Nakamura Gakuen University, part of the School Corporation Nakamura Gakuen group, opened as fully-fledged university with a home economics department in 1965 from the former Nakamura Junior College of Nutrition Studies, founded in 1957. Since then, we have continued to follow the principles from our founding days to combine human, social, cultural and specialist education into a broad range of comprehensive educational programs, for which we have gained a reputation for student satisfaction.
Food is playing increasingly diverse roles in today’s world as a result of factors including an unprecedented ageing society, changes to social and economic environments and increasing health consciousness among people. As registered dietician who are responsible for putting in place adequate nutritional environments for people, it is the job of national registered nutritionists to provide people with advice on how to eat a balanced diet that will both improve and maintain their health. In addition, they are also expected to act as educators who generate awareness around the world of the importance of nutrition, food management and health.
The Faculty of Nutritional Sciences, which boasts one of the best pass rates for the national exam for registered dietitians in Japan, helps students acquire advanced knowledge and skills relating to nutritional sciences, developing 21st century managerial dietitians as compassionate specialists who, in addition to comprehensive management skills, possess broad-ranging perspectives along with high moral values and sense of mission.
The Department of Food Management opened in April 2017 with the aim of fostering food specialists with the capability to create new food industries. In the Department, students learn specialist knowledge and skills founded on a general liberal arts background and basic knowledge of nutrition science, including knowledge of how to research, develop and manufacture food products along with know-how on turning food science into practical business ideas. In order to nurture highly adaptable human resources, our curriculum, developed in collaboration with local businesses and organizations in the food service industry, provides a diverse range of programs aimed at nurturing practical skills, including lessons taught by active food professionals and internships. There are many possible pathways available to students following graduation, in such areas as food development at businesses involved in food production, research, civil service, and work connected with overseas development and exports at companies related to food.
In the Faculty of Education, students learn basic knowledge relating to education and welfare along with specialist knowledge based on practice. This enables students to become education and childcare professionals with the capability of understanding human development and providing children with appropriate support.
Through practical training and volunteer work at the university’s affiliated kindergartens and nursery schools, the faculty aims to develop human resources who are rich in practical skills and possess a caring mind.
The faculty also provides students with guidance and support for acquiring a number of qualifications in the hope that they will embark on careers in a diverse range of fields and institutions, including elementary schools, kindergartens, nursery schools, educational facilities, and welfare organizations.
In the Faculty of Business, Marketing and Distribution, students learn about the latest trends in the contemporary field of distribution, centering on theory and practice relating to distribution, marketing, logistics and corporate administration.
In doing so, the faculty strives to nurture human resources who can comprehend this new era of distribution from multifaceted perspectives and function in diverse business settings.
It also provides a range of collaborative programs between industry and academia, including liberal arts programs which prepare students to take on leading roles not only in local communities but also on the international stage, educational systems for communication skills, guest lectures by the leading lights in industry, and hands-on internships for practical experience in business environments.