Kyoto University: A Global Perspective
Kyoto University is the second oldest research university in Japan.
As a truly international institution with numerous overseas facilities,
it is dedicated to providing a free-thinking academic environment with a global perspective.
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As of May 2016
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In addition to nine Nobel Prizes, Kyoto University researchers have garnered two Fields Medals, one Gauss Prize, four Lasker Awards, two Japan Prizes, and four Kyoto Prizes.
Kyoto University has academic exchange agreements with a hundred and forty-six universities, four university associations, and eight national academies.
Kyoto has a long history as a university town. In the Heian period (794-1185), when Kyoto was the nation’s capital, it was the location of an imperial institution of higher education called the Daigaku-ryo. Comparable to today’s national universities, staff members at the Daigakuk-ryo held posts equivalent to the current positions of university president, teaching staff, and administrative staff, and departments within the institution were also the equivalent of current university faculties. At present, Kyoto embraces thirty-eight institutions of higher education, making it one of the most concentrates academic centers in Japan.