Yokohama City University

Not to be confused with Yokohama National University.
Yokohama City University

Kanazawa-Hakkei Campus
Motto 教育重視・学生中心・地域貢献
Motto in English
Emphasis on education, student-centeredness, and local contribution
Type Public
Established 1882
President Yoshinobu Kubota[1]
Academic staff
687 [2]
Undergraduates 4152 [3]
Postgraduates 703 [3]
Location Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Campus Urban
Mascot Yochy (Ginkgo)[4]

Yokohama City University (YCU) (横浜市立大学 Yokohama Shiritsu Daigaku) is a public university, in Yokohama, Japan.[5] As of 2013, YCU has two faculties with a total of around 4,850 students, 111 of whom are foreign.[6] YCU also has four campuses (Kanazawa-Hakkei, Fukuura, Maioka and Tsurumi) and two hospitals (YCU Hospital and YCU Medical Center). YCU is a member of the Port-City University League (PUL),[7] and a core member of the Japanese University Network in the Bay Area (JUNBA).[8]


From Yokohama School of Commerce to Yokohama City University

The predecessor of YCU, the Yokohama School of Commerce (橫濱商法學校 Yokohama Shōhō Gakkō), was founded in 1882, initially maintained by an association of local merchants. In 1888, the school was renamed Yokohama Commercial School (橫濱商業學校 Yokohama Shōgyō Gakkō), a five-year school for boys (ages 14–19 or above). In 1917, Yokohama Commercial School was municipalized and in 1921 it became a seven-year commercial school (for ages 12–19 or above). The Ministry of Education urged the school to shorten the curriculum by two years, as Japanese Commercial School Regulations (1921) did not specify a seven-year course for commercial schools. In 1924, it became a five-year school with a two-year specialized course. In 1928, the specialized course became the Yokohama City College of Commerce (橫濱市立橫濱商業專門學校 Yokohama Shiritsu Yokohama Shōgyō Gakkō). In 1949, it was renamed Yokohama City Economics College and reorganized into Yokohama City University under Japan's new educational system.

From Juzen Hospital to Yokohama City University

Another predecessor of YCU was founded in 1874 as Juzen Hospital (十全醫院 Jūzen Iin). This hospital was municipalized in 1891. In 1944, Yokohama Municipal Medical College (橫濱市立醫學專門學校 Yokohama Shiritsu Igaku Senmon Gakkō)) was established, and Juzen Hospital became a college hospital. In 1947, after World War II, the medical college became Yokohama Medical School (横浜医科大学 Yokohama Ika Daigaku), a municipal university. Its three-year preparatory course was established in 1947, and the four-year main course was established in 1949. In 1952, the medical school was merged with Yokohama City University.

Recent history

In 1949, YCU had one faculty: the Faculty of Commerce. In 1952, two faculties were added (School of Medicine and Faculty of Literature and Science). The subsequent history of YCU is as follows.


Kanazawa-Hakkei Campus

Kanazawa-Hakkei Campus
The clock tower in autumn
Science Research Building in Kanazawa-hakkei Campus

The Kanazawa-Hakkei Campus in Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama is one of the main campuses of YCU. Yochy, the mascot of YCU is a ginkgo leaf, from the trees found throughout the campus. One of the university's landmarks, the clock tower, is on this campus.

Fukuura Campus

Fukuura Campus (School of Medicine)
Hepburn Hall

The Fukuura Campus in Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama is one of the main campuses of YCU. It includes the YCU School of Medicine, Hospital, and Advanced Medical Research Center. It is connected to Shidai-Igakubu Station on the Yokohama Seaside Line. The Hepburn Hall is on this campus.

Maioka Campus

The Maioka Campus in Totsuka-ku, Yokohama is home to Kihara Institute for Biological Research (KIBR).

Tsurumi Campus

Tsurumi Campus

The Tsurumi Campus in Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama was established in 2001 as a graduate school partnership between YCU and RIKEN.[14][15] RIKEN Yokohama researchers visit YCU as guest professors and provide guidance for students as part of a cooperative graduate school agreement.[16]

Faculties (undergraduate schools)

International College of Arts and Sciences

School of Medicine

Graduate schools

Joint graduate school of medicine program

The YCU Graduate School of Medicine is engaged in "Joint Graduate School Programs" with various establishments include the following.[17]

Research centers and institutes

University hospitals

Yokohama City University Hospital
Yokohama City University Medical Center

Yokohama City University Hospital

The YCU Hospital in Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama has 654 beds, and in the 2012 fiscal year, treated 465,918 out-patients and 213,149 in-patients.[18] The Hospital is a designated hospital as a Regional Cancer Care Hospital, AIDS Care Central Core Hospital and an approved as a Specific Function Hospital.[19]

Yokohama City University Medical Center

International cooperation

YCU has exchange agreements with the following universities.[20]

Some graduate schools have engaged in joint research with the following African universities.[14]

Notable people



Honorary doctoral degree recipients

Honorary doctoral degree recipients include the following.[33]

See also


  1. Message from the President | Yokohama City University
  2. Number of faculty staff | Yokohama City University
  3. 1 2 Number of students | Yokohama City University
  4. 横浜市立大学キャラクター ヨッチー Archived July 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (Japanese)
  5. University Search - View University
  6. Number of foreign students | Yokohama City University
  7. Port-City University League
  8. JUNBA
  9. 横浜市立大学が海外に初進出! (Japanese)
  10. JICA Helps Afghanistan Regain its Heritage as a Wheat Producer Landrace varieties collected and preserved by Japanese researchers in the 1950s are the key to restarting cultivation in the country after 30 years of war
  11. 大学プレスセンター - 横浜市立大学国際総合科学部がさらに進化 (Japanese)
  12. 横浜市立大学大学院生命医科学研究科生命医科学専攻:基本情報 | 大学院へ行こう! 大学院進学情報サイト (Japanese)
  13. 大学プレスセンター - 横浜市立大学が「ディズニー・バレンシア国際カレッジプログラムを開始 (Japanese)
  14. 1 2 Graduate School of International Management Yokohama City University | JICA
  15. Educational Partnerships | RIKEN
  16. Local Alliances | RIKEN Yokohama Campus
  17. Joint Graduate School of Medicine Program | Yokohama City University
  18. 診療科目・病床数・統計 | 横浜市立大学附属病院 (Japanese)
  19. The Elective Network: Yokohama City University Hospital
  20. 海外の交流協定締結大学 | 横浜市立大学 (Japanese)
  21. #553 Masatoshi Ito -
  22. 魂の仕事人 西丸與一 Biography of Yoichi Nishimaru (Japanese)
  23. Sekino Yoshiharu - The great Unknown, The Great Explorers
  24. National Museum of Nature and Science Special Exhibition: Great Journey
  25. 卒業生インタビュー12 馳星周氏 (Japanese)
  26. 平井堅、PV撮影で母校に凱旋 (Japanese)
  27. 【時代のリーダー】森泰吉郎・森ビル社長 (Japanese)
  28. "Hiroshi Nakamura (1891–1974)". Imago Mundi. 27: 97. 1975. doi:10.1080/03085697508592420.
  29. "Biographical Sketch for: Masayuki Kikuchi" (PDF). Iris Education.
  30. 変わらない熱情で、中胚葉へと変わる過程を見る (Japanese)
  31. Fiscal 2013, Asahi Prize recipients
  33. Honorary doctoral degree recipients | Yokohama City University

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