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I became the 12th president of Hiroshima University on April 1, 2015, succeeding former President Toshimasa Asahara.

I would appreciate your support. Hiroshima University has maintained the founding principle of “a single unified university, free and pursuing peace,” and with its 11 faculties and 11 graduate schools, it has achieved significant development as one of the most distinguished research universities in Japan under the following five guiding principles: “the pursuit of peace,” “the creation of new forms of knowledge,” “the nurturing of well-founded human beings,” “collaboration with the local, regional and international community” and “continuous self-development.”
Hiroshima University has been selected as one of the 13 Type A (top type) universities under the fiscal 2014 program to support the creation of super global universities. It is the only university in the Chugoku/Shikoku region to be selected as such. Hiroshima University aims to become one of the global top 100 universities within the next 10 years by continuously producing global talents and creating knowledge while promoting university reforms centering on the twin pillars of educational and research capabilities.
While modern society has achieved remarkable progress in science and technology, it faces a number of difficulties, including the frequent occurrence of natural disasters, the widening gap between rich and poor people, and recurring regional conflicts and acts of terrorism. Hiroshima University will do its utmost to foster “peace-pursuing cultured individuals with international experience” who are ready to tackle heretofore unknown challenges.

President of Hiroshima University
Dr. Mitsuo Ochi

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Applied Biological Science

Graduate schools

  • Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter
  • Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences
  • Graduate School of Biosphere Science
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation
  • Graduate School of Letters
  • Graduate School of Science
  • Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Law School


Under the National School Establishment Law, Hiroshima University was established on May 31, 1949. After World War II, the school system in Japan was entirely reformed and each of the institutions of higher education under the pre-war system was reorganized. As a general rule, one national university was established in each prefecture, and Hiroshima University became a national university under the new system by combining the pre-war higher educational institutions in Hiroshima Prefecture.

The new university combined eight component institutions: Hiroshima University of Literature and Science, Hiroshima School of Secondary Education, Hiroshima School of Education, Hiroshima Women’s School of Secondary Education, Hiroshima School of Education for Youth, Hiroshima Higher School, Hiroshima Higher Technical School, and Hiroshima Municipal Higher Technical School. In 1953, the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical College was added to the new Hiroshima University.

Some of these institutions were already notable. Above all, Hiroshima School of Secondary Education, founded in 1902, had a distinguished place as one of the nation’s two centers for training middle school teachers. The Hiroshima University of Literature and Science was founded in 1929 as one of the national universities and, with the Hiroshima School of Secondary Education which was formerly affiliated to it, were highly notable.

The present Hiroshima University, which was created from these two institutions as well as three other “old-system” training institutions for teachers, continues to hold an important position among the universities and colleges in Japan. Hiroshima Higher Technical School, which has many alumnae in the manufacturing industry, was founded in 1920 and was promoted to a Technical College (Senmon Gakko) in 1944. Hiroshima Higher School was founded in 1923 as one of the pre-war higher schools which prepared students for Imperial and other government-supported universities. Although these institutions suffered a great deal of damage due to the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, they were reconstructed and combined to become the new Hiroshima University. Graduate schools were established in 1953. Hiroshima University relocated to Higashihiroshima from Hiroshima City between 1982 and 1995.

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