In the Kansai area, including Osaka city, there are a total of 217 higher education institutions. Consisting of 148 Universities, 63 Junior colleges and 6 technical colleges, these institutions are home to approximately 620,000 students with 120,000 graduating each year.
During the Edo era, Osaka was home to "the Kaitokudo"school for townsmen and"Tekijuku"school of western science – the leading such school at the time – and, as a center of scholarship, attracted aspiring students from various areas outside Osaka. Carrying on in this tradition, still today there are large numbers of rich enterprising minds produced here, and the vestiges of a many exceptional entrepreneurs can be discovered at Osaka’s Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation.
|University||Junior College||Technical College|
in Osaka city
Source: 2016 Basic Report on Schools (preliminary figures)
Since the 2000’s, 6 Universities have opened within Osaka City, and in recent years numerous satellite campuses, which provide specialized business education services to working adults and others, have been established centered on the city center.
Universities opened in Osaka City since 2002
|Year opened||University name||Faculty|
|2003||Osaka Seikei University, Junior College||Faculty of Contemporary Management Information (currently, the Faculty of Management)|
|2004||Osaka Jogakuin University||Faculty of International Studies and English|
|2006||Osaka University of Comprehensive Children Education||Faculty of Child Care and Nursing|
|2007||Morinomiya Medical University||Faculty of Health Sciences|
|2009||Osaka Health Science University||Faculty of Health Sciences|
|2011||Osaka Graduate School of Healthcare Sciences, Jikei Institute||Medical Safety Management Major|
Major Satellite Campuses
|1||Open University of Japan Osaka Learning Center||13||Osaka University Nakanoshima Center||25||Momoyama Gakuin University Umeda Satellite||37||International Buddhist University Abeno Harukas Satellite Campus|
|2||Kochi University of Technology Graduate School Osaka Satellite Campus||14||The Association of Universities Graduate School Satellite Campus||26||Josho Gakuen Osaka Center||38||Hannan University Abeno Harukas Campus|
|3||Osaka Sangyo University Umeda Satellite Campus||15||Osaka Institute of Technology Umeda Campus||27||Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Business School Osaka Umekita Campus||39||Kansai University Umeda Campus “KANDAI Me Rise”|
|4||Kwansei Gakuin University Umeda Campus K. G. Hub Square Osaka||16||Doshisha University Osaka Satellite Campus||28||Ashiya University Osaka Campus||40||Tongji University Osaka Campus|
|5||Osaka Prefecture University I-site Namba||17||Osaka University of Commerce Satellite Campus||29||Kyoto University of Art and Design Osaka Satellite Campus||41||Osaka Institute of Technology Umekita Knowledge Center|
|6||Osaka Prefecture University Namba Satellite Classroom||18||Koyasan University Osaka Satellite Campus||30||Tenri University Satellite Office||Total 41 Institutes|
|7||Osaka Dental University Temmabashi Campus||19||Temple University Japan Campus Osaka Center||31||Kagawa University Satellite Office Osaka|
|8||Kansai University Umeda Satellite Office||20||Kansai University of Welfare Sciences Satellite Classrooms||32||Kobe University Umeda Intelligent Laboratory|
|9||Osaka City University Graduate School Umeda Satellite||21||Tezukayama University Osaka Satellite Campus||33||Sophia University Osaka Satellite Campus|
|10||Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus||22||Osaka University of Economics Kitahama Campus||34||Ryukoku University Osaka Umeda Campus|
|11||Takarazuka Unviersity Osaka-Umeda Campus||23||Osaka Kyoiku University Tennoji Campus||35||Hiroshima University Admission Center Osaka Office|
|12||Osaka University of Arts Sky Campus||24||Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University Osaka Campus||36||Osaka Ohtani University Harukas Campus|
The Kansai region is an industrial cluster composed of numerous universities, some of the world’s leading research institutes, and various support organizations for business and industry. Particularly in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, the environment and new energy, industries, universities, and government bodies have partnered together in actively advancing the practical application of cutting-edge technologies and creating and cultivating the human resources that support future innovation.
Examples of Academic Institutes and Industrial Clusters in Kansai Area