Update date: Oct. 02, 2019
President, Seiichi Matsuo
Furocho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 464-8601 Japan
Organization/Research department name (47)：
Subordinate facility name (31)：
Graduate School of Humanities / School of Humanities
(Graduate School of Letters / Graduate School of Languages and Cultures)
Graduate School of Education and Human Development / School of Education
Graduate School of Law / School of Law
Graduate School of Economics / School of Economics
Japan-in-Asia Cultural Research Center
Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Texts
Lower Secondary School
Upper Secondary School
Japan Legal Information Institute
Purpose of establishment：
Public Medical School
Aichi Medical School
Aichi Prefectural Medical School
Aichi Prefectural Medical College
Nagoya University has established its mission as the contribution
to the happiness of the people through research and education on
humanity, society and nature. In particular, it aspires to foster
the harmonious development of human nature and science, and to
conduct highly advanced research and education that overlook the
broad sweep of humanities, social and natural sciences. Towards
this goal, Nagoya University endeavours to implement a variety of
measures based on the fundamental objectives and policies outlined
below, and to unremittingly carry out its responsibilities as
a pivotal university.
1. Fundamental Objectives: Research and Education
(1) Nagoya University, through creative research activity, shall
pursue the truth and produce results of scholastic distinction on
the international stage.
(2) Nagoya University, through an education that values initiative,
shall cultivate courageous intellectuals endowed with powers of
rational thought and creativity.
2. Fundamental Objectives: Contribution to Society
(1) Nagoya University, in spearheading scientific research, and
through the cultivation of human resources capable of exercising
leadership both in the domestic and international arenas, shall
contribute to the welfare of humanity and the development of
culture, as well as to global industry.
(2) Nagoya University shall put to good use the special
characteristics of the local community and, through multi-faceted
research activities, contribute to the development of the region.
(3) Nagoya University shall promote international academic
co-operation and the education of foreign students, and contribute
to international exchange, especially with Asian nations.
3. Fundamental Policies: Research and Education System
(1) Nagoya University shall study the various phenomena of the
humanities, society and nature from an all-inclusive viewpoint,
respond to contemporary issues, and adjust and enrich its
education system to generate a new sense of values and body of
knowledge founded on humanity.
(2) Nagoya University shall provide for an education system
that rightly inherits and develops intellectual resources
cultivated in the world's intellectual traditions, and promote
educational activity that is both advanced and innovative.
(3) Nagoya University, through the active dispatch of information
and exchange of personnel, and interinstitutional co-operation in
Japan and abroad, shall shape the international foundation of
4. Fundamental Policies: University Administration
(1) Nagoya University shall at all times support scientific
enquiry based on the autonomy and initiative of its members,
and guarantee freedom of academic research.
(2) Nagoya University shall require its members to participate
in the drafting and implementation of both ideals and objectives
related to research and education, as well as administrative
(3) Nagoya University, in addition to promoting autonomous
assessment and evaluation from its members with regard to
research, education and administrative activity, shall
actively seek critical appraisal from external authorities,
and aspire to be an accessible university.
Nagoya University created its Academic Plan and published the
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Academic Charter in 2000 in order to declare its roles and
ideals as one of the leading centers of research and higher
education in the 21st century. The Charter proclaims Nagoya
University's research goal is to produce internationally-
distinguished products. At the same time, Nagoya University
set it as its educational objective to carry out educational
practices that promote the cultivation of courageous
intellectuals equipped with logical thinking skills, rich
imagination and the independence to act as autonomous learners.
In order to achieve these goals, Nagoya University introduced
a two-dimensional management and organizational structure for
research and education. The first dimension promotes
discipline-based specialization within an independent center
or school framework. The second addresses comprehensive tasks
which the University now faces across-the-board. Nagoya
University restructured its entire organization based on this
new structure. As a result of the reform, the School of
Environmental Science and the School of Information Science
were established in 2001 and 2003, respectively. The School
of International Languages and Cultures and the School of
International Development were largely expanded in 2003.
In addition to strengthening the graduate schools, Nagoya
University has attached primary importance to undergraduate
education, especially for first-year students. For this
purpose, Nagoya University has implemented a systematic
curriculum integrating general and specialized education
(for six years in the Department of Medicine, and for four
years in other departments.). In 2001, the Institute for
Liberal Arts & Sciences (ILAS) was founded to advance further
the improvement of the university's general education. Under
ILAS guidance and strong leadership the Nagoya University's
general education program was modified extensively in 2003
and renamed "Liberal Arts and Science Education." Since
then, Liberal Arts and Science Education at Nagoya University
has been characterized by the following features.
(1) Management of Liberal Arts and Science Education under ILAS
Four major goals for Liberal Arts and Science Education are set.
These are (i) improvement of students' comprehensive judgment
skills; (ii) encouragement of student autonomy and motivation
to learn; (iii) enhancement of students' ability to interact
with people internationally and cross-culturally; and (iv)
cultivation of students' basic knowledge and skills as a firm
foundation for future specialization. To realize these goals,
all faculty members including internationally distinguished
scholars teach Liberal Arts and Science Education courses.
(2) Systematic Curriculum
(i) First Year Seminars are required for all students. This
facilitates adjustment to university-level education and
promotes students' independence as learners. The First Year
Seminar requirement is a minimum of four credits for social
science and humanities majors, and two credits for natural
(ii) Basic Courses in natural sciences, social sciences,
and humanities are offered primarily to first year students.
Liberal Education Courses are provided to second and
higher-year students in order to provide a systematic
transition from basic to advanced studies.
(iii) After Basic Courses and Liberal Educations Courses,
introductory courses for specialized education follow as
the latter part of general education. Based on the ideals
and objectives of each major, students are introduced to
courses necessary for individual specialization as
prescribed and provided for by each Department.
Specialization-related courses consist mainly of intensive
seminars and experiments in small-size classes. Graduation
theses and studies are the final requirement step to
perfecting undergraduate education.
(3) Examples of the improvement of undergraduate education and
(i) All faculty members, including world-renowned professors,
now teach Basic Courses and Liberal Education Courses.
Consequently, students can benefit from a wide range of levels
and subjects offered for course selection by Nagoya University,
which is one of the most comprehensive universities in Japan.
(ii) Practical application-oriented education has been
intensified to meet 21st Century social needs. The introduction
of small-size classes for foreign language education and a
solid array of information-related courses symbolize this trend.
(iii) Detailed course descriptions of the Liberal Arts and Science
Education program are provided in a course catalogue for first-year
students. Course descriptions are now available to the public
via Internet database.
(iv) Course appeal is enhanced by Nagoya University's active
endeavor to improve course contents and teaching methods. The
following instances demonstrate these efforts:
(a) extensive inclusion of teaching assistants in undergraduate
and graduate education
(b) individual course evaluations by enrolled students and the
instructor each semester, and the tracking of evaluation results
(c) biannual faculty developments for improving instructional
skills, and the annual publication of a Case Study Report to
facilitate pedagogical discourse among staff members.
(d) increased flexibility of the credit-earning system in EFL/ESL
education by recognizing international standardized tests such as
TOEFL, TOEIC and STEP.
(e) promotion of discussion-centered classes
(f) the upgrading of educational equipment in order to improve
the academic environment
(g) the providing of comfortable learning spaces to students by
setting up physical amenities such as lounges, information
counters, and refreshment corners throughout campus.
(4) Graduate-level education has been reinforced in various
schools and centers of Nagoya University. These can be divided
into two categories. The first extends the frontiers of scientific
inquiry in traditional research disciplines. The second aims to
develop new research areas through interdisciplinary approaches.
These schools and centers have been producing successive generations
of front-line researchers and highly qualified professionals.