President Oba Yukio

Yukio Oba, Ph.D.
Member of Board of Trustees
Kansai Gaidai University

Message from the President

Kansai Gaidai University celebrates the 75th anniversary of its founding in 2020. Since its inception in 1945, international education has been the core of the University’s development, as set forth in our founding principles. We aim to 1) nurture individuals with a well-rounded education who can contribute to the international community; and 2) focus on practical learning in order to meet changing social needs and cultivate fair-minded perspectives on the world.

Our international network has now expanded to include 393 institutions in 55 countries and regions, which brings us a gift of diversity in many respects. Utilizing our inbound and outbound study abroad programs and the opportunities for active interactions with other students and faculty members from around the world, our students experience a wealth of intercultural encounters and the benefits they offer. With the value we place on experiential learning, students develop deeper understandings of different cultures and diverse values through effective engagement with others both inside and out of the classroom. Such engagements are often milestones in students’ paths to cultivating a global perspective. It is our belief in these processes of growth that has led us to develop our extensive international programs.

The world today presents many challenges that can only be resolved by putting our wisdom together beyond boundaries. As a front-runner in international education, Kansai Gaidai is firmly committed to continue our efforts in fostering individuals willing and able to help make the world a better place for all.

Kansai Gaidai University looks forward to welcoming those who would like to explore the world and discover their pathways to becoming global citizens.


1976 Master of Arts, Kyushu University
1985-1986 Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1997 Doctor of Philosophy, Osaka University
1999-2013 Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University Graduate School
2008-2009 Director, English Literary Society of Japan
2010-2012 Vice Dean, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University Graduate School
2012-2016 Director, English Linguistic Society of Japan
2013 Professor Emeritus, Osaka University
2013-2017 President, English Linguistic Society of Japan
2013- Professor, Kansai Gaidai University
2013- Member of the Board of Trustees, Kansai Gaidai University
2014- Dean, Foreign Studies Research Division, Kansai Gaidai University Graduate School
2018- Adviser, English Linguistic Society of Japan
2020- President, Kansai Gaidai University


1998 Ichikawa's Prize (The Institute for Research in Language Teaching)