Meiji University


Meiji University (明治大学, Meiji Daigaku), abbreviated as Meiji (明治) or Meidai (明大), is a private research university located in the heart of Tokyo, Chiyoda City. Established in 1881 as Meiji Law School (明治法律学校, Meiji Hōritsu Gakkō) by three Meiji-era lawyers, Kishimoto Tatsuo, Miyagi Kōzō, and Yashiro Misao, Meiji University is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Japan.

Meiji University
明治大学
Symbol Mark
Former names
Meiji Law School
(1881-1903)
Motto権利自由、独立自治
Motto in English
Rights
Liberty
Independence and Self-governance
TypePrivate research university
Established1881; 140 years ago (1881)
PresidentKosaku Dairokuno
Academic staff
2,897 (Spring 2020)
Undergraduates30,010 (Spring 2020)
Location, ,
CampusUrban
ColoursShikon (Bluish purple)
 
Athletics46 Teams
MascotMeijirō
Websitemeiji.ac.jp
Meiji University School House (Liberty Tower)

The university has a total of approximately 33,000 students on all four campuses around the Greater Tokyo Area: Surugadai, Izumi, Ikuta, and Nakano. Meiji is organized into 10 undergraduate,12 graduate, 4 professional graduate schools; and operates 15 world-class research centers and a museum. It began its first partner agreement in 1986 with York University, and currently partners with 363 universities and institutions in 56 countries. Some of the university's partners include: Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, National University of Singapore, and The University of Hong Kong.[1]

Meiji University is one of Japan's leading private universities. It has highly selective admissions, with an acceptance rate averaging around 15%. It is known to be Japan's most popular university with applications exceeding 100,000 annually, and in 2020, was named the top institution for attractive courses and subjects of study.[2][3] Meiji is a part of the Top Global University Project of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.[4] The university is a sporting powerhouse with memberships in top-tier intercollegiate athletic associations in Japan, consistently winning national competitions. As of 2021, 270 Meiji alumni have competed in the olympics and garnered 40 medals, 14 gold, 13 silver, and 13 bronze.

From its founding, it has sent out 570,000 graduates around the world, with alumni in diverse fields such as world politics, business, culture, entertainment, sports, and mass media. Meiji University's alumni have included: Japan's first female lawyer, 2 Japan prime ministers, 48 national politicians, 380 professional athletes, 115 company presidents, and 264 artists.[5]

Organization


Meiji University Museum (Department of Archaeology).

Undergraduate schools

  • School of Law
    • Department of Law
  • School of Commerce
    • Department of Commerce
  • School of Political Science and Economics
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Regional Administration
  • School of Arts and Letters
    • Department of Literature
    • Department of History and Geography
    • Department of Social Psychology
  • School of Science and Technology
    • Department of Electrical Engineering
    • Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Precision Engineering
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Industrial Chemistry
    • Department of Information Science
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
  • School of Agriculture
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Department of Agricultural Economics
    • Department of Agricultural Chemistry
    • Department of Life Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of Accounting
    • Department of Public Management
  • School of Information and Communication
    • Department of Information and Communication
  • School of Global Japanese Studies
    • Department of Global Japanese Studies

Graduate schools

  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Commerce
  • Graduate School of Political Science and Economics
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Arts and Letters
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology
  • Graduate School of Agriculture
  • Graduate School of Governance Studies
  • Graduate School of Global Business
  • Graduate School of Professional Accountancy
  • Graduate School of Advanced Mathematical Sciences

Law school

  • Department of Law

Campus life


Meiji University's baseball team belongs to the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League. Every year, rugby union and baseball matches Meisōsen (明早戦) against Waseda University attract support among its students. It also has a successful judo team.[6]

The university announced on February 26, 2009, that it would open a museum dedicated to anime and manga.[7] It will include international research centers hosting Japanese and international scholars as well as a large quality of artifacts on the subject.

Academic rankings


University rankings
Toyo Keizai National[8] General 26
WE [ja] National[9] Employment 35
NBP Greater Tokyo[10][11] Reputation 8
Shimano National[12] Selectivity A1
Program rankings
Social Sciences & Humanities

LAW

BE Success National[13]Qualification 6
BE Pass rate National[14]Qualification 20

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

Eduni MBA National[15]General 13
Eduni MBA World[16]General 519
CPA Success National[17]Qualification 5
Natural Sciences & Technology

ARCHITECTURE

ARE Success [ja] National[18]Qualification 9

Meiji University is one of the leading universities in Japan.

General Rankings

The university has been ranked 19th and 26th in 2009 and 2010 respectively in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" (本当に強い大学) by Toyo Keizai.[8]

Research performance

The Nikkei Shimbun on 16 February 2004 surveyed about the research standards in engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese Research Centers, and Meiji was placed 37th in this ranking.[19]

Meiji has filed the 62nd highest number of patents in the nation as its research outcomes.[20]

Graduate school rankings

Meiji Law School is considered as one of the top Japanese law schools, as Meiji's number of successful candidates for Japanese bar examination has been 14th and 20th in 2009 and 2010 respectively.[21] It is one of the strongest department in this university as the cumulative number of people qualified as lawyer and prosecutor has been historically 6th after WW2.[22]

Eduniversal ranked Meiji as 4th in the rankings of "Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links" in Japan.[23]

Alumni rankings

Graduates from Meiji enjoy good success in the Japanese industries.

According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Meiji University have the 35th best employment rate in 400 major companies[24]

The university is also ranked 6th in Japan for the number of alumni holding the position of executive in the listed companies of Japan, and this number per student (probability of becoming an executive) is 25th.[25][26]

Meiji graduates have been ranked 5th in Japan in the number of successful national CPA exam applicants.[17] Its graduates have been also ranked 9th in Japan in the number of successful Architect Registration exam applicants.[18]

Furthermore, the number of Members of Parliament who graduated Meiji is 6th in Japan.[27]

Popularity and selectivity

Meiji is a popular university in Japan. The number of applicants per place was 24.9 (113,905/4,582) in the 2011 undergraduate admissions, this number of applicants (113,905) was largest in 2011.[28][29] Its entrance difficulty is also very selective.[30][31]

Alumni


Politics

Former (1974–1976) Japanese prime minister Takeo Miki
World Leaders
Other politicians

Others

Masao Koga
Takeshi Kitano
Yuto Nagatomo
Keiko Kitagawa

Sister Universities


References


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