Driven by a passionate love of humanity and committed to social progress and reform
The School Spirit of Nihon Fukushi University
Our university aims at producing people with ambition, who are moved by the hardships of these troubled times and compelled by a spirit of benevolence, mercy, and fraternity, to undertake the reform and advancement of society. To attain such a goal, mere scholarly pursuits or the desire for self-advancement would not be sufficient. Our university must be devoted to academic tradition and driven by a passionate love of humanity.
April 1, 1953
Shugaku Suzuki, School Founder
Message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees
Applying chi (knowledge) rooted in the Chita Peninsula to refine and create innovative fukushi social welfare specialists
Among those universities offering four-year courses and specializing in social welfare, Nihon Fukushi University and the Faculty of Social Welfare have the longest history, with the 2017 academic year celebrating the 60th anniversary of its foundation. As a part of the celebrations and to improve educational facilities for health and sports, a newly established Faculty of Sports Science will be opened on the Mihama campus, and in the Faculty of Social Welfare, two reforms will be implemented: the introduction of 4 special courses and a scholarship entrance exam system.
Last year, the Tokai campus was newly created by establishing the Faculty of Nursing and relocating the Faculty of Economics and Faculty of International Welfare Development from the Mihama campus; in addition, satellite campuses were opened in Tokyo (Shimbashi) and Osaka (Nishikujo).
With the increase of one faculty in 2017, we will total 8 faculties, 10 departments, and 4 graduate programs, with some 12,000 undergraduates and postgraduates, spread over the Nagoya graduate school campus, and university campuses in the northern (Tokai City), central (Handa City), and southern (Mihama Town) areas of the Chita Peninsula, along with satellite campuses in Tokyo and Osaka.
With each campus as a core, the university takes on two roles: one of being a Center Of Community (COC) building a warmhearted regional community and providing chi (knowledge) in the region to promote and enrich industry and technology by making the best use of its unique cultural and natural assets; and the other of being a Center Of Excellence (COE), an outstanding international base of chi (knowledge) building a compassionate welfare society.
The Chita Peninsula a truly “Glocal” (global and local) area with good land, sea and air connections, is an “Eco-museum” blend of industry, culture and nature; a real treasure trove of chi (knowledge). This area offers optimal conditions for local field work of value to the world community and for providing practical education related to the different social work fields. With this area as a base, we sincerely hope our students can refine these two kinds of chi (knowledge and community) and become self-motivated, innovative, and well-rounded fukushi specialists offering valuable service to the world.
Chair of the Board of Trustees – MARUYAMA, Satoru
Acquire knowledge, skills and the spirit of fukushi at our university of social welfare
Nihon Fukushi University is a university with worldwide aspirations specializing in fukushi social welfare skills and knowledge. It is firmly rooted the local area and is committed to the development and enhancement of three fields: Health and medical services, Welfare and economics, and Education and growth. Its well-established social welfare faculty has the longest history in Japan and the university currently has 7 faculties and graduate programs over 4 campuses with an 8th faculty, the Faculty of Sports Science set to be established in the 2017 academic year. These faculties and graduate programs all combine their strengths with the aim of actualizing fukushi.
Please note that in our Japanese text, we used the hiragana charactersふくしfor the word fukushi, and not the kanji characters 福祉. Actually, each of the two kanji characters means happiness, but with the combined kanji there is a nuance of fukushi being only for the poor. Nowadays, the meaning and scope of fukushi has expanded, and the term has come to mean “happiness for everyone”. To embrace and proclaim this broader interpretation, Nihon Fukushi University uses ふくし, and we hope that all our students in any faculty or department will be imbued with the spirit, knowledge, and skills of fukushi in this more magnanimous sense.
The area of the Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture, home for the 3 campuses of Nihon Fukushi University, being rich in nature, industry, and community spirit is known as “the most energetic peninsula in Japan”. With this vibrant Chita Peninsula as a stage, it is my hope that you will all acquire the knowledge, skills, and spirit of fukushi in a comprehensive and practical way, and contribute to the development of your local communities after graduation. All of our faculty members are committed to supporting your career planning not only during your time with us, but also after graduation.
President – NIKI, Ryu