Tokushima University is located in the capital city of Tokushima, the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island in Japan.
The institution was first established in 1876 as Tokushima Kisei Normal School. After its expansion, in 1949 the existing six schools joined their efforts to form what is known as Tokushima University today.
Students can study in seven graduate schools spread across three main campuses covering 70 acres of land: Shinkura, located near a picturesque yacht harbour; Josanjima, based in the 1.3 km mouth of the Tokushima river; and Kuramoto, which offers a view to mountain Bizan famous for its cherry blossoms.
The Josanjima campus hosts the faculties of integrated arts and sciences, science and technology and bioscience and bioindustry, and the graduate schools of integrated arts and sciences and advanced technology and science. The Kuramoto campus, meanwhile, houses the faculties of medicine, dentistry and pharmaceutical Sciences, and the graduate schools of medical sciences, oral sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition and biosciences and health sciences.
With degrees in integrated arts and sciences, medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences, engineering and bioscience, the institution aims to motivate and inspire its students to continue their learning path and address global challenges. The institution, which is supported directly by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology,and is aiming to become a world leader in research.
The university has developed strong connections with over 70 higher education institutions across Europe and Asia. These include University of Bordeaux in France, Seoul National University in Korea and Monash University in Australia.
Tokushima University has been home to some of the most notable scientists of recent times such as the engineer Shuji Nakamura, who invented the blue light-emitting diode (LED), and the physicist Shigenori Maruyama who was a recipient of the 2014 Noble Prize in physics.