About University Founder Prof. Haru Nakamura

About University Founder Prof. Haru Nakamura

Nakamura Gakuen was founded in 1954 by Professor Haru Nakamura at her own expense. “Character is the foundation of human beings, it is above the relative merits of intellectual and scholar qualities or anything” was her creed of education. She was 69 years old when she inaugurated this challenge. In the era of change brought about by Japan’s postwar period of rapid economic growth, she advocated the principle of human-centered education as a priority.

Professor Nakamura passed away in 1971 at the age of 87 years. Throughout her long life, she maintained a burning passion for education and culinary research, with over 70 years as an educator and 50 years as a researcher.

Heart-to-heart bonds based on mutual respect are what bring us together as people, and it is this notion which continues to form the foundations of our educational programs.

History

1954 - 1959 Nakamura Gakuen founded

1954 April
Fukuoka High School of Nutrition Studies opened
1957 April
Nakamura Junior College of Nutrition Studies opened
1958 March
Fukuoka High School of Nutrition Studies abolished along with Nakamura Junior College of Nutrition Studies opened
1959 January
Nakamura Gakuen Operation Department and Business Department set up

1960 - 1965Girls' Senior High School and University established

1960 April
Nakamura Gakuen Girls' Senior High School opened
1965 April
Nakamura Gakuen University opened

1966 - 1979

1967 April
Nakamura Junior College of Nutrition Studies renamed as Nakamura Gakuen Junior College, and Department of Nutrition Studies renamed as Department of Food and Nutrition Studies
Nakamura Gakuen Junior College Department of Domestic Sciences introduced
Nakamura Gakuen University affiliated Asahi Kindergarten opened
1968 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Faculty of Domestic Sciences, Department of Food and Nutrition Studies divided into two majors: food and nutrition course and managerial dietitian course
1969 April
Nakamura Gakuen Junior College Department of Early Childhood Education introduced
1979 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Faculty of Domestic Sciences, Department of Pedology divided into two majors: pedology course and child education course Nakamura Gakuen University affiliated Iki Kindergarten opened

1980 - 1990

1986 April
Nakamura Gakuen Sanyo Senior High School opened
1988 April
Nakamura Gakuen Sanyo Junior High School opened
1990 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Graduate School, Gradute School of Nutritional Sciences, Nutritional Sciences major graduate course (Master’s program) introduced

1991 - 1999

1992 April
Nakamura Gakuen Girls’ Junior High School opened
1998 April
Nakamura Gakuen Junior College’s name changed to Nakamura Gakuen University Junior College

2000 - 2009

2000 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Faculty of Business, Marketing and Distribution introduced
2001 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Junior College Department of Domestic Sciences renamed as Department of Home Economics
Nakamura Gakuen University Faculty of Domestic Sciences, Department of Food and Nutrition Studies abolished
2002 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Faculty of Home Economics reorganized and divided into Faculty of Nutrition Sciences and Faculty of Human Development
2004 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Graduate School of Nutritional Sciences, Nutritional Sciences major Doctoral program introduced Nakamura Gakuen University Graduate School of Nutritional Sciences, Nutritional Sciences major graduate course (Master’s program) considered as the first semester of Doctoral program
Nakamura Gakuen University Graduate School of Business, Marketing and Distribution major graduate course (Master’s program) introduced
Nakamura Gakuen University Junior College Department of Child Education renamed as Department of Early Childhood Education Nakamura Gakuen University affiliated Ohisama Nursery School opened
2005 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Graduate School of Human Development Sciences, Human Development major graduate course (Master’s program) introduced
2007 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Junior College Department of Food and Nutrition Studies renamed as Division of Food and Nutrition, and Department of Early Childhood Education renamed as Division of Early Childhood Care and Education
Nakamura Gakuen University Junior College Department of Home Economics reorganized as Division of Career Development

2010 -

2011 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Faculty of Human Development reorganized to Faculty of Education
2015 April
Nakamura Gakuen University Graduate School of Human Development renamed as Education.

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