Doshisha UniversityKyoto, Japan. It has 24,000 students on three campuses, in faculties of theology, letters, law, commerce, economics, policy, and engineering. It also has graduate programs in American studies and policy and management. Tuition and fees average å850,000 ($7,000) a year for liberal arts majors, and are higher for science and engineering majors.
It was founded by an ex-samurai named Niishima Jou(Joseph Hardy Neesima). Niishima snuck out of Japan in 1864, at the age of twenty-one, and found his way to Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended Phillips Academy, Amherst College, and Andover Theological Seminary under the name Joseph Hardy Neeshima. After he returned to a Westernizing Japan in 1875, he founded the Doshisha Elite School in Kyoto, which eventually incorporated a law school, normal school, and women's college.
By 1920, Doshisha was a full-fledged university in the Anglo-American tradition. During World War II, its buildings were given Japanese names and its curriculum was stripped of its pro-Western elements, but the pre-war conditions were restored after Japan's surrender.
Amherst College has maintaned close ties with Doshisha since its founding. Amherst and Doshisha are considered sister schools and have had a long running student and faculty exchange program that was interrupted only by the Second World War.
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