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Dokkyo University
Dokkyo logo.svg
Motto A University is an institution where character is developed through learning
Type Private
Established 1883
President Tadashi Inui
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 8892
Postgraduates 143
Sōka, Saitama
Colors Blue
Dokkyo University East Building
Dokkyo University East Building

Dokkyo University (獨協大学, Dokkyō Daigaku) is a private university in Sōka, Saitama, Japan, which is a liberal, co-educational institution noted for its language education programs and international exchanges. The university was founded in 1964, its roots can be traced back as early as 1881. Undergraduate admissions are selective, with an admission rate ranging from 30–40%.


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 various people, among them scholars Nishi Amane and Katō Hiroyuki, diplomats Inoue Kaoru and Aoki Shūzō and statesmen Shinagawa Yajirō and Katsura Tarō as Verein für deutsche Wissenschaften, or German Studies Society (獨逸學協會, Doitsu-gaku Kyōkai) The first chancellor was Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa.

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 doors exclusively to boys in line with the custom at the time. They also founded a highly prestigious law school to study Japan's first constitution The Constitution of the Great Empire of Japan, modeled after the Prussian one with criminal codes also modeled after the German ones, but the elite law division was absorbed by the Imperial University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 1895.

The school went through a minor negative campaign due to World War I, when Japan sided with the British Empire against the German Empire from August 1914 to November 1918, but the majority of the Japanese public was either pro-German or neutral despite Japan's position in the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. 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, popularly known as "Ichikō", which is today's Liberal Arts campus of the University of Tokyo. 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 lectures on a higher education level in April 1964.

Overview of universities history
Year Event
1883 Doitsu-gaku Kyokai (German Association) founded
1884 Specialized subject courses (Law & Politics) established
1948 Dokkyo Junior and Senior High Schools launched under new school system
1964 Dokkyo University founded in Soka City

Saitama Faculty of Foreign Languages (Department of German & English) and Faculty of Economics (Department of Economics) established

Amano Teiyu assumed the position of first President.

1966 Department of Management Science added to Faculty of Economics
1967 Faculty and Department of Law established

Department of French added to Faculty of Foreign Languages

1977 Graduate School of Law, Postgraduate program established
1981 Foreign Language Educational Research Center established

INformation Center established

1983 100th Anniversary of Dokkyo Gakuen (Dokkyo Educational Foundation)
1984 20th Anniversary of Dokkyo University / International Center
1986 Graduate School of Foreign Languages

Postgraduate Program established (German & English)

1989 Doctoral Program at Graduate School of Law added
1990 Master's Program at Graduate School of Foreign Language added (German & English)

Doctoral Program at Graduate School of Foreign Language added (German & English)

Postgradual Program at Graduate School of Economics established

1992 Doctoral Program at Graduate School of Economics added
1994 Doctoral Program at Graduate School of Foreign Language added (French)
1999 Department of Languages and Culture added to Faculty of Foreign Languages

Department of International Legal Studies added to Faculty of Law

Completion of 35th Anniversary Centre

2003 120th Anniversary of Dokkyo Gakuen Graduate School of Foreign Languages

One-year Master's Program in English (Focus: English Teaching) at the Graduate School of Economics established

One-year Master's Program in Economics and Management Science (Focus: Information) established

2004 40th Anniversary of Dokkyo University

Dokkyo Law School (Graduate School of Law) established

2005 One-year Postgraduate Program in Japanese Teaching at the Graduate School of Foreign Languages added
2007 Faculty of International Liberal Arts established

Institute of Regional Research established

Institute of Human and Environmental Symbiosis Research established

Legal Service Centre for Children and Local Community established

2008 Department of Policy Studies established at the Faculty of Law
2009 Department of Tourism and Transnational Studies added to Faculty of Foreign Languages
2013 Department of Economics and Sustainability added to Faculty of Economics


The university is located in Sōka, Saitama, around 30 minutes from the Tokyo Metropolitan area. The facilities are arranged on a campus-styled property and include the Central, East and West buildings, a Student Center, Library and Research Center, a University Sports Ground and various gardens and additional buildings.

Dokkyo University East gate
Dokkyo University East gate
Dokkyo University Central building

The campus is situated next to the Denu river and can be accessed via the East, West, South or Ground Gate.

The campus of Dokkyo University
Dokkyo University South Gate, Sports Grounds and campus

The Teiyu Amano Memorial Stadium, home of the university's baseball team, is located off-campus in Koshigaya.



  • Dokkyo Medical University


  • Faculty of Foreign languages
    • Department of German
    • Department of English
    • Department of French
  • Faculty of International Liberal Arts
    • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Faculty of Economics
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Management science
  • Faculty of Law
    • Department of Law
    • Department of International Legal Studies
    • Department of Policy studies (since 2008)


  • Graduate schools
    • Graduate School of Law
    • Graduate School of Foreign Languages
    • Graduate School of Economics
  • Dokkyo Law School

International exchanges

The university has an International Center, an overseas study program and various exchange agreements with universities worldwide. It also offers a Japanese Language and Culture Program for exchange students.

Exchange agreements

The university maintains student and academic exchange programs with various national and international universities.

Overview of exchange agreements
Partner Partnership since
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Cardiff University 1999
Catholic University of Daegu 2003
Fudan University 1999
Hochschule Bremen (University of Applied Sciences Bremen) 2006
Inha University 2006
Institut d'études politiques de Lyon 2006
Konkuk University
Kyung Hee University
Oxford Brookes University
Philipps-Universität Marburg
University of Marburg
University of Alabama 1992
University of Basel
Université de Bourgogne (University of Burgundy) 1985
Université Catholique de l'Ouest 1997
Universität Duisburg-Essen (University of Duisburg-Essen) 1984
University of Essex 1983
University of the Fraser Valley 2009
Universidad de Guadalajara 2012
University of Illinois 1998
University of Malaga
University of the Sunshine Coast 2004
University of Wollongong 1996
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin–Madison 2002
Universität Wien (University of Vienna) 2003
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (University of Münster) 2004
York University 1998
Overview of affiliated universities
Country University Student exchange program Academic exchange program
Australia Southern Cross University
University of the Sunshine Coast
University of Wollongong
Austria Universität Wien
China Anyang University
Beijing Normal University
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Dalian University of Technology
East China Normal University
Fudan University
Canada University of the Fraser Valley
York University
Czech Masaryk University
France Etudes Politiques de Lyon associé à l'Institut d'Asie Orientale ✓(accept only)
Université Catholique de l'Ouest
Université de Bourgogne ✓(short period only)
Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne
Germany Freie Universität Berlin
Hochschule Bremen
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Philipps Universität Marburg
Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Universität Duisburg-Essen
Universität Heidelberg
Universität Regensburg
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Jamaica The University of the West Indies
Korea Catholic University of Daegu
Inha University
Konkuk University
Kyung Hee University
Sungshin University
Yonsei University
Mexico Universidad de Guadalajara
Spain Universidad de Málaga
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Switzerland Universität Basel
Taiwan Soochow University
Turkey Boğaziçi University
United Kingdom Cardiff University
Newcastle University
The University of Manchester
University of Essex
University of Leicester
United States of America California State University, Monterey Bay
San Francisco State University
The University of Alabama
University of California, Davis
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


University rankings
THE World General 86

In 2018 Dokkyo University was ranked among the top 100 universities in Japan (86th) by Times Higher Education (THE).

Student life


Dokkyo offers a variety of athletic programs. The university's baseball team has been competing in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League since 1967.



Notable alumni from Dokkyo university include:

  • Jun Enomoto, Japanese football player
  • Hiroki Kamemoto, Japanese musician
  • Rie Furuse, Japanese singer
  • Katsuko Nishimoto, Japanese politician
  • Atsuko Okamoto, Japanese actress
  • Koichiro Okuma, Japanese martial artist
  • Tomorowo Taguchi, Japanese actor
  • Sōichirō Takashima, Japanese politician
  • Toru Toida, Japanese politician
  • Yumi Yoshiyuki, Japanese film director

See also

  • Dokkyodaigakumae Station
  • Dokkyo Medical University
  • Himeji Dokkyo University
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