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A Message from the President of Doshisha University

Doshisha EU Campus at Tübingen University

President of Doshisha University Tomoko Ueki

Doshisha University
President UEKI Tomoko

Welcome to the website of the Doshisha EU Campus at Tübingen University.

In Academic Year 2017, Doshisha University established Doshisha EU Campus at Tübingen University (Doshisha EU Campus), our very first overseas campus, within the precincts of Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, i.e., the University of Tübingen in Germany. I would like to express my profound gratitude and appreciation for the continued generous support and assistance provided by all the faculty and staff members of the University of Tübingen towards establishing this first overseas campus, as well as conducting subsequent activities in various fields on the Doshisha EU Campus.

The long-standing cooperation between Doshisha University and the University of Tübingen started in 1990 with an agreement for the exchange of students. In 1993, the University of Tübingen Center for Japanese Language in Kyoto, currently known as Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies at Doshisha University, was established on our Imadegawa Campus. For approximately 30 years since its foundation, every year around 25 Tübingen students from the Department of Japanese Studies have studied at our campus and beyond. I am proud to have witnessed that not only enthusiastic academic/educational activities by the students, but there has also been accumulation of active research collaboration between scholars from both universities, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.

Doshisha EU Campus serves as a hub for semester programs for Doshisha students, as well as short-term and long-term faculty exchanges and research collaboration between scholars and scientists from both universities since Academic Year 2019. Moreover, since Academic Year 2020, we have established a new program consisting of International & European Studies (IES) courses organized by the University of Tübingen and courses offered by various faculties of Doshisha University in which Doshisha students and Tübingen students study together. Thereby we now have a structure of providing educational programs throughout an academic year. The utilization of the Doshisha EU Campus in these and the following ways is a major pillar of our “Doshisha Vision 2025”:

  1. Developing academic exchanges and educational activities not only in comparative studies between Japan, Germany, and Europe, but also, more generally, in various study fields such as theology, philosophy, ethics, history, literature, education, the study of “conscience”, psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, law, political science, economics, commerce, life and medical sciences, science and engineering, culture and information science, health and sports science, global studies, and conflict studies.
  2. Promoting cooperation with diverse, world-class universities and research institutes across Europe, in addition to further strengthening the existing partnership with the University of Tübingen.
  3. Enhancing the dissemination of information on Doshisha research and educational activities in English language.
  4. Improving the educational environment at the Doshisha EU Campus by creating learning opportunities for Doshisha students to study together with Tübingen students who had (or will have) studied at the Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, as well as all other students of the University of Tübingen community.

I would like to emphasize the most important thing for Doshisha community to remember, that is, when conducting academic and research activities at the Doshisha EU Campus, we must continuously reflect upon the “Founding Spirit and Philosophy of Doshisha”, articulated by Joseph Hardy Neesima, i.e., keeping in mind that our institutional aim is to foster “individuals who use their abilities as their conscience dictates”. For our students, undergraduates and postgraduates, and for our faculty and administrative staff members, it is my hope that I witness your active participation in the various programs and activities we will be undertaking at the Doshisha EU Campus. For our prospective students, as part of your life plan I would like you to consider studying at the Doshisha EU Campus as a Doshisha University student.

In addition, it is my sincere hope that there will be opportunities for our alumni, both members of the Doshisha Alumni Association and Tübingen alumni who studied at Doshisha, to meet together and reinforce friendships and mutual understanding.

I truly appreciate your kind understanding of and continued generous support for the Doshisha EU Campus at Tübingen University.

Professor UEKI Tomoko
President
Doshisha University