Pioneering the 21st Century of Intelligence by Connecting Japan’s Lake Country to the World


Shiga University was established as one of the new national universities in 1949 against the historical and cultural background of Ohmi Province surrounding Lake Biwa, now the modern Shiga Prefecture. The university inherited the torch of its pre-war predecessors, Shiga Normal School and Hikone Commercial College. Since its establishment Shiga University has developed educational and research activities through launching, among other things, research centers and postgraduate courses. To fulfill its new role as a national university, it has been at the forefront in educating talented individuals for their future professional careers.

In 2000, the university promulgated its mission statement under the title of: “Pioneering the 21st Century of Intelligence: The Ideal of Shiga University.” The statement emphasized the importance of the constant improvement of teaching, learning and research activities in a milieu of intense competition and also clarified its individuality through advocating the “Three Cs” of Creation, Cooperation and Contribution. It was in April 2004 that Shiga University assumed a new legal form as a national university corporation under the nationwide structural reform of national universities.

The world is rapidly changing due to such matters as globalization, the emergence of knowledge-based societies, the deterioration of the global environment, the diversification of values and falling birthrates in many parts of the world. Shiga University sets forth the following new basic principles, while being aware of the necessity to face such changes. It also sets targets and action agenda that are defined and promoted in accordance with these principles.

Basic principles

Shiga University contributes to the sustainable development of humankind and its society, fostering professionals with rich humanity and global views, as well as promoting creative scientific research.

In addition, as a further development of the “Three Cs,” Shiga University promotes three policies as follows and cultivates the relationship between the “Cosmos around Lake Biwa” and the rest of the global community.

1st : Performing innovative educational and research activities
2nd: Promoting global cooperation
3rd : Cultivating civic responsibility


Educational Target:Succession of intelligence

Shiga University pursues educational training which enriches both broad cultural learning and advanced technical knowledge, while respecting each student’s initiative. It promotes particularly an education which appreciates the succession of history and culture of Ohmi, together with the preservation of the natural conditions of Lake Biwa and its surroundings. Moreover, it encourages the growth of global perspectives and strives for an education which strengthens international understanding.

Research Target:Enhancing intelligence

Shiga University undertakes innovative, creative and interdisciplinary research activities which contribute to the improvement of scientific culture.

Shiga University makes these research results known to the world while amalgamating the results of theoretical and practical studies.

Philanthropy Target:Intellectual contribution to the well-being of local communities

Shiga University builds cooperation with local communities as an open-minded university, through providing its partners with its educational and research results as well as other intellectual resources on its campuses.

In order to attain the above targets, Shiga University ensures self-governance of and transparency in management, and is accountable to its stakeholders and to society at large.

Action Agenda

We, as students and school staff of Shiga University, strive to realize the above-mentioned basic principles and achieve those targets. We lead our campus lives in accordance with this agenda, keeping full awareness of our responsibilities as citizens of both local and global communities.

  1. Human rights:We aim to be a university which promotes human rights.
  2. Education:We aim at student-centered education.
  3. Research:We respect academic freedom and aim to undertake high quality research.
  4. Cooperation:We aim to contribute to local communities by cooperating with society.
  5. Environment:We cherish “Ecological Consciousness” and promote human symbiosis with nature and make efforts for resource conservation.
  6. Collaboration:We participate in many activities of the university under the motto of “Positive Collaboration.”
  7. Transparency:We support transparency of management and promptly release reliable information.
  8. Compliance:We observe statutes, intramural regulations, and all other rules required for national university corporations.

(Established September 1st, 2009, commemorating the 60th anniversary of foundation)