About Kindai University
Kindai University was founded in 1949. Now one of Japan’s largest universities, it has six campuses in western Japan and boasts research facilities across the nation; from Hokkaido in the north to Kagoshima in the south. Currently, Kindai university comprises 14 faculties with 48 departments, 11 graduate schools, a law school, 17 research facilities, two junior colleges, 18 associated primary and secondary schools, and three teaching hospitals. The university has over 30,000 students and more than 482,000 alumni.
Kindai University conducts research in a wide range of fields and is making a name for itself as a leader in aquaculture, most notably for its work with bluefin tuna. Dedicated to meeting the needs of today’s rapidly changing society, Kindai University will continue expanding its educational programs and facilities.
The name “Kinki” refers to the region in western Japan where our university is located. The Kinki region covers seven prefectures and includes the cities of Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Wakayama, and Nara. The university is informally known as “Kindai,” a name formed by combining kin from Kinki with dai from daigaku, the Japanese word for university. In April 2016, “Kindai University” became the official English name for Kinki University, and a unique faculty of international studies was launched−moves that will further the university’s aims of broadening its global profile.
The Kindai University logo represents the flower of the Japanese plum tree, the first flower to blossom after Japan’s long, cold winter. The flower’s five petals resemble both the shape of a person and the Japanese kanji character 大学(dai), the first character in 大学(daigaku). There is a small gap in one of the pedals indicating that the university’s goals are not yet fully realised and that there is still potential for improvement and development.