to explore how Akita’s Iburigakko and Inaniwa Udon would be accepted in France.

Corporate Collaboration

AIU collaborates with businesses and organizations to address local challenges, striving for advanced societal contributions.