Nanzan University (南山大学, Nanzan daigaku) is a private,
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.
2.2 Faculties and departments
2.3 Graduate schools and programs
3 Notable aalumni and students
4.1 Sister schools
4.2 Associated schools
5 See also
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 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.
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 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 Affiliated
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
offering courses in English language.
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
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 (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 in Nagoya
The Divine Word Seminary Chapel, constructed in 1962 by Antonin
Sports ground on campus
International Student House
Nanzan's main campus is in Yagoto, the east of Nagoya, in Shōwa-ku.
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 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.
Faculties and departments
Anthropology and Philosophy
Psychology and Human Relations
British and American Studies
Spanish and Latin-American Studies
Mathematical Sciences and Information Engineering
Information and Telecommunication Engineering
Graduate schools and programs
International Area Studies
Mathematical Sciences and Information Engineering
Notable aalumni and students
Ryohei, R&B singer
HOME MADE KAZOKU, hip hop trio
Sakon Yamamoto, racecar driver (currently enrolled)
Kazuki Nakajima, racecar driver (currently enrolled)
Nanzan is a member of the ASEACCU (Association of Southeast and East
Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities), an organization of Catholic
institutes of higher learning in the Philippines, Australia, Thailand,
Taiwan, South Korea,
Indonesia and Japan. In addition to Nanzan, there
are seven other Japanese members, including Sophia.
Toyota Technological Institute
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
Close by to the main campus is the Showa Museum of Art.
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original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
Nanzan University Founding Principles". Retrieved 2007-04-21.
Nanzan University Children of the Light". Archived from the
original on 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
Japan Architect (2005), p124
^ Helfrich & Whitaker (2006) p74
[Concerning Nanzan Junior College's name change, campus closing, and
transfer of personnel] (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-09-27.
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