Nagoya University

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136°58'00"E
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Nagoya University (名古屋大学, Nagoya daigaku), abbreviated to Meidai (名大), is a Japanese national university located in Chikusa-ku, Nagoya. It was the last Imperial University in Japan, one of the Designated National University and selected as a Top Type university of Top Global University Project by the Japanese government. It is the 3rd highest ranked higher education institution in Japan (72nd worldwide).As of 2014, six Nobel Prize winners have been associated with Nagoya University, the third most in Japan behind Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo.

History

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 Nanobiodevices.

Student population

While the majority of its students come from Tōkai region, Nagoya University has a good portion of students from all over Japan. The school also has many students from abroad. Currently there are over 1300 international 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 (9.5%). Among other countries, Taiwan, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan are represented by more than 30 students. Among non-Asian countries, the United States and Brazil sent 16 students each.

Faculties and graduate schools

Faculties

Law Medicine Engineering Letters Science Agriculture Economics Education Information Culture

Graduate schools

Education Law Economics Arts and Sciences Science Mathematics Engineering Life Sciences and Agriculture Medicine International Language Culture International Development (GSID) Environmental Studies Information ScienceThe University's Research Center for Seismology, Volcanology and Disaster mitigation is represented on the national Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction.

Academic rankings

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 rankings

The university has been ranked 15th in 2009 and 21st in 2010 in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" by Toyo Keizai. In another ranking, Japanese prep school Kawaijuku ranked Nagoya as the 8th best university in Japan.The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2009 ranks Nagoya University as fourth in Japan. 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 Japan. The 2010 QS Asian University Rankings rated Nagoya number ten in Asia and number five in Japan, while the QS World University Rankings for 2011 ranked Nagoya 80th in the world.

Research performance

Nagoya is one of the top research institutions in Japan. According to Thomson Reuters, Nagoya is the 5th best research university in Japan. 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 world).Weekly Diamond reported that Nagoya has the 6th highest research standard in Japan in research funding per researchers in COE Program. 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 ranking.Furthermore, Nagoya had the 8th highest number of patents accepted (108) in 2009 among Japanese universities.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 2005-2009. RePEc in January 2011 ranked Nagoya's Economic department as Japan's 13th best economic research university.

Graduate school rankings

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 2010.

Alumni rankings

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

Popularity and selectivity

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

Notable alumni and affiliates

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

Physics and Materials

Yoshio Ohnuki (大貫 義郎), a physicist, 1955-56 Nobel Prize in Physics nominee. Hiroomi Umezawa (梅沢 博臣), a physicist, known for his fundamental contributions to quantum field theory. Yasushi Takahashi (高橋 康), a physicist, known for the Ward–Takahashi identity. Bunji Sakita (崎田 文二), a physicist, one of the discoverers of supersymmetry. Sumio Iijima (飯島 澄男), a physicist, inventor of carbon nanotubes. Akira Tonomura (外村 彰), a physicist, for his development of electron holography Toshio Matsumoto (松本 敏雄), an astronomer, Professor Emeritus of JAXA. Morinobu Endo (遠藤 守信), a physicist and chemist, pioneers of carbon nanofibers and carbon nanotubes synthesis.

Chemistry and Biology

Kuno Yasu (久野 寧), a physiologist, 1936, 1938, 1953 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine nominee. Yoshimasa Hirata (平田 義正), an organic chemist, known for "Hirata-school" in Japan. Reiji Okazaki (岡崎 令治), Pioneering molecular biologists, discoverer of the Okazaki fragments, graduated from Nagoya and were both professor at the university. Tsuneko Okazaki (岡崎 恆子), Pioneering molecular biologists, discoverer of the Okazaki fragments, graduated from Nagoya and were both professor at the university. Hisashi Yamamoto (山本 尚), a Japanese chemist, laureate of the Medal of Honor with a Purple Ribbon. Masatoshi Takeichi (竹市 雅俊), a Japanese cell biologist, 2005 Japan Prize winner.

Mathematic

Masayoshi Nagata (永田 雅宜), a Japanese mathematician, disproved Hilbert's fourteenth problem. Goro Azumaya (東屋 五郎), a Japanese mathematician, introduced the notion of Azumaya algebra. Masatake Kuranishi (倉西 正武), a Japanese mathematician, established the Cartan-Kuranishi Theorem. Tomio Kubota (久保田 富雄), a Japanese mathematician. Takashi Ono (小野 孝), a Japanese mathematician.

More 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
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