Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University and College is a co-educational institution with a Christian foundation, offering four year degree programs in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Community and Social Welfare, both in the Faculty of Humanities and two year degree programs in the College, Departments of Contemporary Communications and Food Science. A young university with a very long history and tradition, Eiwa attracts students from all over Japan and many parts of Asia. Its relative small enrolment gives it a warm and intimate community atmosphere. The result is that most Eiwa graduates seeking a career can secure employment before graduation, an acknowledgement of Eiwa’s high quality of education and guidance.
Located in one of the warmest regions of Japan, famous for its green tea, oranges and other fruits, Shizuoka Prefecture is an attractive place to live and work. From the north side of Eiwa campus is a magnificent view of Mount Fuji, sloping gently into the hill sides and ocean. The area reflects the quiet, aesthetic beauty of a traditional Japan. The City of Shizuoka with a population of over 700,000 recently amalgamated with Shimizu City to form one of the largest cities in Japan. This urban center is about 180 kilometers south-west of Tokyo but without the hustle of city life. Residents of Shizuoka are well-known in Japan for being “easy-going”.
Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University opened its doors in 2002 and did so with over 100 years of quality education as its foundation. Shizuoka Eiwa Girls’ School was founded in 1887, when the Shizuoka community showed a strong commitment to realizing education for girls. As the first institution in Shizuoka Prefecture to offer secondary education for girls, the then Governor, Ryukichi Sekiguchi, the Rev. Yoshiyasu Hiraiwa, together with dozens of faithful supporters and with the cooperation of the Methodist Church of Canada, Eiwa opened its doors.
Christianity has been the cornerstone of Eiwa. Christian leadership has been valued to this day since a Canadian missionary, Martha Jane Cunningham, became the first principal of Shizuoka Eiwa. Since then the school has over a century overcome many national and local disasters, been challenged by various obstacles and has seen a great number of highly educated young women graduate and serve the community.
Shizuoka Eiwa College was founded in 1966, when the grade school celebrated its 80th anniversary. A third year program in English and Japanese Literature was added in 1992 and ten years later came the four year university. With each step a new program has been added to its foundation. Today over 1400 students are enrolled in two and four year programs. In the next few years new buildings will line the landscape of Eiwa campus, serving the academic needs of present and future generations of students.
The primary goal of Eiwa Gakuin is to offer students educational opportunities to broaden their understanding of the world, their community and themselves, based on the spirit of Christianity and thereby fostering awe for human dignity; an education to acquire rich culture and scholarship; to learn the spirit of “Love and Service” and to nurture an outstanding character.
Shizuoka is the name of a prefecture meaning “calm hills” and Eiwa is an equivalent of two Chinese writing characters 英和: EI 英meaning “England” in general, but at the time of the school’s founding, Canada was a part of the British Commonwealth of Nations; WA 和 meaning “Japan”. Hence SHIZUOKA EIWA has a literal translation of “a Canada-Japan school in Shizuoka Prefecture”.
Shizuoka Eiwa’s badge contains the maple leaf, symbolizing the relationship between Canada and Eiwa, with its roots connected to the Methodist Church of Canada. Since 1992 Eiwa has had a close sister school relationship with the Vancouver School of Theology(VST), located on the campus of UBC, and its Canadian Studies Program. VST also has its roots in the Methodist Church of Canada.
There is a circular-shaped stained glass at the front of the auditorium, with a golden cross held up by two Canadian maple leaves on it. The golden cross symbolizes Christianity, while the two maple leaves symbolize friendship between Japanese and Canadian churches on the one hand, and also a continuous education from high school to college to university on the other hand.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself､” Luke 10:27 Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin Bible Passage
“The only thing that matters is faith active in Love.” Galatians 5:6 Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University and College Bible passage
Over the years several buildings have been added to meet the growing number of students enrolled at the college and university. Saegusa Memorial Hall is one of the original buildings with over 700 seat capacity used for worship services, Opening School ceremonies, Graduation, and a list of other campus events including dramas and Christmas candle light services. There is also a smaller 200 seat chapel used for worship, music courses, and special recitals.
In 1987, the new library facility opened which includes a reference section, reading lounge, periodical section, seminar rooms, AV room, and a refreshment lounge with both English and Japanese newspapers. Other buildings on campus to note are the student cafeteria, Language laboratory, Computer and Data processing Center, Job Placement Center, Medical Services Center, Gym, Dormitory and three tennis courts.
Among other reasons for Eiwa’s popularity and high standard of entrance is that most students seeking a career can secure employment before graduation. Eiwa graduates are highly valued and recruited by companies and government agencies in the Shizuoka area. The Job Placement Center’s staff assist students in deciding whether to pursue a career in finance, import-exporting or education to name a few.
To meet the demands of a changing society, Eiwa is undergoing several changes to its departments. In the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, two departments offer challenging and exciting programs. The Humanities and Social Science Department offers a choice of 3 areas to specialize in: Psychology; Literature, Culture and Tourism; and International Inter-Disciplinary Studies. In the Department of Community and Social Welfare, students may choose to become certified social councillors or case workers or they may choose to get certified to teach pre-school aged children or high school students. These programs will challenge students to become high achievers and will lead to exciting careers in fields of their choice.
At the college level, students can choose a more hands-on approach to education with programs in the Department of Contemporary Communications and Food Science. In the Contemporary Communications Department students can choose from a variety of specialties such as business management, tourism, and health care. Careers in hotels and airlines or the health and beauty industry can be yours! For students interested in food and nutrition as a dietician, the Department of Food Science can offer you a program that will certify you to work in institutional kitchens in a wide variety of places.
Whether it is a two year degree or a four year degree program, Eiwa Gakuin has programs that offer you choices to suite your future plans.
For more information on departments and programs, please email us at
Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University and College
1769 Ikeda , Suruga-ku , Shizuoka City 422-8545 , Japan