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Ueki Tomoko President Doshisha University

UEKI TOMOKO
President
Doshisha University

  Message from the President

  In 1864, amid the turmoil toward the end of the Tokugawa shogunate, Joseph Hardy Neesima directed his gaze to the rest of the world, broke the national ban on international travel by leaving Japan, and set off for the United States. After extensive studies at Amherst College, he returned to Japan and in 1875 founded Doshisha Eigakko (Academy), the predecessor of Doshisha University. In "The Aim in Establishing Doshisha University”, which was published in November 1888, he wrote: “A nation is upheld in prosperity not by the work of a few great men, but depends for this on men of wisdom and character who might be called the conscience of the nation. It is my desire and purpose to provide such men for the nation.”
  Carrying on the thinking of Neesima, who aspired to the all-round education of individuals equipped with both knowledge and virtue, Doshisha University practices conscience education taking Christian principles, liberalism, and internationalism as its underlying philosophy. It prizes the virtues rooted in a love of truth and deep humanity, the spirit of respecting individuality and cherishing each and every person, and the ability to view the world from a broad perspective, and has been sending graduates instilled with these properties out into the world. Its many alumni now active in various fields in society are proof of the quality of a Doshisha education.
  Asked by the statesman Katsu Kaishu how many years it would take to complete Doshisha on the occasion of their first meeting, Neesima reportedly replied that Doshisha would have to wait 200 years for its completion (according to ”Neesima Sensei Genkoroku” (Record of the Words and Deeds of Mr. Neesima) by Seiji Ishizuka). There is a different version of this story; in ”Shinko to Riso” (Christian Faith) by former Doshisha University President Tasuku Harada, Katsu asks Neesima in how many years he intended to have the education he desired spread throughout Japan, and Neesima immediately replies, “About 300 years.” If this latter version is true, then Doshisha University shall continue to steadily progress while looking far into the future and the 300th anniversary of its founding, with its 200th anniversary in 2075 being just another milestone it passes along the way.

Note: The English titles of books in brackets are tentative translations for works available only in Japanese.

Profile of President, Ueki TOMOKO

Birth1967
DegreeDoctor of Humanities and Sciences(Ochanomizu University Graduate School)
Research AreasHumanities & social sciences/Literature - Japanese

Academic Achievements

March 1990Graduated from the Japanese Literature Course, Faculty of Letters and Education, Ochanomizu University
March 1992Received a Master’s degree in Japanese Literature from Division of Humanities, Ochanomizu University Graduate School
September 1998Received a Doctor of Humanities and Sciences from Ochanomizu University Graduate School

Career History

April 1996 – March 2001:Full-time instructor, Japanese Language and Literature Major, Department of Literature, Jumonji Junior College
April 2001 – March 2003Associate Professor, Japanese Language and Literature Major, Department of Literature, Jumonji Junior College
April 2003 – March 2005Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Faculty of Social and Information Science, Jumonji University
April 2005 – March 2007Associate Professor, Department of Japanese Literature, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University
April 2007 – presentProfessor, Department of Japanese Literature, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University
April 2007 – presentProfessor, Japanese Literature Course (Master’s program), Graduate School of Letters, Doshisha University
April 2012 – presentProfessor, Japanese Literature Course (Doctoral program), Graduate School of Letters, Doshisha University
April 2015 – March 2017Dean, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University
April 2017 – March 2020Vice-President of Doshisha University and Executive Dean, Organization for Educational Support
April 2020 – presentPresident (the 34th), Doshisha University

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