Kumamoto University

Kumamoto University Japan

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Welcome to Kumamoto University (KU). Kumamoto is located in the center of Kyushu Island in Japan and is rich in nature. We have the huge volcanic Aso mountain in the eastern part of Kumamoto Prefecture. On the west side, there is the picturesque Amakusa seashore with small islands connected by 5 bridges. KU is situated in Kumamoto city where historic Kumamoto castle is surrounded by many trees. So, the city is called FOREST CITY. We have a hill clad in fresh greenery behind the KU campus, giving us a tranquil atmosphere for studies. Kumamoto is also known for its high quality fresh water springs, which provide drinking water to the residents.

These are some reasons I feel confident that visitors and international students in Kumamoto can have an enjoyable and high quality life. KU is one of the oldest universities in Japan with seven faculties, eight graduate schools and 18 research centers/institutes that support a wide spectrum of educational and research activities. Currently, the university is home to more than 8,100 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students, including 470 international students from 47 countries (as of May 2015). For over 100 years our university has been at the forefront of culture, advancing science and technology, and contributing to the development of the Japanese educational system.

Recently, we have been selected by the Government as one of the 22 Research Universities (RU22) in Japan and as one of the 37 Top Global University Projects. Also, the Center of Community (COC) project was awarded. Consequently, KU will be seeing increased internationalization brought about by international academic and student exchange programs (as of September 2015, we have partnered with 185 institutes from 38 countries and regions), global-collaboration research programs with the world’s leading researchers at the Global Centers of Excellence (GCOE: three projects have been successfully completed), and other such international activities. The short-term international student exchange programs are conducted at both KU and our partner universities. The Kumamoto University Forum has also been held both inside and outside Japan (including Shanghai, China in 2005, Daejeon, Korea in 2006, Surabaya, Indonesia in 2008, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010, Shanghai, China again in 2012, and Surabaya, Indonesia again in 2013). Through these activities, KU has been contributing to local communities and to global society.

KU has established four fundamental policies in Kumamoto University for you (KU4U), and these have been continuously pursued:

  1. Upgrade: To teach the students to be future professionals so that they can make active contributions of a global caliber in a rapidly changing world.
  2. Uniqueness: To research our own world-leading studies in the most advanced fields, to create innovation and well-being in society.
  3. Union: To collaborate with local and global societies, and to give back to society by providing a promising future through the promotion of education, culture, industry, advanced medical practices and more.
  4. Universality: To develop global academic networks and increase internationalization by increasing the numbers of international students and international academic exchange programs, as well as through other means.

In order to keep these promises, we seek to cultivate an open mind with a broad view, a creative imagination, the ability to solve problems, and the aptitude to communicate internationally. We believe this policy will ensure that many competent professionals and leaders of future societies will emanate from our university.

President of Kumamoto University

In order to cultivate unique, creative people, the university provides a comprehensive education based on a consistent philosophy followed by all our undergraduate departments and graduate schools.

Our undergraduate departments, with the help of a broad education, inculcate in students the abilities of international communication, adapting to the information age, and thinking and acting independently.

Our graduate schools cultivate highly specialized workers with comprehensive reasoning ability, technical knowledge, and internationally recognized skills, in addition to deep insight into human beings and nature, on the basis of the undergraduate education that the workers have received.

As an institution that is open to the public, the university offers a place where people can engage in lifelong learning.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Engineering

Graduate schools

  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology
  • School of Law
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Graduate School of Medical Sciences
  • Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Graduate School of Health Sciences


The university was chartered by the Showa government on May 31, 1949 under a new Japanese education system reforming older system, merging five institutions of higher education in the city of Kumamoto which includes Kumamoto Teachers College (熊本師範学校, Kumamoto shihan gakkō) established in 1987, Kumamoto Pharmaceutical College (熊本薬学専門学校, Kumamoto yakugaku semmon gakkō) established in 1885, the Fifth High School (第五高等学校, Dai-go kōtō gakkō) established in 1887, Kumamoto Medical College (熊本医科大学, Kumamoto ika daigaku) established in 1896 and Kumamoto Technical College (熊本高等工業学校, Kumamoto kōtō kōgyō gakkō) established in 1897 though the precursor of the university was founded in 1925 as a prefectural university of Kumamoto and subsequently it was reorganized as a national university in 1929.

The hub of the university at the time of foundation was the Fifth High School, which was a center for higher learning in western Japan during the Meiji period and the university began with six departments, with an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students. In 1955 the Graduate School of Medicine was established at the university and other graduate schools were subsequently founded.

In 2004 Kumamoto University became a National University Corporation under the National University Corporation Law.

Although the university was founded during the Taisho period, it has earlier roots in Saishunkan (再春館) established on September in 1756 as Han school of Kumamoto Domain and Banjien (藩滋園) established on July in 1756 by Shigekata Hosokawa, who was a Japanese samurai daimyo of the Edo period.

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