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History

June 1982 An informal committee of the directors general of international university research institutes issues an appeal for the introduction of post-graduate courses in the institutes.
April 1986 An informal committee of the directors general of inter-national university research institutes produces a summary of the basic concepts of a postgraduate school for advanced studies based on the results of an investigation by a working group set up to investigate issues related to postgraduate schools. An Office and Committee for the Investigation of the Preparation of the Establishment of a Postgraduate School for Advanced Studies are established at Okazaki National Research Institutes.
March 1987 The Committee for the Investigation of the Preparation of the Establishment of a Postgraduate School for Advanced Studies produces a summary of the basic concepts of a postgraduate school for advanced studies.
May 1987 An Office and Committee for Preparation of the Establishment of a Postgraduate School for Advanced Studies are established at Okazaki National Research Institute.
July 1987 The Committee for Preparation of the Establishment of a Postgraduate School for Advanced Studies produces an interim summary on the preparation of the establishment of a tentatively named Graduate University for Advanced Studies.
April 1988 An Office and Committee for Preparation of the Establishment of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies are established at Okazaki National Research Institute.
May 1988 The “Law to amend part of the National School Establishment Law” (Law No. 63, 1988), which stipulates the establishment of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, is announced and enacted.
September 1988 The Committee for Preparation of the Establishment of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies produces a summary of the preparation of the establishment of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies.
October 1988 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies is inaugurated. The central administration office is established at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Nagatsuda Campus).
School of Mathematical and Physical ScienceSchool of Life Science
  • Department of Statistical Science
  • Department of Accelerator Science
  • Department of Synchrotron Radiation Science
  • Department of Structural Molecular Science
  • Department of Functional Molecular Science
  • Department of Genetics
  • Department of Molecular Biomechanics
  • Department of Physiological Science
(The university commences matriculation from April 1989.) Dr.Saburo Nagakura is appointed as the first President of the University.
April 1989 The School of Cultural and Social Studies is established with the Department of Regional Studies and Department of Comparative Studies. The University commences matriculation of students for the three schools.
January 1990 Dr.Eizi Hirota is appointed as the first Vice President of the University.
April 1991 The Coordination Center for Research and Education is established.
April 1992 The Department of Japanese Studies (School of Cultural and Social Studies), and the Departments of Astronomical Science and Fusion Science (School of Mathematical and Physical Science) are established; matriculation begins.
April 1993 The Department of Polar Science (School of Mathematical and Physical Science) is established; matriculation begins.
February 1994 Land in Hayama, Kanagawa (27,000m2), is donated by Mitsui Fudosan Ltd. to allow the construction of the University’s central administration office, as a result of the mediation services of the Kanagawa prefectural government.
March 1994 Construction of the central administration office (4,205m2) begins at the Hayama Campus.
June 1994 The Information Center for Research and Education is established.
February 1995 Administrative functions are transferred from Nagatsuda Campus to Hayama; construction is completed on the central administration building.
April 1995 Dr.Eizi Hirota is appointed as the second President. Dr.Kazuo Moriwaki is appointed as the second Vice President.
April 1997 The School of Advanced Sciences, with the Department of Biosystems Science, is established at the Hayama Campus (matriculation begins in April 1999).
April 1998 The Department of Photoscience (School of Advanced Sciences) is established (matriculation begins in April 1999). The Department of Synchrotron Radiation Science changes its name to “The Department of Materials Structure Science.”
September 1998 Construction of the School of Advanced Sciences building for research (3,060m2) begins at the Hayama Campus.
April 1999 The School of Cultural Studies changes its name to “The School of Cultural and Social Studies.” The Department of Japanese History is established in the School of Cultural and Social Studies, and The Department of Particle and Nuclear Physics is established in the School of Mathematical and Physical Science; matriculation begins in both new Departments. The School of Advanced Sciences commences matriculation.
June 1999 Construction completed on the research building for the School of Advanced Sciences.
April 2001 Dr.Keiichi Kodaira is appointed as the third President. Dr.Naoyuki Takahata is appointed as the third Vice President. The Department of Cyber Society and Culture (School of Cultural and Social Studies) is established; matriculation begins.
July 2001 Construction begins on the Hayama Campus Library (1,427m2).
February 2002 Library construction completed.
April 2002 The Department of Informatics established in the School of Mathematical and Physical Science; matriculation begins.
April 2003 The Department of Japanese Literature (School of Cultural and Social Studies), and the Department of Space and Astronautical Science (School of Mathematical and Physical Science) are established; matriculation begins.
October 2003 “The National University Corporation Law (Law No. 112 of 2003)” is promulgated and enforced.
April 2004 Reformation into the National University Corporation, Graduate University for Advanced Studies Dr. Sc. Keiichi Kodaira is reappointed as the President of the University.The School of Mathematical and Physical Science is reformed into three schools: the School of Physical Science (including the departments of Structural Molecular Science, Functional Molecular Science, Astronomical Science, Fusion Science and Space and Astronautical Science), the School of High Energy Accelerator Science (including the departments of Accelerator Science, Materials Structure Science, Particle and Nuclear Physics), and the School of Multidisciplinary Science (including the departments of Statistical Science, Polar Science and Informatics). The School of Life Science has reformed the three year Ph.D. course into a five year Master’s and Ph.D. course.
April 2005 The name of the Department of Molecular Biomechanics at the School of Life Science has changed to the Department of Basic Biology.
April 2006 The School of Physical Sciences, the School of High Energy Accelerator Science, and the School of Multidisciplinary Sciences have implemented the five-year Ph. D. program system in addition to the three-year system. The Schools have begun to accept students.
April 2007 The School of Advanced Sciences is reorganized and the Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems (providing 5-year doctoral programs and also 3-year doctoral programs) is established and starts accepting students into the new Department, in addition to its two existing departments (providing 3-year doctoral programs only), the Department of Biosystems Science and the Department of Photo Science.
April 2008 Dr. Naoyuki Takahata has been appointed as the forth President.
April 2009 The Department of Cyber Society and Culture has stopped accepting new students.
March 2010 Construction of the Center for the Promotion of Integrated Sciences(1,033m2) begins at the Hayama Campus.
April 2010 The name of Hayama Center for Advanced Studies has changed to the Center for the Promotion of Integrated Sciences.
January 2011 Construction of the Center for the Promotion of Integrated Sciences is completed.
April 2013 Information Services and Technology Center is established.
April 2014 Dr. Yasunobu Okada has been appointed as the fifth President.
July 2015 The Center for Academic Information Services was established by unification of the University Library and the Information Services and Technology Center.
March 2017 Department of Cyber Society and Culture abolished.
(Dept. operation period from 2001.4.1 to 2017.3.31)
April 2017 Dr. Mariko Hasegawa has been appointed as the sixth President.

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