Completion of Hiyoshi International Dormitory―the First Unit Dormitory for International and Japanese Students
March 9, 2017
On Wednesday, March 1, Keio University’s Hiyoshi International Dormitory was completed, and a completion ceremony was held together with a tour of the facility. Representatives of companies in charge of the design, construction, and maintenance, including the building owner Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd., which oversaw the construction, and Nishimatsu Jisho Co., Ltd., the company in charge of the maintenance and operation of the dormitory, as well as President Seike and other members from Keio University attended the ceremony.
At the Hiyoshi International Dormitory, international students from around the world and Japanese students live together in units. It is Keio’s first dormitory of this type, which is designed to allow students to interact and learn from each other on a daily basis to foster international mindedness. There are a total of 200 rooms (4 students per unit × 50 units) in the building. Each unit contains 4 highly soundproof private rooms (2 for Japanese students and 2 for international students) and a shared living space, shower room, and wash basin. This setup ensures that the students have both their own private space and a space for interaction. Furthermore, there is a courtyard, meeting room, lounge, etc., where they can plan various exchange activities by themselves. A shared kitchen, dining room, a large communal bath, laundry room, etc., are also available inside the facility that students can make use of.
Keio University currently has 7 accommodation facilities for international students and the Hiyoshi International Dormitory is the fourth dormitory where international and Japanese students live together. As part of its efforts to internationalize, Keio University is planning to maintain and expand its international dormitories to accept the growing number of international students from all over the world.