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OPU is among a select group of public universities to offer so many undergraduate and graduate schools.It has been three years since Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka Women's University and Osaka Prefecture College of Nursing integrated into one university, incorporated and reemerged as the Osaka Prefecture University, a Public University Corporation. The new university comprises seven schools, each with its own graduate school: Engineering, Life and Environmental Sciences, Science, Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Nursing, and Comprehensive Rehabilitation. Among the seven graduate schools, only the School of Comprehensive Rehabilitation does not currently offer a doctoral degree. OPU is among a select group of public universities to offer this many undergraduate and graduate schools. This fully-fledged university has established the highest standard in both research and education. With approximately 6,500 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students, the school boasts an enrollment of over 8,000 students, all actively participating in academics, research and extracurricular activities. The university’s 750 faculty members provide a noteworthy educational and research environment with a 10.7 to 1 student/ faculty ratio, which is relatively higher than the other public universities. OPU has announced increasing outside research funding by 30% over pre-incorporation figures by 2010. 143 new projects were selected for grant-in-aid scientific research. There were 340 joint research and contract research projects, and 156 patent filings. Among the 756 universities in Japan, these numbers place OPU at the rank of 25th, 17th and 14th in each perspective category. Among the 76 public universities, OPU ranks number one in all three categories. This is a strong indicator that the integration project and incorporation have led to great developments for Osaka Prefecture University. OPU has two spacious campuses, the 50 hectare Nakamozu Campus and the 6 hectare Habikino Campus, both of which are situated in a beautiful natural environment. The University takes pride in “green,” which it sees as one of its greatest treasures. To conserve the environmental assets, the university has set the goal of making the campus a biotope, thereby harmonizing nature and human activity. As a part of these efforts, OPU is setting up a “Web Botanical Garden”, which will introduce the campus's seasonal plants, birds and insects. Both the university and the graduate school make special provisions for foreign students in order to welcome students and scholars from all over the world. In addition to the normal curricula beginning in April, some departments and graduate schools provide optional courses beginning in October, for those students who finish their previous course at various other times of the year. There is a system for the remission of tuition fees. Students who have difficulty in paying tuition fees may request to have their tuition fees reduced. The granting of such a remission will depend on the student’s individual school record and family circumstances. Students with excellent school records can receive various types of scholarships. A tutor, generally a Japanese graduate student, is assigned by the University to give personal guidance and counseling to foreign students. A tutor’s role is to aid foreign students in their studies and/or research and generally improve their academic well-being.
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