Nagoya University is the third best University in Japan, the last Imperial University in the country and the producer of numerous Nobel Prize winners, making it a significant cultural landmark of the city. The success of the institution has made entry requirements very competitive, as it stands at number 72 in the world rankings. It has a large international population, with students from other countries of Asia and across the globe, making up 10% of the university.
The university has nine undergraduate schools and fourteen graduate schools, including law, medicine, and agriculture. Nagoya University is a top research base in Japan, especially in the faculties of science and engineering, and contributes to projects on an international level. One of its most important centres involves research for seismology and disaster mitigation, which helps predict earthquakes as part of a national committee. The campuses are large and full of interesting buildings for visitors to explore, in which they can see the architecture, landscaping, and memorials of the educational institution.
Three main campuses divide the university, Higashiyama, Tsurumai, and Daiko, all located in north-east Nagoya. Visitors can reach all of them via the subway from Nagoya Station in a journey of ten minutes, on average. From the Central Japan International Airport, visitors can travel to Nagoya centre and follow the Higashiyama Line of the subway from there.
The origins of Nagoya University were as a temporary medical school in 1871 before it became an official Imperial University in 1947. In 2011, it opened up courses available in English, catered towards international students. The principal idea of the institution is to encourage the development of intelligent minds by guiding independent thought through education.