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Aoyama Gakuin University

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Type  Private
Chancellor  Kenichi Semba
Administrative staff  1,983
Total enrollment  18,835 (1 May 2015)
Undergraduate tuition and fees  783,000 JPY (2009)
Founded  1874
Established  1874
Academic staff  1,653
Students  19,993
Acceptance rate  18.3% (2015)
Phone  +81 3-3409-9612
Aoyama Gakuin University

Address  4 Chome-4-25 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
Motto  The Salt of the Earth and Light of the World
Notable alumni  Renhō, Shin Dong‑bin, Keisuke Kuwata, Tadahito Iguchi, Fusanosuke Natsume
Similar  Rikkyo University, Hosei University, Meiji University, Toyo University, Sophia University

Opening aoyama gakuin university

Originally established in 1874 by missionaries from the Methodist Episcopal Church, Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) was reconfigured in its current form in 1949 as part of Aoyama Gakuin. Aoyama Gakuin University celebrated its 140-year anniversary in 2014 and is one of Japan's oldest higher education facilities.


AGU has established a national reputation for the quality of its education and its international ambiance and is widely recognized as one of the leading private universities in Japan.

Aoyama Gakuin University aims to educate students with a strong sense of social responsibility and morality in order to contribute to society and today's world in accordance with its educational policy based on the Christian faith.

The university's undergraduate and graduate programs include courses on literature, law, economics, business, international politics, economics, communication, science, engineering and cultural studies. The university also has specialized graduate programs that are designed to train high level specialized professionals in areas including international management, law and professional accounting.

Aoyama Gakuin University is the current 3-time reigning champion of the prestigious Hakone Ekiden (2015, 2016, 2017).

Life in aoyama gakuin university


  • QS World university rankings 2013:701+
  • Modern Languages 2011:151-200
  • QS Asian university rankings 2014:201-250
  • The university is ranked 11th of the number of alumni of congressperson, and 13th in Japan for the number of alumni holding the position of executive in the listed companies of Japan. The university graduates have been ranked 8th in Japan in the number of successful national CPA exam applicants. The university is one of the 5 popular universities in Tokyo. Since the campus is located at 'Le Marais' area for Tokyo and students considered to have wealthy backgroud, the school members are regarded as highly sophisticated. It has to be noted that Aoyama Gakuin University focuses on the Humanities education, especially for undergraduate students more than other universities. They have tendency to be ranked weaker.

    In the University Brand Image Survey in 2010 conducted by Nikkei BP Consulting, Aoyama Gakuin University was ranked 7th in the Greater Tokyo Area and 4th out of the Private Universities after Keio University, Waseda University, and Sophia University.


    The main campus located in Aoyama in central Tokyo, is complemented by the Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Sagamihara Campus is houses the College of Science and Engineering. For the Academic Year 2003 (as of May 1, 2003), the undergraduate student population at AGU is approximately 19,372. The university has graduated around 155,219 students in all and employs approximately 1,300 full-time and part-time faculty members who offer a wealth of educational and research opportunities. Aoyama Gakuin University is accredited by the Japanese University Association and is a member of the Japan Association of Private College and Universities.

    The university maintains a number of active international exchange programs for students and faculty. Due to this, Aoyama Gakuin University is well known for its international ambiance: many of the students and faculty have attended universities and research institutes abroad, while numerous scholars and students from around the world have studied at the university.

    Undergraduate programs

  • College of Literature
  • College of Education, Psychology and Human Studies
  • College of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • School of Business
  • School of International Politics, Economics and Communication
  • School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • School of Social Informatics
  • The Aoyama Standard University-Wide Universal Education System
  • Graduate programs

  • Graduate School of Literature
  • Graduate School of Education, Psychology and Human Studies
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Business
  • Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication
  • Graduate School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • Graduate School of Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Social Informatics
  • Graduate School of International Management (MBA)
  • Law School
  • Graduate School of Professional Accountancy
  • Research institute

  • Research Institute of Aoyama Gakuin University
  • Economics Research Center
  • Business Law Research Center
  • Global Business research Center
  • Global Politics and Economy Research Center
  • Information Science Research Center
  • WTO Research Center
  • Center for Advanced Technology
  • Center for Machinery Analysis
  • Campus

  • Aoyama Campus (4-4-25, Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan)
  • In this campus, there are two registered tangible cultural property, "Majima Memorial Hall(間島記念館)" and "Berry Hall".

  • Sagamihara Campus (5-10-1, Fuchinobe, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan)
  • Midorigaoka Ground (2-6097-1, Midorigaoka, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan)
  • Machida Ground (1571, Kotani, Onoji-cho, Machida, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Professors

  • Robert March (International Business)
  • Politicians

  • Tsuyoshi Takagi(member of the house of representatives, Minister for Reconstruction)
  • Kenko Matsuki (member of the house of representatives)
  • Shunichi Yamaguchi (member of the house of representatives, Minister of state for science and technology policy)
  • Haruko Arimura(member of the House of councilors, Minister in charge of women's activities )
  • Renhō (member of the house of councilors,the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, consumer affairs minister)
  • Hiroya Ebina (the mayor of kushiro city)
  • Hiroshi Nakada(the former mayor of Yokohama, member of the House of Councillors)
  • Writers

  • Atsuko Asano (novelist)
  • Hideyuki Kikuchi (novelist)
  • Fusanosuke Natsume (caricaturist)
  • Nejime Shōichi (poet)
  • Seiichi Morimura (novelist)
  • Shigeaki Kato (novelist)
  • Film and television

  • Yumi Aso (actress)
  • Mari Hoshino (actress)
  • Naomi Kawashima (actress)
  • Emi Kobayashi (TV performer)
  • Ai Maeda (actress)
  • Yōji Matsuda (actor)
  • Rie Oh (sports caster)
  • Sayaka Ohara (voice actress)
  • Ayana Tsubaki (model and TV personality)
  • Tetsuya Watari (actor)
  • Christel Takigawa(TV announcer)
  • Shinobu Terajima(Actress, the Best Actress award at the 60th Berlin Film Festival)
  • Musicians

  • Keisuke Kuwata (musician, leader of Southern All Stars)
  • Kazuyuki Sekiguchi (musician, member of Southern All Stars)
  • Masato Nakamura (musician, member of Dreams Come True)
  • Yuko Hara (musician, member of Southern All Stars)
  • Shinji Harada (singer)
  • Noriyuki Makihara (singer)
  • Love Psychedelico (musician)
  • Shigeaki Kato (singer, member of NEWS)
  • Stephanie (singer)
  • Nana Tanimura (singer)
  • Rei Fujita (singer, member of DUSTZ)
  • Jun Senoue (musician, member of Crush 40)
  • Mari Hamada (singer)
  • Sports

  • Tadahito Iguchi (baseball player, MLB Chicago White Sox)
  • Yosuke Takasu (baseball player, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles)
  • Hiroshi Ogawa (baseball player, Chiba Lotte Marines)
  • Shinsuke Nakamura (wrestler)
  • Rika Hiraki (tennis player)
  • Business

  • Hajime Satomi (president of Sega)
  • Makoto Fujita (president of Cyber Agent, Inc.)
  • Akio Shigemitsu (president of Lotte Korea)
  • Ryo Morikawa (president of LINE)
  • Shinichi Koide (president of Hewlett-Packard Japan, Ltd.)
  • Ryuichi Isaka (president of Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd.)
  • Researchers

  • Kumiko Haba (Political Scientist, International Relations)
  • Masaaki Shirakawa (The 30th Governor of the Bank of Japan, economist)
  • Eisuke Sakakibara (Former vice-minister for finance for international affairs, economist)
  • Takenori Inoki (Economist, Honorary professor of Osaka University)
  • Nobuo Ikeda (Economist, blogger)
  • Hiroyuki Suzuki (Architectural historian)
  • Tamostu Aoki (The Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Director of The National Art Center, Tokyo)
  • References

    Aoyama Gakuin University Wikipedia