The University of the Ryukyus was established in 1950 on the remains of Shuri Castle, which was burnt to ashes in the Battle of Okinawa. Under the U.S. administration governing Okinawa, the strong desire of Okinawans for postwar reconstruction and restoration of education moved the U.S. Military Government to establish the first university in the Ryukyu Archipelago.
Educational Purpose and PrincipleAs a university that emphasizes education based on the principle that students are our main constituents and possess the right to learn, the educational purpose of the University of the Ryukyus is the cultivation of people who can create a society reflecting fully the spirit of “Freedom and Equality,Tolerance and Peace.” The university shall contribute to the sustainable growth of society as a whole through educational activities based on autonomy and independence.
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The University of the Ryukyus is located in Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, and consists of seven faculties and eight graduate schools. Okinawa is blessed with rich nature in a subtropical climate, and many tourists from mainland Japan and overseas visit our islands. Okinawa, which used to be the Ryukyu Kingdom, had trade with China, Korea, and Southeast Asian countries, and its culture was greatly influenced by those countries.
The University Library houses a wide collection of books, databases, and journals, and offers access to over 20,000 electronic journals. Our holdings are searchable on-site or via our website. Our constant aim is to provide for the needs of both students and researchers.
In Nagata Lab is working on various research and development of the Internet and information systems. Specifically, the protocol-level basic research and development, digital content distribution systems and regional Internet Exchange, and system development for education and welfare, working on a wide range of applied research and development of basic technology for Practical Systems .
Our university has a Health Administration Center which aims to preserve and promote the health of all staff and students. Please feel free to visit the Center if you require simple medical treatment or medication, a medical examination, first-aid treatment, or to seek medical advice. Services provided at the Center are free.