Challenge. Experience. Future
Nagoya University maintains a free and vibrant academic culture with the mission of contributing to the well-being and happiness of humankind through research and education in all aspects of human beings, society, and nature.
History of the University
Nagoya University (NU) was first founded in 1871 as a temporary hospital and medical school. After undergoing several transitions, Nagoya Imperial University was established in 1939. The name was changed to Nagoya University in 1949 and the University has, since then, grown to be one of the world’s top research universities.
A total population of 16,583 students (9,926 undergraduate students and 6,046 graduate students) are currently studying in 14 graduate schools, 9 undergraduate schools, 3 research institutes and 18 research centers. And today, more than 1,649 international students give NU’s campus a diverse, international flavour.
The flagship departments of NU are in the Natural and Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The University, furthermore, puts a strong focus on Social Sciences, Humanities and International Development.
Researchers at NU work in inter-disciplinary research communities conducting highly advanced research and education that overlook the broad sweep of humanities, social and natural sciences. The aim is to study the various phenomena of the humanities, society and nature from an all-inclusive viewpoint, respond to contemporary issues, and adjust and enrich its education system to generate a new sense of values and body of knowledge founded on humanity. Academic freedom and education that emphasizes self-initiative and creativity led to achievements recognized worldwide. Six out of the fourteen Japanese Nobel Prize winners since the beginning of the 21st century are graduates or professors of Nagoya University: Dr. Ryoji Noyori in 2001 and Dr. Osamu Shimomura in 2008 won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry; Dr. Toshihide Maskawa and Dr. Makoto Kobayashi shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008;Dr. Isamu Akasaki and Dr. Hiroshi Amano shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014.
Stimulating Intellectual Environment
In 1993, Nagoya University integrated an undergraduate curriculum combining multi-disciplinary general education and advanced specialization in a major field of study, required for all NU students. Students have the option to take specialized lectures and seminars relating to their majors from their first year. Inter-disciplinary education equips NU students with comprehensive and multifaceted perspectives, fostering ethical leaders who are able to develop innovative solutions, through inquiry and analysis, with strong communication skills to be productive members of the global environment. As a result, a high percentage of undergraduate students, choose to further their education at the postgraduate level.
More than 300 international exchange agreements with institutions worldwide provide an international platform for all NU students. Exchange students in the Program for Academic Exchange (NUPACE) receive intensive Japanese language education and participate in both academic and cultural activities and enrich NU campus with their diverse backgrounds. Nagoya University's reputation as an outstanding research university has attracted students and researchers from around the world.
Since October 2011 NU is offering International Programs at undergraduate and graduate level to students from all over the world. The admissions office has a comprehensive application review process that takes high school or secondary school grades, essays, recommendation letters and extracurricular activities into account.
Large Campus in a Vibrant Metropolis
The main campus of Nagoya University is huge, blooming with trees and lush with greenery. Several outdoor athletic fields and indoor facilities host the activities of more than 50 sport clubs, such as, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, American football, karate, kendo, sumo and many more. Cultural activities, both modern and traditional, are also a dynamic part of the student life.
Nagoya is Japan's fourth largest city with all the conveniences of a large metropolis, including an international airport with direct flights to the world's major destinations. A lively cultural scene, shops, restaurants and leisure activities for all tastes make it an exciting place to live. The Chubu region, located in the heart of Japan, between Tokyo (1 1/2 hours by bullet train) and Kyoto (1 hour), played an important role in the nation's history, as it was the home of Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu, three feudal lords, who unified Japan over 400 years ago. Nagoya Castle serves as the symbol of the city.