Education Principles

Cultivating conscience in students
Education based on Christian principles growing students to become world citizens who value freedom

Nurturing a global citizen with conscience.

The fundamental principle of Doshisha’s education is “conscience,” a theme which also appears in the Bible. Based on Neesima’s educational philosophy, Christianity, Liberalism, and Internationalism are the three principles of our educational philosophy.
Following Neesima’s spirit of conscience education, we aim to nurture students who will be ‘the conscience of a nation.’
As Neesima sought for individuals with character and conscience, our hope is for each individual to nourish their conscience and to forge their own paths in the world.


Christianity is the foundation of education at Doshisha. Through guidance of the Bible, we support students to learn about true conscience. We also help students to nurture their courage to forge their own paths even in times of hardship.


We believe in each individual’s potential unconditionally. We provide an environment where the students will be able to demonstrate their full potential by making their own decisions and acting proactively.


As the society becomes more international, we support students to be able to communicate in various languages, take responsibility for their actions, and to respect each other as we are.
Ryoshinhi Monument
The symbol of Doshisha education, the “Ryoshinhi” monument is situated in Doshisha University Imadegawa Campus. There stand the words “I earnestly desire that many young people filled with conscience will be raised and sent out by our school” in Neesima’s own handwriting.
The monument was built on November 29, 1940 as a commemoration for the 50th anniversary of Neesima’s death.