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Since KMU was established, all facilities have been improved and expanded, thus forming the foundation for a strong medical university.

Osaka Women’s Medical College, the predecessor to Kansai Medical University, was officially established on June 30, 1928, and opened on July 10 of the same year, thus beginning the long and prestigious history of this university. College Hospital, the first KMU affiliated hospital, was established in Moriguchi City (Osaka Prefecture) on April 9, 1932, and on October 4 of the following year an affiliated Nursing School also was established. On June 18, 1947, premedical courses were initiated at Osaka Women’s Medical College and, during that same year, the corporate name was changed to Osaka Women’s Medical School (July 25). On August 1, 1947, Kori Hospital was established as a KMU affiliate hospital in Neyagawa City, Osaka Prefecture. The Division of Medical Education was established on March 25, 1949 at the Osaka Women’s Medical School and, on February 28, 1951, the legal structure was changed from an endowed foundation to an incorporated educational institution. Osaka Women’s Medical School was renamed Kansai Medical University on December 1, 1954 and at that time became a coeducational institution.

All departments of education, university hospitals, and research have been expanded and further developed.

KMU’s Administration Office was moved from Hirakata City (Osaka Prefecture) to its current location in Moriguchi City on January 6, 1960. From January 20, 1960, the General Education began offering a pre-medical course; and on March 31, 1961, the Graduate School added a Doctorate in Medical Research. On October 11, 1975, KMU Otokoyama Hospital opened in Yawata City (Kyoto Prefecture) and, on May 1, 1982, KMU also established Rakusai Newtown Hospital, the second hospital in Kyoto Prefecture.
On April 8, 1986, KMU established the Institute for Liver Research to conduct studies about the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of liver disease.
On April 26, 1992, KMU established a Cardiovascular Center at Takii University Hospital. On September 3, 2002, KMU was the first university in Japan to open a post-graduate Clinical Study Training Center.

Kansai Medical University now is entering a period of corporate transition that focuses on the future and heralds a new age.

A reorganization of the KMU hospital group was implemented in fiscal 2005, and KMU Kori Hospital was closed on December 31. KMU Hirakata Hospital was established in Hirakata City (Osaka Prefecture) on January 1 the following year, when the name of the original University Hospital was changed to KMU Takii Hospital. On March 31, 2006, KMU Rakusai Newtown Hospital was closed.
On August 1, 2006, the KMU Institute for Liver Research was renamed the Institute of Biomedical Science and two months later, on October 1, the Medical Safety Management Center was established to enhance the overall management of medical safety at all three KMU hospitals. KMU Hirakata Hospital Tertiary Emergency and Critical Care Center was approved on February 1, 2008.
On April 17, 2007, the Office of Research Management and Intellectual Property was established to achieve industry-university cooperation, and on October 1 the same year, the Internal Audit and Compliance Office also was established.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Kori Hospital was held on June 23, 2008. KMU Otokoyama Hospital was closed on March 31, 2009, but construction on KMU Kori Hospital was completed on May 14, 2010, and it officially opened on July 1. On April 1, 2012, OMM Medical Center merged with Kansai Medical University to become the Kansai Medical University Temmabashi General Clinic. KMU constructed a new block on the site of KMU Hirakata Hospital in the spring of 2013, and plans to consolidated all the campus building and the functions of the university.

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Historical Timeline

 1928  June 30  Osaka Women's Medical College established
 July 10  Opening ceremony held
 1932  April 9  College Hospital established
 1933  October 4  Approval for establishment of Attached Nursing School
 1947  June 18  Approval for establishment of Osaka Women's Medical School,
Premedical Course opened
 July 25  Renamed Osaka Women's Medical School
 August 1  Osaka Women's Medical School Kori Hospital established
 1949  March 25  Approval for establishment of Osaka Women's Medical School,
Division of Medical Education
 1950  August 30  Osaka Women's Medical School Makino Hospital established
 1951  February 28  Recognized as an incorporated educational institution
 March 31  Osaka Women's Medical School Premedical Course discontinued
 1952  February 20  Approval for establishment of Osaka Women's Medical School
(Based on the new system of education)
 March 31  Osaka Women's Medical College closed
 1954  December 1  Renamed Kansai Medical University (Co-educational)
 1960  January 6  Administrative Office moved from Hirakata City to Moriguchi City
 January 20  Approval for establishment of General Education
 1961  March 31  Approval for establishment of Graduate School of Medicine
 September 1  Approval for establishment of Nursing School
 1969  June 30  KMU Makino Hospital closed
 1975  October 11  KMU Otokoyama Hospital started medical care
 1979  March 1  KMU Hospital Tertiary Emergency and Critical Care Center
established
 1980  April 1  First College of Nursing established
 1982  May 1  KMU Rakusai Newtown Hospital started medical care
 1984  April 1  A two-year course open in addition to the Medical Care Program
(three-year course) at the First College of Nursing.
The College is renamed College of Nursing.
 1986  April 8  Institute for Liver Research established
 1992  April 26  KMU Hospital Cardiovascular Center established
 1998  July 7  University Information Center established
 1999  November 9  Historical Archives established
 2002  September 3  Post Graduate Clinical Study Training Center established
 2005  December 31  KMU Kori Hospital closed
 2006  January 1  KMU Hirakata Hospital opened
 KMU Hospital renamed KMU Takii Hospital
 March 31  KMU Rakusai Newtown Hospital management transferred
 August 1  Restructure of KMU; the Institute for Liver Research renamed
the Institute of Biomedical Science
 October 1  The Medical Safety Management Center established
 2007  April 17  Office of Research Management and Intellectual Property established
 October 1  Internal Audit and Compliance Office established
 2008  February 1  KMU Hirakata Hospital Tertiary Emergency and Critical Care Center
approved
 2009  March 31  KMU Otokoyama Hospital business transferred
 April 1  Admission Center established
 2010  July 1  KMU Kori Hospital opened
 2011  May 28  Groundbreaking ceremony of Hirakata new school building was held
 Jul 12  International Exchange Center established 
 Sep 1  Medical education center established 
 2012  Apr 1 Temmabashi General Clinic established
 Regional Medical Center established 
 Procurement Center established 
 2013  April 1  New Hirakata Campus opened
 2016  April 1  Hirakata Hospital renamed KMU University Hospital
 May 1  Takii Hospital renamed KMU Medical Center

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