Doshisha University

Doshisha University
Doshisha University

Seal of Doshisha University
Motto Veritas liberabit vos
(Truth shall make you free)
Established Founded 1875,
Chartered 1920
Type Private
Endowment €1 billion (JP¥169.6 billion)
President Eiji Hatta
Vice-president Nobuhiro Tabata, Yasuhiro Kuroki, Tsutao Katayama, Takashi Nishimura
Academic staff 603 full-time,
1032 part-time
Undergraduates 22,433
Postgraduates 2,256
Location Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
35°01′47″N 135°45′39″E / 35.029737°N 135.760725°E / 35.029737; 135.760725Coordinates: 35°01′47″N 135°45′39″E / 35.029737°N 135.760725°E / 35.029737; 135.760725
Campus Urban / Suburban,
530 acres (2.1 km²)
Colors White and Purple
Athletics 50 varsity teams
Nickname Dodai (同大 Dōdai?)
Mascot Astro Boy (unofficial and historical)

Doshisha University (同志社大学 Dōshisha daigaku?), or Dodai (同大 Dōdai?) is a private university in Kyoto, Japan. The university has approximately 24,000 students on three campuses, in faculties of theology, letters, law, commerce, economics, policy, and engineering. The curriculum also has graduate programs in American studies and policy and management.

Doshisha was founded by an ex-samurai named Niijima Jō. Niijima left feudal Japan in 1864 when going abroad was illegal by Sakoku policy, at the age of twenty-one, and found his way to Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended Phillips Academy, Amherst College, and Andover Theological Seminary under the name Joseph Hardy Neesima. After he returned to a westernizing Japan in 1875, he founded Doshisha English School in Kyoto. Canadian Methodist missionary G. G. Cochran played a role in the establishment of Doshisha University, and his contribution to the improvement of Japan's educational system is considered an important episode in the early history of Japanese-Canadian relations.[1] The institution took its present form in by incorporating a law school, normal school, and women's college.

By 1920, Doshisha was a full-fledged university in the Anglo-American tradition. During World War II, its buildings were given Japanese names and its curriculum was stripped of its pro-Western elements, but the pre-war conditions were restored after Japan's surrender.

Amherst College has maintained close ties with Doshisha since its founding. Amherst and Doshisha are considered sister schools and have had a long running student and faculty exchange program that was interrupted only by the Second World War. Additionally, Doshisha collaborates with a consortium of prestigious American liberal arts colleges (including Amherst) to host the Associated Kyoto Program, an 8-month long study abroad program offered every year to students of American colleges.


University Presidents

Famous faculty

Famous alumni

See also


  1. ^ Foreign Ministry of Japan: Episodes in Japan-Canada Relations.

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