About TGU

Let’s raise NU into the community of Top Global Universities !!

President Seiichi Matsuo

 Nagoya University has been attracting moreattention every year, having produced half of Japan’ s Nobel Laureates in the 21st century. Also,as our university is located in one of the world’s most productive industrial districts, we have been contributing to both the local and global communities. To remain viable in a context of intense global competition, NU must raise itself into the top tier of research and educational institutions. By achieving global status, we will be able to attract talented students and researchers, who will open the door to new advances in human understanding worldwide.
In 2014, the Ministry of Education selected NU for the TGU project. Our concept of TGU strategies can provide an ideal figure of NU in the future, and I sincerely hope that faculty, staff and students will use their knowledge, skills and courage to advance toward the goal. As the president of Nagoya University I would like to be at the forefront of those efforts.

Make Nagoya University most attractive for the international community

Corresponding proposer:
Hideyo Kunieda

 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.


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