About Us

Our History

In 1949, Osaka Technical College (founded in 1925) merged with Osaka Science and Engineering University (started in 1943) to establish Kindai University. These 90 years of history have witnessed the creation of a comprehensive educational organization with a growing reputation.

Kindai University is now one of western Japan’s largest universities, comprising 14 faculties with 48 departments, 11 graduate schools, a graduate law school, 17 research facilities, two junior colleges, 18 associated primary and secondary schools, and three teaching hospitals. Committed to meeting the needs of today’s rapidly changing society, the university aims to continue expanding its educational programs and facilities.

1925 Osaka Technical College founded
1943 Osaka Science and Engineering University founded
1948 Fisheries Laboratory opened in Shirahama-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
1949 Kinki University established through the merger of Osaka Science and Engineering University and Osaka Technical College under Japan’s new education system
Established Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Commerce (later Faculty of Business and Economics)
1950 Established Junior College and Faculty of Law
1951 Name changed from Kinki University Foundation to Kinki University Educational Corporation
1952 Inaugurated master’s course in Graduate Schools of Commerce and Chemistry
Opened Yuasa Experimental Farm in Yuasa-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
1954 Established Faculty of Pharmacy
1957 Established Correspondence Division (Junior College)
Opened Oishi Experimental Farm in Aridagawa-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
1958 Established Faculty of Agriculture
1959 Established Faculty of Engineering
1960 Established Correspondence Division (Faculty of Law)
Opened Atomic Energy Research Institute
1966 Established Faculty of Humanity-Oriented Science and Engineering
1970 Inaugurated master’s course in Graduate Schools of Engineering and Law, and Ph.D. studies in Graduate School of Commerce
Held ceremony to commemorate 45th anniversary of foundation
1971 Opened Molecular Engineering Institute
1972 Inaugurated Ph.D. studies in Graduate Schools of Engineering, Law, and Chemistry
1974 Established Faculty of Medicine
Opened Life Science Research Institute
1975 Opened Kinki University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine
Opened Research Institute of Oriental Medicine
1980 Inaugurated Ph.D. studies in Graduate School of Medical Sciences and master’s course in Graduate School of Pharmacy
1984 Opened Research Institute for Science and Technology
1985 Inaugurated master’s course in Graduate School of Agriculture and Ph.D. studies in Graduate School of Pharmacy
1986 Opened Center for Human Rights
Opened Research Center for Industrial and Legal Information
1987 Opened Ethnology Research Center
1989 Established Faculty of Literature, Arts and Cultural Studies
Inaugurated master’s course in Graduate School of Economics and Ph.D. studies in Graduate School of Agriculture
1990 Opened Pharmaceutical Research and Technology Institute
Held ceremony to commemorate 65th anniversary of foundation
1991 Inaugurated Ph.D. studies in Graduate School of Economics
1992 Inaugurated master’s course in Graduate School of Applied Industrial Technology
1993 Established Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology
Opened Institute of Advanced Technology
1994 Inaugurated master’s course in Graduate School of Literature, Arts and Cultural Studies and Ph.D. studies in Graduate School of Applied Industrial Technology
1995 Opened Industrial Technology Research Institute
Held ceremony to commemorate 70th anniversary of foundation
1996 Inaugurated Ph.D. studies in Graduate School of Systems Engineering
1997 Inaugurated master’s course in Graduate School of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology
1998 Opened Resource Recycling Center
Opened Institute of Immunotherapy and Research for Cancer
1999 Established Graduate School of Science and Engineering Research by reorganizing Graduate School of Chemistry and Graduate School of Engineering
Inaugurated Ph.D. studies in Graduate School of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology
Opened Sakai Hospital, Faculty of Medicine
Opened Nara Hospital, Faculty of Medicine
2000 Completed KUDOS Center for Data Processing Education
Opened KLC (Kinki University Liaison Center)
Opened Molecular Engineering Institute
2002 Opened Institute of International Center for Human Sciences
2003 Established Faculty of Economics (separating from Faculty of Business and Economics)
Established Faculty of Business Administration (separating from Faculty of Business and Economics)
2004 Established Law School
Opened Institute of Japan Cultural Studies
2006 Opened E-Cube, an English-only student center
2007 Opened JSR Research Center of Advanced Materials
Opened Institute for World Economy
2008 Opened Institute of Infant Education
2010 Established Faculty of Applied Sociology
Opened Research Institute of Fundamental Technology for Next Generation
Opened Institute for Creative Management and Innovation
2011 Established Faculty of Architecture
2013 Established master's course in Graduate School of Humanity-Oriented Science and Engineering by reorganizing Graduate School Of Advanced Technology
2014 Established master's course in Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Human Studies by reorganizing Graduate School of Literature and Cultural Studies
Opened Center for Clinical Psychology
2015 Inaugurated Ph.D studies in Graduate School of Humanity-Oriented Science and Engineering
2016 Established Faculty of International Studies
Changed its English name from Kinki University to Kindai University