University of the Ryukyus

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The University of the Ryukyus (琉球大学, Ryūkyū Daigaku), abbreviated to Ryūdai (琉大), is a Japanese national university in Nishihara, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Established in 1950, it is the westernmost national university of Japan and the largest public university in Okinawa Prefecture. Located in the Senbaru neighborhood of the town of Nishihara, its campus borders both the village of Nakagusuku and the city of Ginowan.


Under the auspices of the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands, the University of the Ryukyus was founded as a territorial university on the site of the historic Shuri Castle in Naha on May 22, 1950. It was established under the guidance of Michigan State University. It was placed under the jurisdiction of the Government of the Ryukyu Islands in 1966. Ryūdai became a Japanese national university on May 15, 1972, upon Okinawa's return to Japan. The university moved to its current campus between 1975 and 1984. The relocation allowed for the restoration of the castle. The university was a state-run university from 1972 until 2004, when it was reclassified as a National University Corporation after the Japanese government made changes to the national university system.


Ryūdai has developed its own traditions of contributing to and advancing the position of the local community, of conducting international exchange, and of broadening the knowledge base of the people of Okinawa through academic and educational activities. Since 1988, Ryūdai and the University of Hawaii have had a "sister university" relationship, and have opened up centers for Okinawan studies at both universities. In January 2013, the University of the Ryukyus began a research exchange program with South Korea's Mokpo National University. The University of the Philippines Diliman had noted interest on Ryūdai since 2007 due to its research on underwater cultural landscapes.

Faculties and graduate schools


Law and Letters Education Science Medicine Engineering Agriculture

Graduate schools

Humanities and Social Sciences Education Medicine Health Sciences Engineering and Science Agriculture Law school

Inter-department institutes

Center of Molecular Biosciences Center for Cooperative Research Instrumental Research Center Education and Research Center for Lifelong Learning Computing and Networking Center

Facilities for education and research

Center for Educational Research and Development The Institute for Animal Experiments Manufacturing Laboratory Subtropical Field Science Center Educational and Clinical Center for Children with Disabilities Research Laboratory Center Joint-Use Inter-Department Institutes Low Temperature Center University Evaluation Center Radioisotope Laboratory University Education Center Center for Asia-Pacific Island Studies Language Center Environmental Science Center

International Programs

Sister-School Programs Partner Universities...71 Departmental Exchange Agreements...43Student Exchanges with Partner Universities Inbound...79 Outbound...33Research Exchange Outbound researchers...595 Inbound researchers...203International Students Undergraduates...53 Graduate...135 Auditing...23 Research...10 Special Auditing...71 Special Research...4

The Fujukan Museum

The Fujukan (風樹館) is the university's main museum. Its collection includes biological specimens from around the Ryukyus, artifacts from Shuri Castle, traditional farming tools, local crafts, folk toys, and geological samples. Some of the objects are catalogued digitally in an online database. It does not charge admission fees.The University Museum is a successor of the Museum of Agriculture – likewise called Fujukan – founded in 1967 on the former (Shuri) campus. The current museum was built in 1985 and was known as the "Academic Museum" ((琉球大学)資料館, lit. ‘repository for [academic] resources/documents’) until 2015, when it was renamed the "University Museum" ((琉球大学)博物館).


American Football

Ryukyus has an American football team that competes in the Kyūshū Collegiate American Football Association.
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