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Nanzan University

Nanzan University
Motto Hominis Dignitati (人間の尊厳のために Ningen no Songen no Tame ni, "For human dignity")
Established 1949
Type Private
President Michael Calmano
Academic staff 314[1]
Students 9,292[1]
Location Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Campus Urban/Suburban
Affiliations Nanzan Gakuen

Nanzan University (南山大学 Nanzan daigaku) is a private, coeducational university located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The main campus is in the Shōwa Ward of Nagoya City, with another in Seto City and a recently established satellite campus near Nagoya's Takaoka Station on the subway Sakura-dōri Line. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious private universities in Central Japan. [2]


  • History 1
  • Organization 2
    • Campuses 2.1
      • Nagoya 2.1.1
      • Seto 2.1.2
    • Faculties and Departments 2.2
    • Graduate Schools and Programs 2.3
  • Notable Alumni and Students 3
  • Affiliations 4
    • Sister Schools 4.1
    • Associated Schools 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Nanzan is named after the forested mountains near Goken'ya-chō (五軒家町), known as Minamiyama (南山), which literally means "southern mountain". The on reading for "南山" is Nanzan. Also, in Chinese poetry "南山" refers to Mount Lushan until the Tang Dynasty and Mount Zhong Nan thereafter. Notably, the word appears in the classical poetry collection Shi Jing and the works of famous poet Li Bai. Thus, the choice of name is a celebration of longevity, perseverance, and prosperity for both the school and its alumni.[3]

  • Homepage of Nanzan University
  • Nanzan Junior College Department of English

External links

  1. ^ a b "A Brief Statistical Look at Nanzan Gakuen". Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Nanzan University Founding Principles". Retrieved 2007-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Nanzan University Children of the Light". Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  5. ^ Japan Architect (2005), p124
  6. ^ Helfrich & Whitaker (2006) p74
  7. ^ 南山短期大学の名称変更、キャンパス移転および定員変更について [Concerning Nanzan Junior College's name change, campus closing, and transfer of personnel] (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-09-27. 


  • Nanzan Elementary School
  • Nanzan Boys' Junior and Senior High School
  • Nanzan Girls' Junior and Senior High School
  • Nanzan International Junior and Senior High School
  • Seirei Girls' Junior and Senior High School

Associated Schools

Sister Schools

Nanzan is a member of the Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia and Japan. In addition to Nanzan, there are seven other Japanese members, including Sophia.


Notable Alumni and Students

  • Humanities
    • Christian Thought
    • Religious Thought
    • Anthropology
    • Educational Facilitation
    • Linguistic Science
  • International Area Studies
  • Economics
  • Business Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Management
  • Law
  • Policy Studies
  • Mathematical Sciences and Information Engineering

Graduate Schools and Programs

  • Humanities
    • Christian Studies
    • Anthropology and Philosophy
    • Psychology and Human Relations
    • Japanese Studies
  • Foreign Studies
    • British and American Studies
    • Spanish and Latin-American Studies
    • French Studies
    • German Studies
    • Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Law
  • Policy Studies
  • Mathematical Sciences and Information Engineering
    • Information and Telecommunication Engineering
    • Mathematical Sciences

Faculties and Departments

The Seto campus houses the Faculties of Policy Studies, and Mathematical Sciences and Information Engineering. It can be reached by taking the Linimo magnetic levitation train to the former station of the Aichi Expo, now known as the Expo Memorial Park Station (愛・地球博記念公園駅 Ai/chikyūhaku kinen kōen eki). From there, campus is 10 minutes by school bus.


Nanzan's main campus is in the east of Nagoya, in Shōwa-ku. The Nagoya campus is home to the Faculties of Humanities, Foreign Studies, Economics, Business Administration, and Law. The campus is about a 10-minute walk from either Nagoya Daigaku (名古屋大学) or Yagoto Nisseki (八事日赤) station on the Nagoya Municipal Subway's Meijō Line. Alternately, campus is a 15-minute walk from Irinaka (いりなか) on the subway's Tsurumai Line.


The Divine Word Seminary Chapel, constructed in 1962 by Antonin Raymond
Nanzan University in Nagoya


The humanities department offers priest training courses through its Christian studies curriculum.

For many years, Nanzan has held an annual competition with its Catholic sister schools Sophia University (上智大学 Jōchi daigaku) and Sapientia University (英知大学 Eichi daigaku), primarily focusing on athletics. Combining the first two syllables in Japanese of the respective schools, the Nanzan-Sophia event is known as the Jōnan-sen (上南戦), while the Sapientia-Nanzan event is known as the Einan-sen (英南戦).

Nanzan has a strong international focus, actively pursuing foreign exchange students. Western students primarily attend the Nagoya campus, while Asian students attend the Seto campus.

Nanzan University is part of Nanzan Gakuen (南山学園 Nanzan gakuen), an educational complex of three high schools, a women's junior college, and the university itself. Among coeducational universities, Nanzan is the only Catholic missionary school in the Chūbu region.


Nanzan Junior College (南山短期大学 Nanzan Tanki Daigaku) opened in 1968 as a women's junior college affiliated with the University. In 2011 the junior college campus was closed and reorganized as a department on Nanzan University's Nagoya campus offering courses in English language.[7]

Located to the east of the campus is the Divine Word Seminary Chapel, constructed in 1962. This is a building that exploits the plastic capacity of concrete, with two intersecting shells forming a bell tower. These are punctured with vertical slots which allow light to radiate along the curved interior walls.[6]

In 1961, Czech architect Antonin Raymond was commissioned to design most buildings on the Nagoya campus. It was one of the largest projects that he would undertake. The campus was orientated on a north south axis across rolling hills and the eight buildings were arranged to suit the typography and harmonise with the landscape. In-situ concrete is used throughout the scheme and each building has its own concrete form, some with pilotis, others with shells.[5]

Detail of one of the buildings constructed by Antonin Raymond

In 2008, Nanzan plans to open an elementary school, officially named Nanzan University Affiliated Elementary School. [4]

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