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About KGU

Kwansei Gakuin University is a private institution for higher education, offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in over 35 different disciplines to a student body of about 22,000, including approximately 400 foreign students.@The University maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of all Japanese universities and colleges.

Kwansei Gakuin's symbol, the crescent moon, represents its purpose of education, growth to fullness in knowledge and wisdom. The educational system at this institution is built on its motto, "Mastery for Service," as envisioned by Dr. C.J.L. Bates, the fourth Chancellor, when Kwansei Gakuin was an all-male institution.@The university encourages students not only to strive for the mastery of academic knowledge for their own career, but also to nurture their personality and character for the purpose of serving others.


Undergraduate Faculties:
Theology, Humanities, Sociology, Law and Politics, Economics, Business Administration, Science and Technology, Policy Studies, Human Welfare Studies, Education, International Studies.

Graduate Faculties:
Theology, Humanities, Sociology, Law and Politics, Economics, Business Administration, Science and Technology, Policy Studies, Human Welfare Studies, Education, Language Communication & Culture, Law School, Institute of Business and Accounting

Student Body:
Undergraduate Students 22,046
Graduate Students 1,448

Standing Faculty(2011):
441 Professors; 113 Associate Professors; 10 Assistant Professor (total 564)

Foreign Exchange Student: 102

Library Holdings(2011): 2,368,412

Updated - March 2011

 
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History
Kwansei Gakuin University was founded in 1889 by Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth, M.D., an American missionary sent by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.@Dr. Lambuth was a man whose vision encouraged thousands, as he established schools and hospitals across China, Korea, and Japan.@One of his legacies in the Kansai area of Japan has grown into today's Kwansei Gakuin.@Kwansei Gakuin was originally located in Harada-no-mori, an eastern suburb of the international port city of Kobe.@This private school was inaugurated with nineteen students and ten teachers with the purpose of providing general education and training for ministers.

In 1910 the Canadian Methodist Church and the Japanese Methodist Church joined in its operation.@Kwansei Gakuin then became an institution with departments of Theology, Humanities, Commerce, and a Middle School. In 1929 the growing institution of Kwansei Gakuin moved east to the rural Uegahara farmland which is the site of the present main campus in Nishinomiya.@In 1932, it officially established a full degree-granting university.@In 1948, the country embraced a new school system based upon the American educational framework that included a curriculum of six years in elementary school, three years in junior high school, three years in senior high school, and four years in college.

In 1995, Kwansei Gakuin opened its Kobe-Sanda Campus for the newly-established School of Policy Studies in the Sanda area.@In 2001, the School of Science moved to the new campus before expanding into the School of Science and Technology in 2002
 
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About The Law School
The Kwansei Gakuin University Law School was established as an independent, professional graduate school, accepting its first students in April, 2004.@ The Law School has two types of students: those taking a two-year course at Kwansei Gakuin University Law School most of whom hold an undergraduate degree in jurisprudence; and students taking a three-year course at Kwansei Gakuin University Law School most of whom hold undergraduate degrees in subjects other than jurisprudence.
This professional school educates its students for future careers in the legal profession, with business law, international relations, and law in modern society as areas of particular emphasis.@The Law School features small class sizes for intensive and participatory instruction, courses offering opportunities for close collaboration with both faculty and professionals, and for study abroad at American law schools. This School has concluded or is negotiating agreements with U.S. law schools for preferential treatment of our students seeking admission to their LL.M. programs. Students show strong interest in both short-term summer courses at U.S. law schools designed for foreign students and in an LL.M. degree.

Degree Course: professional degree program
Degree Conferred: Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Class Size: 100
Total Capacity: 300
Location: 1-155 Uegahara Ichibancho, Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Japan
Class Session: day school only
Faculty: 30 full-time professors (15 academics; 15 legal professionals)

Annual Tuition (for students entering in 2011)
  tuition in 2011: 1,480,000 yen (including 230,000 entrance fee)
  tuition after 2012: 1,650,000 yen

Entrance Statistics for the Entering Class of 2011
  total applicants 302
  acceptances 194
  matriculated students 90

Student Body Profile (for students entering in 2011)
  hNon-trained Studentsh (total of 41 students) in a three-year course
  gTrained Studentsh (total of 49) in a two-year course

  About the Program for Foreign Students
The Law School at Kwansei Gakuin University is still in the process of setting up its international programs.

About the Support Program for Professional Graduate School Formation
The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT), in order to promote the advancement of professional schools in Japan and to educate young professionals who can participate in the international arena, selects and funds a number of outstanding educational projects oriented either towards innovation in curricular content of professional schools or towards the development of innovate teaching techniques. Starting in 2004 MEXT provides funds for curricular innovation projects (from 10 to 50 million yen) and practical education projects (up to 10 million yen). Kwansei gakuin University Law School received a curricular innovation grant for its gDevelopment of Innovative Professional Education through Virtual Law Firms.h
 
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KGUCampus
The Nishinomiya-Uegahara Campus is located about halfway between Kobe and Osaka in the city of Nishinomiya.@In 1929, Kwansei Gakuin moved to this campus, which is designed in a "Spanish mission style.h@All of its buildings share the features of cream-colored concrete walls and red roofs.@The Clock Tower stands at the center of one's view when entering through the main gate, and the landscaping helps to contribute to this campus's reputation as one of the most beautiful in Japan. This campus houses the Schools of Theology, Humanities, Sociology and Social Work, Law and Politics, Economics, Business Administration, and the Law School, as well as most of the administrative offices of Kwansei Gakuin.


  About Nishinomiya
This city developed throughout the Edo Period (1603-1867) as a producer of sake (Japanese rice wine) and the home of numerous shrines.@To this day, several of Japan's top sake brands are based in Nishinomiya and produce high-quality sake which is distributed throughout the country.@Many of the shrines built in the Edo Period still remain intact as well.@These are actively used in religious ceremonies and festivals and are available for visits by the public.

Nishinomiya now boasts a population of over 450,000 people.@Six universities and four community colleges make the city an academic one, but there are plenty of places for leisure and recreation as well.@Nishinomiya's Koshien Stadium is home of the Hanshin Tigers, the professional baseball team that fills all 53,000 seats with enthusiastic baseball fans every game.
 
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Access
15 minutes by foot from Kotoen station or Nigawa station on the Hankyu Imazu Line. By bus, about 5 minutes from Kotoen station, alighting at Kwansei Gakuin Mae.
 
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