Doshisha University

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Doshisha University
Emblem doshisha.png
Motto Latin: Veritas liberabit vos
Motto in English Truth shall make you free
Established Founded 1875,
Chartered 1920
Type Private
Endowment €1 billion (JP¥169.6 billion)
President Koji Murata
Vice-president Nobuhiro Tabata, Yasuhiro Kuroki, Tsutao Katayama, Takashi Nishimura
Academic staff 777 full-time,
1411 part-time
Undergraduates 26,522
Postgraduates 2,377
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?) Dodai (同大 Dōdai?) is a private university in Kyoto City, Japan, part of the network of universities in the system for higher education in Japan. With approximately 30,000 students enrolled on four different campuses, it is one of the oldest private institutions of higher learning in Japan.[1]

Doshisha was founded in 1875 as Doshisha English School, and in 1920 it was granted university status. The university now encompasses 14 faculties and 16 graduate schools with numerous affiliated institutions including Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts.


Doshisha English School (1875–1920)[edit]

Doshisha University was founded in 1875 as Doshisha English School by Protestant educator Niijima Jō (also known as Joseph Hardy Neesima), as a school to advance Christian education in Japan.

As a young man, Niijima left Japan for the United States in 1864, despite the ban on overseas travel then imposed on Japanese nationals. He studied at Phillips Academy and Amherst College, and returned to Japan in 1874. The next year, Niijima established the Doshisha School with the assistance of Canadian Methodist missionary G. G. Cochran.[2][3]

Doshisha University (1875–present)[edit]

By 1920, Doshisha was granted university status and developed into a full-fledged university in the Anglo-American academic tradition. During World War II, its buildings were given Japanese names and its curriculum was stripped of its pro-Western elements. The prewar conditions were restored after the surrender of Japan.

Amherst College has maintained a close relationship with Doshisha University.[4]

Since 1972, Doshisha has collaborated with a consortium of American liberal arts colleges including Amherst College to host the Associated Kyoto Program, an 8-month long study abroad program offered every year to students from American colleges and universities.

Presidents of the University[edit]

  1. Joseph Hardy Neesima, 1875–1890
  2. Yamamoto Kakuma, 1890–1892
  3. Hiromichi Kosaki, 1892–1897
  4. Tokio Yokoi, 1897–1899
  5. Seito Saibara, 1899–1902
  6. Kenkichi Kataoka, 1902–1904
  7. Kotaro Shimomura, 1904–1907
  8. Tasuku Harada, 1907–1920
  9. Danjō Ebina, 1920–1929
  10. Hachiro Yuasa, 1935–1941
  11. Toraji Makino, 1941–1947
  12. Hachiro Yuasa, 1947–1950
  13. Setsuji Ōtsuka, 1950–1963
  14. Sumiya Etsuji, 1963–1985
  15. Naozō Ueno, 1975–1985
  16. Yoshinori Matsuyama, 1985–2001
  17. Minoru Ōya, 2001–


University rankings (overall)
Toyo Keizai National[5] General 18
WE National[6] Employment 18
NBP Kansai[7] Reputation 3
Shimano National[8] Selectivity A1
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version)[9]
General 123=
University rankings (by subject)
Social Sciences & Humanities


BE Success National[10] Qualification 11
BE Pass rate National[11] Qualification 23


CPA Success National[12] Qualification 9

Doshisha University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan today, with particularly strong influence in the Kansai region.


As of 2013, Doshisha University employs 777 full-time and 1,411 part-time faculty members across its Kyoto campuses.

Research [edit]

Doshisha has filed the 36th highest number of patents in the nation as its research outcomes.[13]


Doshisha is a popular university in Japan, notably in the Western part of Japan, including the Kansai area. The number of applicants per place was 13.8(46367/3350) in the 2011 undergraduate admissions.[14]

The university is usually considered as one of the most selective among 730 private universities in the country.[15][16][17]

Ranking [edit]

The university has been ranked 12th and 14th in 2009 and 2010 respectively in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" (本当に強い大学) by Toyo Keizai.[5] According to the QS World University Rankings for 2013, Doshisha University ranks 701+. [18]


Imadegawa campus[edit]

Imadegawa is the main campus located in the former residence of Satsuma Domain. It has been in use since the school was founded.

Located in the center of Kyoto City, the campus is situated next to Shōkoku-ji, overlooking Kyoto Imperial Palace. Five buildings in the Imadegawa campus have been designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan, including Doshisha Chapel and Clark Memorial Hall. This campus is primarily for the liberal arts, business (including a graduate school of business), theology, and law faculties.

For easy access to the campus from Kyoto Station, use the Karasuma Line of Kyoto Municipal Subway and take the north exit at Imadegawa Station.

Kyotanabe campus[edit]

Kyotanabe Campus was opened in 1986, in Kyōtanabe, Kyoto. With over 195 acres (0.79 km2) in area, it serves primarily as the campus for the science and engineering faculties.

Student life[edit]


There are over 400 clubs and organizations in Doshisha University.[19]


  • Doshisha Eve
  • Doshisha Kyotanabe Festival
  • Sports Festival



Graduates have found success in a wide variety of fields in both the public and private sector. Doshisha is particularly renown for its strong connection to business in the Kansai region. according to the 2011 university rankings by Toyo Keizai, 533 of alumni served as executives in listed companies. As of 2012, around 24.9% of undergraduates were able to enter one of the top 400 companies in Japan, which ranks sixth nationwide among all private institutions.[21]

see also Category:Doshisha University alumni

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Doshisha: Fact". Doshisha University. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Foreign Ministry of Japan: Episodes in Japan-Canada Relations.
  3. ^ "About Doshisha University". Doshisha University. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Doshisha University". Amherst College. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Truly Strong Universities" (in Japanese). Toyo Keizai. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Nikkei BP Brand rankings of Japanese universities" (in Japanese). Nikkei Business Publications. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ "GBUDU University Rankings" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bar Exam Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bar Exam Pass rate rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "CPA Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Yutaka Honkawa. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
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  15. ^ National and Public universities apply different kind of exams. So it's only comparable between universities in a same category.
  16. ^ e.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings
  17. ^ Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks its entrance difficulty as SA (most selective/out of 10 scales) in Japan. "危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2011. 
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  19. ^ "Doshisha University Clubs and Circles". Doshisha University. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Doshisha University Rugby Football Club: Information". Doshisha University. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  21. ^ "2012年 大学別著名400社 就職率ランキング". 大学通信. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 

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