About us

The University

Formally established in 1949, Kobe University is a national university based in western Japan. Its roots date back further, to 1902, when it was originally known as Kobe Higher Commercial School. Today, Kobe University is one of Japan’s leading comprehensive universities with 10 faculties and schools, 15 graduate schools and a great number of research centers and institutions.

Taking advantage of our traditional strengths in the social sciences combined with more recent initiatives across the natural and biomedical sciences, Kobe University is promoting interdisciplinary research and education to become an outstanding research university. We are committed to creating knowledge and new values to address the challenges facing our society.

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A look inside the Kobe University brochure

The Kobe University brochure (PDF)

⇒ Research at Kobe
Press releases on the latest research findings, researcher interviews, profiles and collaborations

⇒ Student Voices
Students give their perspectives on Kobe University

⇒ Our History
Interactive timeline with key events since the University's foundation

⇒ Facts and Figures
Kobe University by the numbers

⇒ The Kobe University brochure (PDF)
A 20-page brochure that provides an overview of the University for an international audience (see the sidebar on the right for more English-language publications)