The Great East Japan Earthquake and its accompanying disasters on March 11, 2011 awoke in us a better awareness of problem issues, and made us realize the need for new perspectives on threats posed by nature, the true meaning of scientific and technological progress, and the human condition and everyday life. In this vein, I want first to express our sincere hope for a swift return to normalcy in the areas stricken by the disasters and our desire to work hard to help achieve that recovery.
Ochanomizu University traces its roots back to 1875 with the founding of Tokyo Women’s Normal School. Later, that institution evolved into The Women's Campus of Tokyo Normal School, then The Women's Campus of Higher Normal School, Women’s Higher Normal School, and then Tokyo Women’s Higher Normal School. Later still, in 1949, it was established as Ochanomizu University with a new system of education, and in 2004, under the National University Corporation Law, it became a national university corporation with the same name. Throughout its history, our institution has fostered the development of many female leaders who went on to become active in education, research and numerous other fields.
Ever since its foundation in 1875, Ochanomizu’s educational programs have focused on the development of exceptional female leaders who have the ability to master advanced, specialized knowledge, and to break new ground as active participants in society. When we became a national university corporation, we defined our mission as being a place where all women who are motivated to learn can realize their earnest dreams.
At Ochanomizu, education is centered on the achievement of three fundamentals: knowledge, critical thinking and tolerance. We are convinced of the importance of personal qualities that enable individuals to acquire solidly based, advanced specialized learning, and to use that learning to make appropriate judgments, all the while showing respect for others.
To help our students achieve these fundamentals, we began a process of educational reform in fiscal 2008. In that year we launched an interdisciplinary education program entitled the 21st CenturyLiberal Arts Education, integrating Humanities and Sciences, and in 2011 we began a multiple program elective course system, with a view to restructuring our education programs at the baccalaureate degree level. The aim of our education programs is to train students to develop a broad perspective when approaching issues, and to examine problems from multiple angles while using their problem-solving abilities in their own specialized field. The programs are designed so that students can, through their participation, exhibit independence of thought while tackling problems that arise, and develop the ability to find ways to solve such problems. We expect that after graduation they will, from this experience, be empowered to deal successfully with a wide array of issues and become effective driving forces in society.
Ochanomizu University’s advanced education is supported by the excellent research being undertaken by its faculty.
Our university has established itself as a base for international research through the 21st Century COE (Center of Excellence) Program and Global COE Program, and has implemented a number of programs and research projects, including a program to restructure its graduate school, a program to accelerate the internationalization of its university education, and a project promoting research in practical social sciences.
Ochanomizu University is known for its emphasis on both basic research and applied research that focuses on living. For scholarship to advance, basic research is essential. And academic studies only become socially relevant when they are undertaken from a practical perspective. The very act of living, and the essence of humanity, forms the basis of this practical perspective, and these themes are important aspects of learning. I believe this approach is important especially today, when it is common to question both the relationship between humanity and nature, and the value of scientific progress and technological development.
There is no doubt that science has brought many advantages to people’s lives since the advent of modern times, but we have come to realize that science has also caused us to lose much. The task now facing universities, as institutions of higher education and research, is to search for ways to promote both scientific progress and the development of a bountiful social environment where new technologies are applied in an appropriate manner. So our task as universities is to foster the development of the next generation of people endowed with the ability to do this.
“Technology is simply a means to achieve human goals — in itself, it is neither good nor bad. The important thing for humanity is, what it will make through technology, what it will use technology for, and how it will assert sovereignty over technology. The question is what type of person can avoid being controlled by technology, and can instead control technology.” So wrote the eminent philosopher Karl Jaspers in 1949 VomUrsprung und Ziel der Geschichte (The Origin and Goal of History), and the significance of his thoughts can guide us today.
It is my sincere wish that, through our emphasis on humanity and through education based on advanced research, our university will contribute to the development of truly abundant, benevolent societies.
Ochanomizu University is working hard to develop female leaders, taking advantage of its status as a national women’s university. A leader is more than someone who occupies an upper echelon position in an organization — leadership takes many different forms. Perhaps we can say that leadership in a person is a quality that enables them to exhibit their talents in their own way, and as a result change and improve their surroundings. Our university has developed such leadership qualities in numerous fields over more than 130 years since its establishment.
Our curriculum includes a Career Design Program and a Leadership Development Program, as part of our current efforts to enhance practical leadership education.
When exhibiting leadership, a feeling of togetherness with others is important, so we established new spaces on campus to promote this ideal of togetherness. One such space is the Learning Commons set up in 2007 in the Ochanomizu University Library. There, students and faculty staff share time and space in many ways, in a common area offering opportunities for studying and developing together. Then in 2011 we established a new student dormitory called Ochadai Student Community Commons (SCC), to promote the ideal of students living, studying and developing together. These places are designed for students to work together in the same shared space, helping them boost their communication skills and hone their leadership abilities.
Ochanomizu University enjoys an especially high reputation among all national universities in Japan for the educational opportunities it provides (including the efforts mentioned above), its research, its contributions to society in Japan and to the international community, and its administrative operations. We intend to continue to enhance these special characteristics, and to ensure our university is a place where women can realize their earnest dreams while developing skills to promote the achievement of truly abundant, benevolent societies.
It is my sincere hope that students, blessed with fine abilities and boundless possibilities, will study at our university and fully demonstrate their talents, so that through their leadership in Japan and the international community, they will promote the development of a wonderful future. I pledge to work together with our students to help them achieve this.
|Specialized field||Philosophy, Ethics|
|As a national women's university with 135 years of experience in education, Ochanomizu University strives to contribute to society by fostering women leaders for the twenty-first century. We strive to conduct cutting-edge research based on an education in the humanities and a solid foundation of knowledge, with the aim of giving back to society the fruits of our research.|
“Ochanomizu University will support all women, regardless of age or nationality, in protecting their individual dignity and rights, freely developing their unique qualities and capabilities, and pursuing persolearning so as to satisfy their intellectual appetites.”
As a pioneer of women's education in Japan, Ochanomizu University offers programs that will develop women capable of being opinion leaders in politics, economics, academia, culture, and other fields on the international stage.
Cutting-edge research and development based on new ways of thinking is a unique feature of research at Ochanomizu University.
Ochanomizu University‘s undergraduate courses offer highly specialized education in small class sizes. We have in place a free learning environment that protects the individual dignity and rights of women so as to develop women capable of contributing to the realization of a gender-equal society and to the empowerment of women around the world.
Graduate research promotes a variety of projects, the outcomes of which are deeply reflected in undergraduate courses. We pursue evolutions in the university‘s curricula through their link to cutting-edge research in the graduate school.
The globalization of society in the 21st century is giving rise to concurrent trends in knowledge and technology: specialization and diversification. That is, the knowledge that students acquire must be specialized or it will be useless, and at the same time it must be communicable to
people with different national and cultural backgrounds.
In the past, the university offered liberal arts as a preliminary step to specialized education. Whereas at present, we are required to foster in students communication and negotiation skills, a cross-disciplinary viewpoint, and the ability to make judgments in response to change so as to support and enable full utilization of highly specialized education.
Ochanomizu University‘s 21st century liberal arts education aims to build on the foundation of knowledge itself, or the general (liberal) skills (arts) that students can use throughout their lifetime.
The new system enables students to freely combine “core programs,” “specialty programs,” “subprograms,” and “interdisciplinary programs” so as to acquire, in addition to the in-depth knowledge required of them in the past, the knowledge and skills suited to their needs.
Curriculum Formulation and Implementation Policy (Curriculum Policy)
Tokyo Women's Normal School, Japan‘s first institute of higher education for women and the predecessor of Ochanomizu University, opens in Ochanomizu, Tokyo (now Yushima, Bunkyo-ku)
The school produces its first graduating class of 15 students
School buildings are destroyed by fire during the Great Kanto Earthquake
The school moves into new buildings at the present location (Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku)
Ochanomizu University is established as a women‘s university with a Faculty of Letters, a Faculty of Science and Home Economics
Graduate School of Home Economics (master's program) is established
Graduate School of Humanities and Science (doctoral program) is established
Faculty of Home Economics is reorganized into the Faculty of Human Life and Environmental Sciences.
Master's research courses in humanities, science, and home economics are reorganized into the Graduate School of Humanities and Science (master's program with 6 divisions).
According to the National University Corporation Law, Ochanomizu University becomes a national university corporation.
Strengthening Education and Research through Reorganization of the Graduate School.
|Faculty of Letters and Education||213||215||226||275||929|
|Faculty of Science||134||129||133||156||552|
|Faculty of Human Life and Environmental Sciences||137||135||142||167||581|
（Numbers include foreign students. As of May 2012）
|Graduate Courses||1st Year||2nd Year||3rd Year||Total|
（Numbers include foreign students. As of May 2012）
|Grand Total||Number of Student|
（Numbers include foreign students. As of May 2012）
|Administration Office||Number of Staff|
|Faculty Staff||Number of Staff|
|Educational Affairs Department||20|
|On-Campus Research Facilities||45|
|Faculty Staff (Attached Schools)||Number of Staff|
|Junior High School||25|
|Senior High School||25|
|Izumi Daycare Center||4|
（The Graduate School faculty are also responsible for teaching classes in the Undergraduate Faculties. As of May 2012）
The Ochanomizu University Library has a collection of approximately 660,000 books and 14,000 magazine titles comprising, in addition to material on general studies and specialized fields, a wide range of material unique to the university such as about gender studies and child education. The library also provides a lineup of digital resources including databases and electronic journals, and audio-visual material including DVDs and CDs.
Internet service is available throughout the library.
The Career Café offers a place for casual conversation and functions as a new intellectual space for students to host their own events.
Ochanomizu University provides 150 iMacs, 100 Windows computers, and five color printers on campus for students‘use.
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