History, Affiliations and Rankings
Nagoya University is a Japanese national university whose roots date back to 1871 when its predecessor medical school was founded. In 1939, the institution became the last imperial university in Japan. The university is located in Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture in Japan. Professor Morishima Kunihiro's team participated in the Scanpyramids project by using special nuclear emulsion plates. This led to the discovery of new chambers in the Great Pyramid in 2017. In March 2018, Nagoya University was selected as one of the top five National Designated Universities. To become the largest national higher education company in Japan, Tokai National Higher Education and Research System was established through integration with Gifu University in April 2020. It is at #324 in Best Global Universities, at #52 in Best Global Universities in Asia and at #5 in Best Global Universities in Japan.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The university has nine colleges and 13 graduate schools and has a particularly good reputation for scientific research. There are also three research institutes and 18 research centres at Nagoya University. The university hosts an annual festival, the Nagoya University Festival (or Meidai-Sai), every June. It is the largest university festival in the region and attracts more than 50,000 visitors every year. There are around 100 events at the festival, organised by the university's clubs. This also includes laboratory tours and mock lectures. The primary language of instruction is Japanese, but some undergraduate and graduate programs referred to as Global 30 International Programs, are taught entirely in English. Nagoya University has nine faculties, Letters, Education, Law, Business, Computer Science, Medicine, Science, Engineering and Agriculture as well as more than a dozen graduate schools and several institutes. Some of the courses offered here are Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biochemistry, Applied Microbiology, Biotechnology, Law, Political Science, Economics, Business Administration, Automotive Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medical Science, and Medicine.
Accomplishments and Alumni
It was the seventh Imperial University in Japan, one of the first five National Designated Universities, and was selected by the Japanese government as a Top Type University of the Top Global University Project. The university is the birthplace of the Sakata School of Physics and the Hirata School of Chemistry. As of 2021, seven Nobel Prize winners are associated with Nagoya University, the third most in Japan and Asia behind Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo. Some of the notable alumni are Isamu Akasaki (Japanese engineer), Takeshi Uchiyamada (Chairperson of Toyota), Tsuneko Okazaki (Japanese researcher).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The total number of students in the university is 15,564 of which the number of international students is 1,864. The total number of academic staff is 1,555, and the number of international staff is 48. The number of undergraduate degrees awarded is 2,297, the number of master's degrees awarded is 1,723 and the number of doctoral degrees awarded is 451. The number of research-only staff is 784. The number of new undergraduate students is 2,245 and new master's students are 1,845. The number of new doctoral students is 608.