| 3,263 (1 May 2014)|
21 February 1949
| +81 743-63-9001|
| 1050 Somanouchicho, Tenri, Nara Prefecture 632-0032, Japan|
Shinichi Shinohara, Shinji Hosokawa, Toyokazu Nomura, Shunpei Mizuno, Kazuhiro Ninomiya
Osaka University of Health, Kyoto Sangyo University, Tezukayama University, Kansai University, Doshisha University
Tenri University (天理大学, Tenri Daigaku) is a Japanese private university in Tenri, Nara Prefecture, an independent part of the secular mission of the new religious movement Tenrikyo. It was established in February 1925 as the coeducational Tenri Foreign Language School (天理外国語専門学校, Tenri Gaikokugo Senmon Gakkō), enrolling 104 students, and was reorganised as a university in April 1949.
Tenri University Wikipedia
As Tenrikyo expanded in the early 20th century, its leaders decided that all adherents had the right to a formal secular education, and the Tenri Foreign Language School was founded at the same time as a public preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school. By the 1970s, it had developed a strong reputation in Japan for foreign language study and judo.
Only one third of Tenri University students are actually Tenrikyo adherents. Its foreign exchange students also come from a variety of religious backgrounds.
Tenri University is part of the oyasato-yakata complex, a square almost one kilometer in diameter that also houses a seminary, public schools, Tenrikyo lectures, and the Tenri Hospital.
Tenri University operates Tenri Central Library, a notable Japanese library, as well as the Tenri University Sankōkan Museum.
In 2002, the school attracted national notice when it was discovered that a professor there had posted student attendance information and grades on his publicly accessible personal website; the university disciplined the professor for violating the students' privacy.Anton Geesink, Dutch 10th-dan jūdōka and Olympic gold medalist, studied at Tenri University in 1961
Shunpei Mizuno, author, graduated in 1990 with a major in Korean language
Shinichi Shinohara, world-champion gold medalist and Olympic silver medalist jūdōka
Tadahiro Nomura, World champion and triple Olympic gold medalist in judo
Shohei Ono, double World champion and Olympic gold medalist in judo