Kanazawa University

Kanazawa University
The emblem of Kanazawa University shows the characters for "university" and the leaves of the acanthus, a Mediterranean plant. It was first used in August 1949. The acanthus stands for "The Fine Arts," and its graceful leaves were loved by the ancient Greeks and Romans who used them as decorations in the capitals of Corinthian and composite columns. It is said that they were grown in the garden of Plato's Akademia.
Established May 1949
Type National
President Shinichi Nakamura
Administrative staff
Students approx. 11,000
Undergraduates 8,007
Postgraduates 2,269
Location Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
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Kanazawa University (金沢大学 Kanazawa daigaku?, abbreviated to 金大 Kindai) is a national university of Japan located in the city of Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture.

Kanazawa University is divided into two main campuses: Kakuma and Takaramachi. Student enrollment is about 11,000 including 350 international students.[1]


The roots of Kanazawa University can be traced to 1862 when the Kaga Domain established Hikoso Vaccination Center (彦三種痘所 Hikoso shutōsho?). Ishikawa Normal School (石川師範学校 Ishikawa shihan gakkō?), Kanazawa Higher Normal School (金沢高等師範学校 Kanazawa kōtō shihan gakkō?), Ishikawa Youth Normal School (石川青年師範学校 Ishikawa seinen shihan gakkō?), Kanazawa Medical School (金沢医科大学 Kanazawa ika daigaku?), Kanazawa Technical College (金沢工業専門学校 Kanazawa kōgyō senmon gakkō?), and the Fourth Higher School (第四高等学校 Daishi kōtō gakkō?) were integrated in May 1949 to form Kanazawa University. Since then, for over 50 years, Kanazawa University has been the leader of universities on the Sea of Japan. It has continuously and substantially contributed to the development of higher education in Japan as well as global promotion of research by offering various undergraduate and graduate courses.


Faculties (Former Undergraduate Programs)

Kanazawa University has 8 faculties (学部).

  • Faculty of Literature (文学部)
  • Faculty of Education (教育学部)
  • Faculty of Law (法学部)
  • Faculty of Economics (経済学部)
  • Faculty of Science (理学部)
  • Faculty of Engineering (工学部)
  • Faculty of Medicine (医学部)
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (薬学部)

Colleges (Current Undergraduate Programs)

Kanazawa University has 3 colleges (学域) and 16 schools (学類) for undergraduate programs.

  • College of Human and Social Sciences (人間社会学域)
    • School of Humanities (人文学類)
    • School of Law (法学類)
    • School of Economics (経済学類)
    • School of Teacher Education (学校教育学類)
    • School of Regional Development Studies (地域創造学類)
    • School of International Studies (国際学類)
  • College of Science and Engineering (理工学域)
    • School of Mathematics and Physics (数物科学類)
    • School of Chemistry (物質化学類)
    • School of Mechanical Engineering (機械工学類)
    • School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (電子情報学類)
    • School of Environmental Design (環境デザイン学類)
    • School of Natural System (自然システム学類)
  • College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences (医薬保健学域)
    • School of Medicine (医学類)
    • School of Pharmacy (薬学類)
    • School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (創薬科学類)
    • School of Health Sciences (保健学類)

Graduate Schools

  • Graduate School of Education (大学院教育学研究科)
  • Graduate School of Human and Socio-Environment Studies (大学院人間社会環境研究科)
  • Law School (大学院法務研究科)
  • Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (大学院自然科学研究科)
  • Graduate School of Medical Science (大学院医学系研究科)

Research Facilities

  • University Libraries (附属図書館)
    • Central Library (中央図書館)
    • Natural Science and Technology Library (自然科学系図書館)
    • Medical Branch Library (医学系分館)
  • University Hospital (附属病院)
  • Cancer Research Institute (がん研究所)


Kakuma Campus

  • College of Human and Social Sciences
Humanities, Law, Economics, Teacher Education, Regional Development Studies, International Studies
  • College of Science and Engineering
Mathematics and Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Design
  • College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Takaramachi Tsuruma Campus

  • College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences
Medicine, Health Sciences

Heiwamachi Campus

Experimental schools attached to the College of Human and Social Sciences

Notable alumni

Points of interest

Picture Gallery (Kakuma Campus)


External links

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