Yokohama City University

Yokohama City University

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It was in 1949 when Yokohama University was founded as a new-world University, equipped with the Commercial Faculty and the Economic Research Institute. Three years later (in 1952), Yokohama City University incorporated Yokohama Medical School and established the School of Medicine. By establishing an additional faculty - the Literature and Science Faculty - Yokohama City University formulated a three faculty system that year. Science and Literature Faculty was established in order to serve as a bridge between the two faculties: the Commercial Faculty and the School of Medicine, which seem to be difficult to link together. In addition, Yokohama City University has been involved in leading-edge research activities from a global perspective. Kihara Institute for Biological Research, established in 1984 is the center of Plant Genome Science along with the master’s and Doctoral’s program in collaboration with RIKEN. When Yokohama City University was converted into an independent administrative entity, the Business, International Liberal Arts, and Science Faculties merged to form the “International College of Arts and Sciences”.

Yokohama City University ranked 2nd nationally by the Times Higher Education in their Best Small University 2016. The University ranked 460th by QS Global World Rankings, 34th in Japan and 211th in Asian University Rankings according to the data of Top Universities.



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Yokohama City University is located in Yokohama, Japan. Yokohama stands as the largest city in Japan by population and the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is situated on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kanto region of the main island of Honshu. It is a major commercial hub of the Greatest Tokyo Area. The city has a strong economic base, especially in the shipping, biotechnology, and semi-conductors industries. Nissan had to move its headquarters to Yokohama from Chuo, Tokyo in 2010. The city is the world’s 31st largest seaport in terms of total cargo volume, at 121,326 freight tons as of 2011, and is ranked 37th in terms of TEUs.


Yokohama City University has 4 campuses located all across Yokohama. Each campus has its very own unique appeal and houses Yokohama City University’s various faculties, graduate schools, and research centers. Kanazawa - Hakkei campus is YCU’s main campus, which houses the University’s trademark clock tower and tree-lined main streets. Kanazawa - Hakkei campus includes YCU’s Central Administration the international College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School Urban Social and Cultural Studies, the Graduate School of Urban Management, and the Graduate School of Nonbioscience’s Department of materials System Science. Fukuura Campus Houses YCU’s undergraduate and Graduate Schools of Medicine, YCU Hospital and the Advanced Medical Research Center. Surrounded by a vast number of greens in Yokohama’s Totsuka Ward, YCU’s Maioka Campus houses the Graduate School of Nonbiosciences Department of Life and Environment.

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Ooka international Residence is a quality Housing Complex for International Community of students, researchers, and faculty and administrative staff of YCU, aimed to promote multicultural exchanges and mutual understanding. There is a special dormitory for International Student, known as the Yokohama National University International Student House. The dormitory has 10 married couple rooms, 128 single rooms, and 10 family rooms.


The Yokohama City University has a faculty to student ratio of about 1:7. The University has a total of 7111 teaching staff and 4,895 students. There are 4,161 undergraduate students, 318 masters students and 416 are Doctoral students. There are 91 International students from which 35.2% are UG students and rest 64.8% are PG students. Student ratio of females to males is 56:44. The number of students per staff is about 6.8.

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The Yokohama City University prepared their students very well for getting jobs and placements. More so, the University conducts a number of programs related to the career path of the students which helps them in acquiring more knowledge about how to grow their career. The University has a career service that offers you to search for internships, have your CV checked, and get help with applying for jobs, setting up your business or personal advice in career planning.

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