Kyushu University

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Kyushu University
Type Public (National)
Established Founded 1903,
Chartered 1911
President Chihura Kubo
Academic staff
Undergraduates 11,689
Postgraduates 9,128
Location Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Campus Urban,
-- acres (2.4 km²)
Mascot None
New Hospital building
Campus of Maidashi area in prior to Greater East Asia War

Kyushu University (九州大学 Kyūshū Daigaku?), abbreviated to Kyudai (九大 Kyūdai?), is a Japanese public university located in Fukuoka, Kyushu. It is one of Japan's National Seven Universities (The others are Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, The University of Tokyo, Nagoya University, Kyoto University and Osaka University). The history of Kyushu University can be traced by medical schools of the feudal domains built in 1867, and is the largest public university in Kyushu.[citation needed]

There are 1,292 foreign students (as of May 1, 2008) enrolled in the University. It was chosen for the Global 30 university program, and has been selected to the top 13 global university project.[1]


Kyushu University was initially founded as Fukuoka Medical College in 1903 and was associated with Kyoto Imperial University. Kyushu Imperial University was established as a separate entity in 1911. In 1947, Kyushu Imperial University was renamed Kyushu University.

On October, 2003, Kyushu University and Kyushu Institute of Design was officially amalgamated into a single university, with Kyushu Institute of Design becoming Kyushu University's Ohashi Campus. In 2004, Kyushu University was incorporated as a national university corporation under a new law which applies to all national universities.

War crimes[edit]

In World War II, the survivors of a B-29 bomber on the border between Kumamoto and Ōita were sent to Kyushu Imperial University where they were vivisected and killed.[2][3] In 2008, the medical school had a keynote speech led by Dr. Toshio Tono on bioethics and the atrocities. Tono is a graduate of Kyushu University who was among those who were present during the experiments, with many of the events he later detailed in his book Disgrace: The Truth behind the Vivisection at Kyushu University.[4]


Logo of Kyushu University
The school color

Kyushu University does not have an official school song, instead it has one cheering song and three student songs including Matssubara-ni, with lyrics by Yoshifumi Akiyama.

The University's logo features a background of pine needles inset with an older iterance of the kanji for "university". The logo was officially established in 2004, but was originally proposed by student Sou Yoshihide in the mid 20th century, and was used then on from 1950. There have also been alternatives designs, such as those featuring the Japanese KU or Q, for Kyushu instead of "university".

The school color is wine, and there are some other associated colors.[clarification needed]

Undergraduate schools and graduate schools/faculties[edit]

Undergraduate schools[edit]

  • School of Letters
  • School of Education
  • School of Law
  • School of Economics
  • School of Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Design
  • School of Agriculture
  • The 21st Century Program

Graduate Schools and graduate faculties[edit]

Graduate Schools Graduate Faculties
  • Graduate School of Humanities
  • Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies
  • Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies
  • Graduate School of Law
  • [1] Graduate School of Law - English Program
  • Law School
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Business School
  • Graduate School of Sciences
  • Graduate School of Mathematics
  • Graduate School of Medical Sciences
  • Graduate School of Dental Science
  • Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Design
  • Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences
  • Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences
  • Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences
  • 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 Design
  • Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Agriculture

Research institutes[edit]

  • Medical Institute of Bioregulation
  • Research Center for Genetic Information
  • Research Center for Prevention of Infectious Diseases
  • Research Institute for Applied Mechanics
  • Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering
  • International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research
  • Institute of Mathematics for Industry
  • Inamori Frontier Research Center
  • Research Institute for Information Technology
  • Asian Law Centre
  • Center for Conflict Management
  • Institute of Seismology and Volcanology, represented on the national Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction.[5]


Taught from a Japanese perspective, the one-year program offers students the opportunity to study international economic and business law, and Japanese and comparative law in a Japanese law faculty. A three-year LL.D. program and another one-year Master’s course in Comparative Studies of Politics and Administration in Asia (CSPA) were launched in October 1999. As a result of the success of these programs, in 2001, Kyushu University was invited by the Ministry of Education to host the Young Leader's Program in Law, a program which, among others, seeks to foster good relations among future national leaders in Asia and other countries. In 2009, it was again selected by the Ministry of Education to host a Bilingual Program in law (LL.M). This unique master aims to overcome barriers of language and culture in the field of international law. This is achieved through law classes conducted in both Japanese and English, an internship, as well as a thesis written in both languages. Its first batch of students graduated in 2010.

Academic rankings[edit]

University rankings (overall)
Toyo Keizai National[6] General 8
Kawaijuku National[7] General 7
T. Reuters National[8] Research 6
WE National[9] Employment 53
NBP Kyushu/Okinawa/Yamaguchi[10] Reputation 1
Shimano National[11] Selectivity SA
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version)[12]
General 18
ARWU Asia[13] Research 19-26
QS World[14] General 122
ARWU World[15] Research 151-200
ENSMP World[16] Alumni 38
University rankings (by subject)
Social Sciences & Humanities


BE Success National[17] Qualification 15
BE Pass rate National[18] Qualification 17


Eduni MBA National[19] General 18
Eduni MBA World[20] General 616
Natural Sciences & Technology



T.Reuters National[21] Research 6
T.Reuters World[21] Research 49


T.Reuters National[21] Research 6
T.Reuters World[21] Research 41


T.Reuters National[21] Research 4
T.Reuters World[21] Research 95
Life Sciences


T.Reuters National[21] Research 4
T.Reuters World[21] Research 68


T.Reuters National[21] Research 4
T.Reuters World[21] Research 76
* T. Reuters World rankings include non-educational institutions

General rankings[edit]

The university has been ranked 8th in 2010 and 2009 in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" by Toyo Keizai.[6] In another ranking, Japanese prep school Kawaijuku ranked Kyusyu as the 7th best university in Japan.[7]

In 2011 QS World University Rankings[22] ranked Kyushu University 122nd in the world. 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.[23]

Research performance[edit]

Kyushu is one of the top research institutions in Japan. According to Thomson Reuters, Kyushu is the 6th best research university in Japan.[8] Its research excellence is especially distinctive in Materials Science (6th in Japan, 49th in the world), Chemistry (6th in Japan, 41st in the world), Biology & Biochemistry (4th in Japan, 95th in the world), Immunology (4th in Japan, 68th in the world), and Pharmacology & Toxicology (4th in Japan, 76th in the world).[24]

Weekly Diamond reported that Kyushu has the 16th highest research standard in Japan in terms of research funding per researchers in COE Program.[25] In the same article, it is also ranked fifth in terms of the quality of education by GP funds per student.

Furthermore, Nikkei Shimbun on 2004/2/16 surveyed about the research standards in Engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese Research Centers, and Kyushu was placed 11th (research planning ability 10th) in this ranking.[26]

Kyushu University is one of Japan's National Seven Universities. Since Prof. Suzuki received the Nobel Prize in 2010, all the other Universities have alumni or professors who received a Nobel Prize, Kyushu University is only National Seven University whose alumni or staff have not won a Nobel Prize.

Graduate school rankings[edit]

Eduniversal ranked Kyushu as 9th in the rankings of "Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links " in Japan.[27]

Kyushu has a good Law schools in Japan, as it was ranked 12th in the number of successful candidates of Japanese Bar Examination in 2009 and 15th in 2010.[28]

Alumni rankings[edit]

According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Kyushu have the 53rd best employment rate in 400 major companies in Japan.[29]

École des Mines de Paris ranks Kyushu University as 38th in the world in 2011 in terms of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.[16]

Popularity and selectivity[edit]

Kyushu is one of the most selective universities in Japan. Its entrance difficulty is usually considered as one of the top in Japan.[30][31]

Scholarships for international students[edit]

Kyushu offers a number of selected scholarships for international students. Some of them are:[32]

  • 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

Notable alumni[edit]



Former professors[edit]

Medical faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Selection for the FY 2014 Top Global University Project" (PDF). MEXT. 
  2. ^ The Denver Post, June 1, 1995, cited by Gary K. Reynolds, 2002, "U.S. Prisoners of War and Civilian American Citizens Captured and Interned by Japan in World War II: The Issue of Compensation by Japan" (Library of Congress) Archived December 14, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Landas, Marc The Fallen A True Story of American POWs and Japanese Wartime Atrocities Hoboken John Wiley 2004 ISBN 0-471-42119-7
  4. ^ "Teddy Ponczka | A quiet honesty records a World War II atrocity - Baltimore Sun". 1995-05-28. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  5. ^ Organizations with ties to CCEP CCEP, accessed 2011-03-19
  6. ^ a b "Truly Strong Universities" (in Japanese). Toyo Keizai. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Kawai 30 Top Japanese Universities". Kawaijuku. 2001. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan". Thomson Reuters. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.  (this raking includes 5 non-educational institutions)
  9. ^ "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Nikkei BP Brand rankings of Japanese universities" (in Japanese). Nikkei Business Publications. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "GBUDU University Rankings" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Japan". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2012–2013. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "ENSMP World University Rankings" (PDF). École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Bar Exam Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Bar Exam Pass rate rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Business School Ranking in Japan". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ "University and business school ranking in 5 palms (Top100)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
    "University and business school ranking in 4 palms (Top101-300)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
    "University and business school ranking in 3 palms (Top301-696)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
    "University and business school ranking in 2 palms (Top697-896)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Thomson Reuters 10 Top research institutions by subject in Japan" (in Japanese). Thomson Reuters. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  22. ^ "QS World University Rankings - 2011". Top Universities. 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  23. ^ "QS University Rankings: Asia - 2011". Top Universities. 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  24. ^ "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan" (in Japanese). Thomson Reuters.  (this raking includes non-educational institutions)
  25. ^ "週刊ダイヤモンド" ダイヤモンド社 2010/2/27
  26. ^ "大学工学部研究力調査(04.2.22)". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  27. ^ "University and business school ranking in Japan". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  28. ^ "2010年(平成22年)新司法試験法科大学院別合格率ランキング -法科大学院seek". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  29. ^ "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved Apr 29, 2011. 
  30. ^ e.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings
  31. ^ 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. 
  32. ^ Kyushu Scholarships for International Students
  33. ^ a b 九州大学高等研究院・組織・メンバー (Japanese)

External links[edit]

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