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Hiroshima University

Hiroshima University
Motto Try New Things, Do New Things
Established 1929
Type Public (National)
Endowment 63.7 billion Yen (2006)
Chancellor Toshimasa Asahara
Undergraduates 11,322
Postgraduates 3,358
Location Higashi-Hiroshima & Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Campus 3.2 km²
Affiliations BME, CNU, FU, HMU, JMU, HHJ, UNPAR, LTU, LE, MU, RU, SU

Hiroshima University (広島大学 Hiroshima Daigaku), in the Japanese cities of Higashihiroshima and Hiroshima, was established 1929 by the merger of a number of national educational institutions.


  • History 1
  • Faculties and graduate schools 2
    • Faculties 2.1
    • Graduate schools 2.2
  • Research institutes 3
  • Campus 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6


Under the National School Establishment Law, Hiroshima University was established on May 31, 1949. After World War II, the school system in Japan was entirely reformed and each of the institutions of higher education under the pre-war system was reorganized. As a general rule, one national university was established in each prefecture, and Hiroshima University became a national university under the new system by combining the pre-war higher educational institutions in Hiroshima Prefecture.

The new university combined eight component institutions: Hiroshima University of Literature and Science, Hiroshima School of Secondary Education, Hiroshima School of Education, Hiroshima Women's School of Secondary Education, Hiroshima School of Education for Youth, Hiroshima Higher School, Hiroshima Higher Technical School, and Hiroshima Municipal Higher Technical School. In 1953, the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical College was added to the new Hiroshima University.

Some of these institutions were already notable. Above all, Hiroshima School of Secondary Education, founded in 1902, had a distinguished place as one of the nation's two centers for training middle school teachers. The Hiroshima University of Literature and Science was founded in 1929 as one of the national universities and, with the Hiroshima School of Secondary Education which was formerly affiliated to it, were highly notable.

The present Hiroshima University, which was created from these two institutions as well as three other "old-system" training institutions for teachers, continues to hold an important position among the universities and colleges in Japan. Hiroshima Higher Technical School, which has many alumnae in the manufacturing industry, was founded in 1920 and was promoted to a Technical College (Senmon Gakko) in 1944. Hiroshima Higher School was founded in 1923 as one of the pre-war higher schools which prepared students for Imperial and other government-supported universities. Although these institutions suffered a great deal of damage due to the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, they were reconstructed and combined to become the new Hiroshima University. Graduate schools were established in 1953. Hiroshima University relocated to Higashihiroshima from Hiroshima City between 1982 and 1995.

Faculties and graduate schools


  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Applied Biological Science

Graduate schools

  • Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter
  • Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences
  • Graduate School of Biosphere Science
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation
  • Graduate School of Letters
  • Graduate School of Science
  • Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Law School

Research institutes


See also

  • Hiroshima University Study Abroad Program: Information for incoming exchange students from partner universities

External links

  • Hiroshima University

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