August 29, 2017 | JEP
Founded in June 1897, Kyoto University has been devoted to the advancement of tertiary level education and fostering free academic exchange in the school community.
Kyoto University is a comprehensive research university with students coming from approximately 100 different countries and region throughout the world studying in various fields. There are about 2,000 international students from the university’s overall enrollment of 23,000 students which makes the university have a dynamic scholarly environment. Currently, the university has: three campuses locatedin Yoshida, Uji, and Katsura, 10 faculties, 18 graduate schools, 14 research institutes, 16 educational institutes and other establishments.
Here are 9 reasons why you should study in Kyoto University:
1. University Awards
There are 9 Nobel laureates which were awarded to either Kyoto University alumni or who were researchers at the university, which entitles the university as “A Research Leader in the Asian Region”.
2. Regarded as An Outstanding Research Hub in the Asian Region
Kyoto University has a community of 3,500 world-class faculty members, including both local and international researchers. The university’s researchers pursue interdisciplinary research in search of solutions to the world’s current problems and challenges.
3. Diverse Options to Meet Individual Needs
The diverse range of programs being offered by Kyoto University is suited to the interest and situation of every student though their ten faculties and eighteen graduate schools. English-taught Degree Programs are also offered to those students with no Japanese language background. Students enrolled in the university are also free to attend Japanese language classes.
4. A Tradition of Academic freedom
Through Kyoto University’s tradition of academic freedom, it endows its students and researchers with a distinct brand of talent and creativity. It also fosters its students and faculty to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogues and engage in innovative research.
5. Small Group Discussion
Kyoto University practice small group discussion for a rich dialogue between the students and the teacher. The teacher-student ratio of the university is approximately 1:6.5, a highly favorable ratio than other institutions which enable the students to receive valuable advice and proper guidance by their teacher.
6. Japanese and Asian Studies in Kyoto
The University also offers “Study Japan and Asia in Kyoto” Program which covers the cultures, societies, economies, and environments of Japan and other countries in Asia. Students use this program to undertake interdisciplinary study of Asia and Japan extending beyond their own fields of specialization.
7. Kyoto: Japan’s Ancient Capital
The historic city of Kyoto can be traced back for over 1,200 years, and is referred as a center of Japanese culture or as the “heart and soul” of Japan. The city has many historic sites, including an approximate 2,000 shrines and temples which are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Major technology companies, including Nintendo, Kyocera, and Omron, and a broad range of modern cultural facilities, such as the Kyoto International Manga Museum can be found in the city.
8. Ease of Living
Enclosed on three sides by mountains, the city of Kyoto has a rich natural setting. The city is not as large as Tokyo and Osaka, and its population density is moderate. Kyoto has for seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Kyoto University has five accommodation facilities specifically for international students and researchers located in Shugakuin, Yoshida, Uji, Ohbaku, and Misasagi. The average living expenses for international students in the Kyoto and Osaka area are JPY134,000 per month, according to the “Student Guide to Japan 2014-2015,” by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
9. After Graduation
Kyoto University graduates embarks on rich careers on their specialized fields. A global network of regional alumni associations (28 in japan and 23 overseas) supports the university graduates. Each year, Kyoto University Alumni hosts an annual homecoming day. Kyoto University Alumni supports alumni pursuing careers in Japan and around the world.
To know more about Kyoto University, visit their booth at the upcoming 4th Japan Education Fair and Convention on September 9 at Philippine Trade Training Center and September 10 at SM City Cebu, Trade Hall 2 from 11:00 AM to 5:00PM.
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