Kyushu University


Kyushu University (九州大学, Kyūshū Daigaku), abbreviated to Kyudai (九大, Kyūdai), is a public research university located in Fukuoka, Japan, on the island of Kyushu.

Kyushu University
Former names
Kyushu Imperial University
Motto in English
Opening the Door to a New Century of Knowledge
TypePublic (National)
EstablishedFounded 1903,
Chartered 1911
AffiliationAlliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities
EndowmentUS$72 Million
Budget$1.445 Billion
PresidentTatsuro Ishibashi
Academic staff
2,110 (As of May 1, 2021)[1]
Administrative staff
2,351 (As of May 1, 2020)[2]
Students18,560 (As of May 1, 2022)
Location, ,
(2.4 km2) Ito, urban,
(0.4 km2) Hakozaki, urban,
(0.3 km2) Maidashi, urban,
(0.25 km2) Chikushi, urban,
(0.063km²) Ohashi, rural,
(0.1 km2) Beppu, Research Forests and Farms (72 km2)
LanguageJapanese and English
ColoursWine Red
Center Zone Kyushu University Ito Campus
Former School of Engineering Main Building, Hakozaki Campus
Ito Campus West Zone

Founded in 1911 as the fourth Imperial University in Japan, it has been recognised as a leading institution of higher education and research in Kyushu, Japan, and beyond.

The history of the university began a few decades before its founding when the medical school of the Fukuoka Domain (福岡藩 Fukuoka han) was established in 1867, the final year of the Edo period. The school was reorganised as the Fukuoka Medical College of Kyoto Imperial University in 1903. It became independent as Kyushu Imperial University in 1911.

History edit

In 1867, the Fukuoka Domain established a medical school called Sanshikan in Tenjin, Fukuoka. Although closed in 1872, its affiliated hospital continued operating and evolved over time. By 1879, it became part of the Fukuoka Prefectural Fukuoka Medical School, later continuing as the Fukuoka Prefectural Fukuoka Hospital.[5]

The push for an imperial university in Kyushu led to the establishment of Fukuoka Medical College in 1903 as a branch of Kyoto Imperial University. Financial challenges delayed further development until the Furukawa Zaibatsu's donation in 1906 facilitated the establishment of Kyushu Imperial University in 1911, with Kenjiro Yamakawa, former president of the University of Tokyo, as its first president.[6]

Kyushu University dates its medical faculty's founding to 1903 and the university's establishment to 1911. In 1947, it was renamed Kyushu University, and in 1949, it expanded by incorporating several local educational institutions.

On July 3, 2009, Kyushu University was chosen for the “Global 30 (G30) Project”.[7]

Organisation edit

Kyushu University's incumbent president is Tatsuro Ishibashi, who was elected in 2020 and is expected to serve until September 2026. [8]

The university has 16 faculties, 11 undergraduate schools, and 18 graduate schools.[9][10]

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies
  • Faculty of Human-Environment Studies
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Languages and Cultures
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dental Science
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Design
  • Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Agriculture

Kyushu University Hospital edit

Kyushu University Hospital, with historical roots in the 1867 Sanseikan established by the Kuroda Clan, evolved significantly over time. Initially a clinic for a medical institution, it became affiliated with the Fukuoka Prefectural Medical School in 1879. In 1903, it became associated with the newly formed Fukuoka Medical College, a branch of Kyoto Imperial University. The establishment of Kyushu Imperial University in 1911 brought the hospital under its Faculty of Medicine. Post-World War II reforms in 1947 led to its rebranding as the Kyushu University Faculty of Medical Sciences Affiliated Hospital, incorporating various departments, including dental science. The hospital underwent further transformations, merging in 2003 with hospitals from the Faculty of Dental Science and Medical Institute of Bioregulation to form the current Kyushu University Hospital.

The hospital's history also includes a dark chapter in 1945, involving fatal and torturous medical experiments including live dissection on American POWs by the university's medical faculty, resulting in war crimes convictions.[11][12][13]

International Education edit

Scholarships for international students edit

Kyushu offers a number of selected scholarships for international students. Some of them are:[14]

  • Topia Leisure Scholarship (scholarship with work experience)
  • JASSO - Encourage privately financed international students learning costs
  • Fukuoka International Student Scholarship
  • Ushio Foundation Scholarship
  • Ajinomoto Scholarship
  • Sun Noh Scholarship

Academic rankings edit

University rankings
THE National[15] General 6
T. Reuters National[16] Research 6
NBP Kyushu/Okinawa/Yamaguchi[17] Reputation 1
Shimano National[18] Selectivity SA
QS Asia
(Asia version)[19]
General 31
THE Asia
(Asia version)[20]
General =52
ARWU Asia[21] Research 19–26
THE World[22] General 301–350
QS World[23] General 164
ARWU World[21] Research 301–400
ENSMP World[24] Alumni 38
Program rankings
Social Sciences & Humanities
Natural Sciences & Technology
T.Reuters National[25] Research 6
T.Reuters World[25] Research 49
T.Reuters National[25] Research 6
T.Reuters World[25] Research 41
T.Reuters National[25] Research 4
T.Reuters World[25] Research 95
Life Sciences
T.Reuters National[25] Research 4
T.Reuters World[25] Research 68
T.Reuters National[25] Research 4
T.Reuters World[25] Research 76
* T. Reuters World rankings include non-educational institutions

General rankings edit

The university has been ranked 5th in the 2020 Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings,[31] which is one rank down from 2019.[32] In another ranking, Japanese prep school Kawaijuku ranked Kyushu as the 7th best university in Japan.[33]

It has been ranked 132nd in the 2020 QS World University Rankings,[34] and 401-500th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[35]

According to QS, its subject rankings were 123rd in Engineering & IT, 170th in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, and 150th in Natural Sciences. It is also the 18th-best university in Asia, according to QS Asian University rankings.[36]

Popularity and selectivity edit

Kyushu University is a prestigious institution, and its selectivity for undergraduate degrees is regarded as being among the top 15 in the country. [37][38]

Evaluation from Business World edit

The university ranking according to the order of the evaluation by Personnel Departments of Leading Companies in Japan
Japan 8th[39] (out of 781[40] universities in Japan as of 2020)
Source 2020 Nikkei Survey[41] to all listed (3,714[42]) and leading unlisted (1,100), totally 4,814 companies[41]

Notable people associated with Kyushu University edit

Chemistry, Physics and Engineering edit

Physiology or Medicine edit

Literature and History edit

Politics and Business edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ At a Glance Fast Facts 2021-2022 (PDF). Kyushu University. p. 3.
  2. ^ "教職員数" (PDF). Kyushu University.(in Japanese) Including 1,182 hospital staff
  3. ^ "学生現員数(学部生)" (PDF). Kyushu University. May 1, 2022.(in Japanese)
  4. ^ "学生現員数(大学院生)" (PDF). Kyushu University. May 1, 2022.(in Japanese)
  5. ^ "History | University Overview | About | KYUSHU UNIVERSITY". 九州大学(KYUSHU UNIVERSITY). Retrieved 2024-02-08.
  6. ^ "KYUSHU UNIVERSITY". 九州大学(KYUSHU UNIVERSITY). Retrieved 2024-02-08.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-02-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ "Kyushu University". Times Higher Education (THE). 2021-10-27. Retrieved 2024-02-08.
  10. ^ "Organization Chart | Organization | University Overview | About | KYUSHU UNIVERSITY". 九州大学(KYUSHU UNIVERSITY). Retrieved 2024-02-08.
  11. ^ "Japan revisits its darkest moments where American POWs became human experiments". 13 August 2015.
  12. ^ "WWII prisoners of war used for live experiments in Japan had parts of their brains cut out". 7 April 2015.
  13. ^ "New Kyushu museum breaks taboo with POW vivisection display". 4 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Maritime, Offshore and Logistics Degree & Training Programs - EduMaritime". Retrieved 2024-02-08.
  15. ^ "Japan University Rankings 2023". Times Higher Education. 2023. Retrieved March 23, 2023.
  16. ^ "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan". Thomson Reuters. 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2022. (this raking includes 5 non-educational institutions)
  17. ^ "Nikkei BP Brand rankings of Japanese universities" (in Japanese). Nikkei Business Publications. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  18. ^ "GBUDU University Rankings" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  19. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2023. Retrieved November 8, 2023.
  20. ^ "Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings". Times Higher Education. 2024. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  21. ^ a b "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2023. Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  22. ^ "THE World University Rankings". Times Higher Education. 2024. Retrieved September 27, 2023.
  23. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2024. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  24. ^ "ENSMP World University Rankings" (PDF). École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
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  26. ^ Asahi Shimbun University rankings 2010 "Publification rankings in Law (Page 4)" (PDF) (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  27. ^ "Kawaijuku japanese universities rankings in Engineering field" (in Japanese). Kawaijuku. 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  28. ^ "QS topuniversities world rankings in Engineering field". Topuniversities. 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  29. ^ a b "ARWU in Mathematics". Shanghai Jiaotong University. 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  30. ^ a b "ARWU in Computer Science". Shanghai Jiaotong University. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  31. ^ "Japan University Rankings 2020". Times Higher Education (THE). 2020-05-30. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  32. ^ "Japan University Rankings 2019". Times Higher Education (THE). 2020-05-30. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  33. ^ "Kawai 30 Top Japanese Universities". Kawaijuku. 2001. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  34. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2020: Top Global Universities | Top Universities". Top Universities. 2020-03-18. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  35. ^ "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  36. ^ "QS University Rankings: Asia - 2011". Top Universities. 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  37. ^ e.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-22. Retrieved 2016-07-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  38. ^ Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks Kyushu's 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. ASIN 4753930181.
  39. ^ Survey on the image seen from human resources personnel:Ranking of the ability to get jobs|Nikkei HR 2020.06.03 release
  40. ^ "The number of universities in Japan is 781 as of April 1, 2020. About 80% are private universities.|Ōbun Sha" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 30, 2021. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  41. ^ a b Image held by human resources personnel of companies of Japan / Yokohama National University ranked 1st in Kantō & Kōshin'etsu region / Valuation from the ex-students already employed / The Nikkei・Nikkei HR Survey 2020-06-04 17:27
  42. ^ Number of listed companies & listed shares of stock|JPX
  43. ^ 九州大学高等研究院・組織・メンバー Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine (in Japanese)
  44. ^ 安部公房は受賞寸前だった…ノーベル委員長語る YOMIURI ONLINE2012年3月23日

External links edit

  • Official website
  • Degree programs in English (G30) Archived 2020-07-10 at the Wayback Machine
  • Graduate School of Law - Programs in English
  • Guía de Ciudades: Fukuoka

33°37′40″N 130°25′23″E / 33.62784°N 130.42297°E / 33.62784; 130.42297