Welcome to Mie University. This is the only national university located within Mie Prefecture. The seaside campus overlooking Ise Bay has a wide variety of departments, from science to humanities.
The history of Mie University dates back to 1648, when the Toyomiyazaki-bunko was established to the left of the Outer shrine of Ise Yamada. In August 1874, the Watarai Prefectural Normal School was established at this site. On a separate note, the Todo clan of the Tsu Domain Yuzo School was established in 1819, which became a modern educational institution known as the Mie Prefectural Yuzo School in 1875.
The Watarai Prefectural Normal School and Mie Prefectural Yuzo School merged in 1943 to become the Mie Prefectural Normal School. This institution was the predecessor of the Mie University Faculty of Liberal Arts.
The Mie Higher Agricultural and Forestry School, which was founded in 1921, became the Mie Higher Agricultural and Forestry College in 1944.
The Mie Prefectural Teacher Training School for Agricultural Continuation School Teachers established in 1925 became the Mie Normal School for Youth School Teachers in 1944. These institutions were the predecessors of the Mie University Faculty of Agriculture.
In 1949, Mie University was established as a university under post-war guidelines, with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and the Faculty of Agriculture.
Afterwards, the Faculty of Liberal Arts was renamed as Faculty of Education in 1966. In 1969, the Faculty of Engineering was added. Furthermore, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Fisheries were added in 1972. In 1983, for social sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Law and Economics was added, making Mie University a comprehensive institution. In 1987, the Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Fisheries merged, and they continue to grow as the Faculty of Bioresources.
In 2009, the Graduate School of Regional Innovation was established in response to the need for community cooperation, and the institution became valued as a prominent regional asset, in that it is a regional university that is open to the world.
Mie University fosters individuals who posses sophisticated expertise and technological skill, and who will promote innovation within the region, through the development of the 'Four Abilities'-emotion, thought, communication and the all-encompassing physical and intellectual abilities.
Mie University is located in Tsu, Mie. Mie Prefecture is located approximately in central Japan, on the east side of the Kii peninsula. The climate is warm, as mountains and seas surround the area, and both agriculture and fishing are very active industries here.
The area is full of sightseeing spots, including mountains where people can go hiking, autumn foliage viewing and skiing; oceans where people can go ocean bathing and clamming; the Suzuka Circuit, where the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix is held and the Ise Shrine, the oldest shrine in Japan.
The area is called UMASHIKUNI or 'the delicious country', as it is known for its abundance of seafood, such as oysters, Japanese spiny lobsters and blowfish, as well as the famous marbled Wagyu beef called Matsusaka beef, which is considered to be one of the most delicious and prestigious beef in Japan.
In addition, Iga, where the ninjas originated, Kumano Kodo, a World Heritage site and the scenic Ise Shima are located in the area.