History and Milestones

History

Konan Women's Academy was established in 1920 under the name of Konan Girls' High School. The effort to establish the school was led by Yakichi Ataka, who made extensive and energetic efforts to promote education while working as an industrialist. After various changes through the years, in 1964 Konan Women's University was opened, leading to the development of Konan Women's Academy in its current form consisting of three institutions - a junior high school, senior high school, and university.

Since its establishment, Konan Women's University has strived to realize its founding spirit - in accordance with its educational policy of "education for the whole person, respect for individuality, learning with an independent and creative spirit" - and it has graduated a large number of well-informed and confident women, thereby earning the trust and meeting the expectations of today's society. The school motto - "be pure in heart, be truthful, be kind, and be strong" - expresses our philosophy of humane education and reflects our wish that the students we serve develop the ability to serve others and contribute to world peace and the welfare of humanity.

Milestones

1920 Konan Girl's High School was founded.
1921 The main schoolNovember 27: Main school building was completed.
(Anniversary of the academy's founding.)
1924 School motto, "Be pure in heart, be truthful, be kind, and be strong", was established.
1927 The high school song was established.
1929 School flagSchool flag was launched and ceremony was held.
1948 September: Foundation name was changed to Konan Women's Academy.
1955 SeikokaiKonan Women's Junior College was opened with Dept. of Home Economics.
Student union, "Seikokai", was founded.
1964 Konan Women's UniversityApril: Konan Women's University was opened with Dept. of Japanese Literature and Dept. of English Literature.
1966 Shakespeare FestivalFirst Shakespeare Festival was held (Dept. of English).
1968 The new buildingApril: Junior and senior high schools were relocated to a new building.
1975
  • April: Graduate School of Letters (Master's Program) was opened.
  • Dept. of Human Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, and Education majors) was added to the Faculty of Letters.
1977 Doctoral Programs in the Graduate School of Letters were launched. (Japanese Literature and English Literature)
1978 Dept. of French Literature was added to the Faculty of Letters.
1985 Crown Prince and Crown Princess (current Emperor and Empress)Crown Prince and Crown Princess (current Emperor and Empress) visit the school.
1987 English name of institution changes from "college" to "university".
1988 Ashihara HallConstruction of Ashihara Hall was completed.
1995 Pipe organ in Ashihara Hall was completely destroyed.Pipe organ in Ashihara Hall was completely destroyed in the Great Kobe-Hanshin Earthquake (later restored in 1998).
2001
  • Dept. of Multicultural Coexistence was added to the Faculty of Letters.
  • Names of departments in the faculty were changed.
    Dept. of Japanese Literature: Dept. of Japanese Language and Literature
    Dept. of English Literature: Dept. of English Language and Literature
    Dept. of French Literature: Dept. of French Language and Literature
  • Faculty of Human Sciences was established. (Dept. of Psychology, Dept. of Human Education, Dept. of Behavioral Sociology, Dept. of Human Environments)
2001 Masayuki Matsushita was appointed the 7th Chairman of the Board of Directors.
2003 Name of the graduate school was changed from Graduate School of Letters to Graduate School of Humanities and Human Sciences.
2005 Graduate School of Humanities and Human Sciences was restructured into 3 departments and 9 courses.
2006
  • Dept. of Creative Media Studies was added to the Faculty of Letters.
  • Dept. of Childhood Development and Education was added to the Faculty of Human Sciences.
2007 Faculty of Nursing and Rehabilitation (Dept. of Nursing, Dept. of Physical Therapy) was established.
2008 April: Name of departments were changed.
Dept. of Japanese Language and Literature: Dept. of Japanese Language and Culture
Dept. of Multicultural Coexistence: Dept. of Multicultural Communications
Dept. of Behavioral Sociology: Dept. of Cultural Sociology
Dept. of Human Environments: Dept. of Human Life Environments
2011 Yasuaki Matsubayashi was appointed as the 6th president.
2012
  • Graduate School of Nursing (Master's Program) was opened.
  • Names of department in the Faculty of Letters was changed.
    Dept. of English Language and Literature: Dept. of English Language and Culture

Introduction to the University

  • Message, Philosophy, and History
    • Message from the President
    • Educational Philosophy and Founding Principles
    • History and Milestones
  • Campus Map
  • Center For External Affairs
  • Introduction to the University
  • Faculties and Graduate Schools
  • International Programs
  • Community Outreach
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