Kyoto Imperial University was founded by imperial ordinance on 18 June 1897, the second university to be established in Japan.Kyoto University has since 2004 been incorporated as a national university corporation under a new law which applies to all national universities. Kyoto University is still partly controlled by the Japanese Ministry of Education.Kyoto University, or Kyodai is the second oldest Japanese university, one of Asia's highest ranked universities and one of Japan's National Seven Universities.
Kyoto University's forerunner was the Chemistry School founded in Osaka in 1869, which, despite its name, taught physics as well was established in the place of Seimi-kyoku in 1886, it then transferred to the university's present main campus in the same year.The College of Liberal Arts was established in September 1949.In the same year of the university's establishment, the College of Science and Technology was founded. The College of Law and the College of Medicine were founded in 1899, the College of Letters in 1906, expanding the university's activities to areas outside natural science.
Kyoto University has state-of-the art laboratories and research facilities enabling students and researchers to have hands-on practical experience that is vital to their academic development. In addition to courses in Japanese, Kyoto University offers a variety of degree courses conducted entirely in English.Kyoto University is renowned for producing world-class researchers, including 19 Nobel Prize laureates, 2 Fields medalists and one Gauss Prize winner. It has the most Nobel laureates of all universities in Asia.
Kyoto University currently has fifteen graduate schools, and traditional academic domains are being reorganized into new disciplines to meet the needs of the coming age. As of 2017, Kyoto University has ten Faculties, eighteen Graduate Schools, thirteen Research Institutes, and twenty-two Research and Educational Centers. It promotes itself as an academic institution fostering a "spirit of freedom”.The university claims eleven Nobel Laureates and two Fields Medalists among its faculty and alumni.
The university has three campuses in Yoshida, Kyoto; in Katsura, Kyoto; in Gokashō, Uji
Yoshida Campus is the main campus, with some laboratories located in Uji. The Graduate School of Engineering is currently under process of moving to the newly built Katsura Campus.
Reputation & Rankings
Kyodai is usually considered as one of the top research institutions in Japan. In fact, it receives the second largest amount of investment from Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, which is the national grants program for research institutions. According to Thomson Reuters, Kyodai is the 1st best research university in Japan.The departments which have excelled are : Chemistry (1st in Japan, 4th in the world), Biology & Biochemistry (2nd in Japan, 23rd in the world), Pharmacology & Toxicology (2nd in Japan,30 in the world), Immunology (3rd in Japan, 25th in the world), Material Science (4th in Japan, 22nd in the world), and Physics (4th in Japan, 25th in the world).
ARWU Ranking(2010) - 24th
Global University Ranking- 11th (Worldwide)
QS World University Rankings (2011) - 1st
Global Universities Rankings( 2019) - 5th ( Asia) ; 2nd ( Japan )
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