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History of Hokusei Gakuen University

Hokusei Gakuen University was founded as one of the schools established by the Hokusei Gakuen School System.

The Hokusei Gakuen schools are dedicated to the tradition of Christian education.

The history of Hokusei Gakuen dates back to the time of Sarah C. Smith, an American missionary, who established Smith School for girls in 1887.

Smith Girls' School continued to flourish thanks to the energy and dedication of S.C. Smith and the cooperation of the young scholars who had studied with Dr. Clark of Sapporo Agricultural School.

It was these Japanese co-workers who later renamed the school Hokusei Girls' School. Hokusei Gakuen has dedicated itself to the education of women in Hokkaido over a long period of time, establishing the history and tradition of the school. In 1951, Hokusei Gakuen Women's Junior College was founded, and a four-year co-educational university was established in 1962 to meet the needs of society. In 2002, the junior college was made co-educational.

1887

Girl's school and kindergarten opened at Kita 1-jo Nishi 6-chome in Sapporo.

1951

Hokusei Gakuen accredited as an incorporated educational institution.
Hokusei Gakuen Women's Junior College founded (English Department).

1954

Home Economics Department established in the Women's Junior College.

1958

Advanced Course established in the English Department of the Women's Junior College.

1962

Hokusei Gakuen University founded.
(School of Humanities/ Department of English, Department of Social Welfare).

1965

School of Economics/ Department of Economice established.
Sister-school affiliation established with Lewis & Clark College (USA).
Construction of the Webster Groves Hall (chapel) completed.

1968

Social welfare summer seminar commenced.

1975

English Department and Home Economics Department renamed
the Department of English and Department of Home Economics.

1980

Advanced Courses established
(Advanced Course of Humanities in English, Advanced Course of Humanities in Social Welfare, Advanced Course of Economics in Economics).

1987

School of Economics/ Department of Management Information established.
100th anniversary of the establishment of Hokusei Gakuen

1988

International Students Exchange Agreement concluded with Buena Vista University (USA), B.C.A. (USA) and Dalian University of Foreign Languages (China).

1989

Home Economics Department of the Women's Junior College renamed the Department of Life Sciences.

1992

Graduate schools established
(Graduate School of Literature/Graduate School of Social Welfare (Master's Program)).

1996

School of Social Welfare esablished
(Department of Social Policy/ Department of Social Work/Department of Psychology for Well-being).

1999

International Student Exchange Agreement concluded with Liverpool John Moores University(UK).

2000

Additional graduate school programs
(Graduate School of Social Welfare/Master's and Doctoral Programs in Social Welfare, Master's Program in Psychology) established.
International Students Exchange Agreement concluded with St.Thomas University (Canada).

2001

Additional graduate school programs
(Graduate School of Literature/ Master's Program in Linguistic Culture and Communica-tion, Graduate School of Economics/Master's Program in Economics) established.
International Students Exchange Agreement concluded with the Catholic University (Republic of Korea).
50th anniversary of the establishment of the Woman's Junior College

2002

Additional departments
(School of Humanities/ Department of Psycholgy and Applied Communication, School of Economics/Department of Law and Economics) established.
Hokusei Gakuen Women's Junior College renamed Hokusei Gakuen University Junior College (coeducational) and relocated to Oyachi.
Department of Life Sciences of the Junior College ranamed the Department of Life and Creative Sciences.

2004

International Students Exchange Agreement concluded with Tunghai University (Taiwan).

2006

Master's Program in Psychology renamed Master's Program in Clinical Psychology.

2011

International Students Exchange Agreement concluded with Algoma University (Canada).

2012

International Student Exchange Agreement concluded with University of Central Lancashire (UK) and Regent's University (UK).
125th anniversary of the establishment of Hokusei Gakuen and 50th anniversary of the establishment of the University.

2013

International Students Exchange Agreement concluded with San Pablo University (Spain), Nebrija University (spain), Geneve School of Business (Switzerland), and Maranatha Christian University (Republic of Indonesia).

2014

International Students Exchange Agreement concluded with Juniata College (USA) and Manchester University (USA).

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