- Doshisha University
Doshisha University 同志社大学
Seal of Doshisha University
Motto Veritas liberabit vos
(Truth shall make you free)
Established Founded 1875,
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,
Undergraduates 22,433 Postgraduates 2,256 Location Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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) Website www.doshisha.ac.jp
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. 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.
- Joseph Hardy Neesima (1875–1890)
- Yamamoto Kakuma (1890–1892) Neesima's brother-in-law. Samurai, Captain in the Aizu domain's artillery corps, served at the Hamagurigomon no Hen, and later in the Boshin War.
- Hiromichi Kosaki (1892–1897)
- Tokio Yokoi (1897–1899) Deputy prime minister of Ministry of Communication, member of the House of Representatives of Japan.
- Seito Saibara (1899–1902) Establishment of the U.S. Gulf Coast rice industry in Texas., Japanese politician.
- Kenkichi Kataoka (1902–1904) Speaker of the House of Representatives; the Lower House Speaker.
- Kotaro Shimomura (1904–1907) Chemical engineer, President of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd, Formation of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
- Tasuku Harada (1907–1920) The University of Hawaii pioneered the study of Japan in the U.S. starting with the appointment of Dr. Tasuku Harada as the first professor of Japanese Studies, Establishment of Institute of Pacific Relations, Yale Divinity School BD 1891, University of Hawaii LLD, University of Edinburgh LLD, Amherst College DD.
- Danjō Ebina (1920–1929)
- Gintaro Daikobara (1929–1935) Agricultural scientist, President of Kyushu University.
- Hachiro Yuasa (1935–1941) Entomologist, President of International Christian University.
- Toraji Makino (1941–1947)
- Hachiro Yuasa (1947–1950)
- Setsuji Ōtsuka (1950–1963)
- Sumiya Etsuji (1963–1985) Kyoto newspaper Chief Executive, meeting with Zhou Enlai, teacher of Japanese economic history in Italy's Padova University.
- Naozō Ueno (1975–1985)
- Yoshinori Matsuyama (1985–2001)
- Minoru Ōya (2001-)
- Yuji Ijiri: Academic expert in accounting, President of the American Accounting Association, Carnegie Mellon University Professor.
- Choichiro Yatani: Psychologist, The State University of New York Professor.
- Yun Dongju: Korean poet.
- Shiggy Konno, a major figure associated with rugby union in Japan
- Hiroaki Sato: President, the Haiku Society of America, Professor of Japanese Letters from 1985 to 1991, Visiting Faculty in Literature since 1992, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina. Adjunct Faculty since October 1998, the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Abe Iso: Christian socialist in Japan, Chairman of Shakaitaishuto.
- Glenn Horiuchi: The Japanese American pianist and shamisen player.
- Aki Kuroda: Painter, artist.
- Shingai Tanaka: President of Sho International,Honorary vice-president of Kyoto Calligraphers Association,President of Bokushin Calligraphy School,A member of Kyoto City Art & Culture Foundation,An honorary member of Art & Culture promoting Committee of Shimogyo-ward, Kyoto City,Special instructor of Kyoto Saga Art College.
- Shannon Gilligan: Author of interactive fiction and computer games.
- Tsuneyasu Miyamoto: Professional footballer with Gamba Osaka and captain of the Japan national football team
- Masaki Sumitani: Television performer.
- Gunpei Yokoi: Famed Nintendo employee responsible for Metroid, Kid Icarus and the Game Boy, among other creations.
- Shinji Mikami: Celebrated Japanese game designer best known for creating the survival horror series Resident Evil.
- Associated Kyoto Program
- Doshisha Portal
- Doshisha Alumni Association
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