Osaka City University

Osaka City University

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Overview


Osaka City University celebrated its 135th anniversary in 2015. It is now the largest public university in Japan, with 8 faculties and 10 graduate schools, offering bachelor, master and doctoral courses in a wide variety of disciplines. At the time of its establishment, the mayor of Osaka, Hajime Seki, gave us a special mission: “The new university should not be an imitation of the national universities; it should serve the needs of the citizens; conduct original research on the culture, economy, and society of the city of Osaka and communicate the results to the people of the city.” His vision is still kept in honor by us to this very day.

The problems facing Osaka are the same problems facing cities around the world. Here at OCU, you will have the opportunity to obtain an education and carry out research that will challenge you to find solutions for problems such as climate change, clean energy supply, urban health, and natural disasters, problems which can only be solved by combining global and local perspectives.
This school identity has produced two Nobel laureates, Professor Emeritus Yoichiro Nambu in Physics and Professor Shinya Yamanaka in Medicine.  In this enterprising spirit, OCU aims to nurture people who can take on leadership roles in society, conduct liberal and original research at an international level and become the pride of the city.

OCU offers you a diverse and liberal intellectual atmosphere in which you will be able to freely discuss and develop your ideas, while making use of excellent interdisciplinary study and research facilities and a strong domestic and international academic network. We invite all of you to come and join us in solving the problems of today and of the future.

Dr. Tetsuo Arakawa
President of Osaka City University

To achieve the universal mission of a university– the fostering of superior talent and the search for truth.

To be a university that the citizens can be proud of–

  • To regard the city as a subject for study and find intelligent solutions for its specific problems.
  • To give back the fruits of education and research activities to the city and its citizens and contribute to the development of both the local community and international society.

To be a university that is close to the citizens–

  • To carry on the traditions and culture of the city of Osaka, as an urban-based university.
  • To promote liberal and creative education and research, and high standard health care.
  • To improve the various functions of the city such as culture, economy, industry, and health care, together with the citizens, and attempt to realize a situation of true wealth.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


Undergraduate schools

  • Faculty of Business
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Medical School
  • School of Nursing
  • Faculty of Human Life Science

Graduate schools

  • Graduate School of Business
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences
  • Graduate School of Science
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Medicine
  • Graduate School of Nursing
  • Graduate School of Human Life Science
  • Graduate School of Creative Cities

History


Osaka City University (OCU) is composed of eight faculties and ten graduate schools. OCU traces its beginnings to the 1880 founding of Osaka Commercial Training Institute, the center of commercial and industrial study in Osaka. The Institute was renamed as it developed and grew, becoming Osaka City Commercial School (1889), Osaka City Commercial College (1901), Osaka University of Commerce (1928), and finally Osaka City University in 1949. In April 2006, Osaka City University was reconstituted as a public university corporation.

In establishing OCU as Japan’s first municipal university, Dr. Hajime Seki, mayor of Osaka, set forth a distinctive vision. The new university should not be an imitation of the national universities; it should serve the needs of the citizens; it should conduct original research on the culture, economy, and society of the city of Osaka and communicate the results to the people of the city. Throughout its 70-year history, Osaka City University has faithfully adhered to this founding vision by making urban issues one of its central concerns.


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