Tohoku Gakuin University

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Tohoku Gakuin University
The Main Gate and the Main Building (Tsuchitoi Campus)
Motto Life Light Love
Type Private
Established Founded 1886,
Chartered 1949
President Nozomu Hoshimiya
Academic staff
Undergraduates 12,414
Postgraduates 242
Location Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Campus Urban, -- acres (-- km²)
Endowment US$-- (JP¥--)
Sports -- varsity teams
Mascot None

Tohoku Gakuin University (東北学院大学, Tōhoku Gakuin Daigaku) is a private university in Sendai, Japan. It was founded under a Christian background (specifically the German Reformed Church, which later was known as the Reformed Church in the United States. A large part of the Reformed Church in the United States subsequently merged into what is today known as the United Church of Christ in the United States).


The university was founded in 1886 (Meiji 19) as Sendai Theological Seminary by Oshikawa Masayoshi (1850–1928), one of Japan's first Protestants, and Protestant missionary William E. Hoy.. [1][2] Oshikawa, an ex-samurai in Matsuyama became the seminary's first president. In 1891, the school was renamed Tohoku Gakuin (東北學院, Tōhoku gakuin) and a course for non-Christian students was added.

The first president Oshikawa resigned in 1901 and was succeeded by David Bowman Schneder (1857–1938). In 1904, college courses were added and authorized by the Specialized School Order. The college at first had two Departments: Letters, Theology. In 1918, Normal School and the Department of Commerce were added. In 1926, the main building (still used today) was built in Tsuchitoi Campus. Schneder left the college due to age, but even in his last days he had strong faith and gave the sermon titled "I am not ashamed of the gospel" (1936, the 50th anniversary of the school).

During World War II, the college was virtually forced to stop functioning and Tohoku Gakuin College of Aeronautical Engineering (東北學院航空工業專門學校, Tōhoku gakuin kōkū kōgyō senmon gakkō) was established instead (1944–1947).

After the war, the college was reorganized (under Japan's new educational system) into Tohoku Gakuin University in 1949.

Faculties (Undergraduate schools)[edit]

Graduate schools[edit]

  • Letters
  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Law (including Law School)
  • Engineering
  • Human Informatics (in Izumi Campus)

Notable graduates[edit]


  1. ^ Shavit, David (1990). "Hoy, William E(dwin)". The United States in Asia: A Historical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-313-26788-8. 
  2. ^ Nomura, Shin (14 April 2015). "The Three Founders of Tohoku Gakuin". The United Church of Christ in Japan. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 

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Coordinates: 38°14′59″N 140°52′38″E / 38.24972°N 140.87722°E / 38.24972; 140.87722