Osaka University

Osaka University

Osaka University Details

  • Country : Japan
  • City : Suita
  • Acronym : OU
  • Founded : 1724
  • Students (approx.) : 26000
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Osaka University was founded in 1931 as the sixth imperial university of Japan through strong demand from the business and government sectors of Osaka, as well as the people of Osaka City and Prefecture. The roots of Osaka University can be found in Kaitokudo and Tekijuku of the Edo period. The academic culture and spirit of these two places of scholarship are inherited even today, and the spirit of innovation and a restless spirit of challenge serve as the cornerstone for our endeavors in education and research. And after a huge undertaking merging Osaka University with Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 2007, the university has shown that it will continue to develop as one of Japan’s leading comprehensive research universities.

As you may already know, the environment surrounding national universities is rapidly changing. The current wave of globalization is surging at a furious pace, and there is a strong expectation and demand in human resources and industry-education collaboration from the nation and society. An important responsibility of the university is to answer the mandates of the citizens and society alongside promoting the very best in education and research.

Even in circumstances such as these, Osaka University has accepted diversity, displayed its flexibility toward change, and sports traits that value the individual. In addition, Osaka University possesses an excellent “foundation” and “strength” woven by high level education and research ability, the strength of faculty harmony, the weight of tradition and the land advantage that is Osaka. I resolve to build a firm foundation for Osaka University through utilizing this outstanding potential and connecting the true worth of each individual with the evolution of Osaka University. In addition, I intend to fully pursue the mutual linkage of the diverse knowledge possessed by Osaka University, like an orchestration of knowledge, as well as the continued creation of this outstanding knowledge by students, faculty, and staff, a co-creation of sorts, and its contribution to society. Simply put, I will push this “orchestration and co-creation of knowledge” to its limits.

Promotion of dialogue and adhering to autonomy are both advocated in the Osaka University Charter, enacted in March 2003. In other words, this represents the mutual respect between faculty, staff, and students through dialogue, regardless of position, as well as the belief in one’s own solutions to the challenges that lie ahead. I aim to place a particular focus on these fundamental principles while widely implementing them campus-wide.

In haiku, there is a principle of being both fluid and unchanging, and in the mission and role of a national university, I believe that there are things that we mustn’t change and things that we must. It is important to flexibly answer the call of society and its citizens while also maintaining a positive tradition. I intend to place an emphasis on this approach while exerting all of my energy for the evolution and expansion of Osaka University.

I humbly request your support and cooperation.

Shojiro NISHIO
President, Osaka University

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


Undergraduate Schools

  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Foreign Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Law
  • Letters
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Science

Graduated Schools

  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Frontier Biosciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Information Science and Technology
  • Language and Culture
  • Law (Law School)
  • Law and Politics
  • Letters
  • Medicine
  • Osaka School of International Public Policy
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • United Graduate School of Child Development, Osaka University, Kanazawa University, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Chiba University and Fukui University


Academic traditions of the university reach back to Kaitokudō , an Edo-period school for local citizens founded in 1724, and Tekijuku, a school of Rangaku for samurai founded by Ogata Kōan in 1838. The spirit of the university’s human sciences is believed to be intimately rooted in Kaitokudo, whereas that of the natural and applied sciences, including medicine, is widely believed to be based on Tekijuku.

Osaka University traces its origin back to 1869 when Osaka Prefectural Medical School was founded in downtown Osaka. The school was later transformed into the Osaka Prefectural Medical College with university status by the University Ordinance (Imperial Ordinance No. 388 of 1918) in 1919. The college merged with the newly founded College of Science to form Osaka Imperial University in 1931. Osaka Imperial University was inaugurated as the sixth imperial university in Japan. As part of the University, Osaka Technical College was later included to form the school of Engineering two years later. The university was eventually renamed Osaka University in 1947.

Merging with Naniwa High School and Osaka High School as a result of the government’s education system reform in 1949, Osaka University started its postwar era with five faculties: Science, Medicine, Engineering, Letters, and Law. After that, faculties, graduate schools, and research institutes have been successively established. Among these are the School of Engineering Science, the first of its kind among Japanese national universities, which draws upon the excellence of both sciences and engineering disciplines, and the School of Human Sciences, which covers its cross-disciplinary research interest as broadly as psychology, sociology, and education. Built on the then-existing faculties, 10 graduate schools were set up as part of the government’s education system reform program in 1953. Two graduate schools, the Graduate School of Language and Culture and the cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional Osaka School of International Public Policy, add to the list, making the number of graduate schools reach 12 in 1994.

In 1993, Osaka University Hospital was relocated from the Nakanoshima campus in downtown Osaka to the Suita campus, completing the implementation of the university’s plan to integrate the scattered facilities into the Suita and Toyonaka campuses. In October 2007, a merger between Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies was completed. The merger made Osaka University one of two national universities in the country with a School of Foreign Studies (with Tokyo University of Foreign Studies). In addition, the merger made the university the largest national university in the country.

In 2009, Osaka University implemented a major revision of its website. The result is a website much more accessible and informative to persons not versed in the Japanese language — a site much more user-friendly to international exchange students, international researchers, and expatriates living in the Osaka area. Currently, thanks to the work of the “Creative Unit,” virtually all Osaka University’s web pages come in pairs — a Japanese page and the same page in English. These pairings include frequent updates on symposiums, seminars, and other events open to staff, students and, often, the general public.

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