The San-En-Nanshin Center for Regional Cooperation was created as an extension of the Institute of Comprehensive Local Research and the Chubu Regional Industry Research Institute, two institutions with extensive experience in regional research. The Center seeks to propose the outline of a new region, without regard to existing governmental entities or prefectural borders. It is building a network of industrial, governmental, academic, and citizen groups, as well as pursuing a range of activities consistent with its mission of serving as a hub for initiatives relating to research in and development of the San-En-Nanshin region.
The San-En-Nanshin Center for Regional Cooperation promotes a variety of activities through collaboration between industry, educational institutions, and the administration. These activities include the opening of the College of Toyo River Basin under the collaboration with Aichi Prefecture as well as researches commissioned by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Higashimikawa-area Aichi-pref Visitors Conference, and other public entities. Besides, the San-En-Nanshin Center promotes the development of students' supporter system for community improvement. Furthermore, a project under the title of the Development of a Total System for Community Improvement from a "Glocal" Viewpoint has been supported by the High-Tech Research Center Project for Private Universities of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.