The University Library is a circular two-story building, having a total floor area of 2,440m² (Photo 1). The lower floor offers an open shelving stack room, carrels, and group study rooms, the mezzanine floors feature reading desks and tables (Photo2), while the upper floor has the entrance gate, the information counter, serial and reference collections, and a viewing room equipped with DVD players. Collaborative learning tables are provided in the study space in front of the entrance gate.
The library houses approximately 170,000 volumes, 6,300 periodicals including electronic journals, and 900 multimedia materials. Natural science and engineering materials are featured, while those of literature and the social sciences are also held. Faculty members and students of Toyama Prefectural University can search books or journals on-site with the help of librarians or online using the library database. The library is open to community residents as well. Over 51,000 people visit the library every year. Details are on the library home page (https://www.pu-toyama.ac.jp/library/imizu/).
Regional Cooperation Center
Cooperation with regional communities and industries is one of the most important outreach activities of the Toyama Prefectural University (TPU). The Regional Cooperation Center of TPU was founded in 2004 to systematically coordinate a wide range of activities and to cultivate new opportunities for building a relationship with regional communities. The center has worked as a gateway to our university for citizens and the industry, since its foundation. The center is supported by the “Kenkyu-Kyoryokukai” (The Society for the Promotion of Cooperative Research) which was also established in 2004. In 2019, it constituted of 230 enterprises and 11 individuals.
The functions of the center are as follows: (1) support cooperative research, commissioned research, etc., (2) match seed activities of the university with the needs of regional communities, (3) provide engineering and technological consultation services, and (4) support the incubation and creation of intellectual property. Academic information is exchanged between TPU and regional communities in many ways such as open forums, open seminars, basic and advanced seminars for working engineers, and the “Da Vinci Festival,” a science-enlightening event for elementary school and junior high school students. The center takes pride in offering support to regional communities by supporting their interests and the intellectual creation activities offered.
Toyama Prefectural University maintains high success rates in securing employment for students after graduation. The Career Center promotes “broad-based life career education” to build a spirit of independence in students that supports effective decisions on career choices in collaboration with various organizations and business communities in the area.
The center provides the following services:●Career guidance
●Support for entrance into graduate schools
|●||Advice on anxieties and concerns arising from job searches|
●Advice on interviews and the hiring process
The Computer Center is located in the Imizu campus. It offers computing and communications services for academic and research activities for students of both campuses. The center also manages the network infrastructure on both campuses.
The center provides the following services:
|●||A secure and high-speed network environment for classrooms and laboratories (Gigabit Ethernet for every room and campus-wide wireless network access)|
|●||“Laptop-Ready” classrooms with a gigabit Ethernet port for each des|
|●||Cloud-based e-mail system, which can be accessed anytime and anywhere|
|●||Desktop PCs for classroom education with CAD software, multimedia tools, and other functions|
|●||Software licenses for all users within the university community|
|●||Technical consulting and advice|
Biotechnology Research Center
The Biotechnology Research Center was originally established as a prefectural research institute in Toyama. It is now the regional hub for biotechnology research and training.
The responsibilities of the center include:
|●||Assisting and promoting biotechnology-oriented collaborative research|
|●||Launching and conducting world-class innovative regional and/or large scientific research projects|
|●||Educating young scientists|
|●||Offering training opportunities for researchers from public and private institutes|
The Biotechnology Research Center is virtually operated by faculties from the Department of Biotechnology and Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering, as well as selected members from other departments.
|October||1992||The Biotechnology Center established as the tenth prefectural research institute|
|April||2006||Integrated into Toyama Prefectural University and renamed as the Biotechnology Research Center|