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 Law School|
Motto in English
Independence and Self-governance
|Type||Private research university|
|2,897 (Spring 2020)|
|Undergraduates||30,010 (Spring 2020)|
|Colours||Shikon (Bluish purple)|
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.
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. Meiji is a part of the Top Global University Project of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. 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.
- 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 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
- Department of Law
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.
The university announced on February 26, 2009, that it would open a museum dedicated to anime and manga. It will include international research centers hosting Japanese and international scholars as well as a large quality of artifacts on the subject.
|Toyo Keizai National||General||26|
|NBP Greater Tokyo||Reputation||8|
|Social Sciences & Humanities|
|BE Success National||Qualification||6|
|BE Pass rate National||Qualification||20|
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT
|Eduni MBA National||General||13|
|Eduni MBA World||General||519|
|CPA Success National||Qualification||5|
|Natural Sciences & Technology|
|ARE Success National||Qualification||9|
Meiji University is one of the leading universities in Japan.
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.
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. 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.
Eduniversal ranked Meiji as 4th in the rankings of "Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links" in Japan.
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
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.
Meiji graduates have been ranked 5th in Japan in the number of successful national CPA exam applicants. Its graduates have been also ranked 9th in Japan in the number of successful Architect Registration exam applicants.
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. Its entrance difficulty is also very selective.
- The 66th Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki (1974–1976)
- The 81st Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama (1994–1996)
- The 1st Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai (1949–1976)
- Dr.Gibril Ibrahim (Minister of Finance and Economic Planning) in the republic of Sudan.
- Xie Jishi (Manchu Empire Foreign Minister)
- Hasegawa Nyozekan
- Yōsuke Matsuoka (Minister for Foreign Affairs)
- Ichio Asukata (chairman of the Japan Socialist Party)
- Takashi Sasagawa (Minister)
- Ken Harada (Minister of Economic Planning)
- Masayuki Fujio (Minister of Education)
- Hiromichi Watanabe
- Yoshitaka Sakurada
- Fumiaki Matsumoto
- Ritsuo Hosokawa (Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare)
- Yoshitaka Shindo (Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications)
- Satoshi Takayama
- Shigeo Kitamura
- Yoshio Urushibara
- Koichi Tani
- Masaji Matsuyama
- Masaaki Akaike
- Naoki Inose (Governor of Tokyo, journalist)
- Ben Nighthorse Campbell, US Senator
- Yū Aku (lyricist, poet, and novelist）
- Seiya Ando (basketball player)
- Hideki Arai (manga artist)
- Morio Agata (singer)
- Tatsuji Fuse (Korean independence movement custodian)
- Hideo Gosha (film director)
- Masaaki Hatsumi (martial artist, founder of Bujinkan)
- Tiger Hattori (professional wrestling referee, New Japan Pro-Wrestling)
- Syu Hiraide (novelist, lawyer)
- Senichi Hoshino (baseball player, manager)
- Kei Inoo (member of Hey! Say! JUMP, idol, actor, singer)
- Mao Inoue (actress)
- Sogo Ishii
- Kensuke Isidu (fashion designer)
- Sachio Ito (novelist)
- Kaiji Kawaguchi (manga artist)
- Yuzo Kawashima (film director)
- Kentaro Seki (professional soccer player)
- Kan Kikuchi (novelist)
- Keiko Kitagawa (actress)
- Mayumi Mizuno (announcer)
- Masaru Kitano (doctor of engineering and TV commentator)
- Takeshi Kitano (film director)
- Daichi Kiyono (actor, rugby player)
- Akira Kobayashi (film actor)
- Yasuo Kobayashi (aikido instructor)
- Masao Koga (composer)
- Masato Koizumi (Preacher)
- Shigeaki Kosugi (freelance broadcaster/actor)
- Keiichiro Koyama (actor, singer (J-pop group NEWS), former MC (Shounen Club)
- Kazufumi Miyazawa (composer, singer)
- Showtaro Morikubo (voice actor, actor, singer)
- Osamu Mukai (actor)
- Yuto Nagatomo (professional soccer player)
- Toshiyuki Nishida (film actor)
- Hiroshi Ohshita (Professional Baseball Player, Hall of famer)
- Yoshiaki Oiwa (Equestrian Eventing Rider)
- Kihachi Okamoto (film director)
- Ren Osugi (film actor)
- Toshio Sakai (photographer)
- Motoi Sakuraba (composer, musician)
- Kazuhiro Sano (film director and actor)
- Kiyoshi Sasabe (film director)
- Mamoru Sasaki (screenwriter)
- Norio Sasaki (football manager)
- Fusako Shigenobu (activist)
- Tetsuo Shinohara (film director)
- Sohn Kee-chung (marathon runner)
- Kokichi Sugihara (mathematician and artist)
- Denmei Suzuki (film actor)
- Shigeyoshi Suzuki (film director)
- Yuzo Takada (manga artist)
- Ken Takakura (film actor)
- Buyūzan Takeyoshi (sumo wrestler)
- Noboru Tanaka (film director)
- Kenichiro Teratsuji (KENCHI) (dancer and actor)
- Eijirō Tōno (film actor)
- Ryoichi Uchimura (Keishicho, Kendo player, 2-time All Japan winner)
- Naomi Uemura (mountain climber, adventurer)
- Moriteru Ueshiba (Third Aikido Doshu)
- Koji Yamamoto (basketball player)
- Mizuki Yamamoto (model, actress)
- Tatsuro Yamashita (composer, singer)
- Tomohisa Yamashita (actor, singer)
- Yoshihiro Yonezawa
- Tom Yoda (Business Administration Graduate), current councilor of the university and ex-chairman of Avex Group
- Kenjirou Tsuda (actor, voice actor)
- Shingo Fujimori (Oriental Radio/Comedian)
- Chicara Jericho (voice actress)
- Nakajima Kento (member of Sexy Zone)
- Shogo Hama (actor)
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