5th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 18-20, 2021 | Orlando, USA

October 18 -20, 2021 | Orlando, USA
NWC 2021

Machiko Higuchi

Speaker at  Nursing World Conference 2021 - Machiko Higuchi
National College of Nursing, Japan
Title : Development of global perception among nursing students in Japan


Nursing education was first established in Japan in 1885, only 25 years after Florence Nightingale established her nursing school in Britain. However, only 11 nursing colleges had been established by the 1990s in Japan. Nursing education has since developed rapidly, with 272 nursing degree programs being offered from the 795 universities that have been established in Japan as of 2019. However, there are more than 1000 nursing diploma programs that are responsible for imparting basic education for nurses in Japan. Since 1948, the nursing education syllabus has been revised nine times according to societal demands. In 2008, the revised curriculum emphasised that one of the most important competencies nursing students must possess is the ability to provide services not only to their native country but also across the world. However, this is difficult to implement for nursing educational institutes because there is an extreme shortage of qualified nursing educators in Japan. Nursing ethics were introduced in the International Council of Nursing in 2002: ‘Inherent in nursing is a respect for human rights, including cultural rights, the right to life and choice, to dignity and to be treated with respect. Nursing care is respectful of and unrestricted by considerations of age, colour, creed, culture, disability or illness, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, politics, race or social status.’

The National College of Nursing, Japan, was established in 2001 with the aim of training nurses to work effectively in international society. An important and compulsory subject involves implementing nursing practice in developing countries. Through this article, we discuss the future of nursing education, specifically how to develop solidarity for global peace through nursing services by introducing a system of nursing education in Japan.


Professor. Machiko Higuchi graduated Primary Health Care Management at the Mahidol University in 1993 and received PhD degree (Medical Anthropology) in 1998 at University of Colombo. She served as an expert of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in establishing the nursing school in Sri Lanka. Prior to that she was assigned by the Foreign Ministry of Japan to oversee the ethnic conflict between Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka. In the year 2001, she was sent to the University of Michigan by the Japanese Government as a visiting scholar cum WHO collaborator. She has published more than 80 research articles.