Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts

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Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts
Dwcla logo.png
Motto Latin: Ego sum vitis vera
Motto in English
I am the true vine
Established Founded 1876 (1876)
Chartered 1949
Type Private
President Hirō Kaga
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 6,538
Undergraduates 6,466
Postgraduates 52
Location Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
35°01′47″N 135°45′49″E / 35.029629°N 135.763613°E / 35.029629; 135.763613Coordinates: 35°01′47″N 135°45′49″E / 35.029629°N 135.763613°E / 35.029629; 135.763613
Campus Urban / Suburban,
530 acres (2.1 km²)
Colors White and Purple          
Nickname Dojo (同女 Dōjo?)

Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts (同志社女子大学 Dōshisha joshi daigaku?) is a private women's college in Kyotanabe, Kyoto, Japan. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1876, and it was chartered as a university in 1949.


In 1876, Protestant educator Niijima Jō founded the Doshisha Girls' School with the assistance from his wife Niijima Yae.[1] The original school was located at the former residence of Yanagihara family (a division of Fujiwara clan) inside the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Since the main Doshisha University founded the year prior was not co-educational at the time, the women's school was founded to promote the importance of women's education.

In 1930, it was renamed to Doshisha Women's College and maintained as a vocational school. In 1949, the vocational system was abolished, and the school was granted university status and the present name under the new National School Establishment Law.[2]


As of 2013, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts employs 278 full-time and 553 part-time faculty members across its Kyoto campuses.[3]


Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts
Eikoukan, Imadegawa campus
Eikoukan, Imadegawa campus
Yuwakan, Kyotanabe campus
Yuwakan, Kyotanabe campus


The Kyotanabe campus is located in Kyōtanabe, Kyoto. It was opened in 1986 as Tanabe campus, part of the Kansai Science City until it was renamed in 1999.[1] The campus now houses 3 faculties (Faculty of Liberal Arts, Contemporary Social Studies and Pharmaceutical Sciences) and 3 graduate schools.[4]


The Imadegawa campus is located in the former residence of Satsuma Domain and Nijō family, situated in the center of Kyoto City, across from Kyoto Imperial Palace. It is located adjacent to the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University. Inside the campus, the main building Eikoukan is registered as one of the Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan.[5]

This campus houses 2 faculties (Faculty of Culture and Representation and Human Life and Science) and 4 graduate schools.[4]

Student life[edit]


  • Doshisha Eve - The university festival is held annually in the autumn semester at the Imadegawa campus. Similar to the co-educational counterpart, the festival at the women's college is also held 3 days prior to November 29, the founding date of Doshisha University.[6]


As of 2012, around 11.6% of undergraduates were able to find employment in one of the top 400 companies in Japan, which places them third overall among women's universities in Kansai area, after Nara Women's University and Kobe College.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Doshisha University Collection, 1914-present". Amherst College. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Timeline". Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "学生数・教職員数一覧". 同志社女子大学. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Undergraduate and Graduate Programs". Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "同志社女子大学栄光館". Cultural Heritage Online. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "EVE (大学祭)". 同志社女子大学. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2012年 大学別著名400社 就職率ランキング 女子大学編". 大学通信. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 

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