Osaka University of Economics dates back to the establishment of Naniwa Commercial High School, its forerunner, in 1932. The High School underwent reorganization, and in 1935 Dr. Iwao Kokusho, then professor at Kyoto Imperial University, reopened the school as Showa Commercial High School, which he had built using his personal assets. In 1944, the school became Osaka Girls College of Economics, because male students had to leave school due to student mobilization during WW2. During the post-war period, the school became a coeducational college and in 1946 was renamed Osaka College of Economics. It was given its current name, Osaka University of Economics (OUE), in 1949; Dr. Iwao Kokusho became its first President. Since then, the University and its graduate schools have been actively working in specialized areas of economics and business administration. In addition to the existing Faculties of Economics and Business Administration, the Faculty of Information Management was added in 1997, and the Faculty of Human Sciences in 2002, the University’s 70th anniversary. Now with four Faculties, OUE is striving to upgrade the contents of the Faculties and graduate schools. As an educational institution, OUE will continue its efforts to meet the needs of society, based on our education philosophy of “freedom and harmony.”opportunity to announce our educational objectives, as follows.

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Students 7,786 (male: 5,911, female: 1,875)
Faculty of Economics 2,923
Faculty of Business Administration 2,788
Faculty of Information Technology and Social Sciences 1,227
Faculty of Information Management 5
Faculty of Human Sciences 843
Graduate School Students 150 (male: 99, female: 54)
School of Economics 13
School of Business Administration 103
School of Business Information System 15
School of Human Sciences 19
No. of graduates 95,313 (as of March 2017)
Library collections approx. 550,000 titles
PCs for educational purposes approx. 1,600 units
Participants in internship programs 493 (academic year 2016)
Organizations accepting interns 246 (academic year 2016)
Overseas partner universities 28 universities in 15 countries
Student clubs 112
Faculty members (full time) 147
Faculty of Economics 51
Faculty of Business Administration 48
Faculty of Information Technology and Social Sciences 23
Faculty of Human Sciences 25
Graduate School members (full time) 123
School of Economics 48
School of Business Administration 33
School of Business Information System 22
School of Human Sciences 20
Staff members 109 (as of March 2017)