Himeji University

Founding Principles

Our mission is to develop people who are loved, trusted, and respected.

Himeji University President Masakazu Ueda Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, Himeji University was founded more than ten years ago in Oshio, Himeji City. Based on the founding spirit of my mentor, President Koichi Seko (the founder of Kinki University), we had the goal of fostering human resources with a ‘spirit of symbiosis’ of caring for people as well as nature. In recent years, the environment surrounding universities has become increasingly globalized, introducing a higher necessity for specialization. With the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Education, Himeji University aims to nurture enthusiastic human resources with diversity, specialization, and the flexibility to respond to the changing times. For this purpose, we have facilities and teaching materials that incorporate the latest technology, as well as accomplished faculty members in each field.

We also focus on disaster nursing education and educational support for people with disabilities, as well as contribute to the community in a variety of ways, including promoting health and sports. We hope that students will actively participate in community activities throughout their four years at the university and acquire this ‘spirit of symbiosis’.

Finally, I would like to state my five educational goals that embody this spirit.

1. To recognize that we do not live alone, but together with other life.

2. to acquire the correct sense of ethics as a professional, and at the same time, to have a compassionate heart.
To acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for professional work, and to develop imagination.

3. In addition to acquiring the knowledge and proficiency necessary for the profession, to also develop skills of imagination.

4. To develop insight and a richness of humanity by exploring society and history.

5. To foster the ability to adapt to, and coexist with, international society through different cultures.

Himeji University supports students who are passionate about practicing these skills and studying hard to achieve their dreams.

Himeji University President Masakazu Ueda Himeji University President Masakazu Ueda

History of
Himeji University

April 2004

Establishment of Kindai University Koutoku Gakuen

April 2006

Approval for the establishment of Kindai Himeji University.

April 2007

Opening of Kindai Himeji University (School of Nursing, Department of Nursing).

April 2008

Opening of Kindai Himeji University (Faculty of Education, Department of Growth and Care) and its correspondence course.

April 2016

Kindai University Koutoku Gakuen is shortened to Koutoku Gakuen. Kindai Himeji University is shortened to Himeji University.

April 2017

Opening of the Graduate School of Himeji University (Graduate School of Nursing Science - Master's Program).

April 2019

Opening of the Graduate School of Nursing Science (Doctoral Program).

Location Information

Postal code: 671-0101

Address: 2042-2, Oshio-cho, Himeji, Hyogo, Japan

Location Information


From Kansai International Airport – 2h 20min

From JR Osaka Station – 1h 9minn

From JR Sannomiya Station – 47min

From JR Himeji Station – 10min

From JR Okayama Station – 49min


Easy commuting from Kobe, Osaka, and Okayama.

Blessed with convenient transportation such as the JR and Sanyo Electric Railway networks, the school boasts urban comfort alongside an abundance of nature. You can get from Sanyo Himeji Station to the nearest station, Oshio Station, in about 10 minutes by direct express train. From there to the university, it only takes about one minute by school bus. Learning in a relaxed atmosphere is important not only for the acquisition of knowledge and expertise, but also for the development of essential human skills.


School of Nursing

Educational Purpose

The purpose of the School of Nursing is to develop nursing professionals who respect life, have deep insight into human dignity and rights, and contribute to the improvement of people's health and welfare in accordance with the founding principles of the university. In other words, we aim to create an environment that fosters nurses who have a flexible perspective, an expert level of knowledge, reliable skills, and who are compassionate, kind-hearted professionals who have faith in their ability to serve and work alongside their patients.

School of Nursing

Educational Goals

We aim to develop students’ skills through a Bachelor of Nursing. The educational goals of the School of Nursing are described in the following seven points.

(1) To develop a broad perspective and the ability to understand multiple languages.

(2) To acquire knowledge that provides the basis for nursing care.

(3) To acquire competency in human caring based on solid ethics.

(4) To acquire basic knowledge and skills in specialized areas of nursing.

(5) To develop the ability to assess health, medical care, and welfare from multiple perspectives, and to collaborate and cooperate with the various professions involved.

(6) To develop the ability to work as a nurse, not just in the local community, but in international society as well, by taking into account different cultures.

(7) To develop the ability to contribute to society as a professional nurse with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills through continuous self-improvement.

Strengths of Our Department

1.An Educational Program that Fosters High Quality Nursing Expertise

From the establishment of curriculums unique to our university, such as Global Health Nursing and Disaster Nursing, we offer many substantial practical training curricula from our students' first year onwards. Due to having a graduate school, students can easily communicate and deepen their learning with graduate school faculty members who are experts in the four fields of nursing: education and management, adult and elderly nursing, support for people (including children) with disabilities, and community nursing.

The University’s Unique Curriculum

Disaster Nursing With the aim of fostering high quality nurses skilled in disaster relief, students learn triage and other skills used in actual disaster situations in the classroom. This makes sure they can respond immediately in times of disaster.

Global Health Nursing Students of Himeji University have the unique ability to comprehensively study global nursing through our international network. The program provides educational opportunities for students to learn extensively about theories and applications in the field of international nursing. By systematizing nurses’ experiences in overseas rescue and relief, students are able to advance their careers in international and disaster nursing activities.

2.An Educational Environment that Fosters High Quality Practical Ability

The School of Nursing is equipped with the latest educational facilities. This includes SimMan; a simulation doll that can be used to set up all kinds of patient conditions. We also have SimJunior and SimBaby which simulate the physical conditions of children and babies. On top of that, our university has a comprehensive maternity simulator too. All kinds of clinical signs and symptoms of patients can be realistically reproduced in highly effective scenarios to help our students acquire practical skills.

Faculty of Education

Educational Purpose

Faculty of Education

In accordance with our founding principles, the Faculty of Education aims to develop educational specialists who are aware of the noble mission of nurturing each individual child with care, as they will be the future leaders of Japan. We also aim to broaden our students' perspectives to help them in their future challenges. Through education and research, we will explore the ideal form of education to support the upbringing of children from infancy to adolescence. We strive to promote hands-on child studies with methodical educational practices.

Educational Goals

(1) To deepen knowledge and education about human beings, society, culture, health, and more. To establish independence and cultivate an enriched sense of humanity.

(2) To cultivate a broad knowledge and deep insight into the minds and bodies of children from infancy to adolescence. To develop practical educational skills to nurture children's ability to live in society, including solid life skills, the ability to learn, and a sense of humanity.

(3) To foster empathy in the minds of children by focusing on their growth and development in their infancy. To develop child-rearing skills based on a deep sense of caring.

(4) To emphasize the continuity of children's development and learning from infancy to adolescence, and encourage leadership skills to help children develop from play to learning.

(5) To cultivate a foundation of practical skills in rehabilitation and nursing that contribute to the developmental support of multicultural children, especially those with developmental disabilities.

(6) To cultivate educators who are equipped with a spirit of volunteerism that enables them to live in, and collaborate with, the local community, as well as to actively integrate into and contribute to the world around them.

(7) To cultivate educators with a rich international perspective who can demonstrate, in an increasingly globalized world, that they have the ability to act beyond national borders and take action to contribute to the growth of children around the world.

Strengths of Our Department

1. Up-To-Date and Well-Equipped Learning Environment to Support Skill Development

In the Music Laboratory (ML) classrooms, we offer group and private piano instruction. We have 50 electronic pianos linked to a teacher's master piano for more detailed guidance. We also have 17 individual lesson rooms where students can practice without being disturbed by others. In addition, students can receive one-on-one lessons from several music teachers, which ensures that they can improve their skills.

2.Cultivating Educators Who Can Respond to the Future Changes in Society through a Diverse Curriculum

With the progress of globalization, there is a need for those involved in childcare, early childhood education, and elementary school education, both in Japan and abroad, to understand diverse cultural backgrounds and values. The Faculty of Education at Himeji University has established an educational curriculum with an international perspective that introduces education and support for children from different cultures. We nurture internationally-minded caregivers and educators who contribute to the healthy growth of all children. Furthermore, students learn extensively about psychology and support for children with developmental disabilities to meet the needs of society through experience and practice.

Faculty of Education - Correspondence Course

In accordance with our founding principles, the Faculty of Education aims to develop educational specialists who are aware of the noble mission of nurturing each individual child with care, as they will be the future leaders of Japan. We also aim to broaden our students' perspectives to help them in their future challenges. We strive to train educators who are trusted as experts in supporting children's development. Furthermore, the correspondence course is designed to minimize the financial burden as much as possible. We want to give anyone the opportunity, through applied diligence, to obtain qualifications in schooling education anytime and anywhere. Based on this philosophy, the following educational goals have been established for our correspondence course.

Faculty of Education Correspondence course

(1) The core of the curriculum is to cultivate broad knowledge and deep insight that emphasizes the continuity of children's growth and learning from birth to adolescence, and to instill practical educational skills to encourage children's ability to live in society.

(2) To cultivate a foundation of rehabilitative nursing skills that contribute to the support of children with developmental disabilities.

(3) To nurture educators who can actively integrate into and contribute to the local community.

(4) To nurture educators with an international mindset who have the ability to raise children that contribute to international society in this ever increasingly globalized world.

Graduate School of Nursing Science (Master's Program)

Educational Purpose

Based on nursing theory and scientific evidence, we train advanced nursing professionals who have deep insight into human beings and a developed sense of ethics. Our students have the ability to identify and solve health issues which arise from individual needs and changes in life and society. They have the educational power, the leadership, and the research skills to contribute in people's daily lives as well as society at large.

Educational Goals

(1) To have deep insight into human beings and a developed sense of ethics to acquire the research skills to scientifically investigate people’s health issues.

(2) To acquire the ability to theoretically and scientifically explore the health issues that have been identified, and to consider methods of support in care settings.

(3) To be able to contribute to the betterment of nursing as a whole by demonstrating educational and leadership skills in real-life contexts.

Graduate School of Nursing Science (Doctoral Program)

Educational Purpose

The purpose of this program is to foster educators and researchers who have a high level of knowledge about human beings. They will be able to scientifically explore support for people's health and wellbeing, independently conduct research on said support, and contribute to the development of nursing science.

Educational Goals

To develop educators and researchers who have a high level of knowledge about human beings, who can scientifically explore support for people, and who can also contribute to the development of nursing science. For this reason, we have established the following three goals.

(1) To be able to scientifically explore the support of people's health and lives.

(2) To be able to independently conduct research for the development of nursing science.

(3) To be able to conduct education and research to develop the next generation of nursing professionals.