Kyoritsu Women's University

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An auditorium at Kyoritsu Women's University.

Kyoritsu Women's University (共立女子大学?, Kyōritsu joshi daigaku) is a private women's college in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, established in 1949.

History[edit]

The vocational predecessor of the school was founded in 1886.[1] The name "Kyoritsu", meaning "standing together" in Japanese, came from the fact that 34 people were involved in the foundation of the school; among them were educator Haruko Hatoyama, Kyuichiro Nagai (the father of writer Kafu Nagai) and educator Seiichi Tejima.

Mission[edit]

The founding of Kyoritsu marked the very beginning of women's higher education in Japan: To recognize the need to "educate modern women in knowledge and skills, and to elevate the position of women in society."[2]

Exchanges[edit]

The university has established exchanges and links with international institutions of higher education—for example, the University of Pennsylvania[3]

Notable faculty[edit]

Kaoru Hatoyama was a schoolmaster at the university founded by her mother-in-law, Haruko. (Kaoru was the wife of Ichirō Hatoyama, who was the 52nd, 53rd and 54th Prime Minister of Japan.)[4]

In 2006-2008, Eiko Ikui of Kyoritsu Women's University was an executive director of the Japanese Association for American Studies.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Kobayashi, Kei, Tetsurō Kitamura, Noriyuki Ito and Maki Tamada. (1992). American antique quilt collection (アメリカン・アンティークキルトコレクション?, Amerikan anteikū kiruto korekuskiyon). Tokyo: Nihon Vogue. OCLC 28872477

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Coordinates: 35°41′36.7″N 139°45′28.8″E / 35.693528°N 139.758000°E / 35.693528; 139.758000