Okayama University

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Okayama University
Okayama University Library (Tsushima Campus)
Motto"Creating and fostering higher knowledge and wisdom"
TypePublic (National)
EstablishedFounded 1870
Chartered 1922
PresidentHirofumi Makino(M.D.)
Academic staff
1,402 full-time[1]
Administrative staff
Location, ,
ColorsBlue and red ocher

Okayama University (岡山大学, Okayama Daigaku) is a national university in Japan. The main campus is located in Tsushima-Naka, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture.

The school was founded in 1870 and it was established as a university in 1949.


Okayama University was originally founded as the Medical Training Place (医学館, Igakkan) in 1870 by Okayama-Han. After the abolition of the han system, it became the Okayama Prefectural Medical School (岡山県医学校) in 1880. In 1888 it was merged into a national school, the Third Higher Middle School (第三高等中学校, Daisan kōtō chūgakkō)[5] to constitute the Medical Faculty. The Medical Faculty became an independent school in 1901 and was renamed Okayama Medical Speciality School (岡山医学専門学校, Okayama igaku semmon gakkō),[6] a four-year medical school for men ages 17–21 or above. In 1922, the school was chartered as Okayama Medical College (岡山医科大学, Okayama ika daigaku), a four-year medical college for men ages 19–23 or above.

In 1949, after World War II, the college was merged with other national and public colleges in Okayama Prefecture to establish Okayama University, under Japan's new education system. The predecessors of the university were Okayama Medical College, the Sixth Higher School (第六高等学校, Dairoku kōtō gakkō, established in 1900), Okayama Normal School (岡山師範学校, Okayama shihan gakkō, founded in 1874), Okayama Youth's Normal School (岡山青年師範学校, Okayama seinen shihan gakkō, founded in 1922) and Okayama (Prefectural) Agricultural College (岡山農業専門学校, Okayama nōgyō semmon gakkō, established in 1946).

The new campus (Tsushima Campus) was the former camp of the Imperial Japanese Army (the 17th Division). After occupation army left the camp in 1947, the students of the Sixth Higher School (whose buildings were burnt in the war) guarded the camp, residing in the former military barracks. Later, the camp became their campus. The faculties of Okayama University, except the Medical School, were gradually relocated to Tsushima Campus.

The university at first had five faculties: Law and Letters, Education, Science, Agriculture and Medicine. The latter history of the university is as follows:

  • 1951: Ohara Institute for Agricultural Research (大原農業研究所, Ōhara nōgyō kenkyūsho, founded in 1914 by Magosaburō Ōhara) joined the university.
    • Later reorganized into the Institute for Agricultural and Biological Sciences (in 1953) and then the Research Institute for Bioresources (in 1988).
  • 1960: the Faculty of Engineering was established.
  • 1967: Professor Jun Kobayashi (analytic chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture) announced the cause of Itai-itai disease as cadmium poisoning. Itai-itai disease (meaning "ouch ouch" disease in Japanese), was a severe pain disease affecting Toyama Prefecture as a result of mining over the course of 1,500 years.
  • 1976: the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences was established.
  • 1979: the Dental School was established (in Shikata Campus).
  • 1980: the Faculty of Law and Letters was divided into three faculties: Letters, Law and Economics.
  • 1994: the Faculty of Environmental Science and Technology was established.
Okayama University badge
Okayama University Communication Symbol

Faculties (undergraduate schools)[edit]

  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Science
  • Medical School
  • Dental School
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Environmental Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Matching Program Course

Faculty of Law[edit]

In 1949, Okayama University set up the department of law, economics and literature at the same time as the university was founded. In those days, this was the only faculty of law in the region of Chugoku and Shikoku. Later in 1980, Okayama University reorganized the department and separated the faculty of law which became the department of law today. Then, in 2004, Okayama University reorganized again when the law graduate course was established. As a result, there are daytime courses and nighttime courses in the faculty of law. The law department continues to be a base of education, law and politics. During 50 years, the university has produced many great graduates, especially the judicial world.


The faculty of law aims at educating people who can deeply understand and analyze modern society and who have the ability of logic and application. To be concrete,

  1. People who can gain a basic knowledge about each law field and who can solve problems logically with their legal mind.
  2. People who understand various view about politics and society and have a curiosity and ability to solve problems in current society.
  3. People who understand about international society and have communication skills and can we deal with information well.

Study in the department of law is mainly founded on law. But students also develop the texts of law and the knowledge of system and thinking skills to cope with the problems which really occur in society. In addition, students will develop a legal mind in this faculty. Such students can clearly analyze legal problems and quickly solve issues.

On lectures about professional fields of law and politics, people study basic knowledge and basic ways of thinking. In addition, student can take small class, seminar. They can develop the ability of arguing, thinking deeply and discovering problems. Moreover, they can improve their personality.

Through many small seminars, students are challenged to think deeply and improve their problem-solving ability.

In the department of law, students learn from actual problems which have occurred. In addition, use in discovery of the problem in the result of education research of the university society and survey of solution method, students are advancing the people and the cooperation which participate to business.

Faculty of Economics: Department of Economics (including evening course)[edit]

Modern Economic Analysis[edit]

The students of this Course learns macro and micro economics and their trends, that is, to figure out structures and movements from theoretical, empirical (statistical), and strategic points of view by taking this course. Students can better understand the contents of newspapers and economic magazines, and furthermore, interpret economic survey data of the government.

International Comparative Economics[edit]

In this course, students learn about the current economic states of major countries or regions in order to make comparisons and analyses of them, as well as each country’s economic development and history. The students of this course learn basic knowledge that is very useful to work for multinational companies in many fields, including the manufacturing, trading, or service industry.

Management and Accounting[edit]

Students who take this course work in administration, including management, organization, and strategy, and in accounting and financing, Students come to understand and develop insights into actual company operations. This course has students who want to be a certified public accountant or a licensed tax accountant.

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Medical School (in Shikata Campus)

Faculty of Medicine[edit]

Faculty of Health Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Nursing
  • Department of Radiological Technology
  • Department of Medical Technology

Dental School (in Shikata Campus)[edit]

  • School of Dentistry

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Technology

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

  • Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Department of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Center for Engineering Innovation

Faculty of Environmental Science and Technology[edit]

Environmental science and technology has four departments: Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Environmental Management Engineering, and Environmental Chemistry and Materials.

The environmental science and technology faculty began in 1995. The faculty was established to create knowledge that is a fusion of the natural, health and cultural sciences. This is the first university in Japan where such a special knowledge of environment is studied so many universities and companies have a special interest in this department.

Environmental problems are seriously influencing the world. This faculty is contributing to solving these problems, and practicing a number of important projects. For example, an environmentally-friendly resource recovery process using waste nickel hydride battery project; risk management security strategies for toxic substance disposal; advanced nano materials fullerene project; full color rewritable paper using functional capsules; ecological genetic study of clock genes that can cause speciation project.

Faculty of Agriculture[edit]

Department of Agricultural Sciences[edit]

Matching Program Course[edit]

This is cross-faculty program designed to help students create their own integrated program matching individual career and academic interests. Students can take classes from other faculties which they are interested in and original classes in this course, so students can decide their major after thinking through many experiences.

Graduate schools[edit]

  • Graduate School of Education (Master's courses/Professional Degree Course)
  • Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's/Doctoral)
  • Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (Master's/Doctoral)
  • Graduate School of Health Sciences (Master's/Doctoral)
  • Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science (Master's/Doctoral)
  • Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Master's/Doctoral)
  • School of Law

Attached Institute[edit]

  • Research Institute for Bioresources

Nationwide Joint-use Facility[edit]

  • Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior


Each campus is in the central part of Okayama-city, except the Misasa Campus

Tsushima Campus[edit]

Tsushima Campus has an Administrative Center at 1-1, Tsushima-Naka, 1-chome, Kita-Ku, Okayama/1-1, Tsushima-Naka, 2-chome, Kita-Ku, Okayama/1-1, Tsushima-Naka, 3-chome, Kita-Ku, Okayama/1-62, Tsushima-Kuwanokicho, Kita-Ku, Okayama

Shikata Campus[edit]

5-1, Shikata-cho, 2-chome, Kita-Ku, Okayama

Misasa Campus[edit]

827, Yamada, Misasa, Tottori Prefecture

Okayama University x SDGs[edit]

Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)
SDGs logo

Okayama University continues to make significant strides towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. Why? As a university, our mission is to conduct research, to educate people, and to contribute to society. As we generate new knowledge, our responsibility as educators is to pass on what we know to the next generation. Beyond the classroom, we have a responsibility to bring our ideas to life in the broader world, and thereby to improve society. To us, the SDGs embody core themes of sustainability and well-being.

Okayama University continues to make significant strides towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. Why? As a university, our mission is to conduct research, to educate people, and to contribute to society. As we generate new knowledge, our responsibility as educators is to pass on what we know to the next generation. Beyond the classroom, we have a responsibility to bring our ideas to life in the broader world, and thereby to improve society. To us, the SDGs embody core themes of sustainability and well-being.

The SDGs are focused on preserving the global environment and creating an equitable human society in which no-one is left behind. They are ambitious goals for the future of humanity, and their achievement will require communities and organizations around the world to work together. As the goals address unprecedented modern challenges at an unprecedented scale, solutions will require new forms of knowledge and technology, which we as a university are uniquely equipped to provide. We also bear the responsibility of preparing people with the skills and information necessary to find solutions to humanity’s most pressing problems.

Okayama University has an especially strong commitment to laying the foundations for the continual evolution of human society. We were honored to become the first Asian UNESCO chair, in recognition of our efforts in the field of ESD, or Education for Sustainable Development. Our mission through UNESCO is the continual development and promotion of knowledge and innovation to address sustainability challenges both here in Okayama and around the globe.

We are seeking to create and intensify partnerships with engaged people and institutions like never before. Together, we can realize these goals and redefine the vanguard of sustainability and well-being. We’re excited to get started.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ excluding the teachers at the attached schools. "Number of Staff" (pdf). Okayama University. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2008-03-29.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ including the teachers at the attached schools. "Number of Staff" (pdf). Okayama University. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2008-03-29.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Number of Students (at the Faculties)" (pdf). Okayama University. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2008-03-29.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Number of Students (at the Graduate Schools)" (pdf). Okayama University. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2008-03-29.[dead link]
  5. ^ The Third Higher Middle School was headquartered in Osaka (-1889) / Kyoto (1889-).
  6. ^ "Historical Sketch" (pdf). Okayama University. Retrieved 2008-03-29.[dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°41′20″N 133°55′12″E / 34.68889°N 133.92000°E / 34.68889; 133.92000