About Ochanomizu


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Ochanomizu University was founded on November 29, 1875 as Tokyo Women’s Normal School, Japan’s first institution of higher education for women. In the one hundred and forty years since, the university has blazed a path as a pioneer of women’s education for women eager to learn and find meaningful ways to serve their communities. Based on the legacy and traditions cultivated thus far, we are still striving to foster women who embrace the future by adopting a broad perspective and rich sensitivity. 

As we move beyond a time when it was much harder for women to take active roles in the workforce, our graduates have been pursuing work and performing strongly in a variety of fields, including academia, research, education, industry, government and the media. They are earning the deep respect of the people surrounding them, and have expanded the opportunities available to the women who follow.

When Ochanomizu University became a national university corporation in 2004, it made a commitment to being a place where all women who are motivated to learn can realize their most ambitious dreams. We aim to support women around the world in their efforts to fulfill their dreams. This includes women in developing countries who may have the desire but not the opportunity to pursue an education. We are creating an environment where young women can enjoy deep mutual understanding with peers from diverse cultures with different values and perspectives, and benefit from one another while pursuing their own growth. As of April 1, Ochanomizu University had concluded exchange agreements with 69 universities in 24 countries. We will continue to build a distinctive education system that combines liberal arts education, global education and leadership education, and always provide a place of learning where young women can explore what they want to do in society.

The world we live in faces many challenges, and we are entering a period of major change. As the social environment evolves on a global scale, people’s sense of values and the foundations of their lives are being shaken. Under these conditions, universities must offer education and research that equip young people with the ability to create their own prosperous futures and to solve problems.

Ochanomizu University offers a broad and diverse academic research environment, allowing students to study the ways that humans live in society and the institutions that support them, the workings of life and its structures, science and technology and development that support natural systems and human lifestyles, and methods of constructing institutions and theories. As public servants, our faculty and staff feel a sense of responsibility to use the education and research services we offer to equip students with broad knowledge, a deep sense of inquisitiveness and a rich sense of imagination. Every day they strive to cultivate talented women who will lead Japan and the world into the future.

In FY2016, the university began work on its third-period midterm plans and goals. The university takes this opportunity to add another goal to our existing mission of “cultivating global female leaders.” Our new goal is to promote research and education that will enable people to remain physically and mentally happy and healthy throughout their lives.

Ochanomizu University sincerely hopes that all its students achieve their own unique dreams and create their own prosperous future. We also have faith that they will pursue activities that inspire hope and courage in the people around them and their surrounding community. As an institution of higher education backed by a 140-year legacy of achievement, we will continue to play a pivotal role in society well into the future.

April 2016
Kimiko Murofushi
Ochanomizu University


“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.

These programs that of the “21st century Ochanomizu University model” focus on three areas:

  • 1. Development of higher education for women into the future
  • 2. Centralization of research and 21st century liberal arts education
  • 3. Social contribution and international exchange

Cutting-edge research and development based on new ways of thinking is a unique feature of research at Ochanomizu University.

Educational Characteristics

Highly specialized education to develop women leaders

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.

Advanced graduate research closely linked to undergraduate courses

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.

Promotion of 21st century liberal arts education integrating the humanities and sciences

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.

Launch of a multiple program elective course system in 2011

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.



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.

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Institutional Data

Number of Students

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate Freshmen Sophomores Juniors Seniors Total
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
Total 484 479 501 598 2062

(Numbers include foreign students. As of May 2012)

Graduate Students
Graduate 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year Total
Master's Program 221 308 - 529
Doctoral Program 74 101 229 404
Total 295 409 229 933

(Numbers include foreign students. As of May 2012)

Grand Total
Grand Total Number of Students
Grand Total 2995

(Numbers include foreign students. As of May 2012)

Number of Staff

Administrative Staff
Administration Office Number of Staff
Administration Office 101
Faculty Staff
Faculty Staff Number of Staff
Undergraduate Courses 2
Graduate Courses 198
Educational Affairs Department 20
On-Campus Research Facilities 45
Educational Staff (Attached Schools) Number of Staff
Kindergarten 10
Elementary School 30
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)

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