Friday, February 26, 2010

Niigata University

Niigata University is located in the City of Niigata, a key metropolis on the Sea of Japan. Niigata is the only government ordinance–designated city on that coast and thus is the region's leading municipality. The university is nestled between the Sea of Japan and the Echigo Plain. Off the coast is the picturesque island of Sado, and the Shinano River travels over the plain. The university boasts two campuses: the Ikarashi Campus and the Asahimachi Campus. With this magnificent natural environment, the two campuses offer an ideal setting for students to enjoy concentrating on their studies.

Niigata University boasts a long history and rich tradition, with the predecessor institutions of the university tracing back about 140 years. The school was inaugurated as Niigata University in 1949 under the new university system introduced in Japan soon after the end of World War II. Since then, the university has played a key role as a center of scholarship in the Japan Sea Rim region. With the incorporation of Japan's national universities on April 1, 2004, Niigata University became a national university corporation. Today our school is a large comprehensive university with nine faculties, five graduate schools, two professional schools, the Brain Research Institute, and the Niigata University Medical and Dental Hospital. Our student body numbers about 13,000, and our academic and administrative staff totals approximately 2,600.

To mark our change in status to a national university corporation, Niigata University adopted "autonomy and creation" as its guiding principle and "contributing to the solid development of the region and the world through education and research" as its objective. We promote university reform based on the following four fundamental goals to achieve our guiding principle and objective:

1. Education: Train people who can appropriately address the needs of the times and serve in a wide range of capacities by providing both a well-rounded general education and high-level specialized knowledge through a refined program of education.
2. Research: Promote creative research of value to the world and interdisciplinary research that makes the most of the university's unique position as a comprehensive university, while carrying forward the intellectual assets passed down in traditional fields of learning.
3. Social Contribution: As a key education and research institute in the Japan Sea Rim region, support the development of the regional and international communities through healthcare services and joint activities through industry-government-academia partnerships.
4. University Administration: Undertake ongoing reform aimed at the optimal administration of the university's resources to maintain our legitimacy as a university supported by the people of Japan.

Niigata University places the highest priority on education. Students not only delve deeply into their own fields of specialization, but they also gain the ability to think about issues comprehensively from a broad perspective. We aim to develop each student's unique character by offering thorough-going education that features opportunities for hands-on practical experience. To satisfy students' academic aspirations, we offer education programs that bring together general and specialized courses and we have introduced minor degree programs that certify a student has earned a certain number of credits on a specific topic or field of study.

Niigata University also places emphasis on international exchange. We are currently home to more than 300 young people from nations around the world, including exchange students who come to our institution based on our exchange agreements with universities overseas. Because Niigata is located in Northeast Asia and is near Russia, our university is a distinctive hub for international academic exchange along the Sea of Japan.

With the cooperation of the university's academic and administrative staff, I am committed to doing my utmost in every regard to ensure that all students have pride in studying at and graduating from our university.

We look forward to welcoming you to Niigata University.

Fumitake GEJYO
President of Niigata University

Osaka City University

As President of OCU, I am proud of the vibrant atmosphere of our campus. OCU has about 9,000 students and 2,000 staff members, who study and work with enthusiasm under the university's motto "Creativity, Friendliness and Flexibility." It is OCU's aim to meet the needs of society and to continue as an urban-oriented institution that strives to study possible solutions to the contemporary challenges facing urban areas, as well as ways to enable the sound development of cities.

In order to create an optimal educational environment befitting the 21st century, we have been working over recent years to renew our academic and sporting facilities. The Media Center and the Basic Experimental Education Building are both highly sophisticated facilities that are unique in Japan. Innovative efforts have also been made to reform the educational system, such as the participation of graduate students as teaching assistants in undergraduate courses and the introduction of course evaluation by students. These measures should help make classes more interesting.

OCU is also reinforcing its graduate school system to nurture specialists with advanced knowledge, notably by establishing the Graduate School for Creative Cities and the OCU Law School. We hope to further enhance opportunities for creative education and research at OCU, based on our internationally recognized academic quality and outstanding human resources.

Faculty and students work together very closely at OCU, faithful to its tradition of practicing a pragmatic and down-to-earth approach. Free discussion is the engine for the creation of new ideas. I would like to invite all of you, aspiring students and researchers from all over the world, to come and participate in the liberal and forward-looking spirit of OCU. Studies and experiences in various fields will enable you to rediscover yourself. OCU looks forward to welcoming and educating people who can think independently, act responsibly, and react to the unknown with flexibility and ingenuity.

UAB Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona art collection has grown over the past 40 years since our foundation in 1968. Our first logo, an identifying UAB emblem, created by the artist Josep Maria Subirachs, or outstanding masterworks of contemporary artists such as Aguilar, Alfaro, Benito, Caro, Corberó, Llimós, Navarro, Orensanz, Plazuelo, Solano and Vaccaro, among others, have been placed in our campus.

The artistic heritage of the UAB campus presently consists of the spectacular columns designed by Andreu Alfaro and three sculptures on loan since 2005 from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), in addition to the recent incorporation of Perejaume's artwork "l'Enclavament de Bellaterra" in the Faculty of Law area and other paintings and sculptures bought in 1989 to commemorate UAB's 20th anniversary.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Welcome to Nanyang Technological University (NTU). NTU is an internationally reputed research-intensive tertiary institution. Our broad-based education covers science and technology, business and the arts, entrepreneurial and leadership skills to prepare students for the global working world.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a research-intensive university with globally acknowledged strengths in science and engineering. The university has roots that go back to 1955 when Nanyang University was set up. Today, NTU has four colleges with 12 schools, and three autonomous entities, the National Institute of Education, the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and the Earth Observatory of Singapore.

NTU provides a high-quality global education to more than 21,700 undergraduates and 9,400 graduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond.

Hailing from 55 countries, the university's 2,700-strong teaching and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.

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National University of Singapore (NUS)

About NUS

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment, as well as special programmes which allow students to realise their potential. Over 30,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives, making campus life vibrant and exciting.

We invite you to explore the NUS web and discover how the University is striving to excel globally with new initiatives in education, research and enterprise.

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