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Daigakkō (大学校 daigakkō?) is a word used in names of some post-secondary educational institutions in Japan. Its literal meaning is "Grand School" or "Great School". It came from a literal translation of "Grandes écoles" which is the elite higher institutions in France. This word is translated into "academy", "college" or "university" in their English names, and there is not a settled translation. The National Defense Academy of Japan (Bōei Daigakkō) was established École Polytechnique as its model.



In Japan, use of the word "daigakkō"(大学校) is not regulated by laws or ordinances, so many educational or training facilities are named as "daigakko". Those are categorized as follows:

  1. The training facilities operated by the governmental offices such as ministries and agencies.
  2. The lectures as lifelong learning for the citizens provided by local governments.
  3. The educational facilities which are certified as they can provide education as same as Universities and Graduate schools, and which can provide academic degrees.
  4. The educational facilities which provide higher education, but can't provide academic degrees.
  5. The special schools named "daigakkō" before School Education Act in enforce in 1947.


In Korea, universities and colleges of 4 years are written as "大學校" (pronounced as "Taehakkyo" in Korean). Korea University which has a relationship with the North Korean government in Japan is written as "朝鮮大學校" (pronounced as Chosŏn Taehakkyo in Korean), but it can not provide any academic degrees because it has never been certified as a university by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Daigakkō and other post-secondary institutions[edit]

In Japan, use of the word "daigakkō" is not regulated by laws or ordinances. They could offer accredited full-time six-year courses or a single-day training courses depending on institutions and courses. They can be established by national and local governments or can be private institutions. Some daigakkō-s are recognised as "specialized training colleges" (ja:専修学校 senshū gakkō?) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) or "miscellaneous schools" (ja:各種学校 kakushu gakkō?) by the local boards of education or the governors of the prefectures.

It is also true for "daigaku" (大学) but the word "daigakkō" is a word to clarify that the daigakkō does not award academic degrees of its own. Currently no institutions (their English names could be "university", "institute of technology", "medical college" or "junior college") established or recognised directly by the MEXT and can offer academic degrees of their own carry "daigakkō" in their names. They use "daigaku (大学)" or "tanki daigaku" (短期大学 for a junior college) instead.

In early Meiji era The Imperial College of Engineering (工部大学校 Kōbu Daigakkō?) was a mainstream higher education institution established by Monbushō (current MEXT).

Daigakkō with NIAD-UE accredited courses: equivalent as universities[edit]

Some daigakkō's mainstream courses are accredited by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE), an independent administrative institution (IAI) affiliated with the MEXT and the graduates can obtain academic degrees awarded by the NIAD-UE by application.

Administered by the national government: tuition-fee free, salary paid[edit]

The following daigakkō are administered by the national government, and the tuition-fee is for free and the students are paid salary. In addition, these daigakkō are specially called "Shō-Chō-Daigakkō"(Ministry-Agency-Daigakkō, 省庁大学校) which are regulated to be founded by laws. The students in the following schools are appointed as government officials automatically when they entered, and they are paid salary every month, and they are exempted from paying tuition-fee.

English Name Japanese orthography Pronouciation abbreviation Provider(national government) Foundation
Japan Coast Guard Academy 海上保安大学校 Kaijō Hoan Daigakkō JCGA Japan Coast Guard 1951
National College of Nursing(ko) 国立看護大学校 Kokuritsu Kango Daigakkō NCN National Center for Global Health and Medicine 2001
National Defense Academy of Japan 防衛大学校 Bōei Daigakkō NDA
Ministry of Defense 1952
National Defense Medical College 防衛医科大学校 Bōei Ika Daigakkō NDMC Ministry of Defense 1973
Meteorological College 気象大学校 Kishō Daigakkō MC
Ki-Dai, Kidaikō
Japan Meteorological Agency 1922

The mainstream students of above daigakkōs are tuition fee free. They are paid salaries (except the NCN) by the national government as the establishing administrations' employees. The NDMC's graduates who retire before serving nine years for Japan Self-Defense Forces must refund their training costs.

Independent administrative institutions: tuition fee payable[edit]

The mainstream students of the above daigakkō must pay tuition fee similar to Japanese national universities.

Academic degrees[edit]

If the courses set by daigakkō were certified as they come up to the level of master's course or doctoral courses by NIAD-UE, the alumni and alumnae are certificated as Bachelors, Masters, and Doctors after investigation. The following schools are the only daigakkō which are certified by NIAD-UE, and other educational institutes named as "daigakkō" can not provide any academic degrees.

Name Bachelor's degree Master's degree Doctor's degree
National Defense Academy of Japan Science, Engineering, Humanities, Social Science Science, Engineering, Security Studies Science, Engineering
National Defense Medical College Medicine - Medicine
Japan Coast Guard Academy Coast Guard - -
Meteorological College Science - -
National College of Nursing Nursing Nursing -
National Fisheries University Fisheries science Fisheries science -
Polytechnic University (Japan) Engineering Engineering -

Daigakkō without NIAD-UE accredited courses[edit]

Administered by the national government[edit]

The run training courses for public servants. Note institutions whose objectives and functions are similar but names are not daigakkō, say gakkō (School) are not included in this list. These schools are not certified by NIAD-UE, so they can not give any academic degrees.

English Name Japanese orthography Pronouciation abbreviation Provider Foundation
Aeronautical Safety College(zh) 航空保安大学校 Kōkū Hoan Daigakkō ASC Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport 1959
National Police Academy (Japan) 警察大学校 Keisatsu Daigakkō NPA
National Police Agency 1885
Local Autonomy College 自治大学校 Jichi Daigakkō LAC Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications 1953
Fire and Disaster Management College 消防大学校 Shōbō Daigakkō FDMC Fire and Disaster Management Agency(ja) 1959
National Tax College 税務大学校 Zeimu Daigakkō NTA National Tax Agency 1964
Social Insurance College 社会保険大学校 Shakai Hoken Daigakkō SIC Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare 1971
College of Land, Infrastructure and Transport 国土交通大学校 Kokudo Kōtsū Daigakkō CLIT Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport 2001

Administered by a special institution[edit]

Postal College runs training courses for the employees of Japan Post.

Administered by Independent Administrative Institutions[edit]

All of the providers of the following daigakkō are Independent Administrative Institutions(IAI).

English Name Japanese orthography Pronouciation abbreviation Provider(IAI) Foundation
National College of Nursing 国立看護大学校 Kokuritsu Kango Daigakkō NCN NCGM(ja)[1] 2001
National Fisheries University 水産大学校 Suisan Daigakkō NFU
National Fisheries University 1885
Polytechnic University (Japan) 職業能力開発総合大学校 Shokugyo Noryoku Kaihatsu Daigakkō PU EHRDOJ(ja)[2] 1961
Marine Technical College 海技大学校 Kaigi Daigakkō MTC Marine Technical Education Agency(ja) 2001
Civil Aviation College 航空大学校 Kōkū Daigakkō CAC Civil Aviation College 1964
National Farmers Academy 農業者大学校 Nōgyōsha Daigakkō NFA NARO(ja)[3] 1968
Labour College 労働大学校 Rōdō Daigakkō LC JILPT(ja)[4] 2003
SME University 中小企業大学校 Chūshō Kigyō Daigakkō SMEU SMRJ(ja)[5] 2002

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Before 1947[edit]

English Name Japanese orthography Pronunciation Provider Foundation Abolition
Daigakko 大学校 Daigakkō Government 1869 1869
Imperial College of Engineering 工部大学校 Kōbu Daigakkō Ministry of Industry 1877 1886[6]
Army War College 陸軍大学校 Rikugun Daigakkō Imperial Japanese Army 1883 1945
Naval War College 海軍大学校 Kaigun Daigakkō Imperial Japanese Navy 1888 1945
Japan Women's University 日本女子大学校 Nihon Joshi Daigakkō Japan Women's University 1901 1948


  1. ^ NCGM means National Center for Global Health and Medicine
  2. ^ EHRDOJ means Employment and Human Resources Development Organization of Japan
  3. ^ NARO means National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
  4. ^ JILPT means The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training
  5. ^ SMRJ means Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN
  6. ^ Imperial College of Engineering was merged into University of Tokyo in 1886.

See also[edit]

See for a partial list.