Otaru University of Commerce

Otaru University of Commerce

The logo of the university
Former names
Otaru School of Higher Learning
Type National
Established 1910
President Makio Yamamoto
Students 2,425 (as of 2013)
Location Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Campus Otaru (main)
Sapporo (satellite)
Website www.otaru-uc.ac.jp

Otaru University of Commerce (小樽商科大学 Otaru Shōka Daigaku) is a national university in Japan. The main campus of the university is in Otaru, Hokkaido, with a satellite campus in Chūō-ku, Sapporo.


The university is often called "Taru-shō" or "Shō-dai". The graduate university has a MBA program, the "Major in Entrepreneurship" course.

The symbol of the university was designated on October 1, 1998. The logo imprints the year of the establishment, the name of the university (OUC), and the symbol of two wings of Hermes, who is the Olympian god of commerce.[1]


Faculty of Commerce

Graduate School of Commerce


The origin of the university dates to 1910, when the Otaru School of Higher Learning was established in Otaru as the fifth national school of commerce in Japan. In 1944, during World War II, the school was renamed Otaru College of Economics. In 1949, the Otaru University of Commerce was officially established, with a Faculty of Commerce. The university became a junior college and a Graduate School of Commerce.

In 1991, the system of the university was reorganized, establishing four departments in the Faculty of Commerce: the Department of Economics, Department of Commerce, Department of Law, and Department of Information and Management Science.

The Otaru University of Commerce's Junior College was abolished in 1996. After the establishment of a satellite campus in Chuo-ku, Sapporo, the university opened a major in Business Administration in the graduate school in 1997. In 2005, the satellite campus was moved its current location in Kita-ku, Sapporo.


Coordinates: 43°11′27.95″N 140°58′47.37″E / 43.1910972°N 140.9798250°E / 43.1910972; 140.9798250

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