“Alright, let’s go surprise the world”

- Message from the Chairman

“Have you ever followed through?

Have you ever held out to the end until you realized your dream, overcoming obstacles until you succeeded? Whether you have or not, this is the type of experience I want you to make here at Kyoto University of Advanced Science (KUAS).

When I started my company, Nidec, with 3 of my dormmates in the backyard of my family’s home, I found my ultimate passion in making motors, and tried to create technology that did not exist yet. Today, Nidec is the world’s largest comprehensive motor maker, with over 100,000 employees and sales topping one trillion yen. Now I can look back and say, ‘I followed through.’

This experience helped me form the foundation of what I want to create with this university: a pioneering institution that brings up the type of people that do not exist now, but that are essential to shape the future of our society. If you aspire to discover your life-changing passion, I want you to study here, realize your dream, and surprise the world by following through.”

Shigenobu Nagamori, Founder of Nidec & Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kyoto University of Advanced Science

Profile of Shigenobu Nagamori

Born in 1944 in Kyoto, he founded Nidec at age 28 in 1973. He has been able to grow Nidec into the largest comprehensive motor maker in the world, a global business featuring more than 300 group companies. This has earned him a place among the “World’s Best CEOs” in the US magazine Barron's. He assumed the chairman position at KUAS in 2018, responding to the growing demand for engineers in the electrical, mechanical & mechatronics fields and seeking to create a revolutionary engineering program.