Kobe University (神戸大学, Kōbe daigaku), also known in the Kansai region as Shindai (神大), is a leading Japanese national university located in the city of Kobe, in Hyōgo. It was established in 1949, but the academic origins of Kobe University trace back to the establishment of Kobe Higher Commercial School in 1902, which was renamed as Kobe University of Commerce, and Kobe University of Economics. Kobe University is one of the oldest and largest national universities in Japan, as well as one of the highest ranking national universities in the country. It comprises 14 graduate schools and 11 undergraduate faculties, and holds about 16,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. The institution welcomes overseas students, which accounted for a total of 1,303 students, as of 2018. It also has 3,685 staff members, including professors, associate professors and administrative officials.[2]

Kobe University
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Latin: Kobienasis Universitas
MottoIntegrity - Freedom - Cooperation
真摯 - 自由 - 協同
TypeNational university
PresidentHiroshi Takeda
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students16,391 (May 1, 2015)[1]
NicknameShindai (神大)
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Located beside the foothills of Mount Rokkō, the university provides a view of the city and port of Kobe, providing a privileged environment for the pursuit of academic studies, especially in social science areas.

Kobe Higher Commercial School was one of the oldest institution with business and economics majors in Japan. Especially, the Graduate School of Economics benefits fully from a century of the history and the tradition. Kobe is also the first collegiate business school in Japan. Therefore, Kobe is called the birthplace of Japanese higher education in economics and business administration, and it has always been the center of Japanese business studies.[citation needed]

Furthermore, the Graduate School of Law was also established with the legal studies section of the former Kobe University of Economics. It has become a leading institution of high academic institution in the field of legal and political studies, and has been successful in becoming a reputable academic center.[citation needed]

The Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration, founded in 1919, has a history as a high-level research institution for international economics and international management. The Institute has been highly regarded internationally for its outstanding achievements in theoretical, historical, empirical, and quantitative research.[citation needed]

In the meantime, Kobe Hospital was established in 1869; it was a training center for medical practitioners, which was one of the oldest institutions in the modern medical education in Japan.

In 1990, they made new changes as one of the major universities specializing in graduate research and education. Under the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science, it has started a new Center of Excellence (COE) projects, the "Research and Education Center of New Japanese Economic Paradigms", "Development and Education Center for Advanced Business Systems", and "Research Center for Dynamic Legal Processes of Advanced Market Societies".


Kobe University of Commerce main gate in 1930s

The roots of the university can be traced back to 1902, when the Kobe Higher Commercial School (神戸高等商業学校, Kōbe kōtō shōgyō gakkō) was established. Its first president was Tetsuya Mizushima (水島銕也, 1864—1928). In 1929 this school was renamed Kobe University of Commerce (神戸商業大学, Kōbe shōgyō daigaku), and it was further renamed in 1944, Kobe University of Economics (神戸経済大学, Kōbe keizai daigaku).

In 1949, under Japan's new educational systems, the university was merged with Hyogo Normal School, Hyogo Junior Normal School, Kobe Technical College and Himeji High School, all of which were in Hyōgo Prefecture, leading to the creation of Kobe University.

The university has since been expanded and has created new faculties to complement its main academic foundations, which have been strongly established in the fields of economics and commerce.

Graduate SchoolsEdit

The main building of Kobe University
  • Graduate School of Humanities
  • Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
  • Graduate School of Human Development and Environment
  • Graduate School of Law
    • Tier 1 full-time law school
  • Graduate School of Economics
    • The Okishio Theorem (Nobuo Okishio) is well known and appreciated worldwide
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
    • Tier 1 full-time MBA school
  • Graduate School of Science
  • Graduate School of Medicine
  • Graduate School of Health Sciences
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of System Informatics
  • Graduate School of Agricultural Science
  • Graduate School of Maritime Sciences
  • Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies


  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Intercultural Studies
  • Faculty of Human Development
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • School of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Science
  • School of Medicine (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences)
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Maritime Sciences

Research InstitutesEdit

  • Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration


Kobe University Library

The university is formed by four campuses: Rokkodai, Kusunoki, Myodani, and Fukae. Rokkodai Campus is considered the main campus, and it comprises nine out of eleven faculties.

Rokkodai areaEdit

  • The First Rokkodai (六甲台第1, Rokkōdai Dai-ichi) Campus
Law, Economics, Business Administration (2-1, Rokkodai, Nada-ku, Kobe)
  • The Second Rokkodai (六甲台第2, Rokkōdai Daini) Campus
Letters, Science, Agriculture, Engineering (1-1, Rokkodai, Nada-ku, Kobe)
  • The First Tsurukabuto (鶴甲第1, Tsurukabuto Dai-ichi) Campus
Intercultural Studies (1-2-1, Tsurukabuto, Nada-ku, Kobe)
  • The Second Tsurukabuto (鶴甲第2, Tsurukabuto Daini) Campus
Human Development (3-11, Tsurukabuto, Nada-ku, Kobe)

Kusunoki areaEdit

  • Kusunoki (, Kusunoki) Campus
Medicine (7-5-1, Kusunoki, Chūō-ku, Kobe)

Myodani areaEdit

  • Myodani (名谷, Myōdani) Campus
Health Sciences (7-10-2, Tomogaoka, Suma-ku, Kobe)

Fukae areaEdit

  • Fukae (深江, Fukae) Campus
Maritime Sciences (5-1-1, Fukaeminami, Higashinada-ku, Kobe)

Academic RankingsEdit

University rankings
Toyo Keizai National[3]General 10
Kawaijuku National[4]General 11
T. Reuters National[5]Research 14
WE National[6]Employment 18
NBP Kansai[7]Reputation 6
Shimano National[8]Selectivity A1
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version)[9]
General 26
ARWU Asia[10]Research 44-68
QS World[11]General 234
ARWU World[10]Research 301-400
ENSMP World[12]Alumni 25
Program rankings
Social Sciences & Humanities


Asahi National[13]Research 5
BE Success National[14]Qualification 8
BE Pass rate National[15]Qualification 5


RePec National[16]Research 7


Eduni MBA National[17]General 6
Eduni MBA World[18]General 129
Natural Sciences & Technology


Kobe University is one of the leading universities in Japan. It can be seen in the several rankings such as shown below.

General RankingsEdit

The university is ranked 10th in 2010 in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" by Toyo Keizai.[3] In another ranking, Japanese prep school Kawaijuku ranked Shindai as the 11th best university in Japan.[4]

In 2010 QS World University Rankings[19] ranked Shindai 234th in the world. It is also ranked as the 26th best university in QS Asian University rankings.[9]

Research PerformanceEdit

Kobe University is one of the leading research institutions in Japan. According to Thomson Reuters, Shindai is the 14th best research university in Japan.[5]

Weekly Diamond reported that Shindai has the 15th highest research standard in Japan in terms of research funding per researchers in COE Program.[20] In the same article, it's also ranked 20th in terms of the quality of education by GP funds per student.

It especially has a high research standard in Social Science and Humanities.

Asahi Shimbun summarized the amount of academic papers in Japanese major legal journals by university, and Shindai was ranked 5th during 2005-2009.[13] Economics is also a notable field for Shindai. According to RePec, Shindai is the 7th best Economics research university in Jan 2011.[16]

In addition, Nikkei Shimbun on 2004/2/16 surveyed about the research standards in Engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese Research Centers, and Shindai was placed 12th (informative ability of research outcome 3rd) in this ranking.[21]

Graduate school RankingsEdit

Eduniversal ranked Shindai's MBA as 6th best in Japan in their MBA rankings.[22] It also means 129th best in the world.

Shindai has one of the leading law schools in Japan as it was ranked 4th in 2009 (and 5th in 2011) in the passing rate of Japanese Bar Examination.[23]

Alumni RankingsEdit

Alumni of Shindai enjoy their good success in Japanese industries such as shown below.

According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Shindai have the 18th best employment rate in 400 major companies in Japan.[24] By contrast, the alumni of Shindai's average salary is very high with the 10th best in Japan, according to the PRESIDENT.[25]

Mines ParisTech : Professional Ranking World Universities ranks Shindai as 25th in the world in 2011 in terms of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.[12] The university is also ranked 12th in Japan for the number of alumni holding the position of executive in the listed companies of Japan, and this number per student (probability of becoming an executive) is 21st.[26][27]

Shindai graduates were ranked 8th in Japan in the number of successful national CPA exam applicants.[28]

Popularity and SelectivityEdit

Shindai is a popular university in Japan. Its entrance examination is usually considered as very selective. It is ranked in top 10 in Japan.[29][30]

Scholarships for international studentsEdit

Kobe university encourages international students to study at the university through a number of scholarships for eligible students. Some of them are:[31]

  • Japanese Government Scholarship System
  • JASSO/ Honors Scholarship
  • Hyogo Prefecture Private Foreign Student Scholarship
  • Kobe/Sugawara Scholarship

Notable alumniEdit

Notable facultyEdit

Partner InstitutionEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/about_us/facts/index.html
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures". Kobe University. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  3. ^ a b "Truly Strong Universities" (in Japanese). Toyo Keizai. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Kawai 30 Top Japanese Universities". Kawaijuku. 2001. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan". Thomson Reuters. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. (this raking includes 5 non-educational institutions)
  6. ^ "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "Nikkei BP Brand rankings of Japanese universities" (in Japanese). Nikkei Business Publications. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "GBUDU University Rankings" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "ENSMP World University Rankings" (PDF). École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Asahi Shimbun University rankings 2010 "Publification rankings in Law (Page 4)" (PDF) (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  14. ^ "Bar Exam Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  15. ^ "Bar Exam Pass rate rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  16. ^ a b "Top 25% Institutions and Economists in Japan, as of January 2011". REPEC. 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  17. ^ "Business School Ranking in Japan". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  18. ^ "University and business school ranking in 5 palms (Top100)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
    "University and business school ranking in 4 palms (Top101-300)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
    "University and business school ranking in 3 palms (Top301-696)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
    "University and business school ranking in 2 palms (Top697-896)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  19. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results". Archived from the original on 2010-09-16.
  20. ^ "週刊ダイヤモンド" ダイヤモンド社 2010/2/27 http://web.sapmed.ac.jp/kikaku/infomation/0227daiyamondokiji.pdf
  21. ^ "wHw͒i04.2.22j". Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  22. ^ "University and business school ranking in Japan". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  23. ^ "2011年(平成23年)新司法試験法科大学院別合格率ランキング -法科大学院seek-". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  24. ^ "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved Apr 29, 2011.
  25. ^ "年収偏差値・給料偏差値ランキング(2006・10・16):稼げる大学はどれ?". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  26. ^ "Archived copy" 出身大学別上場企業役員数ランキング (in Japanese). 大学ranking.net. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2011-05-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ 出身大学別上場企業役員数ランキング (in Japanese). 大学ranking.net.
  28. ^ "図録▽大学ランキング:公認会計士・一級建築士の国家試験合格者数". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  29. ^ e.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-22. Retrieved 2016-07-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks Shindai's entrance difficulty as A1 (2nd most selective/out of 10 scales) in Japan. 危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版 (in Japanese). YELL books. 2011. ASIN 4753930181.
  31. ^ "KOBE UNIVERSITY - MARITIME SCIENCES (KUMS) AT KOBE, HYOGO, JAPAN". EduMaritime.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.

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