With the addition of the new College of Life and Health Sciences, Chubu University has become a comprehensive university encompassing six colleges and twenty-one departments in the arts and sciences.
Initially established as a pre-eminent technical university for the Chubu region in April 1984, Chubu University added to its original College of Engineering, the College of Business Administration and Information Science, and the College of International Studies. April 1998 saw the foundation of the College of Humanities, and in April of 2001, the university opened its newest faculty, the College of Bioscience and Biotechnology. In April 2006, the college of Life and Health Sciences was opened.
Chubu University is also a key institution of RCE Chubu.
Chubu University is developing postgraduate level education and research with the concept of ESD since 2007. In April 2009, the University established the International ESD Center with the objective of enriching the ESD academic network. The role of the ESD centre is to establish learning and educational systems that can develop human resources with a consciousness of “ecological ethics”. The centre promotes ESD activities through lectures, forums, and campus eco-tours, not only for students and staff of the university, but also for the community members. An international perspective is important for the centre to develop students’ consciousness of ecological ethics since solving global issues is a main theme of ESD.