Konan University

Konan University (甲南大学, Kōnan Daigaku) is a university on the slopes of Mount Rokkō in Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Japan. A private university with approximately 10,000 students, it offers a wide variety of programs to Japanese students, as well as an international exchange program through the Konan International Exchange Center.

Konan University
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Established1919 (1919) (as Konan Gakuen Middle School)
1951 (1951) (Konan University opens)
34°43′47.05″N 135°16′4.79″E / 34.7297361°N 135.2679972°E / 34.7297361; 135.2679972Coordinates: 34°43′47.05″N 135°16′4.79″E / 34.7297361°N 135.2679972°E / 34.7297361; 135.2679972
Websitewww.konan-u.ac.jp (English)
Konan University


Konan University was founded in 1951. The university traces its origin to 1919 when Konan Gaku-en Middle School was founded in Okamoto, Kobe, Japan. The founder is Hachisaburō Hirao [ja], 45th Minister of Education in the days of Meiji Constitution, former senior managing director of Tokio Marine Insurance, founder of Co-op Kobe and Konan Hospital (See also List of Japanese politicians). The formation of the school is based on the ideals of character building (personality development), physical fitness, and respect for the individual. Konan University offers undergraduate and graduate programs (Master's and Ph.D.). All programs are accredited by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


Konan University has three campuses in Hyogo prefecture, Japan: Okamoto Campus (the main campus), Nishinomiya Campus (Hirao School of Management), and the Port Island Campus (Science, Medicine & Engineering Research). Okamoto Campus is on the eastern edge of Kobe City in Okamoto, a renowned residential area between Osaka and Kobe.

Undergraduate educationEdit

Seven faculties and one school provide undergraduate education.

  • Faculty of Letters (similar to a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in North American universities)
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Intelligence and Informatics
  • Faculty of Frontiers of Innovative Research in Science and Technology
  • Hirao School of Management

Graduate educationEdit

Graduate education is provided by five schools.

  • Graduate School of Humanities (Japanese Literature and Language, Applied Sociology, Human Sciences)
  • Graduate School of Natural Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Information Science and Systems Engineering)
  • Graduate School of Social Science (Economics, Management)
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Accounting

Academic rankingsEdit

The university ranking of the ratio of "president and chief executive officer of listed company"
all universities in Japan 20th[2] out of all the 744[3] universities which existed as of 2006
Source 2006 Survey[2] by Weekly Diamond 〈ja〉 on the ranking of the universities which produced the high ratio of the graduates who hold the position of "president and chief executive officer of listed company" to all the graduates of each university

Overall rankingsEdit

  • QS University Rankings: Asia 2013: not included
  • Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2014: (World Rank) 2,574; (Country Rank) 134
  • Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, July 2012: (World Rank) 2,553
  • Top organizations: Rankings on SSRN (Social Science Research Network):
    • Ranked by total new downloads (last updated on 08/01/2014)
    • Konan University - Graduate School of Business and Accounting
    • 885th among the SSRN Top 1,000 Business Schools
    • 570 th among the SSRN Top 1,000 International (Non-U.S.) Business Schools
    • 5th among Business Schools in Japan (①Kobe U., ②Keio U., ③Hitotsubashi U., ④Hosei U., ⑤Konan U.)

International studentsEdit

Konan offers a program for international students through the Konan International Exchange Center or KIEC. This program runs from September through May for students from North America and Europe, and from January to December for students from Australia and New Zealand. The program, which is usually made up of between 30 and 45 students, includes rigorous language study, Japanese studies classes on topics of Japanese culture, business, and society, and a homestay in which the student lives with a Japanese family. In previous years the homestay was a mandatory part of the program, however, due to increasing numbers of international students in the academic year 2008–2009, a dormitory option was made available for non-Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs students.

Konan offers exchange opportunities with the following universities:

In addition, students from the Illinois Consortium are welcome. This includes the University of Hawaii, the University of Arizona, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Notable facultyEdit

  • Ueno, Susumu: representative director of the Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Association (APMAA); chief editor of Asia Pacific Management Accounting Journal (APMAJ); the 2014 Japanese Association of Management Accounting Special Award Recipient.

Notable alumniEdit

Hiro Matsushita

See alsoEdit

  • Lycée Konan: Japanese boarding school in France operated from 1991 to 2013 under the Konan Foundation


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