Nanzan University

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Nanzan University (南山大学, Nanzan daigaku) is a private, coeducational Catholic university located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The campus is in the Shōwa Ward of Nagoya City. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious private universities in the Chūbu region.


Nanzan is named after the forested mountains near Goken'ya-chō (五軒家町), known as Minamiyama (南山), which literally means "southern mountain". The on reading for "南山" is Nanzan. Also, in Chinese poetry "南山" refers to Mount Lushan until the Tang Dynasty and Mount Zhong Nan thereafter. Notably, the word appears in the classical poetry collection Shi Jing and the works of famous poet Li Bai. Thus, the choice of name is a celebration of longevity, perseverance, and prosperity for both the school and its alumni.Divine Word Missionary Josef Reiners founded Nanzan Junior High School in 1932. Nanzan Foreign Language School was added to the Nanzan system in 1946 and eventually renamed Nanzan University in 1949. In 1995, Nagoya Seirei Junior College was subsumed by Nanzan when the two schools' organizations merged. In 2008, Nanzan plans to open an elementary school, officially named Nanzan University Affiliated Elementary School. In 1961, Czech architect Antonin Raymond was commissioned to design most buildings on the Nagoya campus. It was one of the largest projects that he would undertake. The campus was orientated on a north–south axis across rolling hills and the eight buildings were arranged to suit the typography and harmonise with the landscape. In-situ concrete is used throughout the scheme and each building has its own concrete form, some with pilotis, others with shells.Located to the east of the campus is the Divine Word Seminary Chapel, constructed in 1962. This is a building that exploits the plastic capacity of concrete, with two intersecting shells forming a bell tower. These are punctured with vertical slots which allow light to radiate along the curved interior walls.Nanzan Junior College (南山短期大学, Nanzan Tanki Daigaku) opened in 1968 as a women's junior college affiliated with the University. In 2011 the junior college campus was closed and reorganized as a department on Nanzan University's Nagoya campus offering courses in English language.


Nanzan University is part of Nanzan Gakuen (南山学園, Nanzan gakuen), an educational complex of four high schools, and the university itself. Among coeducational universities, Nanzan is the only Catholic missionary school in the Chūbu region. Nanzan has an active study abroad program with over 100 partner universities around the world. The Center for Japanese Studies opened in 1974, and is now one of the most prestigious Japanese language programs in Japan, accepting over 300 students a year into it’s fall, spring and summer programs For many years, Nanzan has held an annual competition with its Catholic sister schools Sophia University (上智大学, Jōchi daigaku) and Sapientia University (英知大学, Eichi daigaku), primarily focusing on athletics. Combining the first two syllables in Japanese of the respective schools, the Nanzan-Sophia event is known as the Jōnan-sen (上南戦), while the Sapientia-Nanzan event is known as the Einan-sen (英南戦). The humanities department offers priest training courses through its Christian studies curriculum.


Nanzan's campus is in Yagoto, in the eastern part of Nagoya, in Shōwa-ku. The campus is about a 10-minute walk from either Nagoya Daigaku (名古屋大学) or Yagoto Nisseki (八事日赤) station on the Nagoya Municipal Subway's Meijō Line. Alternately, campus is a 15-minute walk from Irinaka (いりなか) on the subway's Tsurumai Line.

Faculties and departments

Humanities Christian Studies Anthropology and Philosophy Psychology and Human Relations Japanese Studies Foreign Studies British and American Studies Spanish and Latin-American Studies French Studies German Studies Asian Studies Economics Business Administration Law Policy Studies Mathematical Sciences and Information Engineering Information and Telecommunication Engineering Mathematical Sciences Global Liberal Studies

Graduate schools and programs

Humanities Christian Thought Religious Thought Anthropology Educational Facilitation Linguistic Science International Area Studies Economics Business Administration Business Administration Management Law Policy Studies Mathematical Sciences and Information Engineering

Notable alumni and students

Ryohei, R&B singer HOME MADE KAZOKU, hip hop trio Sakon Yamamoto, racecar driver (currently enrolled) Kazuki Nakajima, racecar driver (currently enrolled)


Nanzan is a member of the ASEACCU (Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities), an organization of Catholic institutes of higher learning in the Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia and Japan. In addition to Nanzan, there are seven other Japanese members, including Sophia.

Sister schools

Sophia University Sapientia University Toyota Technological Institute

Associated schools

Nanzan Elementary School Nanzan Boys' Junior and Senior High School Nanzan Girls' Junior and Senior High School Nanzan International Junior and Senior High School Seirei Girls' Junior and Senior High School Misono Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School Misono Kindergarten Misono Maria Kindergarten
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