Specialist National Universities
Highly regarded public university on specialized subject:
In 1875, Hitotsubashi University was founded in Kunitachi, the suburbs of Tokyo. Hitotsubashi is recognized as one of the leading academic institutions in the world through quality education and research. The University specializes in the social sciences and humanities, subsuming fields such as management, finance, economics, law, and international relations. Drawing on the University’s history and accomplishments, Hitotsubashi has promoted the study of leading-edge social science research expected to be in demand in the 21st century. As an education and research center of worldwide focus, Hitotsubashi aims to provide theoretical and practical solutions to important issues shared by Japan, Asia, and other countries.
At the turn of the new millennium, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo Tech, celebrated its 120th anniversary. Founded in 1881 as Tokyo Vocational School and later elevated to a university in 1929, Tokyo Tech has been very successful as a university specializing in science and technology, producing a great number of leading engineers and professionals in the fields of science and technology. In 1967, the Faculty of Science and Engineering (the only faculty up to that time) was separated into two faculties: the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering. The new era had started, and Tokyo Tech has developed even more remarkably since then. Research in new fields and interdisciplinary areas of science and technology has been actively conducted.With its cohesive organization and superior quality of research and education, Tokyo Tech has been recognized as one of the leading universities in science and technology in the world.
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies has a long history. Its origins are traced to Institute for Research of Foreign Documents established by the Edo shogunate in 1856. It is no exaggeration to say that the history of studies of foreign countries in Japan began with that government-run school, the ancestor of TUFS. It is not easy, however, to clearly affirm when TUFS was founded as a modern educational institution. The reason is that TUFS shares the same roots as several other educational institutions founded in the Meiji era, the dawn of modern education in Japan. Based on its history of more than 100 years, TUFS continues to play an important role as one of the hubs of international academic research and exchange in Japan in the 21st century.