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|Established||Founded in 1724 (Kaitokudo),
Chartered on November 22, 1919 as Osaka Prefectural Medical College. Re-established on May 1, 1931 as Osaka Imperial University.
|Endowment||US$2.3 billioncitation needed
(JP¥264.3 billion)citation needed
|Academic staff||2,953 (academic)2|
|Admin. staff||8,675 (total)2|
|Other students||1,780 (international students)2|
|Location||Suita, Osaka, Japan|
|Campus||Suburban / Urban,
|Authorized Student Groups||58 sports-related, 68 culture-related groups 3|
|Mascot||Macchi the Crocodile (unofficial)|
Osaka University (大阪大学 Ōsaka daigaku ), or Handai (阪大 Handai ), is a national university located in Osaka, Japan. It is the sixth oldest university in Japan as the Osaka Prefectural Medical College, and one of Japan's National Seven Universities. Numerous prominent scientists have worked at Osaka University such as the Nobel Laureate in Physics Hideki Yukawa.
Academic traditions of the university reach back to Kaitokudō (懐徳堂), an Edo-period school for local citizens founded in 1724, and Tekijuku (適塾), a school of Rangaku for samurai founded by Ogata Kōan in 1838. The spirit of the university's humanity 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.4
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（大阪帝國大学） 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 site 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 "Web Design 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.
Suita, Toyonaka and Minoh are the university's three campuses. Home to the university's headquarters, the Suita campus extends across Suita city and Ibaraki city in Osaka prefecture. The Suita campus houses faculties of Human Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Engineering. It contains the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences and a portion of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. The campus is also home to the Osaka University Hospital and the Nationwide Joint Institute of Cybermedia Center and Research Center for Nuclear Physics. Because access to the campus by public transportation is relatively inconvenient, automobiles, motorcycles, and bicycles are commonly seen within the campus. While sports activities are primarily concentrated on the Toyonaka campus, tennis activities are concentrated on the Suita campus because of its many tennis facilities.
The Toyonaka campus is home to faculties of Letters, Law, Economics, Science, and Engineering Science. It is also the academic base for Graduate Schools of International Public Policy, Language and Culture, (a portion of) Information Science, and the Center for the Practice of Legal and Political Expertise. All freshmen attend classes on the Toyonaka campus during their first year of enrollment.
The Minoh campus was incorporated following the merger with Osaka University of Foreign Studies in October 2007. The Minoh campus is home to School of Foreign Studies, Research Institute for World Languages, and Center for Japanese Language and Culture.
In addition to these three campus, the former Nakanoshima campus, the university's earliest campus located in downtown Osaka, served as the hub for the faculty of medicine until the transfer to the Suita campus was completed in 1993.5 Starting from April 2004, the Nakanoshima campus has been transformed into the "Nakanoshima Center", serving as a venue for information exchange, adult education classes, and activities involving academic as well as non-academic communities.
Osaka University has 11 faculties (学部) for undergraduate programs and 15 graduate schools (大学院).6
Osaka University has completed academic exchange agreements with a large number of universities (in 2011, 92) throughout the world and also exchange agreements between schools at Osaka University and schools and institutes in other countries (in 2011, 366). These agreements facilitate international students studying at Osaka University and Osaka University students studying at overseas universities, schools, and institutes. In many cases, students are able to participate in these exchange agreements without paying any additional tuition.7 Below are examples of some of these universities:
|Toyo Keizai National8||General||4|
|T. Reuters National10||Research||3|
(Asian Ranking version)14
|Social Sciences & Humanities|
|BE Success National20||Qualification||7|
|BE Pass rate National21||Qualification||8|
|Natural Sciences & Technology|
BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY
|ARE Success National26||Qualification||21|
PHARMACOLOGY & TOXICOLOGY
|* T. Reuters World rankings include non-educational institutions|
Handai is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. It can be seen in the several rankings such as shown below.
The university has been ranked 3rd in 2009 and 4th in 2008 and 2010 in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" by Toyo Keizai.8 In another ranking, Japanese prep school Kawaijuku ranked Handai as the 3rd best university in Japan.9
It is recognized as a leading university, especially in the basic sciences, technology and medical field. The university was ranked the 43rd among the world's best universities and the 3rd best Japanese university in 2009, according to the THE-QS World University Rankings.27 In 2011, it came 45th in the QS World University Rankings,28 four places higher than the previous year (in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings).
|The University of Tokyo||19 (1)||19 (1)||17 (1)||22 (1)||22 (1)||24 (1)||25 (1)||30 (1)|
|Kyoto University||29 (2)||29 (2)||25 (2)||25 (2)||25 (2)||25 (2)||32 (2)||35 (2)|
|Osaka University||70 (3)||70 (3)||46 (3)||44 (3)||43 (3)||49 (3)||45 (3)||50 (3)|
|Tokyo Institute of Technology||118 (4)||118 (4)||90 (4)||61 (4)||55 (4)||60 (4)||57 (4)||65 (4)|
|Tohoku University||168 (10)||168 (10)||102 (5)||112 (5)||97 (6)||102 (6)||70 (5)||75 (5)|
|Nagoya University||128 (6)||128 (6)||112 (6)||120 (6)||92 (5)||91 (5)||80 (6)||86 (6)|
|Hitotsubashi University||314||314||420||378||364||N/A||105 (7)||101 (7)|
|Kyushu University||128 (6)||128 (6)||136 (7)||158 (7)||155 (9)||153 (7)||122 (8)||128 (8)|
|Hokkaido University||133 (8)||133 (8)||151 (8)||174 (8)||171 (10)||175 (9)||139 (9)||138 (9)|
|Waseda University||158 (9)||158 (9)||180 (10)||180 (9)||148 (8)||182(10)||185 (10)||198 (10)|
|Keio University||120 (5)||120 (5)||161 (9)||214||142 (7)||206||188||200|
|University of Tsukuba||269||269||209||216||174||172 (8)||186||203|
|Kobe University||181||181||197||199 (10)||218||234||247||295|
Handai is one of the top research institutions in Japan. According to Thomson Reuters, Handai is the 3rd best research university in Japan.10 Its research excellence is especially distinctive in Biology & Biochemistry (4th in Japan, 31st in the world), Materials Science (4th in Japan, 15th in the world), Physics (3rd in Japan, 24th in the world), Chemistry (5th in Japan, 14th in the world) and Immunology (1st in Japan, 4th in the world).29
Weekly Diamond also reported that Handai has the 7th highest research standard in Japan in terms of research funding per researchers in COE Program.30 In the same article, it's also ranked 16th in terms of the quality of education by GP funds per student.
Handai also has a high research standard in Economics. Repec in Jan 2011 ranked Handai's Economic department as Japan's 2nd best economic research university.31 Handai has provided 5 presidents of Japanese Economic Association in its 42 year history, and this number is 4th largest.32
In addition, Nikkei Shimbun on 2004/2/16 surveyed about the research standards in Engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese Research Centers, and Handai was placed top (research planning ability 2nd/informative ability of research outcome 5th/ability of business-academia collaboration 9th) in this ranking.33
Furthermore, Handai got the 4th place at the number of patents accepted (171) during 2009 among Japanese Universities.35
Nikkei BP has been publishing a ranking system "Brand rankings of Japanese universities" every year, composed by the various indications related to the power of brand, and Handai was 2nd in 2010 in Kansai Area.4012
- Osamu Hayaishi – The Wolf Prize laureate in Medicine in 1986
- Osamu Tezuka – Manga author (School of Medicine)
- Heizo Takenaka – Economist (Graduate School of Economics)
- Akio Morita – Sony founder (School of Science)
- Hideki Yukawa – Nobel Prize in Physics (Graduate School of Science)
- Hantaro Nagaoka – Physicist (First President of Osaka University)
- Shiba Ryotaro – author (School of Foreign Studies)
- Michio Morishima – economist, co-founder of International Economic Review
- Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed – SAARC Secretary-General
- Koushun Takami – journalist, author of Battle Royale
- Toru Kumon - developer of Kumon method
- Akira Yoshino - inventor of lithium-ion battery
- Seishi Yokomizo - novelist, creator of private detective Kosuke Kindaichi.
- Toshio Masuda- film director
- Hiroshi Haruki - mathematician, author of Haruki's theorem and Haruki's Lemma
Some staff at Osaka University are represented by the General Union, a member of the National Union of General Workers (NUGW), which is itself a member of the National Trade Union Council (Zenrokyo).41
- Handai Walker(in Japanese) - student newspaper.
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- e.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings http://www.yozemi.ac.jp/rank/gakubu/index.html
- Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks its entrance difficulty as SA (most selective/out of 11 scales) in Japan. "危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2011.
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- General Union website Osaka U: Massive cuts to come for part-timers Retrieved on June 6, 2012
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