Founding Academic Principle and History
Founding Academic Principle of Kyoritsu Women’s Educational Institution
In 1886, 34 leading academics, pioneers of women’s education in Japan at that time, established Kyoritsu Women’s Occupational Institute. The application document submitted to the Government gave “women’s self-reliance” as the objective of the proposed Institute, declaring that “Suitable jobs need to be created and women given the means to participate in the world of work.”
The core of the Institute’s curriculum was the knowledge and skills needed for career jobs. At the same time, the students were schooled in a culture of self-support. Our founding principle was “To improve women’s position in society by promoting self-reliance.” Kyoritsu Women’s Educational Institution has flourished for 126 years by abiding by this philosophy.
In 1928, the Institute became a professional college, shifting its primary focus from technical skills to more academic subjects.
In 1949, during the post-war educational reforms, the college became a university system, aiming to send women of superior capability out into society. We established our junior college and graduate school soon after.
Thus, while always keeping an eye on the future and seeking the path to continuing improvement on the basis of our founding principle, Kyoritsu has changed with the times to maintain its leading role in women’s education.
History of Kyoritsu
The founding of Kyoritsu marked the dawn of women’s education in Japan. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Japan embraced capitalism, modernized society and became competitive in the global economy. Our founders felt the need to promote human rights for women, to educate 19th century women in knowledge and skills, and to elevate their position in society.
Emperor Meiji, and later the Empress, visited the new school to see displays of the students’ work; they even purchased embroideries made by students. In time, due to increasing student numbers, additional space was required, and land adjoining the campus was purchased from the Imperial Household Agency.
Today, we can look back with pride on 125 years of trying to fulfill the founders’ ideals.
|Kyoritsu Women’s Occupational Institute Established
|School Moved to Kanda
|kyoritsu Women’s Professional College Established
|Faculty of Home Economics, Kyoritsu Women’s University Established
|Department of Home Economics, Kyoritsu Women’s Junior College Established
|University Faculty of Arts and Letters, Junior College Department of Language and Literature (Day and Evening Schools) Established
|Graduate School of Arts and Letters MA Course, Nutritional Science Program and Catering Administration Program Established
|Living Arts Program Established
|New Hachioji Campus Building Number 1 Completed
|Graduate School of Home Economics MA Course Established
|Kyoritsu’s 100th Anniversary Celebrations
|Home Economics Department Renamed Department of the Science of Living
|Faculty of International Studies Established
|Exchange Agreements with Seven Chinese Universities
|Doctorate Course (in Human Life Science) in the Graduate School of Home Economics, and MA Course (in Comparative Culture) in the Graduate School of Comparative Culture Established
|Kyoritsu’s 110th Anniversary Celebrations
Many guests from student-exchange universities in five overseas countries helped add an international flavor to ceremonies held at both the Kanda Hitotsubashi and Hachioji campuses.
|Department of Nursing (Junior College) Established
|Department of Child Studies Established in Faculty of Home Economics
Department of Architecture and Design Established in Faculty of Home Economics
Department of Arts and Letters Established in Faculty of Arts and Letters
Department of International Studies Established in Faculty of International Studies
|MA Courses (in Architectural Design and in Child Studies)Established in the Graduate School of Home Economics, and MA Course (in International Studies)Established in the Graduate School of International Studies.
|Applications Halted for the Department of Nursing (Junior College).
|Faculty of Nursing Established
|MA Course (in Nursing) Established in the Graduate School of Nursing
|Department of Business Established in the Faculty of Business Studies
|Applications Halted for the Department of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Home Economics Faculty of Architecture and Design Established