Showa Women’s University (SWU), located in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, and Temple University’s Japan Campus (TUJ), situated in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, announced on June 5 that they have reached a basic agreement for SWU to share with TUJ a new building to be constructed on its Setagaya campus. All TUJ’s faculties will be relocated to the new building in September 2019, making it the first colocation of Japanese and U.S. universities in Japan. SWU says, “We want to foster globally-minded students by enhancing the quality of education.”
SWU will construct the new building and a gymnasium on the west side of its campus, at the cost of roughly 7 billion yen, and TUJ will occupy the six-story building, which has a total floor space of approximately 9,000 square meters. The two universities will share some existing facilities at SWU, including the cafeteria, students’ lounge, sport facilities, and library. SWU and TUJ inked a credit transfer agreement in June 2016 and a total of 19 SWU students have taken TUJ’s classes so far.
The universities will also discuss the introduction of a double degree program whereby a student earns degrees from both universities. They are also planning day-to-day communication through club activities and extracurricular activities. SWU Chancellor Mariko Bando said, “I want students to take on important roles in society. An effective way to achieve that goal is to have global capabilities,” stressing the significance of globalizing the campus.
TUJ has about 1,100 students enrolled in undergraduate programs and about 300 enrolled in graduate programs. More than 60% of the undergraduate students are foreign nationals primarily from the U.S. and Europe. TUJ said that in recent years the campus has become too small for its growing student population.