Okayama University

Okayama University

Okayama University Details

  • Country : Japan
  • City : Kita-ku
  • Acronym : OU
  • Founded : 1870
  • Students (approx.) : 15000
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Okayama University has its origin in the Medical Training Place of Okayama-Han (domain) and was founded in 1870 with over 140 years of history. Currently, the university comprises 11 faculties, seven graduate schools, a university affiliated institute, a national joint-use facility, a university hospital, and an affiliate school. It is one of the best comprehensive universities in Japan with 20,000 domestic and international students, faculties and staff working on intellectual creation.

“Creation of advanced intelligence and succession of exact intelligence” is the principle of the university. Creation of intelligence and succession of intelligence, in other words, the mission of Okayama University is to contribute to society through research and educational activities. When I assumed the position of the university president in 2011, I declared the “Morita Vision” to make Okayama University a “‘beautiful academic capital’ as an international research and educational center.”

Okayama University is located in “fine weather country Okayama” blessed with warm climate with few natural disasters. It has vast campus areas surrounded by rich flora near the central part of Okayama City which is an important transport hub and has the ideal environment to concentrate on academic work and mind training. Okayama University aims to develop as an “internationally ‘beautiful academic capital'” blessed with such wonderful environment in Okayama.

Okayama University was selected for the “Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities” by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the “Core Clinical Research Centers” by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2013 and showed steady progress to have the potential to be highly competitive university in Japan.

Moreover, national Universities are demanded to reform in the middle of rapid globalization. I consider the current and future duties of Okayama University to have a global vision and train people who will be useful in global communities.

It is my vision to make Okayama University to be an infinitely beautiful university, a global university brightly shining full of charm in Okayama, working with all students, graduate students and staff, including myself.

Kiyoshi Morita
President , Okayama University

Okayama University was selected as one of the 30 ”Top Global Universities” in Japan. We believe it is crucial to engage students in active learning and develop their 21st century skills. Your lecturers and tutors are passionate, brilliant, and dedicated to sharing their insights and discoveries with you. In addition, we plan to offer undergraduate courses taught in English in the “Discovery Program for Global Learners” from October 2017.
Okayama University is proud to be the UNESCO Chair for the Regional Centres of Exercise on ESD(Education for Sustainable Development) and the only centre in Asia.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Science
  • Medical School
  • Dental School
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Environomental Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Agriculture
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Okayama Prefecture is known for its educational history and cultural achievements. In 1670, the Lord of Okayama built a school for the commons. It was called the “Shizutani-school” and was the first school for the common people founded in Japan for the feudal period. Special efforts beginning before the Meiji Period (19th century) were made to establish a number of schools, which led to the present-day Okayama University.

Okayama University originates from the Okayama-Han(domain) Medical Training School founded in 1870 by the family of Lord Ikeda who already founded the domain school for the samurai that continued for 200 years. This medical school was reorganized several times and became Okayama Medical College in 1922, which merged with several schools such as the Okayama Medical School and the Sixth Higher School, and was established as Okayama National University in 1949.

In 2004, Okayama National University was reorganized as a National University Corporation. Okayama University enjoys the reputation of being one of Japan’s leading universities and will undoubtedly continue to develop its excellence in both education and research in the future.

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