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Founding Spirit and Educational Goals

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Seikei Gakuen started out as the Seikei Jitsumu Gakko, established in 1912 by Haruji Nakamura, based on educational principles aimed at the development of character and respect for each individual’s unique personality. He opposed the regimented education system of his time, and in order to realize his educational principles, he focused on education in small classes, which encourages close interaction between teachers and students. Seikei University has inherited and maintains the founding spirit by continuing to require intensive small-sized seminar classes, where students receive individual guidance from faculty members.

Seikei University now aims to nurture graduates capable of contributing in the wide range of issues facing society in the 21st century, with expertise and extensive knowledge. In order to fulfil this mission, we have set the following educational goals:

  • Nurture students’ sensitivity and humanity, which allows them to have an open attitude towards diversity;
  • Instil the habit of self-learning in students, which helps them to embrace lifelong learning; and
  • Cultivate in students the ability to display leadership on the international stage.

In order to attain these goals, we focus on the following approaches.

1. Seminar-based study

Students are expected to engage in intensive small-sized seminar classes, which encourage interaction among students and faculty members, which leads to nurturing intellect with deep insight, a sense of humanity and independent judgment.

2. Liberal Arts education

We offer an inter-disciplinary integrated curriculum for liberal arts (Seikei Liberal Arts Curriculum) which enables students to widen their views and knowledge extensively.

3. Specialized education

By organically combining the liberal arts with specialized education in line with the educational philosophies and goals of each faculty and department, we equip all students with the knowledge and skills expected of bachelors’ degree holders.

4. Language and international education

Students are required to take English courses under the Seikei Institute for International Studies and the Seikei Liberal Arts Curriculum. We also offer courses on cross-cultural communication and international studies to promote awareness of international affairs.

5. Career education

Career guidance is provided to students from their freshman-year under a support program arranged by the Career and Placement Services Center, to raise student awareness of career options and to improve their motivation.

6. Overseas study

We encourage students to take courses at overseas universities through various programs arranged by the Seikei Institute for International Studies. We also have financial aid programs for those wishing to study abroad.

7. Student support

We encourage close relations between students and faculty members, not only through lectures, but also through a consulting system via supervising professors and open office hours. In addition, we provide individualized career consultation, a variety of scholarships, and support programs for extracurricular and social contribution activities.


1906 A small private school is founded by Haruji Nakamura (1877-1924); named Seikei-en the following year. Haruji Nakamura
1912 Seikei Jitsumu Gakko is established in Ikebukuro.
1914 Seikei Junior High School is established.
1915 Seikei Elementary School is established.
1917 Seikei Business School and Seikei Women’s School are established.
1924 Relocated from Ikebukuro to Kichijoji.
1925 Seikei High School (seven-year program) is established.
1947 Seikei Junior High School is re-established under a new system.
1948 Seikei High School is re-established under a new system.
1949 Seikei University is established with the Faculty of Political Science and Economics. Seikei University
1962 The Faculty of Engineering is established.
1965 The Faculty of Humanities is established.
1966 The Graduate School of Engineering is established.
1968 The Faculty of Political Science and Economics is reorganized into the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Law.
1970 The Graduate School of Economics is established.
The Graduate School of Law is established; renamed the Graduate School of Law and Political Science in 1972.
1971 The Graduate School of Humanities is established.
1972 The Graduate School of Business is established.
1981 The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is established.
1993 The Center of International Exchange is established.
1998 International House is opened.
2004 The Graduate School of Legal Apprenticeship (Law School) is established.
The Center of International Exchange is reorganized into the Seikei Institute for International Studies.
2005 The Faculty of Engineering is reorganized into the Faculty of Science and Technology.
2006 The new University Library building is completed. University Library
2007 The Graduate School of Economics and Management is established.
2009 The Graduate School of Engineering is reorganized into the Graduate School of Science and Technology.
2012 The 100th anniversary of the founding of Seikei Gakuen. 100th anniversary

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