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About Us

Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, the first generation private university in Japan, was founded in 1935 by Yuichi Kurimoto, who was the first Japanese person to graduate from the University of Alberta in 1930 and the founder of the Kurimoto Educational Institution (KEI). Over the last 80 years, the university has become known worldwide as a premier educational institution.

NUCB was the first undergraduate school in Japan, and part of only 5% of business schools worldwide to hold the prestigious AACSB accreditation. The school is also accredited by JIHEE and approved by the Ministry of Education (MEXT) to grant Bachelor degrees.

Each year the school attracts around 200 international students from more than 35 different nationalities, creating a truly Global campus.

In addition to being the only school in Japan to offer a Global BBA taught fully in English, we also have a Japanese track for international students what we call Seiki Ryuugakusei "正規留学生".

Students who would like to study alongside our Japanese students that have completed a 12-year curriculum outside of Japan, can choose one of our four faculties; Management, Economics, Commerce or International Studies. We also offer the BBA in Japanese at the Nagoya Campus, using 100% case study methodology.

English proficiency is not required for 正規留学生 but one of the Japanese Language tests must be obtained. Typically students come from Japanese language schools after obtaining the JLPT or EJU, and currently we have students from mainland China, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.

  • AACSB International

    NUCB was the first accredited AACSB undergraduate institution in Japan. NUCB achieved accreditation of its undergraduate and graduate programs in 2006 and successfully maintained it to date.

  • Times Higher Education

    In 2021, NUCB was ranked the best private university offering business programs in Central Japan by Times Higher Education for their internationality pillar.


  • Hallmark of Excellence

    NUCB was the first accredited AACSB undergraduate institution in Japan. NUCB achieved accreditation of its undergraduate and graduate programs in 2006 and successfully maintained it to date.

  • Global Campus

    In the 2021 rankings, NUCB Undergraduate School has been ranked the best private university in Central Japan by Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) for their "Environment" pillar.

  • Case Methodology

    The case method is the principal learning methodology that we use at NUCB. The case method is built on learning by doing and which aims to prepare students for strategic decision-making in companies through the practice of real situations.

Active Learning

Active Learning is an innovative participant-led learning method that is in contrast to the traditional one-way faculty-led mode of instruction and engages students with the course material through discussions, problem-solving, case studies, role plays, and other methods. This teaching method places greater responsibility on the learner but the instructor still plays a crucial role in ensuring the classroom remains active. Studies have proven that when students engage in activities it promotes increased content knowledge and higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking and analysis as well as positive attitudes towards learning in comparison to traditional lecture-based delivery.


Professor H. Isono

Nagoya University of Commerce and Business welcomes around 200 international students each year. Due to a diverse range of students, our university offers a range of Japanese classes from basic through to advanced levels. We focus on improving your ability to read, write, speak and listen through high-quality lessons from experienced teachers. I hope you choose NUCB as your choice to study abroad where we can build a strong foundation for your bright future.

※ For information please visit Professor Isono's website of Japanese Language Education.
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Prof. Isono Interview

  • Nagoya Campus

    Located close to Fushimi station in downtown Nagoya, this campus is primarily for our Japanese students. Students here can study the BBA program using 100% case study method.

    This innovative method of teaching engages students in activities such as discussions, group work, and presentations which are essential in the business world. This participant-led learning method is in contrast to the standard one-way faculty-led mode of instruction.

  • Nisshin/Nagakute Campus

    A major feature of our Nisshin campus is that the educational facilities and sports facilities are on a single campus which leads to an active student life.

    Nisshin, located just east of the city of Nagoya, sets a rural backdrop for the campus facilities that resembles many American and European university campuses, providing a calm and quiet environment that is very suitable for students to pursue their studies. There are many other schools in the area, as well as access to great shops and restaurants.


Greater Nagoya is Japan's third largest metropolitan area after Tokyo and Osaka. Home to front-running companies such as Toyota, Greater Nagoya is clean, safe, and an exciting area to live in. Located in central Japan, Greater Nagoya functions as the transportation hub of the country making travel to other destinations fast and easy. Moreover, because the area was once the home of warlords in Japan’s ancient times, it is rich in historical sites and Japanese traditional culture, attracting many tourists. A World Heritage site, Shirakawa-go, is within easy reach, and the city of Kyoto is located only 35 minutes away by Shinkansen. As such, Greater Nagoya is a place where a well-balanced synergy between modern and traditional cultures exist.

The Most Dynamic Area in Japan

Nagoya is a center of manufacturing craftsmanship, with strong connections to the automotive, aircraft, and industrial robot industries.

A distinctive food culture exists full of local delicacies such as kishimen (noodles), tebasaki (chicken wings), misonikomi (miso boiled udon), and much more.

Nagoya's population density is only one-third of that of Tokyo or Osaka. The city has a number of lush parks that are great for enjoying the weather, jogging, or taking part in the many seasonal events that are held in the city. It's also a great place for enjoying professional sporting events such as baseball and soccer as well as the annual Nagoya Tournament of the Japan Sumo Association.

There are many well-known tourist spots, such as Hida-Takayama in Gifu or Ise and Toba in Mie, which are easily reached by train from Nagoya. Nagoya also has a well-developed public transportation network of subway and bus lines that make commuting or shopping very easy.