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About Nagoya University

About Nagoya University

Nagoya University (NU) was first founded in 1871 as a temporary hospital and medical school. After undergoing several transitions, NU was established as an imperial university in 1939, and it has grown to be one of the world’s top research universities. Throughout its history, NU has maintained a free and vibrant academic culture. Conducting research and education on all aspects of human beings, society, and nature, the University pursues its goal of contributing to the well-being and happiness of humankind. Nagoya University's fundamental objective is to cultivate leaders with genuine courage and intellect. We call such leaders “Yuuki-aru Chishiki-jin”, that is individuals who are able to harness their courage, curiosity, and creativity to fully, yet responsibly, exploit their freedom with their educational and research endeavors. Our multi-disciplinary curriculum is designed to cultivate ethical leaders who are able to develop innovative solutions, through inquiry and analysis, with strong communication and teamwork skills to be productive members of the global environment. Nagoya University welcomes highly motivated students who share this vision to apply to our programs.

Facts & Figures
Over 95% of our undergraduate students receive job offers prior to their graduation
6 Nobel Laureates in Japan since 2000 are from Nagoya University
NU is a research-intensive university: NU receives the most significant government grants and is ranked 3rd and 4th among Japanese universities in terms of number of patents registered in the United States and in Japan (2000-2009)
Home to over 20 research institutes
Ranked top 21 in Asia (QS 2015/16)
14 graduate schools, 9 undergraduate schools, 3 research institutes and 18 research centers
Home to approximately 17,000 students (more than 2000 international-15% of students body)
More than 400 academic exchange partners worldwide

Message from President

Seiichi Matsuo, D. Med.President of Nagoya University

Seiichi Matsuo,
D. Med. President of Nagoya University

Welcome to Nagoya University, where you can find our faculty and students discussing the world's biggest problems and experimenting in a variety of ways to solve them. Nagoya University's Academic Charter identifies our fundamental objectives. First of all, like any large comprehensive university, we support the highest levels of research by our faculty and students. Two of our colleagues, Professor Amano and Professor Emeritus Akasaki, accepted the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 for their research on the Blue Light-Emitting-Diode. Secondly, we seek to provide all those students that pass through our doors with a top-class education through our small class-sizes and an emphasis on practical training in research skills. Thirdly, Nagoya University seeks not only to pursue knowledge for its own sake but also recognizes this as part of its duty to improve society. Witness the Blue LED, an invention developed on our campus, and which is now used by millions of people in smartphones, television screens, and more energy-efficient lightbulbs. Finally, Nagoya University is also deeply committed to the process known loosely by the term “internationalization”. More of our Japanese students are studying abroad and we are accepting more international students from a wider range of countries. You can also see that we have greatly expanded the available English-taught courses. I hope that you will join us as we seek to make Nagoya University a place where all who come can develop into what we have traditionally called “courageous intellectuals,” people who are uninhibited by internal or external forces as they pursue the goals of research, education, and contributing to society.

Research Excellence

Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science and Mechanics are some of the fields where NU leads internationally with cutting-edge research. The high achievements of NU alumni and researchers demonstrate both the university’s commitment to the creation of knowledge and the quality of work produced. Our ground-breaking scholarship is passed on to our students through coursework and research projects with faculty members dedicated to producing a new cohort of scholars:

  • Dr. Ryoji Noyori

    Dr. Ryoji Noyori

    Laureate in Chemistry in 2001

  • Dr. Osamu Shimomura

    Dr. Osamu Shimomura

    Laureate in Chemistry in 2008

  • Dr. Toshihide Maskawa

    Dr. Toshihide Maskawa

    Laureate in Physics in 2008

  • Dr. Makoto Kobayashi

    Dr. Makoto Kobayashi

    Laureate in Physics in 2008

  • Dr. Isamu Akasaki

    Dr. Isamu Akasaki

    Laureate in Physics in 2014

  • Dr. Hiroshi Amano

    Dr. Hiroshi Amano

    Laureate in Physics in 2014

  • Winners of the Fields Medal, the King Faisal International Prize, and numerous other awards. A high percentage of NU undergraduates choose to continue with postgraduate studies: about 50% of the entire graduating class of 2010, with a particularly high proportion from the schools of Science and Agricultural Sciences (70%).
  • Highly ranked in ISI Essential Science Indicators.

NU Overseas Offices


Nagoya University China Center for International Exchange (Shanghai, China) 

Nagoya University China Center for International Exchange was established in November 2005 with the aims of facilitating academic exchange with higher education and research institutes in China, promoting public relations in China, and connecting NU alumni overseas.

Address D, 27F, Suntong Infoport Plaza, No. 55, Huaihai Road (W), Shanghai, China
Tel +86-21-6280-6185

Uzbekistan Office (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)

The Uzbekistan Office was set up in March 2010 as a shared overseas office for Japanese universities. Its role is to promote the recruitment of students in Uzbekistan and to enhance cooperation activities related to international students for Japanese universities.

Address 14th Floor, International Business Center, 107-B, Amir Temur Street, Tashkent 700084 Republic of Uzbekistan
Tel +998-71-238-94-05

European Center (Freiburg, Germany)

The European Center was set up in April 2010 in cooperation with University of Freiburg as a base for research, education, international exchanges and other activities. The aim is to increase Nagoya University’s presence in Europe.

Address Milchstrasse 3/3a, 79098 Freiburg i.Br., Germany
Tel +49-(0)761-203-5453
Fax +49-(0)761-203-5453

Technology Partnership of Nagoya University Inc. (Morrisville, NC, USA)

Since its foundation, Nagoya University has created numerous research innovations and provided many highly skilled human resources to industry. Because of its high priority on alliance building between academia and industry, Nagoya University continues to achieve the highest licensing revenue of all universities in Japan. In October 2007, Technology Partnership of Nagoya University Inc. was established in the state of North Carolina to enhance technology exchange between the U.S. and Japan, especially the Nagoya area.

Address One Copley Pkwy Suite 305, Morrisville NC 27560
Tel +1-919-535-8724
Fax +1-919-535-8726

The Bangkok Office (Bangkok, Thailand)

The Bangkok Office was established in April 2014, aiming to facilitate academic exchange between Nagoya University and higher education and research institutes in Thailand as well as to promote public relations of Nagoya University in Thailand and the ASEAN region.

Address Room 1111, 11th FI., Kasem Uttayanin Building Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University Henri Dunant Rd., Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel and Fax 02-218-7199
Mobile 093-031-6654