“The university is situated in the ancient port city of Fukuoka on Kyushu, the southernmost of the four mainland islands in the Japanese archipelago.
“Kyushu University was founded in 1911 as Kyushu Imperial University, the fourth government-sponsored university created under the educational reforms of the Meiji Era [after Tokyo Imperial University, in 1886; Kyoto Imperial University, in 1887; and Tohoku Imperial University, in 1907] … During its first eight years, Kyushu University consisted of a faculty of engineering and a faculty of medicine, the latter created by incorporating the respected Fukuoka Medical College, founded in 1903. The university’s first graduation was held in the summer of 1912.
“The faulty of medicine provided the nucleus of what would eventually become the largest center for medical education, research, and clinical care in western Japan. In similar fashion, the faculty of engineering, together with the faculty of agriculture (established 1919) and law and letters (established 1924) formed the broad base upon which future university programs would be built.”
– International Dictionary of University Histories, published by Taylor & Francis, 2013