Aoyama Gakuin University

Aoyama Gakuin University (Japanese: 青山学院大学, Hepburn: Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku, AGU) is a private university in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Originally established in 1874 by missionaries from the Methodist Episcopal Church, it was reconfigured in its current form in 1949 as part of Aoyama Gakuin. Aoyama Gakuin University celebrated its 140-year anniversary in 2014 and is one of Japan's oldest higher education facilities.

Aoyama Gakuin University
MottoThe Salt of the Earth and Light of the World
ChancellorKenichi Semba
Academic staff
Administrative staff
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AGU has established a national reputation for the quality of its education and its international ambiance and is widely recognized as one of the leading private universities in Japan.

Aoyama Gakuin University aims to educate students with a strong sense of social responsibility and morality in order to contribute to society and today's world in accordance with its educational policy based on the Christian faith.

The university's undergraduate and graduate programs include courses on literature, law, economics, business, international politics, economics, communication, science, engineering and cultural studies. The university also has specialized graduate programs that are designed to train high level specialized professionals in areas including international management, law and professional accounting.

Aoyama Gakuin University is the current 4-time reigning champion of the prestigious Hakone Ekiden (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).


The main campus, located in Shibuya in central Tokyo, is complemented by the Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Sagamihara Campus houses the College of Science and Engineering. The university has graduated around 180,000 students and employs over 1,600 full-time and part-time faculty members who offer a wealth of educational and research opportunities. Aoyama Gakuin University is accredited by the Japanese University Association and is a member of the Japan Association of Private College and Universities.

The University maintains a number of active international exchange programs for students and faculty. Aoyama Gakuin University is well known for its international ambiance. Many of the students and faculty have attended universities and research institutes abroad, while the University has attracted numerous outstanding scholars and students from around the world to its campuses.


Undergraduate programs

  • College of Literature
  • College of Education, Psychology and Human Studies
  • College of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • School of Business
  • School of International Politics, Economics and Communication
  • School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • School of Social Informatics
  • School of Global Studies and Collaboration
  • College of Community Studies (started in 2019)
  • The Aoyama Standard University-Wide Universal Education System

Graduate programs

  • Graduate School of Literature
  • Graduate School of Education, Psychology and Human Studies
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Business
  • Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication
  • Graduate School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • Graduate School of Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Social Informatics
  • Graduate School of International Management (MBA)
  • Law School
  • Graduate School of Professional Accountancy

Research institutes

  • Research Institute of Aoyama Gakuin University
  • Economics Research Center
  • Business Law Research Center
  • Global Business Research Center
  • Global Politics and Economy Research Center
  • Information Science Research Center
  • WTO Research Center
  • Center for Advanced Technology
  • Center for Machinery Analysis


  • Aoyama Campus (4-4-25, Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan)

At the main Aoyama Campus, there are two registered Tangible Cultural Properties, "Majima Memorial Hall(間島記念館)" and "Berry Hall".

  • Sagamihara Campus (5-10-1, Fuchinobe, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan)
  • Midorigaoka Ground (2-6097-1, Midorigaoka, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan)
  • Machida Ground (1571, Kotani, Onoji-cho, Machida, Tokyo, Japan)


  • QS World university rankings 2013:701+
    • Modern Languages 2011:151-200
  • QS Asian university rankings 2014:201-250

AGU ranks 11th in Japan for the number of alumni elected to the National Diet,[1] and 13th in the number of alumni holding Executive level positions in Japan with listed companies.[2] University graduates rank 8th in Japan in the number of successful passings of the national CPA exam.[3] The University is one of the 5 most popular universities in Tokyo. The main campus is located in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. Students are generally viewed as having come from more affluent backgrounds and are regarded as being highly intelligent and sophisticated. Aoyama Gakuin University has been lauded for its undergraduate focus on the Humanities and Business Education.

In the 2010 University Brand Image Survey conducted by Nikkei BP Consulting, Aoyama Gakuin University ranked 7th overall in the Greater Tokyo Area and 4th out of the Private Universities after Keio University, Waseda University, and Sophia University.[4]


Notable graduates


  • Tsuyoshi Takagi (member of the house of representatives, Minister for Reconstruction)
  • Kenko Matsuki (member of the house of representatives)
  • Shunichi Yamaguchi (member of the house of representatives, Minister of state for science and technology policy)
  • Haruko Arimura (member of the House of councilors, Minister in charge of women's activities)
  • Renhō (member of the house of councilors, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, consumer affairs minister)
  • Hiroya Ebina (the mayor of kushiro city)
  • Hiroshi Nakada (the former mayor of Yokohama, member of the House of Councillors)


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AGU Gymnasium

Aoyama Gakuin University Gymnasium
Full nameAoyama Gakuin University Gymnasium
LocationShibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Construction cost 
Pan Pacific Open(1988-89)
Sun Rockers Shibuya (2016-)

AGU Gymnasium is an arena in Aoyama campus. It is the home arena of the Sun Rockers Shibuya of the B.League, Japan's professional basketball league.

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  2. "図録▽社長の出身大学ランキング".
  3. "図録▽大学ランキング:公認会計士・一級建築士の国家試験合格者数".
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