|The Main Entrance to our University||Our Tree-lined Campus has many Ginkgo Trees|
Welcome to Yamagata University, Japan!
A major comprehensive national teaching and research university in northeastern Japan, Yamagata University enrolls about 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students at its thirteen academic divisions on its four college campuses spread throughout the Yamagata region. YU offers programs in the fields of agriculture, arts and humanities, education, engineering, medicine, natural science, nursing, and social sciences.
Campuses and Surrounding Areas
Each of YU's four college campuses are based in mid-sized cities surrounded by mountains, rivers, and other distinct regional features, making teaching, learning, and research at YU unique. The Kojirakawa campus (Education, Art and Science, Literature & Social Sciences, Science) and the Iida Campus (Medicine) are both located in the city of Yamagata, the prefectural capital. The city of 250,000 is completely surrounded by mountains including Mt. Zao, a world-class ski area. Down south, the Yonezawa campus (Engineering) is in the city of Yonezawa, a castle town sitting at the foot of the Azuma Mountains where the Mogami River, one of the major rivers in Japan, originates. The city is well known for the former feudal clans, Uesugi and Date. The Tsuruoka campus (Agriculture) sits in the city of Tsuruoka on the Shonai plain. The city faces the Sea of Japan and overlooks Mt. Choukai and Gassan, two of the 100 greatest mountains in the nation. The Academy award-winning film “Departures” (Okuribito) was shot in the Shonai area, one of the four administrative divisions of Yamagata prefecture. The Mogami area campus is a long-awaited, welcome addition to the current YU campus network. This outreach campus was launched in the depopulated area of northern Yamagata in 2005 in response to resident wishes to have the opportunity to receive higher education in the Mogami area.
Commitment to General Education
The purpose of general education at YU is to have students expand their views, think critically, and make sound judgments as well as to acquire fundamental academic skills necessary for advanced study. There are 750 fundamental courses and seminars for students to choose from regardless of major in all academic disciplines each year. These university-wide general education courses are taught by faculty members from all academic divisions. In addition, with the increasing importance of the English language in both the work place and academic field around the world, all freshmen are required to take the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) ®IP (Institutional Program) test twice a year whereas the university administers the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) ®ITP (Institutional Testing Program) test every year for those who are interested in study abroad or academic English.
History of Yamagata University
Since its foundation as a normal school in 1878, Yamagata University has grown to become a doctoral-granting, comprehensive public institution through two stages before and after 1949 when new government regulation in higher education came into effect.
|1878||Yamagata Prefectural Normal School (YPNS) including its elementary school opened.|
|1886||YPNS was renamed Yamagata Prefectural Junior Normal School (YPJNS).|
|1898||YPJNS was renamed Yamagata Prefectural Normal School (YPNS).|
|1902||Yamagata Prefectural Women's Normal School (YPWNS) opened.|
|1910||Yonezawa Higher Technical School (YHTS) opened.|
|1920||Yamagata High School (YHS) opened (and later became the Faculty of Literature and Science).|
|1922||Yamagata Prefectural Technical Continuation School Teacher Training Center (YPTCS- TTC) opened.|
|1935||YPTCS-TTC was renamed Teacher Training Center at Yamagata Prefectural Young Men's School (YPYMS-TTC).|
|1943||YPNS and YPWNS merged into Yamagata Normal School (YNS).|
|1944||YPYMS -TTC was renamed Yamagata Youth Normal School (YYNS).
YHTS was renamed Yonezawa Engineering College.
|1947||Yamagata Prefectural College of Agriculture and Forestry (YPCAF) and YNS junior high school opened.|
|1949||YHS, YNS, YYNS and YPAFC merged and became Yamagata University.|
|1949||YU started with four Faculties: Faculty of Literature and Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Agriculture.|
|1954||Junior College of Engineering established.|
|1964||Graduate School of Engineering established.|
|1967||Faculty of Literature & Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, and Division of General Education established.|
|1970||Graduate School of Agriculture established.|
|1971||Faculty of Literature and Science closed.|
|1973||Faculty of Medicine established.|
|1975||Special Needs School established.|
|1979||Graduate School of Science established.
Graduate School of Medical Science established.
|1985||Junior College of Engineering closed.|
|1990||United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences established.|
|1993||Graduate School of Education established.|
|1996||Division of General Education closed.|
|1997||Graduate School of Social & Cultural Systems established.|
|1999||Graduate School of Engineering and Graduate School of Science merged and was renamed Graduate School of Science and Engineering.|
Faculty of Education was renamed Faculty of Education, Art and Science.
|2009||Graduate School of Teacher Training and Graduate School of Regional Education and Culture established.|