Kansai University

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Kansai University
関西大学
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Latin: Universitas Kansaiensis
Former names
Kansai Houritsu Gakko
Motto学の実化
Motto in English
Academic Practicalization
TypePrivate
Established1886,; 136 years ago (1886,)
Founded Nov. 4, 1886,
Chartered Jun. 5, 1922
EndowmentUS$1.3 billion
(JP¥144.8 billion)
PresidentKeiji Shibai
Academic staff
534 full-time
Undergraduates28,568
Postgraduates1,546
1,779
Other students
1,032 (International)
Location, ,
34°46′13″N 135°30′29″E / 34.770375°N 135.508147°E / 34.770375; 135.508147Coordinates: 34°46′13″N 135°30′29″E / 34.770375°N 135.508147°E / 34.770375; 135.508147
CampusSuburban / Urban,
191 acres (0.8 km²)
Athletics45 varsity teams
ColorsKandai Blue  
NicknameKaisers
AffiliationsKansai Big 6
MascotAmbassador Magma
(unofficial and historical)
Websitehttp://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/index.html
Ku logo.png

Kansai University (関西大学, Kansai Daigaku), abbreviated as Kandai (関大) or Kansaidai (関西大), is a private non-sectarian and coeducational university with its main campus in Suita, Osaka, Japan and two sub-campuses in Sakai and Takatsuki, Osaka. Founded as Kansai Law School in 1886, It has been recognized as one of the four leading private universities in western Japan: Kan-Kan-Do-Ritsu (関関同立), along with Kwansei Gakuin University, Doshisha University, and Ritsumeikan University.

In 2013, the university was ranked eighth among Japanese private universities for "schools to which parents wish to send their child," and is ranked consistently in the top 10 in other categories as well.[1]

The athletic teams at Kansai University are known as the Kaisers and are primarily members of the Kansai Big 6. The Kansai-Kwansei Gakuin rivalry is a college rivalry between two universities located in Kansai, Japan.

History[edit]

Early history of Kansai University[edit]

Origins[edit]

The academic traditions of the university reach back to the Hakuensyoin (泊園書院), an Tokugawa shogunate (徳川幕府;1603–1867) school for local citizens founded by Tōgai Fujisawa (藤沢東畡) in 1825. Kansai University was founded as Kansai Law School (關西法律學校, Kansai hōritsu gakko|関西法律学校) in November 1886, in Osaka City, Japan. Its founders were six judicial officers who were in the service of the then Osaka Court of Appeal.

19th century[edit]

Finished in 1927, the first picture of Main Building

In the early 1870s, the Ministry of Justice established its own law school. Western legal concepts, including that of human rights, were introduced into Japan by distinguished foreign scholars engaged by the Ministry. The founders of Kansai Law School had all studied at this law school, under the French jurist Boissonade de Fontarabie.[2] The idea of individual rights and legal processes independent of central governmental control were new to Japan. Long after the conclusion of their study with Dr. Boissonade, the founders continued to feel that these concepts were vital to the new Japan. They saw it as their duty to popularize jurisprudence to spread throughout the nation two notions: that of an independent judiciary and that of human rights.

From this sense of mission sprung the idea of founding a law school. They then sought and received the assistance and cooperation of Kojima Korekata,[3] their superior (and later Chief Justice of Japan's Supreme Court), and Doi Michio, president of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Thus Kansai Law School was the first law school in Osaka. The founders taught that the law belongs to all citizens and, that by means of the law, they can and should defend their own rights. This became the origin of the university's academic tradition of nurturing a love of justice and a concern for the protection of the freedom of the individual. Thanks to the support and trust it has won from the general public, the institution has since then steadily developed and diversified.

20th century[edit]

In 1905 the institution was renamed as Private Kansai University (私立 関西大学), then in 1920 as Kansai University(関西大学) before finally in 1922 being granted the official status of a university. Also in 1922 its main campus was moved to its present more extensive site in Suita City (a suburb of Osaka), thus paving the way for later growth. Its first graduate school was established in 1929. In consequence of the educational reforms carried out soon after the end of the Second World War, Kansai University was able to avail itself of the new system to expand its scope for tuition so as to comprise four faculties: those of Law, Letters, Economics and Commerce.

Statue of Kojima Korekata on Uwajima Castle
Senriyama Campus in 1923
Kansai University students

With the start of the new university system in 1949, Kandai established the First Higher School(関西大学付属第一高等学校). Its Faculty of Engineering was founded in 1958, followed in 1967 by the founding of its Faculty of Sociology. In 1994 in response to the requirements of modern technology and communication, the Informatics faculty was instituted on another campus, created just outside the dormitory-town of Takatsuki City. Its Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research was inaugurated in 2000.

For many decades, the evening courses were taught on a separate campus, in the Tenroku (天六) area of Osaka. These originally constituted a night school for students, many of them working adults. In 1994 the evening course was moved to the Senriyama campus; in 2003, the university instituted an innovative 12-hour curriculum, integrating both day and evening courses.

21st century[edit]

Thus, at present, Kansai University offers seven faculties in its undergraduate day school and five faculties (Engineering and Informatics being the exceptions) in its undergraduate evening school; it also offers graduate studies in all seven faculties, plus the independent graduate school staffed by members of its Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research.

The university, with its attached senior and junior high schools and kindergarten, has a total student body of 27,000. In 2016, Kansai University celebrated the 130th anniversary of its foundation.[4]

The university made news in 2016 by announcing that it would prohibit its researchers from applying for Ministry of Defense grants for projects that could be diverted into military technologies, on the grounds that its researchers cannot be involved in activities counter to the peace and welfare of human beings.[5]

Campuses[edit]

Senriyama[edit]

View of the central courtyard
Center for Innovation and Creativity

The majority of Kansai University graduate and undergraduate studies are located on an 86.486-acre[6] campus in Suita City, a city in northern Osaka Prefecture. Today, the campus includes 50 buildings and sculpture gardens, fountains, museums, and a mix of architectural styles. The General Library is the largest single library in the Kansai University Library System, and is one of the largest buildings on the campus. Senriyama campus is located in a residential area which is part of the Hanshinkan Modernism cultural area.

The University Museum[edit]

Kansai University Museum was founded in 1954 with a donation of objects from a scholar and statesman Kanda Takahira (1830–1898). The museum has three gallery floors and approximately 15,000 objects of archaeological, historical, ethnological, and art-craft contexts, as well as some important cultural property. Designed by the acclaimed architect Togo Murano (1891–1984), the building was listed in the Registration tangible cultural property in 2007. The building served as the main library of the Kansai University until the construction of General Library in 1985. Its most famous object is Takamatsuzuka Tomb. The museum sponsors lectures and events, and also runs an extensive program of outreach to local schools.

Tokyo Center[edit]

The Tokyo Center is on the 9th floor of the Sapia Tower, next to Tokyo Station. This campus is a base for information gathering and provision, the furthering of lifelong learning, and job placement support in the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is also the base of the Tokyo Alumni Association. The Tokyo Center staff help Kansai University students find work in Tokyo. Kansai University graduates living in Tokyo are there to support current students.

Student life[edit]

Student body[edit]

Demographics of student body in 2016[7]
Undergraduate Graduate(Master) Graduate(Doctor) Professional Total
Total 28,568 1,273 287 219 31,090
Male 17,170 918 173 127 18,388
Female 11,398 355 114 92 11,959
International 381 362 743

Of those accepted for admission to the undergraduate class of 2018, 39 percent were female.

Athletics[edit]

The Kansai-Kwansei Gakuin rivalry.(1956)

The athletic teams at Kansai University are known as the Kaisers and are primarily members of the Kansai Big 6. The Kansai-Kwansei Gakuin rivalry is a college rivalry between two universities located in Kansai, Japan.

Academic rankings[edit]

University rankings
NBP Kansai[8] Reputation 4(#2 private)
Shimano National[9] Selectivity A1
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version)[10]
General 351-400
THE World[11] General 801+
Program rankings
Social Sciences & Humanities

LAW

Natural Sciences & Technology

Engineering


General rankings[edit]

Kansai University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, with particularly strong influence in the Kansai region. The university seeks to promote student and faculty exchange as well as collaborative research through memorandums of agreement signed with 133 partnership universities in 36 countries. According to a survey among 9,117 Japanese high school students about their favorite university, Recruit ranked Kansai university 1st place, as it has been for 13 consecutive years.[12]

Popularity and selectivity[edit]

The number of applicants per place was 17.77% (79,903/ 14,203) in the 2020 undergraduate admissions. This number of applicants was 8th largest in Japan. Its entrance difficulty is also very selective.[13] Nikkei BP has been publishing a ranking system called "Brand rankings of Japanese universities" every year, composed by the various indications related to the power of brand, and Kansai University was top in 4th in 2015 in Kansai Area.[14]

Alumni rankings[edit]

Kansai University is renowned for its strong connection to business in the Kansai region, and according to the 2016 university rankings by Toyo Keizai, 351 alumni served as executives in listed companies. As of 2019, around 19.6% of undergraduates were able to enter one of the top 400 companies in Japan.[15]

Organization[edit]

Faculties and Undergraduate Degrees[edit]

School founding
School
Year founded
Faculty of Law
1886
Faculty of Economics
1905
Faculty of Business and Commerce
1906
Faculty of Letters
1928
Faculty of Engineering
1958
Faculty of Sociology
1967
Faculty of Informatics
1994
Faculty of Policy Studies
2007
Faculty of Foreign Language Studies
2009
Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences
2010
Faculty of Health and Well-being
2010
  • Law
  • Letters
  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Sociology
  • Informatics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental and Urban Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Chemistry, Materials and Bioengineering
  • Policy Studies
  • MBA (Accounting only)
  • Language teaching
  • Psychology
  • Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research[16]
  • Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies[17]
  • Institute of Economic and Political Studies
  • Organization of Research and Development of Innovative Science and Technology
  • Institute of Legal Studies
  • Institute of Human Rights Studies

Graduate Schools[edit]

  • Law
  • Letters
  • Economics
  • Business and Commerce
  • Sociology
  • Informatics
  • Science and Engineering
  • Foreign Language Education and Research
  • Psychology
  • Societal Safety Sciences
  • East Asian Cultures
  • Governance
  • Health and Well-being

Notable people[edit]

Law, Politicians

Authors

Business

Entertainment

Sports

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "大学通信キャンパスナビ ネットワーク - 2013年 社会人が評価する大学ランキング 私立大学編". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ Gustave Ernie Boissonade de Fontarabie (1825-1910) was, from 1873 to 1895, a legal adviser to the Ministry of Justice of the Meiji Government.
  3. ^ Kojima (1837–1908) is best remembered for his efforts to maintain the independence of judicature the judiciary after the Otsu Incident in 1891.
  4. ^ (in Japanese) http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/nenshi/index.htm
  5. ^ "Kansai University to ban applications for military research subsidies". Japan Today. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  6. ^ "関西大学について|関西大学".
  7. ^ "Statistics of Student Enrollment/Faculty and Staff" (in Japanese). Kansai University. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Nikkei BP Brand rankings of Japanese universities" (in Japanese). Nikkei Business Publications. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "GBUDU University Rankings" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "THE World University Rankings". Times Higher Education. 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  12. ^ http://souken.shingakunet.com/research/2012/07/post-66a6.html/2020 7/
  13. ^ "【早わかりまとめ】関西大学入試 13学部の2020年度一般入試結果 志願者数・倍率一覧". 高校生新聞. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  14. ^ "日経BPコンサルティング|大学ブランド・イメージ調査2014-2015|publisher= nikkeibp.co.jp". Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  15. ^ "東洋経済ONLINE|「有名企業への就職率が高い大学」ランキング|publisher= toyokeizai.net". 7 September 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  16. ^ "Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research(IFLER) [Academics & Research] : KANSAI University". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-04-05.
  17. ^ "Kansai University Research Institutes[Academics & Research] : KANSAI University". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-04-05.

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