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Outline of YNU

Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan

Yokohama is Asia’s Gateway to the World. Ever since the port of Yokohama was opened in the 19th century, Yokohama has been a unique crossroad where West meets East. It is not too much to say that the modernization and internationalization of Japan started from Yokohama. Today, as Japan’s second largest city, Yokohama is recognized as one of the most exciting cities for its cultural, socio-economic, and infrastructural dynamism.

Yokohama National University (YNU) bears such history and development in Japan, as YNU has proudly made its contribution by providing appropriate human resources in order to meet societal demands for nearly one and a half centuries. YNU has had close collaborations with local schools, communities, industries and international organizations from the beginning of YNU’s history. The same traditions has been maintained by providing global education to Japanese and international students. The local associations and collaborations have been empowered by offering life-long study programs and technological workshops to YNU students and local community throughout the YNU Global-Local Education and Research Center and its partnerships.

YNU has been known as one of the leading universities in Japan. With a student population of 10,000, a vast, leafy campus and modern facilities, YNU has long been committed to playing a global role with a long-term perspective. Students can enjoy lectures, seminars and workshop-style studio activities in small groups, as well as internships in the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area. YNU keeps students always busy as active citizens in a global community.

There are international programs taught in English on the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of global leader’s & facilitator’s education, economics, engineering, and infrastructural management. These programs are supported by Japanese government (MEXT) scholarships, Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the World Bank, foreign governments, and YNU global alumni. Their applicants, including Japanese students, are required to be proficient in English (TOEFL/iBT 80+; IELTS 6.0+) but do not need any Japanese language skills. Students in these programs are from over 50 countries and regions including exchange students of international partners.

YNU has key research stations under the YNU Institute for Advanced Sciences. The institute aims to promote cutting-edge technological creation, realization and innovation for advancement of research, particularly in the areas of (1) Safety and resilience of infrastructure and its system, (2) Hydrogen energy conversion, (3) Extreme Energy-Efficient Processors, (4) Medical Information and Communication Technology (Medical ICT), (5) Safety of Marine Structures and Environmental Protection, (6) Safety and Risk Management in Process Industry & Energy Systems, (7) Information and Physical Security, (8) Self-Healing Materials, (9) Next Generation Urban Habitats, (10) Risks and Uncertainties in the Economy and (11) Policy Development in Latin America. All the research stations have been active for their outputs in journal papers, acquisition of external funding, patents and symposiums, and linkages with leading researchers.

(Contact: Strategy Planning Office)


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