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University of the Ryukyus

琉球大学, リュウキュウダイガク
Representive : President, MORITA Moshin
Establishment year: 1950
Address: 1 Aza-Senbaru, Nishihara, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa 903-0213 Japan
Organization/Research department name (32):
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Law and Letters
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History (3):
  • 1950/05
    The University of the Ryukyus was founded on May 22, 1950 by the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyus on the site of the ancient castle in Shuri as the first college-level institution ever established in Okinawa. The founding aims of the university were to provide promising young people in Okinawa with the opportunity of cultivating themselves ethically and culturally, and of acquiring highly specialized knowledge and skills which they could utilizefor the betterment of their society, and thereby contribute to the welfare of the world around them. Since its establishment, the university has undergone important changes. When Okinawa reverted to Japan in 1972, it became a national university. In order to cope with the growing needs of its facilities, the university planned and completed its wholesale removal from Shuri to the present campuses in August 1985. The new 1. 3 million-square meter campuses, located in a hilly area of central Okinawa, commands splendid views of the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea. The university has grown into a comprehensive institution with six colleges: Lawand Letters, Education, Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Agriculture. The graduate schools offer advanced degree programs in Humanities and the Social Sciences, Education the Natural Sciences, Medicine, the Health Sciences, Engineering,and Agriculture. In addition, there are many other facilities, such as the University Library, University Hospital, Tropical Biosphere Research Center, Elementary School and Junior High School. Since October 1993, the university has been going through the process of integrating its Junior College, a three-year evening college, into the four-year university system. Moreover, it has recently restructured the departments of the College of Law and Letters and College of Engineering. To accomplish these aims, night courses have been offered by both the Colleges of Law and Letters, and Engineering in order to provide educational opportunities for working adults. To the present time, the university has signed academic exchange agreements withfourteen universities abroad, including Michigan State University, Olivet University (USA), the University of Canberra (Australia), and Chulalongkorn University(Thailand) among others. More than 200 international students from twenty-eightcountries such as China, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea, Bangladesh,Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil, the U. S. A., Ghana, and India, are currently studying on the campuses. Taking advantage of its geographical location and historical and cultural backgrounds, the university aspires to achieve status as international institution, serving Southeast Asia and the Pan-Pacific regions as well asits own local community.
  • 2004/04
    The university became an independent administrative entity from national university. Along with this change, reorganization within administrative systems such as the establishment of Science and International Affairs Division was preceded, as well as changes in names of some sections were made. In the same year, new graduate programs, Graduate School of Medicine and Graduate School of Law-Juris Doctor Program, were established.
  • 2005/04
    Department of Tourism Sciences was established in Faculty of Law and Letters. The restructuring of administrative system of Faculty of Medicine was made,which includes the changes in names of some sections.
Business overview:
University of the Ryukyus was established on the ruins
of the Shuri Castle on May 22, 1950 as a star of hope
for people in Okinawa who had survived through the war
and as the base of identity. Then, through the period
of Ryukyu Government University, now it became only one
national university in Okinawa Prefecture on May 15,
1972. After several times of expansion and
reorganization of departments, it became a university
comprised of six departments, Faculty of Law, Faculty of
Education, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine,
Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Agriculture,
seven graduate schools (master's courses and doctoral
courses), Teachers Training Course for Special Education
of Mentally Handicapped, University of the Ryukyus
Library, University of the Ryukyus Hospital, Elementary
School and Junior High School Attached to the College of
Education, University of the Ryukyus, and research
institutes such as departments and centers. The
University aims at the creation of a characteristic
university by having international relationships as a
university in the southernmost of Japan and utilizing
the most of its regional characteristics. Now, we
promote the following ideas as the base of the middle
stage plan:
1. Promotion of education and studies rooted in the
characteristics of the regional nature and history,
2. Promotion of international exchange, 3. Promotion
of the concept of a university to contribute to the
regional society.
  • 2004: \ 30,458 (Million)
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