In the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukushima University took full advantage of its human and intellectual networks to create an academic model of post-disaster reconstruction unlike any other university in the world. As the only national university in the prefecture, Fukushima University was quick to cooperate with the prefectural government and various localities, organizations, and NPOs to offer a variety of supports such as volunteer work for evacuees and victims, radiation measurements in areas polluted by radioactive substances, and conducing in-depth surveys on actual damage to farm and fishery production. In order to effectively run long-term support and collaborative activities, the university created the Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization (FURE) in April 2011, to support communities via research projects aimed at recovery and revitalization efforts in the prefecture.
In 2012, the University decided to introduce Post-disaster Reconstruction Support Studies as a new core academic subject, and in 2014, will introduce a brand new minor, the Fukushima Future Studies, which will be made available to all students in all fields of study. In addition, the university opened its first research facility in 2013, called the Institute of Environmental Radioactivity, which will continue to monitor the movement of radiation in the prefecture for the next several decades in hopes of accurately understanding its true effects. All of these programs will offer students and researchers alike a unique opportunity to enrich academic understanding of the situation in Fukushima and, at the same time, provide direct support to the affected communities. Fukushima University intends to systematize the revitalization and reconstruction process in order to communicate our knowledge and findings to the world, while also nurturing the young people who will be at the helm of recovery efforts for years to come.