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History

The history of Bunkyo Gakuen's dates back to 1924 when our founder, Ishiko Shimada, established an academy with the objective of "providing women with the skills to become independent."

Since that time our founder's initial spirit has been handed down through generations of Bunkyo Gakuen students. Throughout the changing times the University's principles of independence and co-existance have remained steadfast as we work to educate capable young people.

In 1947 the Bunkyo Gakuen Girls' Junior High School was established, and since that time the educational functions and institutions of Bunkyo Gakuen have continued to develop, with the establishment of the Institute of Medical Technology for Women in 1959, the establishment of the Women's College in 1964, and the establishment of the Faculty of Business Administration in 1991.

During the late 1990s, Bunkyo Gakuin University began to develop and expand its offerings in other areas of learning. In 1996 the Lifetime Learning Center was opened for non-full-time students. In 1997 the Faculty of Human Studies was opened and the Graduate Division of the University was established. The Faculty of Foreign Studies was added in 2001.

In 2004 Bunkyo Gakuen marked the 80th anniversary since its establishment and to commemorate this occasion in April 2005 all undergraduate faculties and courses were made co-educational. In April 2006 the Faculty of Health Science Technology, which aims to nurture the healthcare professionals of tomorrow, was established. The Bunkyo Gakuin two year College also became co-ed during this year. The University continues to seek further development and improvement.

 

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History of Bunkyo Gakuen events

April 1924
The Hongo Women's Academy is founded by Ishiko Shimada in the Hongo area of Tokyo (the current location of Bunkyo Gakuin University).
  History Photo 1
February 1947
Bunkyo Women's College is established. The institution is renamed.
 
April 1947
Bunkyo Gakuen Girls' Junior High School is opened under the new education system.
  History Photo 2
June 1947
The Ministry of Education approves the creation of Bunkyo Gakuen as an educational foundation, Ishiko Shimada is appointed as the first President.
 
April 1948
Approval is granted for the establishment of Bunkyo Gakuen Girls' Senior High School.
 
April 1959
The Institute of Medical Technology for Women is established.
  History Photo 3
April 1964
Bunkyo Women's College (English Language & Literature Division) opens.
 
April 1982
The Business Administration Division and Child Development Division open at Bunkyo Women's College on the newly developed Fujimino Campus in Saitama.
   
April 1991
The Faculty of Business Administration is established at Bunkyo Women's University.
  History Photo 4
April 1996
The Lifetime Learning Center opens.
 
April 1997
The Faculty of Human Studies is established.
The Master's degree program in Business Administration is launched at the School of Business Administration within the Graduate Division.
   
April 1999
The Master's degree program in Human Studies is launched at the School of Human Studies of the Graduate Division of Bunkyo Women's University.
  History Photo 5
April 2001
The Master's degree program in Psychology is launched at the School of Human Studies of the Graduate Division.
 
April 2002
The University changes its name to Bunkyo Gakuin University from Bunkyo Women's University.
   
October 2004
Bunkyo Gakuen marks the 80th anniversary of its establishment.
   
April 2005
The Master's degree program in English Communication is established as part of the Graduate Division. All departments at Bunkyo Gakuin University change to a co-educational system.
  History Photo 6
April 2006
The Faculty of Health Science Technology is established. Within this Faculty, the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Occupational Therapy, and the Department of Clinical Laboratory Medicine are newly established. Bunkyo Gakuin two year College adopts a co-educational system.
 
2008
The Department of Early-childhood Care and Education of the Faculty of Human Studies is reorganized and renamed to Child Development.

The construction of Center Building is completed at the Fujimino campus.

Bunkyo Gakuin Institute of Medical Technology is closed.
   
2009
Bunkyo Gakuin marks the 85th anniversary.
   
2010
The Master’s degree program in Health Science Care is launched at the School of Health Science Care of the Graduate Division.

The Department of Co-existence Studies of the Faculty of Human Studies is reorganized and renamed to Sociology and Communication.
   

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