Japanese university to open first offshore campus in Newcastle

Media release | 24 March 2017

Japan’s Nihon University today announced the purchase of the former Newcastle Law Courts, establishing a site to house the university’s first ever campus outside of Japan.

The heritage-listed building will be restored to include classrooms for up to 200 local and international students, a library and a 100-bed dormitory.

NSW Trade Minister, Niall Blair said Nihon’s arrival is a win for the Newcastle economy and community.

“I’m thrilled Nihon has chosen Newcastle to launch its first ever off-shore campus. The university will not only provide a boost to the economy but will also add to the cultural fabric of the community,” Mr Blair said.

“Japan is NSW’s biggest export market and the largest source of investment from Asia. This is a fantastic result for the State and our international education sector which is worth $7.2 billion to our economy”.

Today’s announcement was also welcomed by the Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello.

“This is another great example of the Government’s Asset Recycling Policy at work. By revitalising the old courthouse and welcoming new investment, Newcastle can now boast a world class Japanese university that will benefit the community,” Mr Dominello said.

Nihon University’s President Dr Kichibee Otuska says Nihon is excited Newcastle will be home to the university’s first offshore campus.

“Australia, with its superb universities, multicultural society and its respect for other cultures, was the natural choice for Nihon University. The city of Newcastle, its people and environment convinced us that it is the ideal place for our students and teaching staff to pursue their studies and research”, Dr Otuska said.

Nihon University is working with the NSW Heritage Council to ensure the heritage value of the Law Courts is maintained in the building’s revitilisation.

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