Founded in 1897, Kyoto University (KU) is the second oldest research university in Japan. Today, we are dedicated to maintaining a free-thinking academic environment with a global perspective.
KyotoCity, where the university is located, is a city with an open and forward-looking spirit, where the ancient and modern intermingle, and which is home to many successful international businesses. The combined influences of the city’s contemplative traditional culture and stimulating progressive attitude provide an environment in which students of all disciplines can thrive.
At KU, students are given the freedom to choose a field of interest outside of their major very early in their course of studies, and are able to control the direction of their own academic career. Low enrolment-capped seminars are open to students to encourage their interests in diverse subjects, irrespective of their faculty affiliation. Students can expand their horizons through the eye-opening interdisciplinary opportunities provided by these seminars, and are provided with the facilities and curricula to equip themselves with the language and information skills indispensable for success in today’s global society.
Selected as a core university for the government initiated Global 30 university internationalization project, we now offer key degree programs entirely in English. KU has also been selected by the Japanese government for twenty-three 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) programs, thirteen Global COE programs, one World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) program, two Funding Programs for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (FIRST Program), and four Programs for Leading Graduate Schools.
Formerly state-run, KU was incorporated in 2004, allowing for greater financial independence and autonomy. Still partly administered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, we are able to offer a broad-minded yet stable environment conducive to long-term investigations in the fundamental sciences, and where the pioneering of new frontiers in the applied sciences is actively supported.