Shujitsu University / Shujitsu Junior College


About Shujitsu University

Founding Spirit

“Kyoka-Shujitsu” |去華就実

“Kyoka-Shujitsu” is a Chinese expression, which means “not to pursue external beauty and vanity, but to pursue internal self-worth” and can be traced back to a passage from the Emperor’s Rescript of 1908 and is the founding spirit. The school name, “Shujitsu”, which has been used since 1911, originates from this expression.

Shujitsu University, Shujitsu Junior College

|Basic Philosophy|

The spirit of “Kyoka Shujitsu is the spiritual norm of all Shujitsu community members. “Kyoka-Shujitsu” means not to pursue external beauty and vanity but active and creative spiritual activities, placing value on the richness of human relations in an actual and essential sense, and continuing to make efforts to enhance each individual’s inner dimension and to pursue self-realization.

|Basic Objectives| 

We aim at the development of people who are “practical and useful” and the creation of a unique and vigorous university. In education and instruction, we offer students the highest degree of satisfaction. In terms of research, we aim to promote a steady research approach and will transmit the results to society. We will spare no effort in the pursuit and achievement of our objectives.

|Practical Guidelines|

Respecting the individuality of each student, we develop people with social awareness.

Extracting the potential ability of each individual student,we develop people

with a deep sense of humanity.

We respect the feelings of each individual student.

We always actively and sincerely address university activities.

Recognizing its position as an intellectual base of regional society,we will          

actively contribute to the region.



Apr. 6,1904 Okayama Women’s Practical School founded by Eigen Shirasaka and 21 others for the purpose of providing practical education for women.
Oct.11,1905        Foundation of Okayama Women’s Practical School established
October 18,1910 Okayama Women’s Practical School changed to Shujitsu Women’s High School
March 31,1947 Shujitsu Junior High School established
March 6,1951 Shujitsu High School established
April 1,1953 Okayama Shujitsu Junior College founded (Department of Home Economics)
April 1,1965 Department of Preschool Education added to Okayama Shujitsu Junior College
April 1,1972 Department of Japanese Literature and Department of English Literature added to Okayama Shujitsu Junior College
April 1,1976 Department of Home Economics divided into the Department of Living Science and the Department of Textile and Clothing
April 1,1979

Shujitsu Women’s University established

 (Faculty of Literature, Department of Japanese Literature, Department of English and American Literature)

March 31,1980 Department of Japanese Literature and Department of English Literature added to Okayama Shujitsu Junior College
April 1,1980 Department of Textile and Clothing of Okayama Shujitsu Junior College changed to the Department of Life and Culture
April 1,1985 Department of History added to the Faculty of Literature of Shujitsu Women’s University
April 1,1990 Junior College, Department of Home Economics, Living Culture Major reorganized into Department of Living Culture
April 1,1999

Shujitsu Women’s University Graduate School established

(School of Literature, Master’s Program, Japanese Language and Japanese Literature Major, English Language, English and American Literature Major, History Major)

April 1,2000 Junior College, Department of Living Culture reorganized into Department of Culture and Communication
April 1,2003

Shujitsu Women’s University changed to Shujitsu University

Faculty of Literature changed to the Faculty of Human Studies

Department of Japanese Literature changed to the Department of Culture and Expression

Department of English and American Literature changed to the Department of Practical English

Department of History changed to the Department of Comprehensive History School of Pharmacy established

(Department of Biological Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy)

April 1,2004

Shujitsu University became a coeducational institution

Department of Preschool Education of Shujitsu Junior College changed to the Department of Preschool Education and Kindergarten

April 1,2006

School of Pharmacy changed form a 4-year a 6-year system.

Departments of Biological Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacy combined into the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

April 1,2007 Department of Elementary Education added to the Shujitsu University Faculty of Human Studies
April 1,2009 Graduate School Master’s Course in Literature of changed to a Master’s Course in Human Studies
April 1,2011

Elementary Education major added to the Graduate School, School of Human Studies

Faculty of Education established (Department of Elementary Education, Department of Educational Psychology)

April 1,2012

Establishment of Shujitsu Kodomo-en

(Shujitsu University, Shujitsu Junior College affiliated kindergarden)

School of Clinical Pharmacy added to the Graduate School (Doctoral Program)

April 1,2014 Shujitsu University Faculty of Business Administration, Department of Business Administration Scheduled to Open


Directions to Shujitsu University

1-6-1 Nishigawara, Naka-ku, Okayama City, Okayama 703-8516

Only a two-minute walk from Nishigawara Shujitsu Station (JR Sanyo line, JR Ako line)

Campus map


Campus map 


Campus map

Building A  1F Administration Office (Reception Desk), Locker Rooms, Nursing Practice Room, School Infirmary Practice Room


Building B 1F Office of the President, Corner Office, Central Administration Office, PR Planning Office, Information Center
  2F-3F IT Rooms, Classrooms
Building C   Locker Room
Building D 1F Study Hall
Building E 1F Research Center for Education, School Infirmary Practice Room
  2F-3F Classrooms, Playroom, Science Laboratory
Building G 1F Smile Lunch (Cafeteria)
  2F Study Hall
Building L 1F Student Support Branch Office, Student Health Care Center
  2F Study Hall
Building R 1F

Student Support Division (Registrar’s Office, Office of Student Services, Career Center, Office of Teacher Development, Office of International Affairs)

  2F-3F  Classrooms, Research Room for Graduate Students
  6F Auditorium
Building T 1F Study Hall, Admissions Office
  2F-6F Classrooms, Kitchen Classroom, Sawing Room, Music Room, Dance Room, Art Room, Design Room
Building U 1F Student Support Branch Office, Locker Room
  2F Study Hall, Locker Room
  3F Pharmaceutical Lab, Locker Room
  4F OA Information Room, Library
Building V Basement Le Bois (Cafeteria)
  1F La Plage (Cafeteria), Co-op
  2F Bathrooms
  2F-3F Club Rooms
  3F Office of Students’ Association, Office of Alumni Association
  Rooftop Roof-Garden

 Building V (Students’ Union)

Le Bois (Cafeteria)(B1) La Plage (Cafeteria)(1F)  
Multiple-purpose Space(2F) Co-op(1F)  

Basement Le Bois (Cafeteria)

1F La Plage (Cafeteria), Co-op

2F Bathrooms

2F-3F Club Rooms

3F Office of Students’ Association, Office of Alumni Association

Rooftop Roof-Garden



Media Room (1F) Newspaper Reading Section (1F) Stacks (2F-3F)
Reading Desks (2F-3F) IT Room (3F)
The Shujitsu Library has 6 floors above the ground and 1 below and is endowed with a collection of over 310,000 books. The library provides a comfortable reading environment and different types of spaces for different purposes, such as a media room, an IT room, and study rooms. Librarians are always there to support visitors if they need any help.


The Shujitsu Gymnasium is a air-conditioned facility.  

 Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden        
There are approximately 120 species of plants in our botanical garden. Some examples of typical plants used for Chinese herbal medicine are licorice, peony, moutan, Angelica acutiloba, cork tree, turmeric,Coptis japonica, and ginger. Fruit trees include mandarin orange (Citrus unshiu), apricot, bitter orange (Citrus aurantium), and jujube (Ziziphus jujuba). Meadow sage, apple mint, rosemary, and yarrow are herbs grown in the garden.
Digitalis purpurea        

Digitalis purpurea (left) Digitalis purpurea is commonly called foxglove. This includes cardiac glycosides such as digitoxin or digoxin, which inhibit sodium-potassium ATPase. This results in an increase in intracellular concentration of sodium, which in turn increases intracellular calcium by decreasing the action of the sodium-calcium exchanger in the sarcolemma. Increased intracellular calcium enhances cardiac contractility, which is useful for heart rate control, particularly in the case of irregular atrial fibrillation.

Dianthus (Dianthus superbus, below, center) Dianthus is our school flower. Dianthus is called “Yamato Nadeshiko” in Japanese, which is also a eulogistic name for Japanese women. The Japanese national women’s soccer team is called Nadeshiko Japan.


Building for the Faculty of Business Administration is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.

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