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Chancellor’s Address

Niigata University of International and Information Studies is a relatively young university, having been founded in 1994 with the idea to cultivate people who can respond to the needs of our time – globalization and computerization. However, it has become a university that this region needs in order to cultivate those people, and the 4,679 graduates it has sent out into the world these past 20 years play important roles, largely right here in Niigata Prefecture.


The Mizukino Campus is located in the western part of Niigata City, in the middle of a rural area looking out onto Mt. Yahiko. This spacious campus is spread out amongst an abundance of nature, and in addition to being an ideal place to study, it is the perfect place for students to enjoy their youth. The Niigata Central Campus in downtown Niigata City is used for multiple purposes such as graduate research and open college public courses.

Information is continuing to take on a more important role in recent years since the world is demanding singularly globally-minded solutions to economic problems as well as environmental, hunger, and human rights problems. It speaks to the fact that the need to cultivate people who can contribute to globalization and computerization, the purpose for which our university was founded, is continuing to grow with more impetus than is imaginable.


This university is made up of two faculties. The Faculty of International Studies, which contains the Department of International Cultural Studies, and the Faculty of Information Culture, which contains the Information Systems Department. The Faculty of International Studies, which contains the Department of International Cultural Studies aims to cultivate useful people who can use their knowledge and ability in a global society by having its students learn by comparing Japanese society and culture to those of other countries. All first year students in this department will take Communicative English in addition to taking one foreign language from amongst American English, Chinese, Korean and Russian.


Students in the Faculty of Information Culture, which contains the Information Systems Department, will study the theory and practice of information technology and information systems in the network society that extends all over the world. The department also focuses on humanities education and small-group instruction that can help us produce people who can contribute in a computerized society. In recent years, we have also begun conducting continuous self-evaluation and improvements in order to achieve even higher levels of research and education.


I invite all students and faculty at this university to learn together and make their dreams come true. I hope to see your face here as well.