Keisen University

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Keisen University
Keisen Campus

Keisen University (恵泉女学園大学 Keisen jogakuen daigaku?) is a private women's college in Tama, Tokyo, Japan, established in 1988.[1] The university is linked to the Keisen School for Young Women, founded in 1929 by Michi Kawai, the National Secretary of the Young Women's Christian Associations of Japan.

Philosophy[edit]

The Organ and Chapel

Keisen University follows an educational philosophy based on the following three sets of values:

  • Christianity:
    Respect for human's individualities and attention to other person without discrimination of race and class.
  • International Peace Studies:
    Improve Japanese women's knowledge of the world, get rid of prejudice and face problems.
  • Horticulture:
    The love of nature, the respect for all the living things and the learning of the basic morals.[2]

Faculties and Departments[edit]

Faculty of Humanities[edit]

  • Department of Japanese Language and Culture
  • Department of English Communication
  • Department of Trans-Cultural Studies

Faculty of Human and Social Studies[edit]

  • Department of International Social Studies
  • Department of Human Life and Environment Studies

Graduate School[edit]

  • Graduate School of Humanities-Division of Cultual Coexistence

This division's main focus is on Japanese-Language education and multicultural coexistence studies. Study programmes include Japanese language teaching and education, gender and culture studies, minority and culture studies and multicultural communication.

  • Graduate School of Human and Social Studies-Division of Peace Studies

Facilities[edit]

Chapel[edit]

The chapel offers regular services, as well as music of pipe organ. There is a Christian center under the chapel. Sometimes, they have some chapel concerts for students and the local community.

Educational Farm for Horticulture

Educational Farm[edit]

There is a large farm called "Farm for education" where various vegetables and flowers are cultivated. All first year "Freshman" students take a compulsory horticulture class, where they learn to grow vegetables and flowers.

Herb Garden[edit]

There are many kinds of herbs. Students can pick herbs and sometimes drink herbal teas. The herb garden is also a popular spot where students can eat lunch.

International links[edit]

In addition to 'Study-abroad' programs in California, Thailand, England and Australia, Keisen University has educational links with the following institutions:

Notable alumni and teachers[edit]

  • Michi Kawai, founder.
  • Noyuri Otsuka, Honorary professor of Keisen University, Japan. Christian writer and researcher. Japanese Wikipedia
  • Sachiko Kokubu, actress, alumnus of Junior College English literature department.
  • Rieko Hara, alumnus of Faculty of Humanities.
  • Sasagu Arai, Professor of Theology
  • Masami Ohinata, professor of Department of Human Life and Environment Studies.
  • Kenji Kawashima, professor of Department of International Social Studies.
  • Yuichi Yoshikawa, professor and translator.
  • Satoshi Fujita, professor of horticulture and regular NHK presenter.

References[edit]

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