Academic Freedom, Independence and Dialogue
One of Asia’s leading research-oriented institutions, Kyoto University is famed for producing world-class researchers, including seven Nobel Prize laureates, two Fields medalists and one Gauss
K.U.PROFILE: Kyoto University Programs for Future International Leaders
K.U.PROFILE (Kyoto University Project for Future International Leaders), Kyoto University's educational initiative under the Japanese government's Global 30 (G30) Project, aims to provide talented students from around the globe with the instruction, research experience and global perspective they need to become world-class leaders in their fields. The program comprises eleven master's and doctoral degrees and one undergraduate course available entirely in English. Admission procedures for the courses are conducted in English, and full support by English-speaking staff will be provided to all students for the duration of their studies.
The programs included in K.U.PROFILE take full advantage of Kyoto University's distinctive strengths and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to provide the education and practical experience that will enable students to become leading players on the international stage.
Comprehensive Support for International Students
As a truly international institution, Kyoto University is engaged in a large number of international academic exchange programs, and has concluded agreements of cooperation with many institutions around the world. The university has all of the facilities required to provide comprehensive support for its international students, and to ensure that their time in Kyoto is spent enjoyably and productively.
Each K.U.PROFILE student will receive support and guidance from personal tutors. Tutors are generally graduate students enrolled in the relevant graduate school, and will be assigned based on a recommendation from the student's supervisor. Other forms of support available for international students include comprehensive handbooks for international students and researchers, and the student lounge KI-ZU-NA, which provides a reading room and audio visual room, and organizes regular cultural and exchange events such as hiking excursions and calligraphy classes.
Several accommodation options are available for international students including accommodation in the university's international houses and student dormitories.Financial support in the form of full or partial tuition exemption is available for selected students who experience financial difficulties, although the selection process is very competitive. In addition, there is a special system for privately financed international students who will be taking G30 courses. Tuition is exempted for the first two years of undergraduate study, and the first year for graduates. This waiver is awarded to students of outstanding academic standing regardless of their financial situation.
Kyoto City: An Ideal Place to Study
Kyoto is a city where the ancient and modern intermingle, and a unique balance is achieved between tradition and innovation. Considered by many to be the "heart of Japan," Kyoto is a city of striking natural beauty, numerous historical sites, and one in which many aspects of traditional culture continue to flourish. Far from being a mere stagnant stronghold of tradition, however, Kyoto has an open and forward-looking spirit, which has been embraced by the many successful international businesses that are based there. The combined influences of the city's contemplative traditional culture and stimulating progressive attitude provide an ideal environment in which students of all disciplines can thrive.
Kyoto University's Style of Education and Research
Kyoto University was founded in 1897. First, the College of Science and Engineering was established, and then other colleges followed, such as the colleges of Law, Medicine and Letters. In time the university developed into an increasingly comprehensive institution with a characteristic emphasis on research. In recent years the university has been making efforts to integrate the academic fields which are most vital for the future of the human race. At present, Kyoto University has 17 graduate schools, 10 faculties, 14 research institutes and 27 education and research centers and facilities. Currently, there are approximately 9,300 graduate and 13,500 undergraduate students, 3,300 faculty members and 2,700 administrative staff members.
Kyoto University's academic style is characterized by free-thinking, self-reliance and dialogue. Many students take the initiative to pursue study and research based on their own personal interests and concerns, and researchers are challenging uncharted frontiers and achieving innovative results. Among its alumni, the university counts seven Nobel Prize laureates in fundamental natural science fields.
In addition to their major fields of study, international students at Kyoto University are provided with excellent opportunities to study Japanese language and culture, and deepen their understanding of the East Asian region as a whole.
Kyoto University's Mission
Kyoto University's Mission Statement declares that the university "will educate outstanding and humane researchers and specialists, who will contribute responsibly to the world's human and ecological community." In accordance with the mission statement, Kyoto University continues to emphasize and encourage fundamental and applied research. Many distinguished research groups are taking unconventional and thought-provoking approaches, resulting in cutting-edge world-class achievements. The broad scope of research in science and technology at Kyoto University encompasses subjects as diverse as physics, chemistry, biology, medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, engineering, energy sciences, informatics, agricultural sciences and environmental studies. Currently, chemistry and regenerative medicine, such as stem cell research and cell-material sciences, are particularly highlighted fields at Kyoto University. Maintaining a close relationship with industry, the university is involved in collaborative research with many diverse companies and research organizations.
In the humanities and social sciences, Kyoto University has established unique international research centers that reflect the philosophic traditions of Kyoto. Our approaches in these fields are distinguished by language-and history-consciousness, and challenge a variety of disciplines to flourish and interact, ranging from archeology and classical studies to analyses of modern life. The thriving culture of creative dialogue on our campuses is rooted in the university's rich history of pioneering fieldwork, enduring examples of which are our area studies centering on Southeast Asia and Africa. In recent years, the university has successfully conducted an increasing number of joint research activities across the boundaries which conventionally divide the natural sciences and the humanities.
National and International Recognition
In addition to the G30 Project, Kyoto University has been selected by the Japanese government for several other initiatives which aim to support outstanding research universities. Our efforts under these programs have produced highly significant results. For example, The Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) was launched under one such program in 2007, and soon afterwards the institute was internationally lauded for its breakthrough research into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
Such accomplishments are possible due to the distinctive education, state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities for practical hands-on experience that Kyoto University provides its students and researchers. Through the K.U.PROFILE programs, we aim to offer those opportunities to an ever wider spectrum of international talent.