Welcome to Yokohama City University

YCU is a regional hub for education, research and medical care. We make every effort to provide fulfilling learning opportunities, to contribute to the community and to live up to the trust and expectations of the citizens of Yokohama. I encourage our students to realize that all the academic activities taking place at YCU have a real impact on society both at the local and global levels. Our curriculum fosters in students a global sensibility and a greater awareness of the diversity of our world. We are determined to intensify exchange with our academic partners and strengthen ties with the City of Yokohama and other overseas institutions. I hope that, together, we can build an academic network that reaches all corners of the world.


YCU's mission is to fulfill its roles and responsibilities of education, research and medical care, and as a part of the urban social infrastructure of a knowledge-based society in the international city of Yokohama. We aspire to become a university that contributes to the development of a sustainable society and a university in which local residents can take pride.
To nurture global human resources who can soar to the world from Yokohama
To create and support leading research which contributes back to society
To provide top-quality healthcare and promote medical knowledge

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History & Traditions

The origin of Yokohama City University can be traced back to Yokohama School of Commerce founded in 1882. Since the opening of the port, Yokohama turned into a center of trade in Japan. Yokohama School of Commerce was established to develop human resources equipped with western commercial techniques. Because of its policy of complete educational pragmatism, many children of merchants in Yokohama who had a strong interest in learning attended this school. After graduation, many of them contributed to the development of the city in the front lines of trade industry. Yokohama School of Commerce then developed into Yokohama City College of Commerce, which is the origin of Yokohama City University. Another origin of YCU is Juzen Hospital of Nogeyama in 1874. Although Yokohama was the center of western medicine at that time, there was no hospital for the citizens. Juzen Hospital was established to respond to the earnest needs of the community. Juzen Hospital then turned into Yokohama Municipal Medical College, which has developed into what is known today as the YCU Hospital and School of Medicine.

YCU & Yokohama

As the first port in Japan to open to the world in 1859, Yokohama is a place where the new and the old come together in harmony. While the city is at the cutting edge of technology, it also cherishes its many historic assets. It offers the dynamism and diversity of city life, but also havens of serenity with more quiet locales such as its traditional Japanese garden.

A lot of our students come from Kanagawa prefecture and hold Yokohama close to their hearts, and because of that we aspire to become a university that contributes to the development of a sustainable society and a university in which local residents can take pride.


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