University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus
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The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus is one of the five university campuses and home to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, and advanced research facilities and campus services. It is the campus for all freshmen and sophomores undergraduates. Every University of Tokyo student spends at least two years in the Komaba Campus.
The University of Tokyo is the only university in Japan that has a system of two years of general education before the students choose their majors. In this system, the Komaba Campus is the cornerstone of the general education and was designated as the “center of excellence” for three new areas of research by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science. There are over 7,000 students in the junior division (freshmen and sophomores) for College of Arts and Sciences, about 450 students in the senior division, and 1,400 graduate students.
The Komaba Campus is in Komaba, Meguro district, Tokyo. This area was called Komaba Meadows, which served as a hunting ground for the Tokugawa family. In 1878, the Komaba School of Agriculture was founded. In 1919, the school became the Faculty of Agriculture of the Tokyo Imperial University, the predecessor of the University of Tokyo.
During World War II, many of the school buildings were destroyed and the new buildings were not built until the Faculty of Agriculture was transferred to Hongo Campus, at which point Komaba became Dai-ichi KotoGakko. The new buildings were constructed following the architectural styles of the Hongo Campus. The Komaba Campus became the university’s College of General Education after being incorporated into the postwar University of Tokyo and was later renamed as College of Arts and Sciences.