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

Hospitality, compassion, and …

Yukio Ando
President  Yukio Ando

My name is Yukio Ando, and I assumed the office of president in April 2020. This is the second year since last year when I was assigned vice president. While Kumamoto is located in a basin from which people cannot see the sea, Nagasaki and Sasebo are international cities with a sea that opens toward Asia and, therefore, have great potential. I am honored to teach in such new grounds and assume the leadership of the university as a representative.

Nagasaki International University (NIU) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. While other old universities suffer institutional fatigue in various aspects, I believe that this is a compact, growing university where students can pursue their dreams under the spirit of freedom. I sincerely hope that students nurture their dreams and hopes to make a giant leap into the future.

The word compassion is translated into Japanese as “sympathy, caring, kindness” as it originally means to “share passion.” Today where degrading others and defaming total strangers via blogs, emails, and online forums and torturing neighbors via power harassment, sexual harassment, and maternity harassment have become widespread, that is, in an era where the whole society is impatient and eager to push others into a tight corner, I think that compassion is the most important word or thought that we need to keep in mind.

Our university is unique in that we offer tea ceremony as a course in the liberal arts. We believe that what students should learn through the spirit of tea ceremony, that is, wakei seijaku (harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility) is the spirit of hospitality or compassion that is unique to Japan. During the four or six years of university life, we hope that students find their direction in life and will keep this word in mind, remain smiling, and foster lifelong friendships.

As the saying “Art is long and life is short” shows, university days pass quickly in life. In order to enjoy university life to the fullest, you need to have dreams, make plans to achieve them, diligently implement the plans, and continue ongoing efforts to fulfill the dreams, as Yoshida Shoin said.

No ideals for those who do not have dreams. No plans for those who do not have ideals. No practice for those who do not have plans. No success for those who do not practice. Therefore, no success for those who do not have dreams. (Yoshida Shoin)

I myself intend to nurture new dreams in Saseho and make plans and efforts together with you toward the fulfillment of our dreams.

Modern society changes rapidly, and in proportion to it, issues and problems seem to increase in an ever-accelerating manner. Globally, there are a mountain of issues and problems to be solved, such as global warming, conflicts and terrorism, poverty and inequality, discrimination, and suppression of human rights. However, I think the most serious issue for humans is the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI). In the world of medicine, my specialized field, it is said that AI will replace humans in laboratory medicine, such as diagnostic imaging, clinical testing, and pathology laboratory, within 10 years in the process of its development. The most serious issue, however, may be the year 2045 when technological singularity is said to occur. The singularity is the word the futurist Ray Kurzwell introduced, and it is the time when the abilities of AI will overtake the abilities of the human brain. After this point in time, AI is said to become capable of creating a smarter AI than itself and reach the level of intelligence that is equal to or superior to human intelligence. While there are many negative views against this, I think that it is a definite fact that AI that is far smarter than the existing AI will appear.

What principle should we humans uphold then? I think that it is the fact that we humans have a heart that AI does not have. During your university days, I sincerely hope that you nurture the humanity and insight that are superior to AI by reading many good books, seeing heart-touching movies, falling in love with someone, thinking about and enjoying your own lives, and finding a great life partner.

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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