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Kyoto University (京都大学 Kyōto daigaku), or Kyodai (京大 Kyōdai) is a major national university in Kyoto, Japan. It is the second oldest university in Japan, and formerly one of Japan's Imperial Universities.
Kyoto Imperial University (京都帝國大學 Kyōto teikoku daigaku) was established in June 18, 1897. In the same year of the university's establishment, the College of Science and Technology was founded. The College of Law and the College of Medicine were founded in 1899, the College of Letters in 1906, expanding the university's activities to areas outside natural science. Kyoto University has since 2004 been incorporated as a national university corporation under a new law which applies to all national universities.
- Kyoto University is acknowledged as one of the top two universities in Japan, fueling a rivalry with Tokyo University.
- Kyoto University promotes itself as an academic institution fostering a "spirit of freedom." The university is also known as the starting point for the Kyoto School philosophical movement.
- Kentaro Sakata was accepted to Kyoto University upon his graduation.