The Mita-kai (Alumni Association)
The term "Mita-kai" is generally used for Keio alumni organizations operated by graduate volunteers, with the name taken from the Mita area of Tokyo where Keio University originated. Keio is particularly proud of the strong ties between the university and its graduates. The Mita-kai promotes the exchange of information and the sharing of mutual interests between the university and alumni, as well as among alumni. An umbrella organization, called the Keio Federation of Mita-kai, exercises general control over a large number of alumni organizations.
Nearly 910 organizations are registered with the Keio Federation of Mita-kai, and many of the approximately 290,000 members belong to more than one organization. Included are alumni Mita-kai formed by year of graduation, regional Mita-kai (some overseas), and Mita-kai by profession. Each group plans its own activities to foster stronger ties among members.
The Keio Federation of Mita-kai holds a general Mita-kai meeting yearly in the fall, which is attended by alumni active in society who want to retain close links with their alma mater. For each meeting, attended by some 30,000 alumni and their families, a variety of events, lectures, symposiums, concerts, and even a lottery are organized. The Federation also publishes the Mita Journal in Japanese every other month for the promotion of information exchange among alumni.
The Keio Federation of Mita-kai (Alumni Association)
<http://www.rengo-mitakai.keio.ac.jp/> (Japanese Only)