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About Meiji Univ


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Meiji University was founded in January 1881 as the Meiji Law School by a group of young lawyers barely in their 30's: Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi, and Misao Yashiro. It was an era characterized by Japan's urgent need to develop as a modern independent nation. The three founded the Meiji Law School in their fervent hope to "foster bright capable youths who would lead a modern civil society in Japan".

Although confronted with countless obstacles and hardships along the way, Meiji University was born as a site for learning and education. Continuing its growth without ever ceasing to ring the chimes of liberty, Meiji University has expanded as one of the prominent private universities of Japan, celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2001. With Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-government as its guiding principles, Meiji University is committed to fostering students who satisfy the requirements of "austerity and sturdiness", "creation of new intellect" and "needs of the times". Having sent out more than 400,000 graduates into the world to date, it has contributed vastly to the progress of society. The achievements of the university's numerous alumni actively engaged in key roles in various walks of life are highly reputed.

Meiji University ranks solidly among the best universities in Japan, currently consisting of 9 schools: the School of Law, School of Commerce, School of Political Science and Economics, School of Arts and Letters, School of Science and Technology, School of Agriculture, School of Business Administration, School of Information and Communication, and the School of Global Japanese Studies. The Graduate School is made up of 9 Schools: the Graduate School of Law, Graduate School of Commerce, Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Graduate School of Agriculture, Graduate School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Information and Communication, and the Graduate School of Humanities. There are independent schools in various disciplines, including the Law School, Graduate School of Global Business, Graduate School of Professional Accountancy, and the Graduate School of Governance Studies.The University also boasts the Meiji University Junior High School and Meiji University High School.

In fiscal 2004, in order to respond to the "needs of the times", Meiji University Women's College and the Evening Division ceased recruiting students.

In addition to the Surugadai Campus, Meiji University also comprises the Izumi Campus and Ikuta Campus. Along with excellent teaching staff, all of these campuses are linked with other institutions and facilities for education and research and feature the latest facilities, equipment and so on for extracurricular activities. Providing steady education and research opportunities, the Surugadai Campus in particular features the latest IT infrastructure and the Liberty Tower, with 23 stories above ground and three below.

In April 2004, the Academy Common was completed to serve as a base for lifelong education, where the Graduate School, which develops advanced specialized businesspeople, and the Liberty Academy hold their classes.

Meiji University aims to make dramatic advances into the world as the top 21st-century urban university in Japan.

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