In 1900, at L'Exposition de Paris, Inazo Nitobe who was an examiner for the expo met Tetsu Yasui who was on the way back to Japan after finishing her study in England.
That was the first time they met, but it was a fateful encounter as Yasui described in a letter to her friend, "We became spiritual friends, like best friends for twenty years."
Ten years later, the plan for the founding of TWCU originated in the World's Missionary Conference held at Edinburgh.
- Inazo Nitobe
Inazo Nitobe was baptized while he was at Sapporo Agricultural School. After entering the University of Tokyo, he moved to the US for study. In 1900, his Bushido： the Soul of Japan was published. This book was written in English, and became an international bestseller. Two years after becoming the first president of TWCU, he was appointed to one of the Under-Secretaries General of the League of Nations in 1920. As "a bridge across the Pacific," Nitobe dedicated himself to promoting world peace.
TWCU was established in 1918 with support from Protestant denominations of North America. Inazo Nitobe became the first president, Tetsu Yasui the first dean, and A.K.Reischauer, who worked as one of the founders since 1915, the first Executive Secretary. In a time when higher education was not readily available to women anywhere in Japan, TWCU opened its doors to women and started offering liberal arts education based on Christian principles.
- August Karl
One of the founders, and the first Executive Secretary, he negotiated with the Cooperating Committee in America to obtain financial support for the founding of TWCU.
Built in 1927, the Reischauer House was the residence of A.K. Reischauer and his family. His son, Edwin O. Reischauer, who became the American Ambassador to Japan (1961-1966), spent part of his childhood here. Since 2003 it has been used as a place for international exchange.
After Inazo Nitobe, Yasui served as the second president of TWCU where she was able to offer ideal education. Yasui cherished TWCU's atmosphere created by Christianity, and she called it "something".
While she had great aspirations, she respected each student's personality. Her faithful and affectional attitude was highly respected.
- Tetsu Yasui
Tetsu Yasui was the first dean at the age of 48. Five years later she became the second president, and served in that position for 17 years until 1940.
Yasui Memorial Building
Built in 1925 and the former residence of Yasui, this building is now the Christian Center which promotes moral education based on Christianity, one of TWCU's priorities.
The Main Building is the centerpiece of the original campus designed by Antonin Raymond, the famous Czech architect and once an assistant to Frank Lloyd Wright. It is one of our seven university buildings listed as Registered Tangible Cultural Properties by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The building was used as the library for a long time, and now the Nitobe Historical Center is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The TWCU motto, "QUAECUNQUE SUNT VERA" (whatever things are true) (Phil 4:8), is engraved on the façade.
Chapel and Auditorium
The students who wish may attend worship every morning.
Pipe organ concerts in this chapel are very popular events among the local citizens.
Mure Campus was home to the Junior College from 1966 to 1992 and the College of Culture and Communication from 1988 to 1997.
The 50th Anniversary Ceremony
More than 60,000 students have graduated from TWCU since it was founded.
In 1991, a pipe organ was installed in the chapel.
A new space was created when the campus was redeveloped to celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2009.
In commemoration of the centenary of its establishment, a new dormitory was built in 2016.
"Woman" in our school name represents our Christian spirit of respecting each
student's personality and nurturing our students as independent individuals.
The goal of TWCU is to provide a liberal arts education that allows each student to develop the potential as an individual to meet the needs of the contemporary world.
Practical English skill is crucial to be successful in the global society. TWCU offers various English language programs to help students cultivate their ability. These programs are not only to reinforce conversational skills, but also to give students opportunities to enhance critical-thinking skills and intercultural competence.
TWCU has organized several international exchange programs to enrich students' educational experience. TWCU supports both incoming students and outgoing students.