University of Hyogo

Not to be confused with Hyogo University.
University of Hyogo
Type Public
Established 2004
President Masayoshi Kiyohara[1]
Administrative staff
555 full-time[2]
Students 6,158[2]
Undergraduates 5,286
Postgraduates 872
Location Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Campus Suburb

The University of Hyogo (兵庫県立大学 Hyōgo kenritsu daigaku, lit. Hyogo Prefectural University) is a public university in Japan. The headquarters office is located in Chuo-ku, Kobe City.


The University of Hyogo (UH) was established in April 2004 by integrating three universities which were run by Hyogo Prefecture government: Kobe University of Commerce (神戸商科大学 Kōbe shōka daigaku), Himeji Institute of Technology (姫路工業大学 Himeji kōgyō daigaku) and the College of Nursing Art and Science, Hyogo (兵庫県立看護大学 Hyōgo kenritsu kango daigaku).

At its birth, UH opened a new independent campus (with its headquarters office) in the Harborland (Chuo-ku, Kobe); the other campuses were those of the predecessors:

Below are the histories of the predecessors:

Kobe University of Commerce

The administration office in Kobe Gakuentoshi Campus, built around 1990
Not to be confused with the predecessor of Kobe University.

KUC was founded in 1929 as Hyogo Prefectural Kobe Higher Commercial School (兵庫県立神戸高等商業学校), a men's college (for age 17-20 or above).[3] Because in 1929 the older Kobe Higher Commercial School (a national college) was reorganized into older Kobe University of Commerce (for age 19-22 or above; see Kobe University), the prefecture lost a college for boys at age 17-20. So the prefecture founded its own commercial college. The campus was located on a hill called Seiryōdai (星陵台, [lit. Starry Hill]) in Tarumi. In 1944 the college was renamed Kobe College of Economics (神戸経済専門学校). Among the notable alumni are Isao Nakauchi (the founder of Daiei) and Nobuo Okishio (who finally graduated Kobe University).

In 1948 the college was reorganized into Kobe University of Commerce, the first public university under Japan's new educational system. In 1990 KUC moved to present-day Kobe Gakuentoshi Campus.

Himeji Institute of Technology

The old auditorium (in Himeji Shinzaike Campus), built in 1926

HIT was founded in 1944 as Hyogo Prefectural Technical School (兵庫県立高等工業学校), a men's college with three departments: Mechanics, Electronics and Applied Chemistry. The first campus was located on a hill of Goinoike, Nagata-ku, Kobe. In 1945 the campus was heavily bombed; in 1946, after World War II, the college was removed to Idei, Himeji.

In 1949 the school was reorganized into Himeji Institute of Technology under Japan's new educational system. In 1957 HIT department of junior college was reorganized into Himeji College, an independent college; in 1965 the college was removed to present-day Himeji Shinzaike Campus (the former campus of Himeji Higher School, a predecessor of Kobe University). HIT moved to present-day Himeji Shosha Campus in 1970. In 1990 HIT School of Science was established, and new Harima Science Garden City Campus was opened for the school in 1991. In 1998 Himeji College was reorganized into HIT School of Human Science and Environment.

College of Nursing Art and Science, Hyogo

CNASH was established in 1993; it was the first public 4-year college of nursing in Japan. The Graduate School was implemented by 1999 (both Master's and Doctoral programs).

Undergraduate Schools

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Graduate Schools

Himeji Shinzaike Campus



  2. 1 2 "University of Hyogo: 学生数・教職員数について" [University of Hyogo: Number of Students & Staff] (in Japanese). April 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  3. The official website of UH: About University of Hyogo uses the name of Hyogo Commercial High School in Kobe. Take note that it was not a present-day high school (for age 15-18; an institution for secondary education) but a college (for age 17-20).

Coordinates: 34°40′43″N 135°10′50″E / 34.67861°N 135.18056°E / 34.67861; 135.18056

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