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.
Characteristic of the university is its establishment of a structure that is truly comprehensive, including studies of the fields of nature, society, and the humanities at its six colleges and twenty-one departments of arts and science. The university has created an academic environment in which students can study beyond the spheres of each department or college. Considered extremely important is the combination of fostering a multi-lateral outlook, while gaining in-depth specialization. The university strives to educate students who can contribute fully to a 21st century society - providing knowledge in the arts to technology students, as well as teaching the fundamentals of science to those majoring in the humanities. Therefore, Chubu University encourages students to attend lectures in colleges and departments other than their own majors.
Chubu University does not simply offer undergraduate and graduate education, but also serves as a research institution promoting the advancement of academic research. The Chubu Institute for Advanced Studies, as the first University Cooperative Research Facility housed by a private university, aims to provide an integral contribution to central Japan's regional academic research. The High Technology Research Center, established in 1998 with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's High Technology Research Center Equipment Project, contributes to the University as an advanced research body. Furthermore, seven additional research laboratories augment these institutions.