History

The Ohtani Education Foundation, which runs Osaka Ohtani University, has its origins in a sewing school for girls based in the Namba branch of Higashi Honganji Temple, central Osaka. From this humble beginning, the institution has grown and expanded to incorporate two high schools and middle schools established in 1948, a women’s Junior College, founded in 1950, and the University, which began as a single faculty institution for the education of young women in 1966.

Summary of historical developments

1909 Ohtani Women’s Dress Making School is founded by SATO Ryôshû in the compound of Higashi Honganji Temple Namba Branch.
1911 The school becomes Ohtani Girls School.
1931 The school moves a few kilometers southwards to its present site near Tennoji.
1948 The original girls school is separated into Ohtani High School and Middle School, and Higashi Ohtani High School and Middle School.
1950 Ohtani Women’s Junior College is established.
1966 Ohtani Women’s University, Faculty of Literature (Japanese Department and English Department) is established in Tondabayashi.
1969 Ohtani Kindergarten is established.
1970 The Department of Children’s Education is established.
1973 Completion of the University Library.
1975 Establishment of the Graduate School (Department of Japanese Literature and Department of English Literature) for the degree of Master of Arts.
1978 Establishment of the Graduate School (Department of Japanese Literature and Department of English Literature) for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
1995 Completion of the Music Building.
1999 Completion of the Museum.
2000 Establishment of the Department of Cultural Properties and Department of Community Studies.
The Department of Children’s Education becomes the Department of Education and Social Welfare.
2004 The Department of Education and Social Welfare becomes the Faculty of Education and Social Welfare.
The Department of Cultural Properties opens Master and Doctoral courses in the Graduate School.
2005 Establishment of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences.
2006 Establishment of the Faculty of Pharmacy. The university becomes co-educational.
2012 Establishment of Department of Sports and Health Sciences within the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences.
2013 Higashi Ohtani High School moves to Sakai city and becomes co-educational.
2014 The Department of Cultural Properties becomes the Department of History and Culture.
A satellite campus is opened in Harukas, a new landmark building.

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