The Graduate University for Advanced Studies
The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI (総合研究大学院大学 Sōgō kenkyū daigakuin daigaku) is one of the national universities of Japan, located in Shonan Village (湘南国際村) in the town of Hayama in Kanagawa Prefecture. Sōkendai (総研大), as it is generally called in its abbreviated form, was established in the year 1988. From 1988 to 1995 the university maintained its headquarters in Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama at the Tokyo Institute of Technology before shifting to the present location.
Sokendai is the first national university in Japan that started offering exclusively graduate programs. It accepts both bachelor's and master's students for its graduate programs. Students having a bachelor's degree are admitted to a five-year integrated graduate program, while masters students are admitted directly to the three years graduate program.
Sokendai consists of six schools with each school further offering various specializations. Research activities in various domains are conducted at different specialized research institutions such as at Hayama campus (sixteen research institutions working under four inter-university research institute corporations), the National Institute of Multimedia Education and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science.
Sokendai is a National Graduate University of Japan, conforming to the guidelines stipulated under the provisions of National University Corporation Law of Japan. The objective of the Japanese National Graduate Universities is to foresee the future, nurture specialized researchers having broader visions and thereby contribute positively towards public benefits.
The Graduate University for Advanced Studies was inaugurated in the year 1988 and the central administration office was established at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Nagatsuda Campus). The university officially started admitting students in April 1989 and Dr. Saburo Nagakura was appointed as the first President of the University. In 1995, the University relocated to its present location at Hayama campus.
The university has these six schools: