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,Business Administration, 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 3,899 (as of May 1,2022)
Faculty of Economics(Economics):961
Faculty of Economics(Business Administration):24
Faculty of Business Administration:913
Faculty of Law: 1,127
Faculty of International Studies: 837
Postgraduate(Economics): 37

Campus The Oval 'Yao Campus'
Hanaoka Campus
Hannan Campus
Faculty Economics, Business Administration, Law , International Studies
Institute Asian Research institute
Centre for Research on 21st Century Society(CR21)
Regional Research Institute,
Centre for Asia Pacific Partnership
Employment or
Professional School
Career placement rate
97.2%(academic year 2022)
Exchange Agreements 73 universities / institutes in 27 countries and regions
Alumni approximately 44,000
Teaching Staff 103 (as of May 1,2022)
Faculty of Economics: 25
Faculty of Business Administration: 25
Faculty of Law: 26
Faculty of International Studies:27
Graduate School (Economics): 26