About Us

Message from the President

Each one of you is precious

We at Kyoto Notre Dame University are here to guide you on a lifelong path of growing into refined, intelligent, independent women. Our motto is the Latin phrase, Virtus et Scientia, which translates into English as “Virtue and Knowledge.” This motto embodies profound connotations worth exploring. An alternative English translation may be morality and discernment, or in academic terms, moral and intellectual education. Virtus refers to refinement. It is the sparkle that emanates from a person committed to doing what is right and good. Scientia refers to intellect. It is the power to think and understand, and it forms the core of knowledge and discernment. This is a lifelong goal for each of us, and guides our goals at Notre Dame.

Serita, Kentaro
Kyoto Notre Dame University


Academic degrees
Mar 1963 Graduated Faculty of Law, Kyoto University
Mar 1965 Completed master's program, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
Mar 1966 Left doctoral program, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
Oct 1969 Conducted research on international law at University of Paris on French government scholarship program (2 years)
Selected professional activities
Apr 1981 Professor, Faculty of Law, Kobe University
Apr 1993 Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (and Faculty of Law), Kobe
Oct 1994 Dean, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University (until Sep. 1996)
Apr 2004 Professor Emeritus, Kobe University; Professor, Faculty of Law, Aichi Gakuin University
Apr 2005 GProfessor, Aichi Gakuin University Law School
Jun 2008 Dean, Graduate School of Law (Law School), Aichi Gakuin University
Apr 2013 President, Kyoto Notre Dame University (to present)
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