The Department of Japanese was founded in 1956, and in addition to its bachelor’s programs, launched its master’s program of Japanese Language and Literature in 1986, and PhD programs in 1993. In 2008, the Department was recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education as a national key program for Japanese language and literature.
The Department boasts a strong faculty with 22 full-time teachers, including 3 full professors, 12 associate professors and 7 lecturers. 17 of our teachers have doctoral degrees, and 4 master’s degrees. Besides, we have 2 Japanese experts with long-term contracts and 2 Japanese visiting professors.
Each year, we enroll 74 undergraduate students, 20 graduate students for masters’ degrees and 4-5 for doctoral degrees.
We enroll 2 categories of undergraduate students, one as students who are beginners in Japanese language (2 classes), and the other as students who have completed beginner courses of Japanese language in high schools (1 class).
Our Department pays equal attention to students’ basic language skill training and their humanistic quality and professional knowledge. In the third and fourth years, we offer specialized courses and seminar courses in Japanese politics, economics, society, culture and literature. In addition, students are also encouraged to take courses offered by the International Business School, School of International Relations and Diplomacy and School of Law of BFSU for a second degree.
In terms of international exchange, we have signed agreements with Waseda University, Kobe University, Okayama University, Gakushuin University, Rikkyo University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Kansai University, Bunkyo University, Daito Bunka University, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Nagasaki Junshin Catholk University, and Kobe Shoin University. Each year we send 26-28 graduate and undergraduate students for exchange study in Japanese universities.
Beijing Center for Japanese Studies
Beijing Center for Japanese Studies was founded in 1985. Under the guidance and support of China’s Ministry of Education and the Japan Foundation as well as the leadership of BFSU, the Center has achieved remarkable results in the past 30 years. We haveproduced over 1000 professionals with master’s and doctor’s degrees who specialize in teaching and research in Japanese studies.
The Center is recognized as a national level key program by the Ministry of Education, a Beijing municipal key program as well as a research base of the Ministry of Education for country and regional studies. We now have a total staff of 26, including 9 full professors, 3 associate professors and 2 lecturers, focusing on 6 major research fields: Japanese language, education, literature, culture, society and economy. Currently, the Center has 109 people enrolled in our masters’ programs, 1 Japanese student in our dual-degree program, 47 people in our PhD programs, 1 researcher doing postdoctoral research, 2 visiting scholars and 1 people in our teachers’ training program.
The Center operates its programs in partnership with our Japanese counterparts. The Japanese Foundation sends famous Japanese scholars and professors to give lectures each year. We also invite outstanding Chinese scholars as visiting professors to teach in our Center.
We have signed agreements for joint dual-degree master’s programs with Kobe University and Okayama University. At the same time, we have also signed cooperation agreements with 23 universities and research institutions including the University of Tokyo, Ochanomizu University, Waseda University, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, National Institute of Japanese Literature, Mie University, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, and Shinshu University.
Our library has a total collection of about 170,000 volumes of Japanese and Chinese books, topping China’s national list both in terms of quantity and quality.