Kyoto University

Kyodai, 京都大学

Kyoto University is one of the major national universities located in Kyoto. It is the second oldest university in Japan, and formerly one of Japan’s Imperial Universities. The university has about 22,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

Kyoto University is acknowledged as one of the top two universities in Japan, fueling a rivalry with Tokyo University. Kyoto University was ranked 24th in the world in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities and 11th worldwide in the Global University Ranking. A human competitiveness index & analysis by the Human Resources & Labor Review, and published in Chasecareer Network, ranked the university 24th internationally and 2nd in Asia for 2010.

QS World University Rankings in 2010 placed Kyoto University 25th overall in the world, one behind Tokyo University, and maintaining its 2009 position in the THE-QS World University Rankings. The 2010 global rankings make Kyoto University the third highest ranked university in Asia, the highest being the University of Hong Kong.

The university has three campuses in Yoshida, Kyoto; in Gokash?, Uji; and in Katsura, Kyoto.

Yoshida Campus is the main campus, with some laboratories located in Uji. The Graduate School of Engineering is currently under process of moving to the newly-built Katsura Campus.