Peace Studies at Atomic Bomb Memorial

NIU held one of its regular peace studies field trips for international students this month. Students visited the site of the atomic bombing, Nagasaki Peace Park, and Atomic Bomb Museum. Students also had a chance to hear from a survivor of the 1945 attack. Japanese students from NIU also joined to learn more about this important event in Japanese history and provide language support for international students as necessary.

Dept. of Pharmacy Welcomes Visiting Researcher from Ghana

The Department of Pharmacy at NIU was glad to welcome Frederick Ayertey, of the Centre for Plant Medicine Research (CPMR) of Ghana, as a visiting researcher this past semester. Together with faculty at NIU, Mr. Ayertey's research focused on drug-development for infectious diseases using Ghanaian medicinal plants. The project is supported by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

NIU Sole Recipient of All Five Ministry of Education Grant Types

The Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) has announced the recipients of its annual grants relating to comprehensive reform of private universities. Out of 478 universities, NIU is the only one to be awarded grants in all five categories. Grants are awarded on a merit-based system related to an institution's activities in the following areas:

Type 1: Qualitative reform of education
Type 2: Regional development
Type 3: Collaboration with industry and other universities
Type 4: Globalization
Type 5: Platform formation

NIU will use these grants to continue striving for excellence in higher education to support students and the community at large.


10th Annual Girl's Day Tea Ceremony with Local American Children

Students from the Department of International Tourism celebrated Japan's annual Girl's Day festival by hosting a group of 20 girls from America living in Sasebo for a demonstration and hands-on workshop of Japanese tea ceremony. This year was particularly special as it represented the 10th year of celebrating Girl's Day with the local American community.

The event was held at NIU's on-campus tea ceremony house. The children were able to enjoy making matcha using traditional bamboo equipment and ceramic bowls. After this, they enjoyed eating traditional Girl's Day sweets, such as Hina Ara-re (rice cake snacks) and Peach Castella cakes. Following this, everyone made origami and played traditional Japanese games. Happy Girl's Day!

Joy Sakurai Guest Lecture on Global Leadership

Nagasaki International University was happy to welcome Joy Sakurai of the American Consulate in Fukuoka to give a guest lecture in English to our students on the topic of Global Leadership. Ms Sakurai gave an overview of Japan-America relations and the role of the consulate. She also provided examples of programs to promote cultural understanding as well as student internship opportunities at the consulate. The second half of the talk covered issues related to study abroad and how it provides a valuable opportunity to develop the skills required of future global leaders. Many thanks to the American Consulate in Fukuoka, the Japan America Association of Sasebo, and Shinwa Bank for helping sponsoring this event.