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President’s Message

A New University and a New Approach to Learning Language and Culture

Sr.Akemi Yamaguchi President

Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University is a new university for women which opened on April 1st, 1994. We take an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to education, based on the underlying principles of Christian humanism. This university has a graduate school of Human Science, specializing in Clinical Psychology,and two faculties: the Faculty of International Human Studies and the Faculty of Nursing and Nutrition. Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University is located in Satsumasendai City in Kagoshima Prefecture, which is situated in the southernmost part of Kyushu, one of the four main islands that make up Japan. Kagoshima Prefecture has long been a doorway for the intake of innovation from overseas. The people of Kagoshima are well known for their enterprising spirit.

Inspired by the Christian belief that each person has an irreplaceable value and role in this world, Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University wishes to be an academic community where staff and students work together to discover each person’s intellectual potential and develop it into a well-trained and mature personality.

The Graduate School of Human Science aims at producing highly-qualified researchers in clinical psychology through its master’s program,who can also offer, as well-trained specialists, appropriate and effective support in various fields such as education, medical services, and mental health care in industry.

The Faculty of International Human Studies has two different fields; language and culture studies and an interdisciplinary study of childhood and youth, which are both fundamental in dealing with the problems of the modern world. Nursing and Nutrition are vital to the enhancement of the quality of life for all people, whatever their physical condition.

Recent incidents throughout the world convince us of the urgent need for mutual understanding and tolerance between peoples of different racial and cultural backgrounds. The best and most natural way to achieve this is of course through direct contact taking place in conducive circumstances. Study overseas at Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University provides this opportunity in a most suitable environment.

Kagoshima has a long tradition of positive attitudes towards other cultures and the overseas students of our university are well received by the local people here in Satsumasendai City.

Knowledge should lead to love through understanding. Our university is dedicated to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, which is full of love of God and humankind. Let us prepare ourselves, under her graceful guidance, to play whatever role is expected of us in the present society to restore peace and harmony in our world.



This emblem is the Japanese character “kokoro” (heart) representing the five virtues of the Blessed Virgin: industry, modesty, purity, reliability, and charity. It is designed as a music staff and is the symbol of Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University.


Satsuma-Sendai City is the second largest city in Kagoshima Prefecture and is within easy reach of Kagoshima City, Nagasaki, Kumamoto along with other major centers in Kyushu and throughout Japan. Satsuma-Sendai City is at present the focal point for new development and expansion in all aspects of community life and international relationships, while preserving the advantages of its beautiful rural setting.

The city has an International House and a home stay program which guarantees that suitable accommodation will be provided in dormitories or local citizens’ homes.

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Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University Office of Admissions

2365 Amatatsu-Cho, Satsuma-Sendai-Shi
Kagoshima 895-0011, Japan



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