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Osaka University celebrates the Anniversary of its Founding


May 1st is the anniversary of the founding of Osaka University. 83 years ago, on this day in 1931, Osaka Imperial University was born in Nakanoshima, Osaka with two schools, Science and Medicine. Even though an imperial university had already been built in nearby Kyoto, thanks to the enthusiasm of Osaka citizens hoping for a local imperial university and their strong appeal to the government, Osaka University was founded. Although officially the government is credited with founding the university, in actuality, local people arranged the funds and temporary operation expenses for its founding.
Osaka University's motto "Live Locally, Grow Globally" represents our wish to assist the local citizens and contribute to the development of their communities. Osaka University is grateful for the continuing support of the citizens of Osaka.

Osaka University President

Name Plate
Nameplate for Osaka Imperial University (Inscribed from R to L)

Official Photo
Commemorative photograph on May 1, 1931


The bust on the Suita campus of the 1st president of OU, NAGAOKA Hantaro A photograph taken on May 1, 1931, of the ceremony held in the auditorium of the School of Medicine in Nakanoshima.

To learn more about the history of Osaka University, go here.

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