Facts & Figures

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.

Overview: University Profile

Mission:The mission of Kyoto University is to sustain and develop its historical commitment to academic freedom and to pursue harmonious coexistence within the human and ecological community on this planet
Foundation:Kyoto University was originally founded as Kyoto Imperial University on the June 18, 1897. It was the second imperial university to be established in Japan.

As of May 2018

Faculty and Staff (As of 1 May 2014)

Facilities and Environment (As of 1 May 2014)


By the Numbers

FY2017 revenues
Percent of funding from external sources in the revenues
FY2017 expenses
Percent of instruction and research costs, the largest portion of the expenses
Revenue from patent licenses (FY2017)
International students (As of 1 May 2018)
Students studying abroad (FY2017)
International faculty members (as of 1 May 2018)
International researchers hosted annually (FY2017)
Academic paper citations (total from 2011-2015. From Scopus, Elsevier)
Number of Nobel laureates that have taught or studied on campus

More about Kyoto University

International Accolades

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.

Academic Exchange Agreements

Kyoto University has academic exchange agreements with a hundred and fifty-three universities, four university associations, and eleven national academies.

Kyoto: The Academic Center of Japan

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.