About Chiba University

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In May 1949, the National School Establishment Law was promulgated for the overall reformation of Japan's postwar education system.

Chiba University was founded in 1949, unifying several former national colleges and schools in Chiba Prefecture such as Chiba Medical College, Chiba Normal School and Chiba Prefectural School of Horticulture. The history of these schools dates back to the years 1872-1874, when the modern education system was established in Japan soon after the Meiji Restoration. Since then, the university's fundamental mission has been, as encapsulated by the inscription on the University Bell, ad altiora semper ( “always towards the higher”), to equip students with the ability to make mature and informed judgments while nurturing and guiding their creativity. Pursuing these goals of excellence has resulted in Chiba University becoming one of the leading academic research centers in Japan.

Currently, Chiba University consists of nine faculties, the university library, the university hospital, and other educational and research facilities. With 10,797 students in the undergraduate program, it has long been one of the largest universities in Japan. The graduate school currently has 1,881 students in 9 master's programs, and 883 students in 10 doctoral programs.

Chiba University is proud of its productive faculties and varied courses. The University's four campuses, Nishi-Chiba, Inohana, Matsudo and Kashiwa-no-Ha, are ideally located in Chiba Prefecture, an area noted for its industrial, intellectual, and international achievements. In recent decades, Chiba has undergone rapid development, which in many ways rivals the neighboring Tokyo Metropolis. Many national projects have been based in Chiba Prefecture, and the prefecture now has one of the main international transport centers (the New Tokyo International Airport in Narita) and one of the largest business centers (the Makuhari New Metropolitan Area and Nippon Convention Center) in Japan. Many new academic and industrial complexes for the advanced sciences, such as the Kazusa DNA Research Institute, are located in Chiba Prefecture. Developments in Chiba today are representative of tomorrow's Japan. Events occurring in the most progressive parts of Japan, or even in the world, will provide rich material for research in various aspects of the human, social, industrial, and natural sciences.

Chiba University, with the support of the Japanese government, is extending the frontiers of its international activities. The University is establishing new cooperative relationships with numerous overseas universities, and has already achieved a high degree of participation in international cooperative research projects. Chiba University presently has a large body of international research scholars and students studying on its various campuses. Starting in October 1996, Chiba University launched a one-year scholarship program (Japan Program at Chiba: J-PAC) designed to provide international students with the opportunity to take courses in English.