Founded in 1897, Kyoto University is the second-oldest university in Japan. The 15th best university in Asia according to the QS Asian University Rankings, Kyoto has produced at least nine Nobel Prize laureates, including physicist Makoto Kobayashi. About 22,000 students are enrolled at the university across its undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and they are based across three campuses: Yoshida, Uji and Katsura. Of these, Uji is home to research centers and laboratories related to natural sciences, while Katsura was conceived as a “techno-science hill”. Yoshida is the largest campus and is divided into seven different sub-campuses.
Kyoto University offers undergraduate programs in the following faculties:
Integrated Human Studies,Letters,Education,Law,Economics,Science,Medicine,Pharmaceutical Sciences,Engineering,and Agriculture.
Kyoto University has over a dozen graduate schools, which cover a range of subject areas, including:
Education,Law, Economics, Science, Medicine, Engineering, Management,and Public Health.
1897：Kyoto Imperial University was founded by Imperial Ordinance No. 209. It was composed of Colleges of Law, Medicine, Letters, and Science and Engineering.
1899：Colleges of Law and Medicine opened. The University Library and the University Hospital opened.
1903：The Fukuoka College of Medicine was established. (In April 1911 it was separated from Kyoto Imperial University and attached to Kyushu Imperial University.)
1906：The College of Letters opened.
1914：The College of Science and Engineering was divided into the College of Engineering and the College of Science.
1919：The Imperial University Law was enacted and the Colleges were renamed Faculties.The Faculty of Economics was established
1923：The Faculty of Agriculture was established.
1924：The Experimental Farm and the University Forest attached to the Faculty of Agriculture were established.
1926：The Institute for Chemical Research was established.
1939：The Institute for Research in Humanities was established.
1941：The Tuberculosis Research Institute was established. (In June 1967 it was renamed the Chest Disease Research Institute and renamed the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences.) The Engineering Research Institute was established. (In April 1971 it was renamed the Institute of Atomic Energy, and again in May 1996 as the Institute of Advanced Energy.)
1944：The Wood Research Institute was established. In April 2004, it was reorganized and renamed the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere.
1946：The Research institute for Food Science was established. In April 2001 it was closed to merge with the Graduate School of Agriculture.
1947：Kyoto Imperial University was renamed Kyoto University.
1949：The National School Establishment Law was enacted. Kyoto University was reorganized under the new educational system and the former Third High School (Dai San Kou) was annexed to the university. The Faculty of Education was established.The Branch School of Kyoto University (Bunko) was opened on the campus of the former Third High School to provide education in the liberal arts.
1951：The Disaster Prevention Research Institute was established.
1953：The Graduate School under the new educational system was established.The Research Institute for Fundamental Physics was established. In June 1990 it was renamed the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics.
2006：The School of Government was established.The Graduate School of Management was established. The Center for Integrated Area Studies was established. The Nano Medicine Merger Education Unit was established. The Institute of Sustainability Science was established.The Kyoto University Pioneering Research Unit for Next Generation was established. The Center for Women Researchers was established.
2007：The Kokoro Research Center was established. The Advanced Medical Engineering Research Unit was established. The Career-Path Promotion Unit for Young Life Science was established. The College of Medical Technology was closed. The International Innovation Organization was reorganized and renamed the Kyoto University Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation.The International Innovation Center was reorganized and renamed the Innovative Collaboration Center.The Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences was established.
2008：The Wildlife Research Center was established.The Center for Archaeological Operations was reorganized and renamed The Center for Cultural Heritage Studies.The Unit of Synergetic Studies for Space was established.
1.Faculty of Letters/Graduate School of Letters
The Faculty of Letters originated as the College of Letters in 1906, and has been a pre-eminent academic center in the fields of arts and humanities since its foundation.The Faculty Library holds approximately 910,000 catalogued books in numerous languages and is home to many rare books and valuable historical manuscripts.The latest apparatuses and devices for scientific experiments are available at the Psychology Department.
We currently consist of six divisions: Philosophy, Eastern Culture, Western Culture, History, Behavioral Studies, and Contemporary Culture, which are further divided into 34 departments.Undergraduates spend their first two years attending Liberal Arts and General Education Courses (classes which are open to students of all faculties).At the end of the second year, they are required to decide which department they wish to be affiliated to, and then spend a minimum of two years majoring in the field of their choice, on which they are required to write a B.A. thesis.
At the M.A. degree level, students also spend two years or more in study and write a thesis in order to graduate.A minimum of three years is spent before submitting a doctoral dissertation.Departments devoted to studies of eastern cultures have attracted an extremely talented pool of scholars and students from abroad.
The graduate school has always worked closely with the Institute for Research in Humanities, and other components of the university, especially the Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, for both education and research.Also, the graduate school has as an attached institution, The Center for Eurasian Cultural Studies.
With the exception of those led by non-Japanese lecturers, most lectures are conducted in Japanese, although texts are invariably studied in their original languages, and proficiency in foreign languages is a requirement of students in all areas.
2.Faculty of Education/Graduate School of Education
The Graduate School of Education aims to provide students with the professional methodologies, broad perspective, critical thinking tools and research competencies required to address the educational issues of our society. The graduate school seeks to cultivate professionals in the field of education who will contribute to the establishment of a harmonious global society, and who have insight and understanding regarding people of diverse backgrounds. To accomplish these goals, the graduate school offers varied programs to stimulate and support students’ research activities, and provides an environment which emphasizes field experiences and tangible theories with a bearing on daily practices. An emphasis is also placed on a crossdisciplinary and international approach.
The Graduate School of Education consists of two divisions; the Division of Educational Studies and the Division of Clinical Studies of Education. The former is committed to conducting research in fields such as the philosophy and history of education, human lifelong development and learning, and the social and global environment surrounding education. It aims to produce experts with broad geographical and historical perspectives who can improve our understanding of human nature and enhance human education and learning. The Division of Clinical Studies of Education aims to train clinical psychologists with the knowledge required to effectively address the psychological issues faced by many individuals in contemporary society and educators with a deep knowledge of human beings and their relationships, who have the skills to reconstruct educational environments to meet the needs of various situations and conditions. The division covers the fields of pedagogy and psychology, and offers programs focusing on clinical issues of the human mind and mentality.
3.Faculty of Law/Graduate School of Law
For over a century, the Faculty and Graduate School of Law have played a central role in the teaching and research of law and political science in Japan. Through their education and research programs, the faculty and graduate school are committed to cultivating students’ knowledge, opinion, wisdom and logical thinking, and nurturing their intellectual autonomy. The research undertaken is devoted to searching for truth through open discussion, and has consistently made valuable contributions to society by actively tackling current key issues.
Recent years have seen a number of significant changes in both the graduate school and faculty. In April 2004, the Law School was added as a new professional graduate school offering a systematic legal education program. The Legal and Political Studies Programs (LL.M. and LL.D. Programs) at the Graduate School of Law are designed for those interested in an academic career. Through the two graduate programs and the Law School Program, students are provided with the opportunity to attain both advanced research skills and practical legal training.