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From Tekijuku to World Tekijuku

Harmonious Diversity
through Scholarship

With the aim of expanding its contribution to the international community, Osaka University launched its World Tekijuku concept in 2014. The university’s goal is to become a world-class research institution and one of the top 10 universities in the world by the time it celebrates its centenary in 2031.

The world is full of diversity - different peoples, genders, languages, customs, cultures, and religions. Diversity is indispensable for human development and social well-being, but it can also lead to conflict. Overcoming the barriers that can result from diversity will be crucial in the 21st century’s global society. Universities impart “scholarship,” a language common to all humankind, which can serve to reduce or eliminate the barriers caused by diversity, in much the same way that sports and the arts can bring together disparate populations. In the 21st century, universities will need to take on the new role of creating “harmonious diversity” thorough scholarship.

With the exchange of human resources through scholarship, as a Global University, the World Tekijuku, Osaka University aims to contribute to global society through the creation of harmonious diversity.

Worldwide Network

Multinational Inter-University Academic Exchange Network

  • Member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), which is composed of 45 universities
  • Member of the Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU), which is composed of 17 universities
  • Member of the Japan-UK Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives (RENKEI), which is composed of 12 universities
  • Member of the HeKKSaGOn University Consortium, which is composed of 6 universities

Academic Exchange Agreements with Universities Overseas

105 inter-university and 499 inter-faculty exchange agreements

International Joint Labs

  • Projects for promoting international joint research
  • 34 laboratories selected for 2013, 2014 and 2015
    (Establishing labs in association with institutes and universities in Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France,Germany, India, Korea, Morocco, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA)

Osaka University: Facts & Figures


Number of Students, Staff, and Researchers


The Institute for Academic Initiatives (IAI) promotes cross-boundary education and research from both medium-and long-term perspectives, and was established in 2012 to strengthen the president’s leadership and governance. The IAI is a unique institute at Osaka University in that it has five interdisciplinary PhD programs for cultivating future leaders and four top-level research divisions.
In 2014, Osaka University was selected as a university recipient of support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Top Global University Project under the philosophy of World Tekijuku. This philosophy aims to foster high-level learning to ascertain the true essence of things, and create “harmonious diversity” through scholarship.



International Prizes,
World University Rankings and
Influential Researchers
Name Achievement Year
Nobel Prize in Physics Hideki
Theoretical prediction of mesons 1949
Wolf Prize inMedicine Osamu
Discovery of the oxygenase enzymes and elucidation of their structure and biological importance 1949
Wolf Prize in Mathematics Mikio SATO Creation of algebraic analysis, theories of hyperfunction and micro-local hyperfunction, and holonomic quantum field theory including a unified theory of soliton equations 2002
Lasker Award Hidesaburo
Demonstrating how RNA tumor viruses cause cancer, and elucidating their role in combining, rescuing and maintaining oncogenes in the viral genome 1982
Crafoord Prize Tadamitsu KISHIMOTO
Pioneering work in isolating interleukins, determining their properties and exploring their role in the onset of inflammatory diseases 2009
Gairdner International Award  Shizuo AKIRA Discovery of interleukin-6 and its applications in the treatment of diseases 2011
Shimon SAKAGUCHI The discovery of regulatory T cells, characterization of their role in immunity and application to the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer 2015

Toshio HIRANO 
Discovery of interleukin-6 and its applications in the treatment of diseases 2011

World University Rankings

by Discipline in March 2015 based on the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports

Influential Researchers

Highly Cited Researchers 2014, Thomson Reuters

Category Name
Biology & Biochemistry Shizuo AKIRA
Chemistry Masahiro MIURA
Tetsuya SATOH
Clinical Medicine Shizuo AKIRA
Materials Science Tsuyoshi SEKITANI
Category Name
Immunology Shizuo AKIRA
Hiroaki HEMMI
Tsuneyasu KAISHO
Kiyoshi TAKEDA
Physics Yoichi ANDO
Plant & Animal Science Tatsuo KAKIMOTO
Welcome to Osaka University


Researchers and laboratories at Osaka University welcome partnerships with international researchers. Information is available on our website. Osaka University supports researchers from all over the world, enabling them to expand and develop their research.

Before and After Coming to Osaka

The Center for International Education and Exchange (CIEE) provides social and academic support for international researchers and students, providing guidance and advice on visa procedures, housing, network and community links, and other useful information..


Degree Programs

Osaka University has all-English degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Moreover, a great number of additional courses are available in English and offered to both domestic and international students.

Short-Term Non-Degree Programs

OUSSEP (Osaka University Short-Term Student Exchange Program): An exchange program with a maximum duration of 12 months for 3rd and 4th year international students.
FrontierLab@OsakaU: A program with a maximum duration of 12 months for international students interested in participating in laboratory research.
J-ShIP (Japanese Short-stay In-session Program): A five- or eight-week long intensive Japanese program for international students who wish to study the Japanese language.

Global Admissions Office

A new admissions program for international students at undergraduate level has been introduced as of 2014. The program is meant for applicants without Japanese citizenship who can demonstrate an adequate level of Japanese language knowledge. Submission of application materials and selection procedures do not require traveling to Japan.

Living in Osaka

The Osaka area ranks 30th in terms of economic scale and 17th in terms of population in the world. Tokyo Presently, it is the second largest urban area in Japan after Tokyo, and is the financial and cultural center of Western Japan.

Osaka has a long history and is of international significance. Osaka Harbor and its industrial arteries have nurtured a vibrant tradition of productivity and manufacturing. In 607, an early Japanese mission to Sui China departed from Suminoe no Tsu (a port then located in Suminoe, Osaka) after envoys prayed for a safe voyage at Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine. Since then, Osaka has been an important Japanese port area for more than 1,400 years.

From a cultural point of view, the inhabitants of Osaka are known for their love of good food, popular culture, and sociable joviality.

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