Dokkyo University

Dokkyo University
Dokkyo University

Dokkyo University (獨協大学 Dokkyō Daigaku?) is a private university in Sōka, Saitama, Japan, which is a fairly liberal, mixed (co-educational) institution noted for its language education programmes and international exchanges.



The name "Dokkyo" is the Japanese-style dual kanji-based abbreviation of Verein für deutsche Wissenschaften, or German Studies Society (獨逸學協會 Doitsu-gaku Kyōkai?). What was to become today's Dokkyo University was founded on 18 September 1881 by those scholars such as Nishi Amane (西周 Nishi Amane?) and Katō Hiroyuki (加藤弘之 Katō Hiroyuki?), diplomats such as Inoue Kaoru (井上毅 Inoue Kaoru?) and Viscount Aoki Shūzo (青木周藏 Aoki Shūzō?) and statesmen such as Shinagawa Yajiroh (品川彌二郎 Shinagawa Yajirō?) and Katsura Tarō (桂太郎 Katsura Tarō?) as Verein für deutsche Wissenschaften, or German Studies Society (獨逸學協會 Doitsu-gaku Kyōkai?), with its first chancellor being Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa (北白川宮能久親王 Kitashirakawa-no-miya Yoshihisa-shinnō?). It developed into Schule des Vereins für deutsche Wissenschaften, or German Studies Society School (獨逸學協會學校 Doitsu-gaku Kyōkai Gakkō?) in 1883, which opened its door exclusively to boys in line with the custom at the time. They also founded a highly prestigious law school to give teachings about Japan's first constitution (The Constitution of the Great Empire of Japan (大日本帝國憲法 Dai Nippon Teikoku Kempō?) modelled after the Prussian one and the criminal codes also modelled after the German ones, but the elite law division was absorbed by the Imperial University of Tokyo (東京帝國大學 Tōkyō Teikoku Daigaku?) Faculty of Law in 1895.

The school went through a minor negative campaign during the war against the German Empire (Deutsches Reich) from August 1914 to November 1918, but the majority of the Japanese public was either pro-German or neutral despite Japan's role on the British side. The 1920s saw its heyday when the school sent the highest number of boys into the nation's top Daiichi Kōtō Gakkō (第一高等学校 Daiichi Kōtō Gakkō?) ("High School No.1") in Tokyo, or popularly known as "Ichikō", which is today's Liberal Arts campus of the University of Tokyo (東京大学 Tōkyō Daigaku?). The collapse of the two great empires of Germany and Japan in 1945, however, rendered the elite school into a mere boys' high school of middle rank. During the early 1960s Dokkyo School's graduate and former Education Minister Amano Teiyū (天野貞祐 Amano Teiyū?) was invited to "found" the University with money from the school and local governments. They started their first ever lectures on a higher education level in April 1964.



  • Faculty of Foreign Languages (外国語学部)
    • Department of German (ドイツ語学科)
    • Department of English (英語学科)
    • Department of French (フランス語学科)
  • Faculty of International Liberal Arts (国際教養学部)
    • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (言語文化学科)
  • Faculty of Economics (経済学部)
    • Department of Economics (経済学科)
    • Department of Management Science (経営学科)
  • Faculty of Law (法学部)
    • Department of Law (法律学科)
    • Department of International Legal Studies (国際関係法学科)
    • Department of Policy Studies (総合政策学科) (from 2008)


  • Graduate Schools (大学院)
    • Graduate School of Law (法学研究科)
    • Graduate School of Foreign Languages (外国語学研究科)
    • Graduate School of Economics (経済学研究科)
  • Dokkyo Law School (法科大学院)

International exchanges

Academic exchange agreements

Exchange agreements


External links

Coordinates: 35°50′24″N 139°47′38″E / 35.8399°N 139.794°E / 35.8399; 139.794

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