Society Developed by Local Communities and University:
as the local hub of environmental studies~
Shiga University, featuring its location on the
shore of Lake Biwa and Seta River, has been among the first in
1952 focusing attention on pollution issues in Lake Biwa and starting
researches on lakes, and has promoted joint researches of lakes
and their catchment areas in those fields of natural, humanity/social,
and life science. Our interdisciplinary education, research, and
other activities contributing to the local communities in the environmental
field for half a century have achieved such a remarkable success.
On Ishiyama Campus (Faculty of Education), establishment of Lake Research
Office in 1952 was its starting point, and the office was recognized as Institute
of Lake Science under a ministerial ordinance in 1976, and then Center for
Environmental Education and Lake Science with the farm and the forest of
academic research was established in 1995. Environmental Education Course
was launched in Faculty of Education in 2000, and Special Course in Environmental
Education was set up in Specialization Field of School Education, Graduate
School of Education in 2001.
On Hikone Campus (Faculty of Economics), Hisao Onoe, then President during
1990 to 1992, as a representative initiated the economic valuation research
project on Lake Biwa Conservation Program (Scientific Research Fund “ Social
Standard of Program Assessment “ ) . Placement of full-time staff in the
field of Environmental Economics in Department of Social Systems in 1994
has led to formation of “Shiga University Faculty of Economics, Environment
Forum” and then full-fledged joint researches have started. In 1997 “Looking
back on 25years of Lake Biwa Comprehensive Development Project “(organized
by Joint Research Center, Shiga University) was held under the planning by
In addition, in 1997 a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary, and independent
organization of the staff, “ Shiga University Environment Forum “ was formed
in order to promote education and researches for concrete resolution of challenges
relating to environmental problems and to make a contribution to local communities
by them on the basis of accumulated education and researches in the environmental
fields of both Faculties.
In accordance with these historical developments, “ Research Center for Sustainability
and Environment, Shiga University “ was shaped and established not only as
the strategic base of joint environmental studies to respond to spontaneous
requests of education and researches but also as an academic body to inherit
accumulated experiences so far and to live up to social needs by promoting
them drastically, and as a new framework to develop our university as a pertinent
institution befitting the “century of the environment” under consideration
of its location in Shiga Prefecture which is highly praised as “ environmentally-pioneering
state “ with Lake Biwa.
Lake Research Office was established (February) in
Faculty of Teachers Education (Zeze Campus).
||It was renamed as Limnological Laboratory. (October)
It was relocated to Faculty of Teachers Education due to transfer of
||Construction of the laboratory building on the shore
of Seta River was completed. (March)
||It was recognized as the attached Institute of Lake
Science, Faculty of Education under a ministerial ordinance. (May)
||The institute building was relocated from the shore
of Seta River to the premise of the Faculty. (March)
||Information and Natural Sciences Course in Department
of Information and Science, Faculty of Education was launched.
“Social Standard of Program Assessment “(Scientific Research Fund of 1990 to
1992, Representative: President Hisao Onoe)
||A new post of the staff in the field of Environmental
Economics was created.
Shiga University Faculty of Economics Environment Forum was formed.
||The attached Institute of Lake Science, Faculty of Education
was recomposed as Center for Environmental Education and Lake Science
(April), and it was integrated with Nature Education Research Farm
(Forest) which had been structured as a campus-wide program.
||Attached facility of Nature Environmental Education,
Center for Environmental Education and Lake Science was completed.
“Lake Environmental Education Shiga Project - Let’s make an aquatic environment
map together” was started.
||Shiga University Environment Forum was formed. (March)
The 1997 Shiga University International Symposium
“What can education and information systems do to solve environmental problems?”
was organized (November 22nd - 24th).
“Looking back on 25 years of Lake Biwa Comprehensive Development Project” (organized
by Shiga University Joint Research Center)
||“Consideration on Future of Lake Biwa” was published.
Open Seminar “Think of Environmental Problems”
“INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: Development, Information, and Education
in the Asian - Pacific Region” was published.
||“Learn from Lake Biwa - People’s Lives and Environment”
was published. (by University Education Press)
||Environmental Education Course in Faculty of Education
was set up.
JICA Group Training Course “Environmental Education Focused on Fresh Water Environment”
was launched. (September)
“International Symposium on Water Management: Research, Policy, Business and
Community” (co-organized by Deakin University, Australia and Shiga University)
||Special Course in Environmental Education under Specialization
Field of School Education in Graduate School of Education was set up.
||“Sustainable Society Developed by Local Communities
and University” was organized (at Hikone Castle Museum on March 23rd).
“Learn the Environment at Shiga University” was published. (March)
Research Center for Sustainability and Environment, Shiga University was established.
First Director of the center, Kotoko Yamasaki was inaugurated.
“2003 International Symposium on Environmental Management”
(co-organized by Chiangmai University, Thailand and Shiga University)
||Attached Center for Environmental Education and Lake
Science, Faculty of Education was reorganized as Research Center for
Sustainability and Environment (a unified center of the university).
(April) Nature Environmental Education Facility was recomposed as the
attached institute of Faculty of Education.
Japan-Korea Environment Symposium was organized (at Keimyung University).
||Environment Forum was dissolved. (March)
Japan-Korea Environment Symposium was held (at Shiga University on June 18th
||Launching Ceremony of High-speed Water Quality Research
Vessel (Seiryu Ⅲ) was held (on March 18th ).
||Masahisa Nakamura was inaugurated as the second Director
of the center.
Japan-Korea Environment Symposium was held (at Shiga University on October 12th
Disaster Mitigation Symposium was organized (on December 15th ).
|| Lake Biwa/Seta River Observatory Completion Ceremony
(on February 16th)
MEXT Special Education Research Expenses “Research on Improvement of Governance
for Lake Basin Management which Enables Sustainable Use and Conservation of Resources”
(2008 - 2010) was launched.
||Naoki Umezawa was inaugurated as the third Director of the center.
||Katsura Nakano was inaugurated as the fourth Director of the center.
“Research on Functions Played by Heartware (heart, aquatic culture, and memory) in Integrated Lake Basin Management” (JFY2012-2014) as Research and Education Funding, MEXT was launched.
||Five research divisions were reorganized into four of them. (In January)
“Lake and Watershed Research Division” was restructured to “Lake and Watershed Policy Research Division”.
“Environmental Economics Research Division” and “Environmental Policy Research Division” were restructured to “Environmental Economics and Policy Research Division”.
||Hiroyuki Kitamura was inaugurated as the finish Director of the center.