Message from the President

Nan Tien Institute provides you with the opportunity to study at your pace, and in your own way. While we have a beautiful contemporary campus space, located adjacent to the Nan Tien Temple near Wollongong, we also make it possible for you to study from home. Our subjects and courses can be studied online offering convenience and flexibility. Unlike many universities, our scheduling is flexible – you don’t have to wait for a new semester to start learning with us. We encourage you to study in the way that suits you best, if you want to begin by studying one subject only, that’s ok. 

We are a small, graduate institution – you will learn with like-minded people, and be exposed to a diversity of perspectives. Here, you’re not just a number, as one of our students, we know you and work with you to succeed. Your learning and interactions with us will be personalised, and take account of your circumstances, needs and aspirations. 

While we are a young institution, we are well-established and have already developed a strong reputation for our courses and teaching. We are just 10 years old, but already outperform many of our competitors in external measures of educational quality. 

We are proud of our great performance on external measures of the quality of our courses and teaching. In the most recent survey of graduates across Australia, we were ranked well above the national average on all measure of student satisfaction including our support for you, the depth of engagement in learning and development of relevant skills. 

The skills and knowledge you develop as a student will enhance your personal life and contribute to improved professional practice and performance. 

At Nan Tien, our teaching integrates reflection and experiential learning into academic study in a way that supports your academic and social engagement, creating an environment in which you will develop self-understanding, along with analytical and critical capacities. Learning with us will help you cultivate skills for engaging constructively with others. You will be in control of your learning and contribute directly to it. 

Our programs and your learning are supported by evidence from contemporary Western research and established Eastern thinking and wisdom. 

It’s impossible not to acknowledge the tumultuous effect of the COVID pandemic – on society, individuals, and the planet. The content and experience of our programs will equip you with skills and knowledge to accommodate and manage the disruption and uncertainty facing all of us. We will assist you in developing the resilience, compassion, and inner strength to respond productively in your personal life, with family and friends, and in the workplace. If you aspire to be a more compassionate leader and manager, we can assist you. And if you want to engage in scholarly and intellectual study of Buddhism, we can facilitate it. 

Our staff are the best in their field you will be taught and guided by outstanding academics and professional practitioners who are leaders in their area of expertise. 

I welcome you to learn with us. 

Denise Kirkpatrick – President of Nan Tien Institute


Offering a high degree of flexibility, our online courses can be studied full or part-time. Our courses are designed for health and wellness professionals, counsellors, educators, and other leaders who are balancing a work schedule and already have an undergraduate degree. Enrol now or at a time that suits you.