Shimane University was established as a national university in 1949, although we can trace our roots back to a teacher training college established in 1876. Since its establishment, Shimane University has continued to expand and now consists of six faculties on two campuses. The Matsue campus is home to the Faculty of Law and Literature, the Faculty of Education, the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science, along with all of the Graduate Courses in these faculties, and the Faculty of Human Sciences (established April 1, 2017). Our newest faculty fosters students who will contribute to society by focusing on psychology, social welfare, and health science. On the Izumo campus, we have the Faculty of Medicine and its graduate courses.
Shimane University’s goal is to enable students to develop international perspectives and hone their ability to be leaders in each region of the world. While studying here, students are equipped with the ability to cope with diverse problems like those they encounter in modern society. They are also empowered to take advantage of their accumulated knowledge, their cross-cultural awareness, and their technological skills. Furthermore, we believe that an important mission of Shimane University is to contribute to international society through creative research of international standard.
Currently, we have about 200 international students from various countries, and they are working hard to excel in their specialized fields. Studying alongside Japanese friends and other foreign students, these students also learn Japanese traditions and culture. Shimane University is located in a place well endowed with nature, including Lake Shinji, the Oki Islands, and Sanbe Mountain. In addition, Shimane Prefecture has many historical and cultural assets such as the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Izumo Taisha Shrine, and Matsue Castle. Living here, students may come to feel a connection to the good nature, history, and culture of Japan. Thus, they can devote themselves to studying and learning in a peaceful environment with rich and abundant nature at Shimane University.
Shimane University set up the University Charter which mainly aims at developing human resources with rich humanity, expertise and activeness in learning, promoting research at global standard based on unique regional challenges, the enhancement of social action programs toward solving regional problems, and the reinforcement of international exchanges with in Asia and with other foreign countries.
For the purpose of implementing Shimane University’s Charter, we made the Strategic Project of Shimane University International Exchanges, which is composed of three projects, namely (1) project for the development of human resources with expertise contributing to global society, (2) project for the development of a Regional Resource Cycle Society and (3) project for the development of Nanomaterials and Nanomedicine. The diagram below indicates the relationship of these projects.
The Strategic Project of Shimane University International Exchanges is expected to enhance internationalization at the home institute and increase the number of students from foreign countries, expand the number of Shimane University students going abroad, increase the acquisition of outside funds, and result in increased transmission of the outcomes to the world.
In this section of this Prospectus, you can find the general scheme and expected results of the three projects.
The purpose is to accept excellent and promising international students in the field of science and technology who have a good command of English and wish to work for Japanese enterprises and/or a job associated with Japan.
Students will get basic specialized education and liberal arts education classes in English for one or two years. At the same time, the students will get intensive Japanese language training. After that, the students will mainly get advanced specialized education in Japanese. Through the education, we aim to foster a person with both scientific and technical knowledge who will be able to work actively in the globalized society.
International students can add to their study abroad experience in Japan by taking part in field trips provided by Shimane University. You have a chance to visit places which enable you to experience cultural traditions, beauty of nature and historical heritages. Our destinations may change every year and include for example Tokyo, Kansai area or historically distinct countryside in Shimane Prefecture where you can experience traditional Japanese lifestyles.
You also can enjoy the International party to share your culture with not only international students but also domestic students or staff. Please make full use of these events to enrich your stay in Japan.