Niigata University of Health and Welfare was established in 2001. Just after the establishment of the university, the International Exchange Committee was organized. Since then, the committee has taken an important role in the international affairs of the university. The purposes of this committee are to: 1) Develop good relationships with foreign universities and academic institutions and upgrade the ability of research and education of the university; 2) Propagate scientific knowledge and experiences of the university to the world and; 3) Improve students' proficiency in English and have them obtain sufficient ability to work internationally. The number of the committee members was twelve as of January 2014. The vice-president of the university attends the committee and gives advice. Two members of the administration department also participate in the committee. Generally, a committee meeting is held once a month. Key decisions made here are announced at the monthly faculty meeting.
The routine work of the committee includes: 1) To evaluate proposals for grants for international activities from the teaching staff and make decisions (these grants support mini-symposiums, international cooperation on research projects, and the exchange of views); 2) To evaluate proposals related to students' overseas study trips; 3) To make an International collaboration on health issues through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the policies of Official Development Assistance (ODA); 4) To establish a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperation with foreign universities and; 5) To perform other international missions as required.