Today, 80 % of Japanese people report having at least one experience visiting a foreign country in their lifetime. We envision that 100 % of the current students of Nagoya University will go abroad during his or her career. To be successful in their studies and research, however, our students must be able to read and write English at a high level. Moreover, as the domestic market shrinks, Japanese industries clearly understand the importance of competition and collaboration in the world community where English is the most important medium of communication. Therefore, Japanese universities must foster students tough enough to thrive under these condition. Theory and applied knowledge are insuﬃcient; students must also be able to communicate eﬀectively in English.
In order to produce such graduates, our education system must be improved to attract talented domestic and international students. In this regard, Nagoya University has already made signiﬁcant progress. For example, three international PhD students were among six students honored withthe “Gakujutsu-shoureishou” award for the best Nagoya Universityʼs doctoral students in all faculties. Clearly, we already have a signiﬁcant number of international students who are competitive with their Japanese peers ‒ but we must attract even more such students if we are to thrive in this competitive and globalized world.
In 2013, Nagoya University was ranked at 103rd in QS World University Rankings. Of course, the main concern of a university should not be its rank but rather the quality of its students and the excellence of its research activities. It is also important to consider the impact of their research to the world society. Accordingly, our researchers should communicate with international researchers more frequently and closely. Such international cooperation ensures that the research and educational activities of Nagoya University will be recognized internationally.
In our Top Global University Program, improvements in both education and research have been proposed to bring Nagoya Universityʼs achievement to the attention of the world community. We would like to focus on the eﬀorts of all members of Nagoya University on this program.