In order to strengthen the function of training female global leaders, which is the mission of Ochanomizu University, we established the Research Organization for Promotion of Global Women’s Leadership in April 2015. The Center for Leadership Education and Research, which had been the university’s base for research and education about training leadership, was reorganized as the Institute for Global Leadership (former Center for Leadership Education and Research, 2008-2015) within the Research Organization for the Promotion of Global Women’s Leadership.

Our university was founded in 1875 as Tokyo Women’s Normal School, Japan’s first institution of higher education for women, and then became Tokyo Women’s Higher Normal School. Building on our 150-year tradition, the mission of the university is to foster female leaders who have a global perspective and can be successful in various fields. The Institute for Global Leadership has been engaged in various projects in order to foster such female leaders.

First, we have developed the curricula of our university and established a group of courses in order to train global female leaders.

Second, we are also engaged in a variety of education programs such as the student overseas research program, symposiums and lectures about leadership theory, and education courses for working women who want to advance their careers.

Third, as a university-wide organization to promote gender equality, we promote a project to support female researchers and develop a work environment that allows both men and women to have diverse work styles in order to realize a society where diversity is valued. For example, we have always taken on new programs such as an on-campus support system to assign research assistants to researchers who are pregnant, have a newborn baby or are caring for family members, and an original system for research fellowship (called Migakazuba Researchers).

The institute aims to contribute to the university’s mission of realizing a gender-equal society as a national women’s university, by training female leaders in order to promote and accelerate their international and social success.

Director, Institute for Global Leadership, NISHIMURA Junko