Ryukoku University

Private University

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Ryukoku University is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Japan. Its history spans a period of more than 380 years, beginning with the opening of the “Gakuryo” educational facility at Nishi Hongwanji Temple in 1639. Initially established as a seminary for the promotion of research and Shin Buddhist education, Ryukoku University now endeavors to infuse its Founding Spirit in all research and educational activities, and received the rank of “Top Buddhist University in the World” by uniRank in 2018, 2019, and 2021. With nine Faculties, ten Graduate Schools, and a Junior College, Ryukoku University has approximately 20,000 students enrolled on three campuses (two in Kyoto and one in Shiga Prefecture). Easily accessible by public transportation, students can enjoy their studies in the “cultural heart” of the Japanese archipelago.