Sakeology Center Vision

Our Vision
To become a global hub for Sakeology research and education, Sakeology Center, Niigata University engages in Education, Research, Information Dissemination, and International Exchange related to sake. Moreover, the Center will continue to play a central role in contributing to the development of Sakeology both domestically and internationally.

Director’s Message

新潟大学日本酒学センター長 鈴木 一史

February 1, 2020
SUZUKI Kazushi
Director
Sakeology Center, Niigata University

Sakeology activities began when Niigata Prefecture, Niigata Sake Brewers Association, and Niigata University entered into a tripartite agreement aimed at establishing Sakeology as an academic discipline covering a broad variety of cultural and scientific fields related to sake, and establishing and developing an international hub of Sakeology.

Sakeology Center was established in April 2018 within the Institute for Research Promotion of Niigata University, and made a new start in January 2020 as a Universitywide Organization for Research and Education, reporting directly to the President. We will appoint full-time faculty members and set up new units dealing with brewing, society and culture, and health as well as Sakeology Center Promotion Office, which will manage these activities, in order to build a structure for enhancing Sakeology initiatives.

To date, we have conducted a wide range of activities, including educational courses for students and public lectures, Sakeology symposiums, and the conclusion of an inter-university agreement with the University of Bordeaux, which is renowned for oenology. We will continue to pursue new initiatives, including reaching further agreements with overseas universities, expanding into graduate-school courses, developing a certification program, offering lectures in English, and facilitating overseas internships.

In the aim of becoming a global hub for Sakeology research and education, we will develop further activities underpinned by internationally recognized Education, Research, Information Dissemination, and International Exchange as well as Niigata University’s unique role as a hub for systematic study of sake.

We look forward to your ongoing support and cooperation.

Organizational Structure

History

      
2016 September Since May 2016, faculty members associated with the Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Economic had considered possibilities for Sakeology lectures and research integrating humanities and science subjects. After completing their investigations, in September, a group of interested members visited Niigata Sake Brewers Association to discuss the establishment of Sakeology as a new academic discipline.
December Tripartite discussions among Niigata Prefecture, Niigata Sake Brewers Association, and Niigata University.
2017 May Niigata Prefecture, Niigata Sake Brewers Association, and Niigata University entered into a tripartite partnership agreement.
2018 April Based on the tripartite partnership agreement, Sakeology Center, Niigata University was established as a Core Station within the Institute for Research Promotion of Niigata University.
April Sakeology Lecture A launched.
2019 January Niigata University entered into an inter-university agreement with the University of Bordeaux, France, and Sakeology Center, Niigata University did into an exchange agreement with the Institute of Vine and Wine Science, University of Bordeaux (ISVV), France.
February Sakeology Lecture B launched.
2020 January Status of Sakeology Center, Niigata university raised from a Core Station to a University-wide Organization for Research and Education.
May Niigata University entered into an inter-university agreement with the University of California, Davis, U.S.A..