Nagoya University is a national university in Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, and is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2009 ranks Nagoya University as fourth in Japan. The 2009 THE-QS World University Rankings (From 2010 two separate rankings will be produced by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings) ranks Nagoya University as fifth in Japan. The 2010 QS Asian University Rankings rated Nagoya number ten in Asia and number five in Japan, while the QS World University Rankings for 2010 ranked Nagoya 91st in the world.
Nagoya University traces its roots back to 1871 when it was a temporary medical school. In 1939 it became Nagoya Imperial University. In 1947 it was renamed Nagoya University. In 2004 it became a National University Corporation.
The ideal written in the Nagoya University Academic Charter is to encourage the intelligentsia with courage by providing an education which respects independent thought.
While the majority of its students come from T?kai region, Nagoya University has a good portion of students from all over Japan.
It also receives many students from abroad. Currently there are over 1300 foreign students (150 undergraduate) from 78 countries studying in the various faculties of Nagoya University. The majority of them are from China (47%, as of May 1, 2009) and Korea (9.5%). Among other countries, Taiwan, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Cambodia and Uzbekistan are represented by more than 30 students. The United States and Brazil with 16 students each are the most represented non-Asian countries.
Notable alumni and affiliates include four Nobel Prize winners. Dr. Ry?ji Noyori, one of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners spent most of his academic career researching and teaching at the university.
Yoshinori Kidani, discoverer of the cancer drug oxaliplatin.