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Nagoya University

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Nagoya University 名古屋大学, Nagoya daigaku, abbreviated to Meidai 名大,1 is a Japanese national university headquartered in Chikusa-ku, Nagoya It was the last Imperial University in Japan and among the National Seven Universities It is the 3rd best ranked higher education institution in Japan 72nd worldwide2

As of 2014, the university has produced six Nobel Prize winners in science, the third most in Japan behind Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo34


  • 1 History
  • 2 Student population
  • 3 Faculties and graduate schools
    • 31 Faculties
    • 32 Graduate schools
  • 4 Academic rankings
    • 41 General rankings
    • 42 Research performance
    • 43 Graduate school rankings
    • 44 Alumni rankings
    • 45 Popularity and selectivity
  • 5 Notable alumni and affiliates
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Nagoya University traces its roots back to 1871 when it was a temporary medical school In 1939 it became Nagoya Imperial University In 1947 it was renamed Nagoya University, and became a Japanese national university In 2004 it became a Japanese national university corporation

The ideal written in the Nagoya University academic charter is to encourage the intelligentsia with courage by providing an education which respects independent thought

In March 2012 the university played host to the International Symposium on Innovative Nanobiodevices5

Student populationedit

While the majority of its students come from Tōkai region, Nagoya University has a good portion of students from all over Japan

It also receives many students from abroad Currently there are over 1300 foreign students 150 undergraduate from 78 countries studying in the faculties of Nagoya University The majority of them are from China 47%, as of May 1, 2009 and Korea 95% Among other countries, Taiwan, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Cambodia and Uzbekistan are represented by more than 30 students The United States and Brazil with 16 students each are the most represented non-Asian countries

Faculties and graduate schoolsedit


Nagoya University
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Letters
  • Science
  • Agriculture
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Information Culture

Graduate schoolsedit

Nagoya University Hospital
  • Education
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences and Agriculture
  • Medicine
  • International Language Culture
  • International Development GSID
  • Environmental Studies
  • Information Science

The University's Research Center for Seismology, Volcanology and Disaster mitigation is represented on the national Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction6

Academic rankingsedit

University rankings overall
Toyo Keizai National7 General 21
Kawaijuku National8 General 8
T Reuters National9 Research 5
WE National10 Employment 38
NBP Hokuriku/Tokai11 Reputation 1
Shimano National12 Selectivity SA
QS Asia
Asian Ranking version13
General 14
ARWU Asia14 Research 7
QS World15 General 80
ARWU World16 Research 77
University rankings by subject
Social Sciences & Humanities


Asahi National17 Research 4
BE Success National18 Qualification 12
BE Pass rate National19 Qualification 10


RePec National20 Research 13
Natural Sciences & Technology


Kawaijuku National21 General 6~7
QS World22 General 96


TReuters National23 Research 6
TReuters World23 Research 61


TReuters National23 Research 7
TReuters World23 Research 43


TReuters National23 Research 5
TReuters World23 Research 97
T Reuters World rankings include non-educational institutions

Nagoya University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan This can be seen in several rankings such as the ones shown below

General rankingsedit

The university has been ranked 15th in 2009 and 21st in 2010 in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" by Toyo Keizai7 In another ranking, Japanese prep school Kawaijuku ranked Nagoya as the 8th best university in Japan8

The Academic Ranking of World Universities ARWU 2009 ranks Nagoya University as fourth in Japan24 The 2009 THE-QS World University Rankings From 2010 two separate rankings will be produced by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings ranks Nagoya University as fifth in Japan25 The 2010 QS Asian University Rankings rated Nagoya number ten in Asia and number five in Japan,26 while the QS World University Rankings27 for 2011 ranked Nagoya 80th in the world

Research performanceedit

Nagoya is one of the top research institutions in Japan According to Thomson Reuters, Nagoya is the 5th best research university in Japan9 Its research standard is especially high in Physics 6th in Japan, 61st in the world, Chemistry 7th in Japan, 43rd in the world, and Biology & Biochemistry 5th in Japan, 97th in the world28

Weekly Diamond reported that Nagoya has the 6th highest research standard in Japan in research funding per researchers in COE Program29 In the same article, it's also ranked 6th in terms of the quality of education by GP funds per student

In addition, Nikkei Shimbun on 16 February 2004 surveyed the research standards in Engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese research centers, and Nagoya was placed 9th research planning ability 5th//informative ability of research outcome 9th/ability of business-academia collaboration 6th in this ranking30

Furthermore, Nagoya had the 8th highest number of patents accepted 108 in 2009 among Japanese universities31

It has a high research standard in Social Science & Humanities Asahi Shimbun summarized the amount of academic papers in Japanese major legal journals by university, and Nagoya University was ranked 4th during 2005-200917 RePEc in January 2011 ranked Nagoya's Economic department as Japan's 13th best economic research university32

Graduate school rankingsedit

Nagoya Law School is considered one of the top law schools in Japan, as it was ranked 10th in the pass rate of the Japanese Bar Examination in 201033

Alumni rankingsedit

According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Nagoya have the 38th best employment rate in 400 major companies in Japan34

Popularity and selectivityedit

Nagoya is one of the most selective universities in Japan Its entrance difficulty is usually considered one of the highest in Japan3536

Notable alumni and affiliatesedit

Full list can be found in the Japanese Wikipedia article: List of Nagoya University people in Japanese

It includes six Nobel Prize winners

  • Hiroshi Amano, one of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the blue LED
  • Isamu Akasaki, one of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the blue LED
  • Makoto Kobayashi, one of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Toshihide Maskawa, one of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Osamu Shimomura, one of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Ryōji Noyori, one of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners, spent most of his academic career researching and teaching at the university

It includes one Fields Medalist

  • Shigefumi Mori, one of the 1990 Fields Medalists, spent most of his academic career at the university until he won the Fields Medal in 1990

There are several world-class scientists:

  • Koji Nakanishi, a Japanese-American bioorganic and natural products chemist, graduated from Nagoya, professor at Columbia University
  • Hisashi Yamamoto, a Japanese chemist, laureate of the Medal of Honor with a Purple Ribbon
  • Masayoshi Nagata, a Japanese mathematician, disproved Hilbert's fourteenth problem
  • Goro Azumaya, a Japanese mathematician, introduced the notion of Azumaya algebra
  • Masatake Kuranishi, a Japanese mathematician, established the Cartan-Kuranishi Theorem
  • Yasushi Takahashi, a Japanese physicist, known for the Ward–Takahashi identity
  • Reiji Okazaki and Tsuneko Okazaki - Pioneering molecular biologists, discoverer of the Okazaki fragments, graduated from Nagoya and were both professor at the university
  • Masatoshi Takeichi, a Japanese cell biologist
  • Morinobu Endo, a Japanese chemist
  • Tomio Kubota, a Japanese mathematician
  • Hiroomi Umezawa, a Japanese physicist
  • Bunji Sakita, a Japanese physicist

Other notable alumni:

  • Tang Jun, President and CEO of Xin Hua Du Industrial Group Co
  • Uichiro Niwa - Japanese Ambassador to China, former Chairman and President of Itochu, former CEO of Japan Post Holdings
  • Shoichiro Toyoda - Ex-CEO of Toyota Motor


  1. ^ Tokyo's Meiji University's 明大 is pronounced identically
  2. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015
  3. ^ http://ennagoya-uacjp/people/nobel/indexhtml
  4. ^ http://wwwnobelprizeorg/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2014/presshtml
  5. ^ ISIN 2012 Squareuminacjp Retrieved on 2014-06-16
  6. ^ Organizations with ties to CCEP CCEP, accessed 2011-03-19
  7. ^ a b "Truly Strong Universities" in Japanese Toyo Keizai 2010 Retrieved April 29, 2011 
  8. ^ a b "Kawai 30 Top Japanese Universities" Kawaijuku 2001 Retrieved April 29, 2011 
  9. ^ a b "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan" Thomson Reuters 2011 Retrieved April 29, 2011  this raking includes 5 non-educational institutions
  10. ^ "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" in Japanese Weekly Economist 2011 Retrieved April 29, 2011 
  11. ^ "Nikkei BP Brand rankings of Japanese universities" in Japanese Nikkei Business Publications 2010 Retrieved April 29, 2011 
  12. ^ "GBUDU University Rankings" in Japanese YELL books 2009 Retrieved April 29, 2011 
  13. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings" QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited 2013 Retrieved June 16, 2013 
  14. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Japan" Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2012 Retrieved April 29, 2011 
  15. ^ "QS World University Rankings" QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited 2012–2013 Retrieved April 29, 2011 
  16. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities" Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2012 Retrieved April 29, 2011 
  17. ^ a b Asahi Shimbun University rankings 2010 "Publification rankings in Law Page 4" PDF in Japanese Asahi Shimbun 2010 Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  18. ^ "Bar Exam Successful Applicants rankings" in Japanese Shikaku Seek 2010 Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  19. ^ "Bar Exam Pass rate rankings" in Japanese Shikaku Seek 2010 Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  20. ^ "Top 25% Institutions and Economists in Japan, as of January 2011" REPEC 2011 Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  21. ^ "Kawaijuku japanese universities rankings in Engineering field" in Japanese Kawaijuku 2012 Retrieved July 20, 2012 
  22. ^ "QS topuniversities world rankings in Engineering field" Topuniversities 2012 Retrieved July 20, 2012 
  23. ^ a b c d e f "Thomson Reuters 10 Top research institutions by subject in Japan" in Japanese Thomson Reuters 2010 Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  24. ^ 1 Archived February 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ 2 Archived November 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ University Rankings Top Universities Retrieved on 2014-06-16
  27. ^ QS World University Rankings - 2011 Top Universities 2012-12-19 Retrieved on 2014-06-16
  28. ^ "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan" in Japanese Thomson Reuters  this raking includes non-educational institutions
  29. ^ "週刊ダイヤモンド" ダイヤモンド社 2010/2/27 http://websapmedacjp/kikaku/infomation/0227daiyamondokijipdf
  30. ^ 大学工学部研究力調査(04222) Homepage3niftycom Retrieved on 2014-06-16
  31. ^ Japanese2009年国内大学別特許公開件数, Japanese patent office, accessed May 3rd 2011
  32. ^ Within Country and State Rankings at IDEAS: Japan Ideasrepecorg Retrieved on 2014-06-16
  33. ^ 2010年平成22年新司法試験法科大学院別合格率ランキング -法科大学院seek Lawsshikakuseekcom Retrieved on 2014-06-16
  34. ^ "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" in Japanese Weekly Economist 2011 Retrieved Apr 29, 2011 
  35. ^ eg Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools rankings http://wwwyozemiacjp/rank/gakubu/indexhtml
  36. ^ Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks its entrance difficulty as SA most selective/out of 11 scales in Japan 危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版 in Japanese YELL books 2011 

External linksedit

  • The Nagoya University English website
  • Nagoya Repository - collection of scholarly papers and dissertations by the faculty and students of Nagoya University
  • Information about the English-taught Full Degree Program
  • Courses offered in English

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