Hiroshima University moving forward to the next level

Mitsuo Ochi



In three years' time, in 2024, Hiroshima University will celebrate its 75th anniversary. In preparation for this, the University is taking on new challenges at its three campuses in Higashi-Hiroshima, Higashi-Senda and Kasumi to help revitalize the city of Hiroshima.
On the Higashi-Hiroshima Campus, HU’s International Exchange Center will be completed this autumn. In addition, the HU Higashi-Hiroshima branch of Arizona State University (ASU)/School of Thunderbird Global Management-Hiroshima University Global Initiative, will begin offering a pre-sessional English program (intended for those reading Bachelor Degree program) in April next year, and will be ready to accept students from Japan and abroad.
In terms of the environment, HU has declared that it will realize a carbon neutral, smart campus by 2030, 20 years ahead of the national target. One third of the energy used on campus, including electricity, will be generated by solar power, and around two thirds by biomass and small-scale hydroelectric power. In addition to this, a 5G network will be built on campus. This will be done in partnership with the city of Higashi-Hiroshima.
Although the Higashi-Senda Campus, the birthplace of HU, has been reduced in size through the integration and relocation of some of its faculties to the Higashi-Hiroshima Campus, it is responsible for the evening courses of the HU Law School, the School of Law/Economics, and the liberal arts education for medical students. HU has decided to build a new six-story building (6,200m2 in total) to house the School of Law and Law and Politics programme of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This building is intended as the new base for the fields of humanities and social sciences, with a five-year legal training programme at its core. Classes there are due to begin in April 2023. In addition, the new building will be used for recurrent education for working people, and it will serve as a place for students and international students to interact with the local businesses and municipalities.
In conjunction with this, a new building (3,600m2) will be constructed on the Kasumi Campus to provide a liberal arts education for medical students. On the Kasumi Campus, the construction of the ’Radiation Emergency Medicine Promotion Center’ will be completed in March 2022, and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation has been named as a candidate for relocation. I am convinced that if this relocation is realized, the Institute will become a global center for disseminating valuable A-bomb data and the latest research results from Hiroshima to the world, working together with the Hiroshima University Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine.
In July, we were honoured to receive a visit from Koichi Hagiuda, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. As a university located in a rural area, we are determined to play a vital and dynamic role in the region. A quarter of a century has passed since the completion of the integration and relocation of the University to the Higashi-Hiroshima Campus. Hiroshima University is moving forward to the next level.