Center for Policy Studies
In April 2007, Kumamoto University integrated the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Center for Policy Studies, and the new center, the Center for Policy Studies has since been functioning as a think tank in the university. With this integration, the function as a interface with the community that was previously fulfilled by the two aforementioned centers separately is now strengthened.
Drawing upon the results of research and education accomplished at Kumamoto University to establish a better society, the center conducts policy studies to resolve problems in the community and makes policy recommendations based on the outcome. The center also helps community members to develop practical skills and provides them with technical support in resolving common issues challenging us today. Examples of the broad range of areas dealt with by the center include assessments of municipal administration and regional policies, community revitalization, disaster preparedness, city planning, public transportation, health and welfare policies, environmental conservation, and industrial development.
The center cooperates with other related bodies both on and off campus to provide people with training for community development, and also actively promotes lifelong learning of which contents are based on research in the areas of life, social, and natural sciences, which Kumamoto University has developed over the years.