Founded in 1971 by Dr. Naoyoshi Kanazawa, Osaka University of Economics and Law (OUEL) is nestled against the mountains in city Yao, Osaka. OUEL is a social science university consisting of Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Law. In 2012, `The Oval', OUEL's new campus completed. The Oval is located at the center of Yao city, a five minute walk from Kintetsu Yao station.

The founder foresaw a universal stage for Japanese higher education in the future and he also wished to eliminate elitism. Dr. Kanazawa also believed that economics and law were the twin pillars of society and believed that a student could build a praiseworthy character by mastering both economics and law. This is the reason why the university established two faculties at its opening.

The University is an independent institution for higher education, offering Master’s degree in Economics, and Bachelor's, degrees in Economics, Law and International Studies. Internationalization, Advance of information technology and Small-class sizes study these three keystones are the educational creed of OUEL.


Founded 1971
Enrollment Capacity & Enrollments as of May 1,2018
Campus The Oval 'Yao Campus'
Hanaoka Campus
Hannan Campus
Tokyo Azabudai Seminar House (Tokyo)
Faculty Economics, Law , International Studies
Institute Asian Research institute
Centre for Research on 21st Century Society(CR21)
Regional Research Institute,
Centre for Asia Pacific Partnership (Tokyo)
Employment or
Professional School
Career placement rate
<New graduates from bachelor's degree programme>
Employment rate in 2017 :98.1%

Employment status by faculty
  - Faculty of Economics:291 persons
  - Faculty of Law:180 persons
28 graduates moved to graduate school
Exchange Agreements 71 universities / institutes in 27 countries and regions
Alumni approximately 42,000
Teaching Staff 88 (as of May 1,2018)
Faculty of Economics: 30
Faculty of Law: 19
Faculty of International Studies:17
Faculty of Liberal Arts: 22
Graduate School (Economics): 11
Graduate School (Business Admin. ): 9

*Four more permanent teaching staff belong to the research institutions.

*Permanent staff who also teach at the undergraduate courses are not included in the above number of the staff at Graduate School of Economics.