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Because of modern needs for more internationally minded and
practically diverse students, Mukogawa Women's University (MWU)
branched out in 1990, starting an American campus in Spokane,
Washington, called Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute for the exclusive
use of its students. Spokane with over
200,000 people is the academic and civic center of the vast, rich
Inland Northwest, and a sister city of Nishinomiya, where MWU
The campus lies above the Spokane River at the western edge of the
city. At the entrance to the campus with 72 acres of land is a big
stone bearing names of Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute ―― Established
in 1990 and Mukogawa Women's University, both in English and
Japanese, respectively. Designated as a historical monument with
gracious redbrick houses and buildings and hundreds of trees,
especially old pines and firs, an even bigger monument announcing
"Fort George Wright Historical Monument" was unveiled
on October 20, 1995, on the velvet lawn between the Holy Names Music
Center and the Mukogawa Japanese Cultural Center.
President Akira Kusaka's
dream to expose students to a international culture and expand their
English language ability had come true. Today, about 400 English
majors participate in spring and fall sessions, with about 50 coming
from various departments for the summer session. Since the Fall of
1990, over 10,000 students have studied at MFWI. The effects of such experiences have brought
the students many benefits including advantages when seeking jobs.
However, nothing is more advantageous for the students than their
firsthand experience of English and knowledge of American
life-styles through their home-stay with American families. Steady
development of the program is attributed not only to the efforts of
faculty and staff members but also the warm cooperation of host
families and the community.
The academic program is taught by faculty members with M.A. degrees
in English as a Second Language (ESL) or related fields and many
years of teaching experience. The specially written program has
resulted in a strong improvement in English skills and confidence of
the students. Those finishing the courses at MFWI make good use of
their precious experiences even after they graduate from Mukogawa
institutions and actively engage in many walks of life.
MFWI Mission Statement