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Doshisha University

Carrying on the thinking of Neesima, who aspired to the all-round education of individuals equipped with both knowledge and virtue, Doshisha University practices conscience education taking Christian principles, liberalism, and internationalism as its underlying philosophy.

About

History

144 years have passed since Doshisha was founded by one of the foremost educators of the Meiji period, Joseph Hardy Neesima. Immediately after returning to Japan, Neesima founded Doshisha Eigakko (English Academy) in Kyoto.

Education

The purpose of founding Doshisha Academy was not only to equip students with a general knowledge of the English language, but also to cultivate in students virtue, enhance their integrity, and help them discipline their mind. In other words, we have made every effort to produce individuals who are able to put their conscience into practice. Such education can never be achieved only through intellectual education.

Research

  • Organization for Research Initiatives and Development
  • Institute for Study of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • International Institute of American Studies
  • Harris Science Research Institute
  • Database of Researchers

Career

Through substantial and well-developed career support services and activities, Doshisha University continues to maintain a high employment rate (98.5% for male students; and 98.8% for female students) . In our recent survey of students who have been assured of a job before graduation, about 90% were ‘greatly satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with their places of employment. Employers and other recruiting organizations consistently give high praise to the students of Doshisha University.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
1001
2019
1001
2018
1001
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
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2019
801
2018
801
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Services

Housing services

Doshisha University has four dorms for men and two dorms for women. Each dormitory has its unique tradition and culture, and is basically operated by dormitory students autonomously. The university strives to respond to the financial needs of students by keeping the rent reasonable.

About 40 percent of Doshisha University students live in an apartment or rent a room in a home. Doshisha University helps students find low cost accommodation through real estate agents designated by the university.

Library services

The Imadegawa Library houses approximately 700,000 books, representing a collection that was started when Doshisha was founded, and the Learned Memorial Library has about 270,000 books, consisting primarily of basic educational materials. Students are also able to make use of nearly 1.6 million documents belonging to various faculty laboratories and research centers.

Medical services

The Student Health Center, with premises situated on both on the Imadegawa and Kyotanabe campuses, provides support and assistance to students to help them maintain good physical and mental health throughout their time at Doshisha University.

Student Life

Campus life

Doshisha University has two main campuses. One is the Imadegawa Campus located in the heart of Kyoto City, north of Kyoto Imperial Palace and adjacent to a noted Buddhist temple, Shokokuji. As the birthplace of Doshisha University, the history of the Imadegawa Campus is an integral part of Doshisha 144-year-old story. Five buildings on this campus are designated as national important cultural properties. 

The Kyotanabe Campus, the other main campus, is located in southern Kyoto Prefecture, where modern buildings, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and services, stand on 790,000 square meters of land surrounded by a lush green natural environment.

Sports facilities

On the Kyotanabe Campus, there are full-fledged sports facilities centered around the Davis Memorial Auditorium, with a baseball ground and a golf ground on the north side, an athletics stadium and several fields for team sports such as soccer, American football and rugby on the west side, and training lodges and sports club rooms on the south side. These extensive facilities are used by more than 50 different sports clubs and groups at Doshisha University.

  • Aikido
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Figure skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Sumo
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student clubs

Students participate in about 400 club and circle activities.

At Doshisha University, there are about 170 official extracurricular activity groups and 240 groups registered with the Student Support Services Center in a wide range of areas including arts, sports and culture. The groups range from those with a long tradition at the university to those more connected with contemporary culture, and all are run by the students themselves.

Student Reviews

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