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Where world-class education become reality.

Since its foundation in 1953, Nagoya University of Commerce & Business has been dedicated to helping students create a path in life that is distinctly their own. The energy driving the mission of NUCB is the ambition and optimism behind a ‘Frontier Spirit.’


Brief History


The founder, Dr. Yuichi Kurimoto, was the first international student to graduate from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, Canada in 1930. Upon his return to Japan, he recognized that higher education in Japan had been limited, and so he championed the fight to make it available to the disenfranchised Japanese youth of the day.


In 1935, he began a vocational institute called the Nagoya Railroad School, which was followed by a high school and a junior college. Always a visionary, Dr. Kurimoto sensed that the post-war economic and population boom in Japan would create a strong demand for an institution dedicated to business education. To this end he established NUCB.


In recognition of his ideals and achievements, Dr. Yuichi Kurimoto was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Alberta and his name was carved on a memorial in the Kurimoto Japanese garden on their campus, a tribute to his role in the friendship between Canada and Japan and dedicating all his life to keeping up the ideals of the frontier spirit.

“The highest goal of education lies in helping students awaken to their hidden potential and develop it further”. - Dr. Yuichi Kurimoto.

This idea, which is the cornerstone of our education policy, gave birth to our tutorial objective, which focuses on the close collaboration between student and teacher.

This innovative approach to education is aimed at educating forward-thinking leaders, capable of taking the initiative, and fulfilling their role as managers and business people. To this end, from its establishment, our university has dedicated its efforts to encourage our students to acquire practical, rather than purely academic, knowledge and skills. The structure of our curriculum emphasizes practical learning through the progressive study of a wide range of disciplines related to business and commerce administration, indispensable for our students’ future careers.


History of NUCB


  • 1953

    Nagoya University of Commerce & Business founded, Faculty of Commerce established

  • 1968

    Relocation to Nisshin campus began, Pioneering suburb locations for university campuses

  • 1976

    Computer Center opened

  • 1978

    Central Information Center (general library) opened

  • 1981

    General Language Education Center opened

  • 1986

    Campus LAN completed

  • 1996

    Study abroad program (Frontier Spirit Program) inaugurated

  • 1998

    Faculty of Global Studies established

  • 2000

    Millennium Gate completed

  • 2001

    Faculty of Management established

  • 2003

    50th Anniversary Pole completed

  • 2005

    New study abroad program (Gap Year Program) inaugurated

  • 2006

    Accredited by AACSB International

  • 2008

    Faculty of Economics established

  • 2012

    "Career Advancement Program International" (Internship abroad) started

  • 2016

    NUCB Alliance Partner Schools (overseas affiliated schools) achieved over 100 schools

  • 2016

    BBA established

  • 2018

    Global BBA established


Millennium Gate

50th Anniversary Pole