Close Relationship between Students and the Faculty
The size of Otaru University of Commerce has been kept small, whichenables
close communication within its academic community. In
each year,there are about fivehundred
undergraduate students at the day school, fifty at
thenight school and forty five on the mastercourse. Students can also
receive benefitfrom a relatively high number
of professors. The ratio of the total number
of students to the number of faculty is atthe lowest in Japan. Each student
at Otaru University of Commerce has twice or even five times more academicstaff than
students at private universities¡¡in the Tokyo area.
The quality of the academic staff at Otaru University of Commerce is known as belonging to the top level in Japan. Arecent measure of the contribution tointernationally valued journals in the¡¡area of economics shows that the university is ranked in the top ten to top twenty. Interactive education through seminars is one of the characteristics of the university and all the students have achance to keep in touch with the faculty.
This close connection continues aftergraduation. The solid foundation of thealumni society contributes to their ownbusiness activities and also to the academic activities of students and the university.