Doshisha University

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Doshisha University (同志社大学 Dōshisha Daigaku; abbreviated to 同大 Dōdai) is a private university in Kyoto, Japan. It has 24,000 students on three campuses, in faculties of theology, letters, law, commerce, economics, policy, and engineering. It also has graduate programs in American studies and policy and management. Tuition and fees average 850,000 ($7,000) a year for liberal arts majors, and are higher for science and engineering majors.

It was founded by an ex-samurai named Niijima Jou(Joseph Hardy Neesima). Niijima snuck out of Japan in 1864, 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 Neeshima. After he returned to a Westernizing Japan in 1875, he founded the Doshisha Elite School (同志社英学校 Dōshisha Eigakkō) in Kyoto, which eventually incorporated 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 at American colleges.


President of University

1  Joseph Hardy Neesima    (1875-1890)
Temp.  Kakuma Yamamoto     (1890-1892) Samurai,Hamagurigomon no Hen,Boshin War, Captain in the artillery. 
3  Tokio Yokoi             (1897-1899) Deputy prime minister of Ministry of Communication, House of Representatives member. 
4  Seito Saibara           (1899-1902) Establishment of the U.S. Gulf Coast rice industry in Texas., Japanese politician.
5  Kenkichi Kataoka        (1902-1904・the Speaker of the House of Representatives; the Lower House Speaker.
6  Kotaro Shimomura       (1904-1907) Chemical engineer, President of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd, Formation of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
7  Harada tasuku           (1907-1920) The University of Hawai'i 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, University of Hawaii LLD, University of Edinburgh  LLD, Amherst College DD.  
 9  Gintaro Daikobara      (1929-1935) Agricultural scientist, President of Kyushu University.
10  Hachiro Yuasa          (1935-1941) Entomologist, President of International Christian University.
14  Sumiya Etuji           (1963-1985) Kyoto Newspaper Chief Executive, Meeting with Zhou Enlai, Teacher of Japanese economic history in Italy's Padova University.

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Addresses of campuses

  • Imadegawa-Shinmachi Campus
    • Karasuma-Higashiiru Imadegawa-Dori Kamigyo Ward Kyoto City

External links

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