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History of Dokkyo University

History of Dokkyo University

Since the foundation of the Doitsu-gaku Kyokai Gakko (German Association School) over 130 years ago, Dokkyo University has maintained its tradition and history as a hub for foreign language education and international exchange that can rival any on the world stage.

A university is an institution where character is developed through learning

Under the principle of nurturing internationally minded individuals by providing them with an opportunity to study the language and culture of Germany, Doitsu-gaku Kyokai Gakko (German Association School) was founded in 1883. This year marked the opening of Rokumeikan, a building that served as a symbol of the civilization and enlightenment of the Meiji period, and Japan's first steps toward internationalization. The following year, a vocational school specializing in law was established to add specialist subject courses in law and politics to the 5-year junior high school. Since then, this educational establishment has produced many outstanding human resources--mainly in the medical world--as the only junior high school in Japan to teach German.

Marking the 80th anniversary of the founding of this educational institute, Dokkyo University was established in 1964 with Dr. Teiyu Amano as its first president under the founding philosophy of "A university is an institution where character is developed through learning." Based on the spirit of German educational doctrines, the university places great importance on teaching smaller groups of students in settings such as seminars, thereby creating numerous opportunities for interaction between the teaching staff and students. More than 130 years since the foundation of the Doitsu-gaku Kyokai Gakko, our tradition and history of foreign language education and international exchange remains alive and well as it continues to be passed on to this day.

Founding philosophy

"A university is an institution where character is developed through learning"

Monument to the founding of Dokkyo UniversityMonument to the founding of Dokkyo UniversityThis is the founding philosophy of Dokkyo University. Teiyu Amano, the university's founder, said the following to mark the founding of the university. Character development is inherently a lifelong task and it can be carried out in various ways...At a university, however, character must be developed through learning. We believe that a university is an institution where character is developed through learning. One must immerse oneself in one's studies. Maintaining concentration and focus is the best way to discipline one's mind and build character. Academic efforts are sure to develop one's character and discipline one's will.
This will must be pure, as academic pursuit is not possible without honesty.
The words "character must be developed through learning" continue to encourage us to think about the essence of learning and they serve as the starting point for all those studying at Dokkyo University.

Founder of Dokkyo University and leading authority on Kant's philosophy

Teiyu Amano (1884-1980)

Teiyu Amano (1884-1980)Graduate of Doitsu-gaku Kyokai Junior High School, founder of Dokkyo University, and philosopher.
Minister of Education during the third Yoshida Cabinet.
He was also known as a leading authority on Kant's philosophy, having been the first to complete a Japanese translation of Kant's Kritik der reinen Vernunft (Critique of Pure Reason).

Philosopher who created the term tetsugaku

Amane Nishi (1829-1897)

Amane Nishi (1829-1897)First principal of Doitsu-gaku Kyokai Gakko (German Association School), philosopher, and enlightenment thinker.
After studying abroad in Holland, he joined the Meirokusha (Meiji 6 Society) together with Yukichi Fukuzawa and various others and devoted himself to enlightenment activities. Having introduced Western philosophy to Japan, he was later referred to as the "Father of Modern Japanese Philosophy."

Father of Dokkyo's education

Jintaro Omura (1863-1907)

Jintaro Omura (1863-1907)Fourth principal of Doitsu-gaku Kyokai Gakko.
While making great efforts to popularize German studies, he introduced the academic and social educational practices of Germany and other European countries to Dokkyo, establishing an all-round education system that includes intellectual, moral, and physical education.

History

1883 Doitsu-gaku Kyokai Gakko (German Association School) founded
1885 Specialist subject courses (Law & Politics) established
1900 Specialist German language course established
1924 English language course established
1948 Dokkyo Junior and Senior High Schools launched under new school system
1963 Dokkyo University Establishment Committee launched
1964 Dokkyo University founded in Soka City, Saitama
Dr. Teiyu Amano assumes position of first president (until 1969)
Faculty of Foreign Languages (Department of German & English) and Faculty of Economics (Department of Economics) established
1966 Department of Management Science added to Faculty of Economics
1967 Department of Law established in Faculty of Law
Department of French added to Faculty of Foreign Languages
1969 Prof. Kiyoshi Kurosawa assumes position of second president (until 1976)
1976 Prof. Shin Shirahata assumes position of third president (until 1988)
1977 Postgraduate Program established for Graduate School of Law
1981 Foreign Language Educational Research Center established
Information Center established
1983 100th Anniversary of Dokkyo Gakuen (Dokkyo Group of Academic Institutions)
Academic exchange agreement signed with University of Essex (UK)
1984 20th anniversary of foundation of Dokkyo University
International Center established
Academic exchange agreement signed with University of Duisburg (Germany)
1985 Exchange agreement signed with University of Burgundy (France)
1986 Postgraduate Programs (German & English) established for Graduate School of Foreign Languages
1988 Prof. Yukio Yasumoto assumes position of fourth president (until 1992)
1989 Doctoral Program added for Graduate School of Law
1990 Doctoral Programs (German & English) added for Graduate School of Foreign Languages
Master's Program (French) added for Graduate School of Foreign Languages
Postgraduate Program established for Graduate School of Economics
1992 Prof. Seiji Tunematsu assumes position of fifth president (until 1993)
Doctoral Program added for Graduate School of Economics
Academic exchange agreement signed with University of Alabama (US)
1993 Prof. Osamu Sakai assumes position of sixth president (until 1996)
1994 Doctoral Program (French) added for Graduate School of Foreign Languages
1996 Prof. Koichi Kinoshita assumes position of seventh president (until 2000)
Academic exchange agreement signed with University of Wollongong (Australia)
1997 Academic exchange agreement signed with Catholic University of the West (France)
1998 Academic exchange agreement signed with York University (Canada) and exchange agreement signed with University of Illinois (US)
1999 Department of Languages and Culture added to Faculty of Foreign Languages
Department of International Legal Studies added to Faculty of Law
Academic exchange agreements signed with University of Wales (Cardiff, UK) and Fudan University (China) Completion of 35th Anniversary Center
2000 Prof. Yasuo Kuwahara assumes position of eighth president (until 2004)
2001 Academic exchange agreement signed with Anyang University (China)
2002 Academic exchange agreement signed with University of Wisconsin (US)
2003 120th Anniversary of Dokkyo Gakuen (Dokkyo Group of Academic Institutions)
One-year Master's Program in English (with specialty in English Teaching) established for Graduate School of Foreign Languages
One-year Master's Program in Economics and Management Science (with specialty in Information) established for Graduate School of Economics
Academic exchange agreements signed with Catholic University of Daegu (S. Korea) and University of Vienna (Austria)
2004 Prof. Ko Kajiyama assumes position of ninth president (until 2012)
40th Anniversary of Dokkyo University
Dokkyo Law School (Graduate School of Law) established
Academic exchange agreements signed with Institute of Japanese Studies (CASS) (China) and University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia) and exchange agreement signed with University of Münster (Germany)
2005 One-year Postgraduate Program in Japanese Teaching added for Graduate School of Foreign Languages
Exchange agreement signed with University of Marburg (Germany)
2006 Academic exchange agreements signed with Inha University (S. Korea) and Hochschule Bremen (Germany)
2007 Faculty of International Liberal Arts established
Amano Teiyu Hall completed
Artificial turf pitch completed
Institute of Regional Research established at Dokkyo University
Institute of Human and Environmental Symbiosis Research established at Dokkyo University
Legal Service Center for Children and Local Community established at Dokkyo University
Academic exchange agreement signed with University of Leicester (UK)
2008 Department of Policy Studies added to Faculty of Law
Dokkyo University Parents' Association established
Exchange agreement signed with University of Basel (Switzerland)
Academic exchange agreement signed with Konkuk University (S. Korea)
Academic exchange agreement signed with Kyung Hee University (S. Korea)
2009 45th Anniversary of Dokkyo University
Department of Tourism and Transnational Studies added to Faculty of Foreign Languages
Academic exchange agreement signed with University of the Fraser Valley (Canada)
Academic exchange agreement signed with Newcastle University (UK)
"CO2 Reduction Eco-campus Project at Dokkyo University" adopted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as its "Housing and Building CO2 Reduction Promotion Model Project" for 2009 (1st) "Enhancement of EGAP English Education in Support of the Development of Graduate Attributes" adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as its "Program for Promoting University Education and Student Support, Theme A: Program for Promoting University Education Reform" for 2009
2010 Dokkyo University Keiwa-kaikan completed
East Building completed
Academic Support Center established
Career Center initiative entitled "Career Counseling Enhancement and Employment Support with Community Cooperation" adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as its "Program for Promoting University Education and Student Support (Employment Support Promotion Program)" for 2009 Recommendation by Dokkyo University's Institute of Human and Environmental Symbiosis Research adopted by Saitama Prefecture for its "100 Plans for Waterside Regeneration Project"
2011 Institute for Research in Foreign Language Teaching established (following reorganization of former Institute for Research in Foreign Language Teaching)
Institute of Informatics established (following reorganization of former Information Center)
East Garden completed on Building No. 3 site
East Building receives Award of Excellence at 2nd Saitama Environmental Architecture/Housing Awards (General Architecture category)
2012 Prof. Tadashi Inui assumes position of tenth president (until 2020)
Student Center Annex completed
Student Center completed
2013 Department of Economics on Sustainability established in Faculty of Economics
Student Center receives Good Design Award
Legal Service Center for Children and Local Community (Dokkyo University) receives Cabinet Office's "Distinguished Service Award for Development of Children/Young People and Child Care Support"
2014 50th Anniversary of Dokkyo University
Academic exchange agreement signed with Southern Cross University (Australia)
2015 Accreditation results received from Japan University Accreditation Association certifying that Dokkyo University "meets Japan University Accreditation Association's University Standards" Academic exchange agreement signed with University of Hildesheim (Germany)
2016 Academic exchange agreement signed with Bogazici University (Turkey)
2017 Academic exchange agreements signed with University of Malaga (Spain) and Sungshin University (S. Korea)
50th Anniversary Center (West Building) completed Name of station closest to Dokkyo University changed from Matsubara-Danchi to Dokkyodaigakumae (Soka-Matsubara)
2018 Academic exchange agreements signed with University of Regensburg (Germany), Dalian University of Technology (China), and University of Franche-Comté (France)
2019 Academic exchange agreements signed with Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany) and Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany)
2020 Asahiko Yamaji assumes position of eleventh president (until 2020)