Keio University

President: Professor Kohei Itoh

Senior International Leader: Professor Motohiro Tsuchiya, Vice-President for Global Engagement 



Founded in 1858 by Yukichi Fukuzawa, a highly respected intellectual leader and visionary, Keio University is Japan’s oldest private comprehensive research university. Keio has 6 major campuses across the greater Tokyo area with 14 graduate schools, 10 undergraduate faculties, and a university hospital. In 2014, in recognition of its outstanding commitment to education, research and medicine, Keio was selected as one of Japan’s Top Type (Type A) universities for the government’s Top Global University Project, and in 2022, the university launched the Keio University Human Biology Microbiome Quantum Research Center “Bio2Q”, selected and funded by the Japanese government’s World Premier International Research Center Initiative.

Keio University is home to over 33,000 students and 5,700 faculty and administrative staff, with a rapidly growing international community. In 2022, Keio had a total of 2,082 international students from over 80 countries, including those enrolled in the Student Exchange Program and the Japanese Language Program, as well as short-term and research programs. Keio offers more than 940 courses, 31 double degree programs and 23 degree programs conducted entirely in English, with more being developed year after year. Furthermore, Keio is particularly proud of its strong alumni network, which has active branches throughout the world. Notable alumni include many CEOs of Japan’s most successful companies, alongside numerous world class-athletes, 3 prime ministers and 2 astronauts.

Keio University is continuously seeking to expand its international profile, actively engaging in both educational and research collaborations with over 340 international partners. The university is a member of many international university associations, including the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), CEMS, the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), the Top Industrial Managers for Europe (T.I.M.E.) and the U7+ Alliance.