In 1900, Umeko Tsuda founded one of the first private institutions of higher education for women in Japan, Joshi Eigaku Juku. As the school grew, its name was changed first to Tsuda Eigaku Juku and then to Tsuda Juku Senmon Gakko. During the Educational Reformation of 1948, the name was changed again to Tsuda Juku Daigaku (Tsuda College).
In 1871, Umeko Tsuda, then six years old, was one of five young women selected by the Hokkaido Colonization Board for their overseas study program. After living for 11 years in a suburb of Washington, D.C., she returned to Japan in 1882 at the age of 17. Upon her return, she experienced a severe case of culture shock. She was particularly alarmed at Japanese society’s prejudice against women and quickly decided that something must be done to improve the social status of women. She became determined to provide Japanese women with the opportunity to obtain higher education.
More than 32,000 women have graduated from Tsuda College (now Tsuda University) to date, and those women are now playing active roles in all walks of life. Our philosophy regarding education and research can be summarized as follows:
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