Osaka City University

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Osaka City University (OCU)
Osaka City University Main Building 20190818.jpg
Former name
Osaka Commercial Training Institute
Osaka City Commercial College
Osaka University of Commerce
MottoCreativity, Friendliness and Flexibility[1]
Established1880 (1880)
Chartered 1928
PresidentTetsuo Arakawa
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Other students
1,032 (master's course)[2]
55 (professional training)[2]

34°35′33.85″N 135°30′27.14″E / 34.5927361°N 135.5075389°E / 34.5927361; 135.5075389Coordinates: 34°35′33.85″N 135°30′27.14″E / 34.5927361°N 135.5075389°E / 34.5927361; 135.5075389
Colorsfirst: agate     
second: sapphire     
sub: gray
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Osaka City University (OCU) (大阪市立大学, Ōsaka shiritsu daigaku), abbreviated to Ichidai or Shidai (市大), is a public university in Japan. It is located in Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka.


OCU's predecessor was founded in 1880, as Osaka Commercial Training Institute (大阪商業講習所) with donations by local merchants. It became Osaka Commercial School in 1885, then was municipalized in 1889. Osaka City was defeated in a bid to draw the Second National Commercial College (the winner was Kobe City), so the city authorities decided to establish a municipal commercial college without any aid from the national budget.

In 1901, the school was reorganized to become Osaka City Commercial College (市立大阪高等商業学校), later authorized under Specialized School Order in 1904. The college had grand brick buildings around the Taishō period.

In 1928, the college became Osaka University of Commerce (大阪商科大学), the first municipal university in Japan. The city mayor, Hajime Seki (関 一, Seki Hajime, 1873–1935) declared the spirit of the municipal university, that it should not simply copy the national universities and that it should become a place for research with a background of urban activities in Osaka. But, contrary to his words, the university was removed to the most rural part of the city by 1935. The first president of the university was a liberalist, so the campus gradually became what was thought to be "a den of the Reds (Marxists)". During World War II, the Marxists and the socialists in the university were arrested (about 50 to 80 members) soon after the liberal president died. The campus was evacuated and used by the Japanese Navy.[citation needed]

After the war, the campus was occupied by the U.S. Army (named "Camp Sakai"), and a number of students became anti-American fighters and "worshipers" of the Soviet Union.[citation needed] The campus was returned to the university, partly in 1952, and fully in 1955. In 1949, during the allied occupation, the university was merged (with other two municipal colleges) into Osaka City University, under Japan's new educational system.

The "Chapel", one of the remains of Camp Sakai, built around 1950, removed in 2005

In 1949 OCU had five faculties (Business / Economics / Law and Literature / Science and Engineering / Home Economics).
In 1953, the Faculty of Law and Literature was divided into two faculties.
In 1955, Osaka City Medical University was incorporated and became the Faculty of Medicine.
In 1959, the Faculty of Science and Engineering was divided into two faculties.
In 1975, the Faculty of Home Economics was reorganized into the Faculty of Human Life Science.
In 2003, the Graduate School of Creative Cities was established.
In 2006, the Urban Research Plaza and the Advanced Research Institute for Natural Science and Technology were established.
Due to financial problems in many cities, all of the municipal universities in Japan were requested to incorporate. OCU became a Public University Corporation in 2006.
In 2015 OCU celebrated its 135th anniversary. In June 2020, OCU announced it would be merging with Osaka Prefecture University in a new university named University of Osaka.[3] However, after the name was announced on June 26, 2020, Osaka University President released a statement pointing out that the English version of the new university's name was "remarkably similar" to that of Osaka University, adding, "It will cause confusion among our students, and work as a great obstacle for the future of both universities, which are reaching out to the world."[4][5]


Student Support Center

Undergraduate schools[edit]

  • Faculty of Business
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Faculty of Human Life Science

Graduate schools[edit]

  • Graduate School of Business
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences
  • Graduate School of Science
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Medicine
  • Graduate School of Nursing
  • Graduate School of Human Life Science
  • Graduate School of Urban Management
  • Graduate School of Creative Cities
University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine


  • Media Center and Library
  • Center of Education and Research for Disaster Management (CERD)
  • Research Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (ReCAP)
  • URA Center and Osaka City University Incubator
  • Center for Health Science Innovation (CHSI)
  • University Hospital
  • Research Center for Urban Health and Sports
  • Research Center for Human Rights
  • Urban Research Plaza
  • Center for Research and Development of Higher Education
  • Research Center for Finance & Securities
  • English Education Development Center
  • Advanced Research Institute for Natural Science and Technology
  • Botanical Gardens Faculty of Science Osaka City University; located in Katano)
  • Toneyama Institute for Tuberculosis Research (a part of Medical School; located in Toyonaka)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Osaka City University Prospectus 2012-2013" (PDF). Osaka City University. p. 2. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Osaka City University: Number of Staff & Students". May 2017. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  3. ^ NHK. "新大学名「大阪公立大学」で調整". Retrieved 06-25-2020.
  4. ^ "Osaka U. president slams name picked for public university opening in city in 2022". THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS. 2020-06-27. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  5. ^ "Regarding the English name of the new university to be established by University Public Corporation Osaka (公立大学法人大阪が設置する新大学の英語名称について)" (in Japanese). Osaka University. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2020-06-27.

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