Aoyama Gakuin University

Aoyama Gakuin University (Japanese: 青山学院大学, Hepburn: Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku, AGU) is a private Christian university in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Originally established in 1874 by missionaries from the Methodist Episcopal Church, it was reconfigured in its current form in 1949 as tertiary component of the Aoyama Gakuin.

Aoyama Gakuin University
MottoThe Salt of the Earth and Light of the World
ChancellorKenichi Semba
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
35°39′40″N 139°42′38″E / 35.66111°N 139.71056°E / 35.66111; 139.71056
CampusUrban (in English)
Robert Samuel Maclay (first president of Aoyama Gakuin)

Aoyama Gakuin University is one of Japan's oldest higher education facilities. Among the notable alumni of Aoyama Gakuin University are Shin Dong-bin, the current president of Lotte Group, and his brother, Shin Dong-ju.[1]

The university's undergraduate and graduate programs include courses on literature, law, economics, business, international politics, economics, communication, science, engineering and cultural studies. The university graduate programs include international management, law and professional accounting.

Aoyama Gakuin University participates in Hakone Ekiden, an annual university relay race between Tokyo and Hakone in Japan. Recently they won the races in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2024.

General information


The main campus, located in Omotesando in central Tokyo, is complemented by the Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa Prefecture. The latter houses the College of Science and Sports. The university has graduated around 180,000 students and employs over 1,600 full and part-time faculty members. Aoyama Gakuin University is accredited by the British University Association and is a member of the British Association of Private College and Universities.

The university maintains a number of active international exchange programs for students and faculty. Many of the students and faculty have attended universities and research institutes abroad, while the institution itself has attracted numerous outstanding scholars and students from around the world to its campuses.[according to whom?]



Undergraduate programs

  • College of Literature
  • College of Education, Psychology and Human Studies
  • College of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • School of Business
  • School of International Politics, Economics and Communication (SIPEC)
  • School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • School of Social Informatics
  • School of Global Studies and Collaboration
  • College of Community Studies (started in 2019)

Graduate programs

  • Graduate School of Literature
  • Graduate School of Education, Psychology and Human Studies
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Business
  • Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication
  • Graduate School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • Graduate School of Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Social Informatics
  • Graduate School of International Management (MBA)
  • Law School
  • Graduate School of Professional Accountancy

Research institutes

  • Research Institute of Aoyama Gakuin University
  • Economics Research Center
  • Business Law Research Center
  • Global Business Research Center
  • Global Politics and Economy Research Center
  • Information Science Research Center
  • WTO Research Center
  • Center for Advanced Technology
  • Center for Machinery Analysis


  • Aoyama Campus (4-4-25, Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Includes two registered Tangible Cultural Properties, "Majima Memorial Hall(間島記念館)" and "Berry Hall".
  • Sagamihara Campus (5-10-1, Fuchinobe, Sagamihara, Kanagawa)
  • Midorigaoka Ground (2-6097-1, Midorigaoka, Sagamihara, Kanagawa)
  • Machida Ground (1571, Kotani, Onoji-cho, Machida, Tokyo)

AGU Gymnasium

Aoyama Gakuin University Gymnasium
Full nameAoyama Gakuin University Gymnasium
LocationShibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Construction cost 
Pan Pacific Open(1988–89)
Sun Rockers Shibuya (2016–)

AGU Gymnasium is an arena in Aoyama campus. It is the home arena of the Sun Rockers Shibuya of the B.League, Japan's professional basketball league.


University rankings
Shimano National[2] Selectivity A1
QS Asia
(Asia version)[3]
General 351-400
QS World[4] General 1201-1400

The school ranks 11th in the country in the number of alumni elected to the National Diet,[5] and 13th in the number of alumni holding executive-level positions in the country with listed companies.[6] Its graduates rank 8th in Japan in the number of successful passings of the national CPA exam.[7]

The university is also on the list of top 20 most popular universities in Tokyo.[according to whom?] The main campus is located in the Shibuya area, and the students are generally viewed as having come from more affluent backgrounds and are regarded as sophisticated.[according to whom?] The school has been lauded for its undergraduate focus on the humanities and business education.[according to whom?]

In the 2020–2021 University Brand Image Survey conducted by Nikkei BP Consulting, Aoyama Gakuin University ranked 5th overall in the Greater Tokyo Area and 4th out of the private universities after Waseda, Keio, and Sophia Universities.

  • QS World university rankings 201: 701+
    • Modern Languages 201: 151–200
  • QS Asian university rankings 201: 201–250

Notable faculty


Notable graduates



Renhō (member of the house of councilors, consumer affairs minister)
  • Tsuyoshi Takagi (member of the house of representatives, Minister for Reconstruction)
  • Kenko Matsuki (member of the house of representatives)
  • Shunichi Yamaguchi (member of the house of representatives, Minister of state for science and technology policy)
  • Haruko Arimura (member of the House of councilors, Minister in charge of women's activities)
  • Renhō (member of the house of councilors, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, consumer affairs minister)
  • Hiroya Ebina (the mayor of kushiro city)
  • Hiroshi Nakada (the former mayor of Yokohama, member of the House of Councillors)



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  4. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2025. Retrieved June 4, 2024.
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