Greetings from the Board Chairman

Board Chairman, Kumamoto Johoku Gakuen Educational Corporation (Incorporated Foundation) Masaomi MoriNowadays in our country we are experiencing low birthrates and a rapidly aging population that has never before been observed in world history.
The phenomenon of low birthrates and aging population increase the need of education and research on health care, medical care, social welfare and social practices. Those combined mean that we are challenged to search for innovations.
Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare was opened in April 1998 with the goal of educating professionals with specialist knowledge in areas related to health care, medical care and social welfare.
At the time of opening, contributions, including from Tamana City and Kumamoto Prefecture, two former cities, ten former towns from the northern part of the prefecture, and donations of many people, all supplemented by the enthusiastic movement of the local community, bore fruit, so that a “mixed public-and-private” university was established.
We aim to deliver to society professionals who have the deep ability of critical thinking and capacity of action in the areas of health care, medical care and social welfare.

Greetings from the President

Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare - President Kiyoshi ShigaWe aim to deliver to society professionals who have the deep ability of critical thinking and capacities for action in the areas of health care, medical care, and social welfare In order to do that, we established 5 departments (Department of Nursing, Department of Social welfare, Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Sports Acupuncture and Moxibustion, and Department of Oral Health Sciences) and we encourage education through research by establishing a graduate school.
While all departments are specialised and cover different areas of speciality, in the areas of overlap and many points in common found among the health care, medical care and social welfare departments. This sees many common courses in the organisation of the curricula of the departments. Additionally, since our students all spend their time in one campus, they have many chances to positively influence one another. As a result, we are proud to educate students who are gaining an expansive variety of academic knowledge.
Come to Tamana, use your body and mind and study with us!

Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare – the university opened by the people and the community.

This university was established out of the inspiration and ideas of many people. Contributions, including from Kumamoto Prefecture and Tamana City, two former cities, ten former towns, the donations of many people, and, in addition, the enthusiastic movement of the local community bore fruit, so that a “mixed public-and-private” university could be established.
That’s why I think this university always wants to remain as a university opened by the local community. So, asking the local community people to use the facilities of the university, including the library, is a natural thing and, in addition to that, we think that it is the mission of an open university to be also useful as a place for lifelong study through open courses. We would like to ask our students, coming from all over the country, to put their study into practice at Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare by benefiting from their many new encounters and contacts.

The University’s Founding Principles

Modern people are demanding reflection on the principles of medical care. The principles of medical care don’t only include recovering from disease, but also taking hold of it in daily life, going through it, overcoming it, and making sure to lead a healthy life in order not to become sick in future. These principles constitute a well-balanced set of proposals. In other words, people hope that medical care will assist their becoming sound physically and mentally after they leave the medical care facility and return to their daily lives. Needless to say, the core of such assistance is nursing and social welfare for social life, that is, health care, medical care and social welfare. Here is where health care, medical care and social welfare meet and we need to put these fields into one integrated activity.
The establishment of Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare was designed to respond to the desire of people who lead such lives and its goal is to educate people who have human knowledge and ability and are able to undertake research in health care, medical care, and social welfare.
This university was founded in a place located at the heart of Kyushu, in the most adequate area to spread our educational and research activities to all areas of the island. Therefore, we can gather people from every part of Kyushu and at the same time be a strategic point to educate professionals. Doing so, our university can be a center that develops education and research activities in health care, medical care and social welfare. Established in this region, our university contributes to the health care, medical care and social welfare of the people of the community of Johoku, Kumamoto Prefecture. Besides that, our university illuminates new directions in health care, medical care and social welfare to our country. Consequently, we aim to open up new views.
In this manner, while our university, in regard of its education and research, performs activities in well-balanced health care, medical care and social welfare, our goal is to reach all areas of Kyushu and beyond to the whole country with such activities. This is the philosophy of the foundation of our university.

Our Philosophy -3 Basic Principles

  • A university that grows together with the community
  • A university that provides lifelong education
  • A university that learns with neighboring countries

Five Educational Policies

  1. Cultivate human richness of spirit and cultivate minds that respect the individuality of people.
  2. Establish and guarantee the confidence between the patient or client and the medical specialist.
  3. Provide students with logical and interdisciplinary thinking and cultivate adequate and, at the same time flexible, abilities of judgment and analysis.
  4. Be known in the international scenario, and besides cultivating the abilities of collecting and spreading new information, provide students with the ability of performing creative and enthusiastic activities as well as activities of information acquisition based on international perception.
  5. Increase the level of knowledge and technology related to health care, medical care and social welfare.

The Chronology of Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare

October 1988
Tamana City Mayor expressed his intention to create a university from 5 important issues.
October 1990
The preparation office of the Higher Education Agency of Tamana City is established.
May 1991
Kumamoto Johoku Community Higher Education Agency (incorporated foundation) is established (Permit issued by the Educational Board of Kumamoto Prefecture).
June 1992
Inauguration of the Council at the Prefectural Assembly for the Promotion of Businesses for Superior Education in the Community of Johoku, Kumamoto Prefecture.
April 1993
Inauguration of the Committee for the Conception of the Consortium of the Kumamoto Prefectural Johoku University Town.
October 1993
Establishment of the Council “Let’s Build a University!” of the Municipal Assembly of Tamana City.
February 1995
The Office for the Promotion of the Establishment of the Tamana City University was open.
March 1996
Juridical foundation establishment license of preparation for the establishment of a university based on an incorporated educational foundation (Ministry of Education).
September 1996
Ministry of Education receives the application of approval of the act of endowment for a juridical foundation.
Ministry of Education receives the application of approval of the establishment of a university.
December 1997
The application of approval of the act of endowment for the juridical foundation of the Kumamoto Johoku Gakuen Educational Corporation and the permit for the final judgment of the application for the establishment of the Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare were delivered to the Ministry of Education. Registration of establishment of the juridical foundation “Kumamoto Johoku Gakuen Educational Corporation”.
April 1998
Opening of Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare (School of Nursing and Social Welfare: Department of Nursing and Department of Social Welfare).
April 1999
Opening of the Program for “Mental Health Welfare Professionals” in the Department of Social Welfare.
April 2002
First graduation ceremony
April 2003
Opening of the Masters in Nursing at the Department for Research in Nursing of the Graduate School in Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare.
April 2004
Opening of the Training Program “Care Worker” at the Social Welfare Department.
April 2005
Opening of the Masters in Mental Health Care, in the Department for Research in Nursing and Social Welfare of the graduate school. Establishment of the Program for Midwives in the Department of Nursing.
April 2006
Opening of the Department of Rehabilitation.
September 2006
Inauguration of the second building and the Restaurant “Big Heart”.
May 2007
Ceremony of 10 Years of Foundation.
February 2009
Approval of the Educational Program for Professional Cancer Nurses in the Field of Cancer Nursing belonging to the Area of Clinical Nursing of the Masters in Nursing of the graduate school.
March 2009
Approved for meeting the standards for a university by the Japan Institution for High Education Evaluation (incorporated foundation).
May 2009
Opening of the Information Base Center.
March 2010
Inauguration of the third building – Judo practice facilities.
April 2010
Opening of the Department of Sports Acupuncture and Moxibustion and the Department of Dental Hygiene.
April 2012
Establishment of the Center for Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
May 2012
Ceremony of 15 Years of Foundation.
May 2013
Establishment of the Basic Cultural Education Research Center and the Lifelong Education Research Center.
April 2014
Establishment of the Masters in Health Supporting Sciences in the Department of Nursing and Social Welfare of the graduate school.
March 2015
Approved for meeting the standards for a university by the Japan Institution for High Education Evaluation (incorporated foundation).
April 2015
Establishment of the Masters of Midwifery.
June 2015
Opening of the Office for the Promotion of the Relationship with the Community, the Office for the Promotion of International Exchange and the IR Office.

Admission Policy

Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare with its 5 departments (Nursing Department, Social Welfare Department, Rehabilitation Department, Sports Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department, Oral Health Department), based on respect for the human being and with providing the best education, a high level specialist knowledge and technology, wants to contribute widely to society with its staff of health care, medical care and social welfare by delivering professionals with a high level of knowledge. That said, we search for people who have these qualities.

  1. People who can have empathy with human beings’ dignity and can provide them with philanthropic love.
  2. People who can offer cooperation and enthusiasm as a member of a team dedicated to health, medical care or social welfare.
  3. People who are willing to do scientific research, are willing to learn and have energy to put everything into practice.
  4. People who have enough tolerance to accept various sense of values and who are able to adapt to social environments.
  5. People who are passionate for health care, medical care and social welfare work.

Curriculum Policy

According to its foundation philosophy, Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare promotes research in health care, medical care and social welfare. In order to educate students who have human knowledge and ability, we organize our education programs based on the following policies.

  1. In order to cultivate a general culture and humanism we established the “common disciplines” or “basic areas” which are structured and based on “human beings and understanding everyday life”, “language and culture” and the “foundations scientific thinking”.
  2. Establish “interdisciplinary areas” and “basic specialist areas” in order to create a foundation that can collaborate to comprehensively acquire specialized knowledge about health care, medical care and social welfare, as well as other kinds of knowledge.
  3. Establish “professional courses” or “professional areas”, so that our students can excel in the practice of the professions with a high level of knowledge achieved by systematically learning the indispensable courses and raising their ability of logical and problem solving thinking.
  4. Establish the “teaching profession courses” and the “elective courses” in order to educate students who can perform activities in a wide range, such as education facilities, sports education, management of lifestyle diseases, and orientation for better health.

Diploma Policy

The students of the Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare, who complete courses in accordance with the basic philosophy and educational policies, have to comply with the items below in order to receive their graduation degree.

  1. Cultivate human richness and have the ability of seeking for lifelong learning.
  2. Systematically learn from the basics and develop logical and interdisciplinary thinking in order to be able to investigate and solve problems.
  3. Deeply learn and master the technology of health care, medical care and social welfare and have the ability to obtain new interdisciplinary knowledge about the clinical and research domains.
  4. Connect with different areas and have the ability to collaborate with and respect the individuality of people.

The Structure of the Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare

Faculty of Nursing and WelfareFaculty of Nursing and Welfare

Licenses that can be obtained

Department of Nursing
Eligible to take the National Exam for Nursing, to take the National Exam for Health Care (only for public health nurses), to take the first degree of school nurse teacher’s license, to take the first degree of high school teacher’s license (nurse), to take the second degree of school nurse’s license (apply after obtaining the license of public health nurse), to take the first degree of hygiene supervisor (apply after obtaining the license of public health nurse).
Department of Social welfare
Eligible to take the National Exam of Social Worker, eligible to take the Mental Care Social Worker Exam, eligible to take Care Worker Exam (just for those on the care worker program), eligible to take the license of first degree in Nurse Teacher, eligible to take the first degree of high school teacher (social work), eligible to be a certified psychologist, or counselors who can provide information about life in general.
Department of Rehabilitation
Eligible to take the national exam for physiotherapists.
Department of Sports Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Acupuncture and moxabustan professionals are eligible to take the national exam. Also, eligible are candidates for the first degree license of high school (health and physical education), candidates for the first degree license of junior high school (health and physical education), athletics trainer’s license, health and exercise adviser’s and health and exercise practitioner’s license.
Department of Oral Health Sciences
Eligible to take the national exam of dental hygienist, license of first degree nursing teacher.

Graduate Course of Nursing and Social welfareGraduate Course of Nursing and Social welfare

Licenses that can be obtained

(Graduate Program of Nursing)
License of Specialization in School Nurse (for the ones who have the first degree license in nurse teacher).
License of Specialization in School Nurse for High School (for the ones who have first degree of high school nurse teacher’s license).
(Graduate Program of Mental health)
License of Specialization in School Nurse (for the ones who have the first degree license in nurse teacher).

Graduate Course of MidwiferyGraduate Course of Midwifery

Licenses that can be obtained

  • Eligible for the national exam for midwives
  • Eligible to apply for becoming an advisor for the practice of birth control

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