Nagasaki International University

Nagasaki International University

Always with humanity, always from the heart.

Founding Principles

Respect for humanity is the founding principle from which we strive for better human relations and hospitality. Also, through our educational and research endeavors we wish to contribute to a society that values health and culture.

Educational Goals

  1. To develop highly knowledgeable and skilled individuals endowed with intelligence, sensitivity and humanity.
  2. To train people who can give back to the community.
  3. To enable students to succeed in a globalized society.


Always with humanity, always from the heart.

About the Emblem

logoNIU created this emblem with the aim of inspiring "Respect for Human Beings" in the minds and hearts of our students and staff. The intersecting letters N and U express the historical image of Nagasaki, a place where civilizations and cultures have fused and where our university stands poised connecting the past with the present.

In the center of the emblem, the letter "i" represents humanity and suggests that our educational and research activities can bring hope and happiness to the 21st century.

Message from the Chancellor

Being nurtured by the local community and going forward together with the local community. We will nurture global-minded young people who can practice hospitality.

Naoki Abe
Chancellor Naoki Abe

Under the basic philosophy of "respect for human beings", NIU was founded in 2000 through a “public private partnership” among our parent organization, an educational foundation Kyushu Bunka Gakuen, Nagasaki Prefecture, Sasebo City, and the local business community. In fact, it was founded owing to the great expectation, and enthusiasm we receive from the community.

Since its foundation, NIU established the Faculty of Health Management in 2002, the Graduate School of Human and Social Studies in 2004, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Graduate School of Health Management in 2006 and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2014 and has grown into a comprehensive university with four departments in three faculties and five courses (master or doctorial) in three graduate schools.

In such professional education curriculums related to “life, health, and livelihood”, we support students in acquiring the various specialized knowledge and skills to obtain national qualifications and licenses and provide various career support so that students can play an active role as key personnel in the local community after graduation based on the consistent policy from enrollment to graduation. In recent years, we promote cooperation with the local municipalities and industries as well as other domestic universities to become a regional intellectual base in an effort toward regional revitalization, and therefore students can access many opportunities to learn from the social engagement.

Moreover, just like our university name, which includes the term “international,” we promote the cultivation of human resources with a global perspective. We actively conduct study abroad programs in which students can study at sister universities in Asia, Europe, and the United States. In addition, we also actively accept international students mainly from Asia in order to create an environment to learn about multicultural coexistence.

Furthermore, one of the characteristics of the university is the practice of cultural education. We adopt the “culture of tea ceremony” to embody our “founding principles” of hospitality. It is also the basis of the human education our parent organization, Kyushu Bunka Gakuen, has developed for 60 years since its foundation. The term “tea ceremony” means more than just an art form. It is a philosophy. It is also the history of ideas as well as culture. It is because tea (ceremony) is closely tied to Zen (Buddhism).

The tea ceremony is based on the idea of the "seat." The person who serves the tea and the person who drinks it both sit and share the same space. In the context of a university, it encompasses the concepts of teacher and student, and of junior and senior, both standing on the same footing and supporting each other with mutual respect. One could say that the graceful carriages, dignity and “hospitality” acquired from it are the spirit of NIU. I believe that students can make use of the spirit in the future no matter which departments they are in or what field they are going into.

In addition to acquiring specialized knowledge and skills, the cultivation of lasting personality is one of the significant implications of what we learn at university in our social and occupational life as well as in our long life.

Many universities are founded based on the principles of Christianity or Buddhism. One could say that the equivalent of such religion or religious principles that support the philosophies of universities is the “culture of the tea ceremony” at NIU. We intend to cultivate cultured human resources with a rich sense of humanity through the culture of tea ceremony as a comprehensive art.

I hope student at NIU acquire the “spirit of hospitality”, develop their individuality, and pursue their hopes for the future. I would like them to become human resources that can contribute to the local community and are valued and loved by the local people.

Message from the President

Toward the Realization of a Dream

Kenichiro Nakashima
President  Kenichiro Nakashima

Nagasaki International University was established in 2000 as a member of the educational foundation Kyushu Bunka Gakuen. It is a university that is fostered by the region and develops along with the region. Kyushu Bunka Gakuen celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, and the university will mark its 17th anniversary this year.

Currently, four departments in three faculties and three graduate courses have been established, and in order to cultivate professional persons in undergraduate education and advanced professional persons and researchers in the graduate school, students are offered a very broad education from the basics to applications and acquire a wealth of specialized knowledge. The result of such education and knowledge will lead to the acquisition of national qualifications as certified travel service supervisors, certified social workers, national registered dietitians, and pharmacists as students realize their dreams. Our university has been focusing on diversified club activities and circle activities as well. Our students achieve excellent results in various kinds of competitions every year, such as archery, golf, karate, and tennis. A hardball baseball club was established in the previous academic year, and members have been practicing baseball on the new baseball field. The Sports Tourism Course was established in the Department of International Tourism to train sports instructors.

There are about 2,000 students enrolled in our university which includes about 200 international students. There is a U.S. base here in Sasebo, and it is a region that is active in interactions with foreign nationals. It is truly an optimum environment for a university bearing the word “International” in its name and has the nature of a locality where it is easy for international students to live. International students learn Japanese culture and customs, and Japanese students interact with international students from many countries, such as China, Korea, Vietnam, and the United States, and by sharing the differences in culture and values, we would like them to accomplish their goals and grow as cosmopolitan persons.

Our university’s motto is “Always with humanity, always from the heart.” Tea ceremony is a required course where students learn the art of gracious etiquette and how to offer cordial hospitality. The Campus Life and Health Support Center provides support to the extent possible for students with disabilities and for the students who experience mental distress and have trouble learning. In order for them to be able to have a healthy and better campus life, our faculty members cooperate with each other and provide support.

Your university life seems long but is actually short, and if you get careless, your university life may pass in the blink of an eye. I hope you will make day-to-day efforts while having fun, spend time without regret, and make your dream come true.

Studying at NIU

At Nagasaki International University our founding principle is respect for humanity. We hope to realize a more compassionate society through an understanding of human nature. For that reason the concept of hospitality is at the heart of our efforts to train specialists capable of great advances in their respective fields.

The Meaning of Hospitality through the Tea Ceremony

The Meaning of Hospitality through the Tea Ceremony

Classes in tea ceremony are available to all students at NIU. There is deep meaning inside the set manners of the tea ceremony that we should know about. By offering tea ceremony as a compulsory subject, we are able to communicate the idea of hospitality within the context of culture and fine art. In class, students learn about the history of tea ceremony, the Chin-shin style of tea ceremony which comes from the Hirado clan, and the true meaning of hospitality.

Thorough Training and Personal Guidance

Thorough Training and Personal Guidance

At NIU, practicality is the foundation of our education and research from which we are able to train talented individuals who can contribute to society. We place a special emphasis on applying what is taught through practical experience both in the classroom (through special practice classes) and in the field (through internships and training). Faculty take a personal interest in advising each student so that they may reach their full potential.

Standard Seminars

Standard Seminars

Our main mission is to cultivate independence and creativity in students. To achieve this we offer seminars with small class sizes to all students from year one. In these intimate learning environments students present and debate ideas. Also, in our foundation level classes students who are weaker in certain areas can acquire the knowledge they need to succeed in more specialized classes.

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