Oita University was established under a new system in 1949, consisting of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (currently the Faculty of Education) and the Faculty of Economics, and was integrated with Oita Medical University in 2003. Now it consists of 5 faculties (Education, Economics, Medicine, Science & Technology, and Welfare & Health Science) and 5 graduate schools (Education, Economics, Medicine, Science & Technology, and Welfare & Health Science), and it has about 5,600 students studying on both Dannoharu and Hasama campuses. In September of this year, we held a ceremony and reception to celebrate Oita University's 70th anniversary.
Our country has recently faced many challenges, such as the declining birthrate and aging population, environmental issues, and disparities between urban and rural areas, and national universities also face new challenges. To meet these new challenges, in April 2016 we added our first new faculty in 44 years, the Faculty of Welfare and Health Science. At the same time, we reorganized the Faculty of Education and Welfare Science into the Faculty of Education. Finally, in April 2017, we reorganized the Faculty of Technology into the Faculty of Science and Technology.