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About D.W.C.L.A. Educational Philosophy

educational philosophy


Since its foundation, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts has been pursuing educational and research activities with Christianity, internationalism, and liberal arts as the core of our educational philosophy.


To learn and to live not only for yourself, but also for others.

Since its foundation, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts has upheld our founding spirit of love and freedom based on Christian teachings. The process of learning to establish oneself is deepened by nurturing feelings of love and dedication toward others. We aim to nurture women who are capable of demonstrating their love for others freely and willingly, without being preoccupied with their own benefit—women who can truly be “the salt of the earth and the light of the world.”


Working on the coexistence of humanity from a global perspective

Through his experience in the Western world, Joseph Hardy Neesima realized the importance of the ability to see and analyze history and events from an international, objective perspective rather than from the viewpoint of a single country, and he put this insight into practice through education. To look at the world from a global perspective beyond differences in religion, culture, language, and ethnicity, and to seek a way of coexistence—these are the guiding principles of international education.

Liberal Arts

Nurturing well-rounded women

Liberal arts originated from the seven areas of study (grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music) that intellectuals in medieval Europe pursued in order to cultivate their views of mankind and the world. Ever since, liberal arts education has been a proud tradition in the Western world. Since our foundation, we at D.W.C.L.A. have been committed to liberal arts as the core of our education. We encourage students not only to acquire knowledge and skills in the area of their specialization but also to study a wide range of academic disciplines in order to obtain a broad perspective and understanding, and ultimately to contribute to making the world a better place.