Yokohama National University

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Yokohama National University
Yokohama Kokuritsu Daigaku
YNU library.JPG
PresidentYuichi Hasebe
Location, ,
35°28′26″N 139°35′24″E / 35.474°N 139.59°E / 35.474; 139.59
WebsiteOfficial website
Yokohama National University is located in Kanagawa Prefecture
Yokohama National University
Japan Kanagawa Prefecture

Yokohama National University (横浜国立大学, Yokohama Kokuritsu Daigaku), or Yokokoku (横国) is a leading national university located in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Yokohama National University comprises five graduate schools and four undergraduate faculties. Yokohama National University is one of leading national universities in Japan. It is consistently one of the highest ranking national universities in Japan[citation needed] that is not one of Japan's National Seven Universities. It is also a core member of the Port-City University League.


The predecessor of the school was founded in 1876. It became a Japanese national university in 1949 by the amalgamation of Kanagawa Normal School, Kanagawa Youth Normal School, Yokohama College of Economics and the Yokohama Institute of Technology. The Faculty of Business Administration was founded in 1967. The university has master's degree programs in engineering (1962), economics (1972), business administration (1972), and education (1979). The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology was established in 1973 under the botanist Akira Miyawaki, and the Graduate School of International and Business Law was established in 1990. The Graduate School of International Development Studies was created in 1994 and the School of Law in 2004.

About the name of Yokohama National University[edit]

Originally it was planned to name as "Yokohama University", but at that time the previous Yokohama City Economics College and private Yokohama Vocational School also wanted to apply their names as Yokohama University. They had a consultation about the name and decided not to use name "Yokohama University".


  • Faculty of Education and Human Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • School of Engineering Science

Graduate Schools[edit]

  • Graduate School of Education
  • International Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Graduate School of Engineering/ Faculty of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences/ Faculty of Environment and Information Sciences
  • Graduate School of Urban Innovation

College and Faculty of Economics[edit]

Established in 1949 as one of the three original colleges, the College of Economics follows the great tradition of the former Yokohama Commercial College. The college (undergraduate) prides itself in contributing to the advancement of economic theory and empirics. Every year many aspiring students apply for entrance, and after an intensive four-year period of training in economic thought and research, they successfully graduate as competent experts in their fields. Recognized internationally as a center of economic study, an array of nationalities are represented in the college as lecturers, researchers and students. The College of Economics promotes cultural diversity and host many international students both on scholarships and self-funded. At the Master's level, the Faculty of Economics is host to the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.[2] In the fall of 2013, YNU Economics began offering M.A. and Ph.D. degrees where the course content, advising, etc. is offered entirely in the English language.[3]

Faculty of Business Administration[edit]

Yokohama National University's Faculty of Business Administration was established in 1967, and currently composed of four disciplinary areas: the Division of Business Administration, the Division of Accounting and Information, the Division of Management System Science and the Division of International Business. The faculty places emphasis on internationalization, with not only Japanese students, but also many students from overseas currently enrolled. Students are free to register subjects outside of their own division, and so are able to gain an education that covers all aspects of business administration. In the latter half of second year, students are assigned to a seminar, where they do research in a specialized area of an advising professor.

Notable alumni[edit]

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