The Info List - Nanzan University

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NANZAN UNIVERSITY (南山大学, Nanzan daigaku) is a private , coeducational Catholic 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.


* 1 History

* 2 Organization

* 2.1 Campuses

* 2.1.1 Nagoya
* 2.1.2 Seto

* 2.2 Faculties and Departments * 2.3 Graduate Schools and Programs

* 3 Notable Alumni and Students

* 4 Affiliations

* 4.1 Sister Schools * 4.2 Associated Schools

* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links


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
Mount Lushan
until the Tang Dynasty and Mount Zhong Nan thereafter. Notably, the word appears in the classical poetry collection Shi Jing
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.

Divine Word Missionary Josef Reiners founded Nanzan Junior High School in 1932. Nanzan Foreign Language School was added to the Nanzan system in 1946 and eventually renamed Nanzan University
Nanzan University
in 1949. In 1995, Nagoya
Seirei Junior College was subsumed by Nanzan when the two schools' organizations merged. In 2008, Nanzan plans to open an elementary school, officially named Nanzan University
Nanzan University
Affiliated Elementary School. Detail of one of the buildings constructed by Antonin Raymond

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 .

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.

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
English language


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

For many years, Nanzan has held an annual competition with its Catholic sister schools Sophia University
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).

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


Nanzan University
Nanzan University
in Nagoya