IUK President Tsumagari's message
President of The International University of Kagoshima, Trustee of Tsumagari Educational Institution.
IUK's motto is "Student First", which means we put the student first. Students are our number one priority. We would like to prioritize what we do for incoming students entering IUK, students whose eyes are shining and hearts are full of anticipation.
For over 80 years, keen and eager students have been acquiring an international way of thinking and contributing to the regional community at The International University of Kagoshima (IUK). Originally named Kagoshima Commerce College, IUK was founded in 1932. It was the first institution of higher education for commerce and economics in Kyushu. The university faculties, departments, teachers and curriculum have developed in step with the times. Today, IUK consists of three robust and active faculties: Economics, Social Welfare and Intercultural Studies.
I am proud of the network of almost 40,000 alumni who live and work in Kagoshima, all over Japan and overseas. These graduates work in a wide range of companies. Places that could be our jobseeking students' places of employment too. It is important for all our students to plan their own career path during their student life. Alumni can lead our students and assist IUK to focus on practical classes such as: career design, internship, seminar and guidance counseling. These classes can enrich the working power of our students.
Great progress has been made in transportation and information networks, the distance between the local region and the world has been shortened. Because many international students enter IUK from overseas, our experienced teachers enable the students to quickly learn the basic skills they need to deal with an international society. Our students can observe the world from various point of views. On the other hand, we still need to seek ways to develop and build local industries. Our teachers need to stay abreast of new developments so they can train the next generation of young people.
We currently make great efforts to train students to be supervisors for nursing and early child care; teachers for elementary school children, junior and high school students; and managers and members of society who support the local economy and support government services.
A very attractive opportunity awaiting our students at IUK is a fruitful student life. We have a wide campus that is full of nature. There are thousands of books and many relaxing spaces to read them in our library. Students can enjoy talking in our restaurants and communication spaces. They can collaborate with classmates in various clubs. Our students can have an enjoyable campus life at IUK for the next 80 years.