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Message from the Dean

Naoshi Sugiyama

The aim of Science is to pursue the truth of nature. The School of Science, Nagoya University consists of five departments, i.e., Mathematics - provides the language of nature -, Physics - quests the fundamental law of nature -, Chemistry - creates new materials -, Biology - tries to reveal mystery of life -, and Geoscience -understands the environment of the earth-.

The School of Science of Nagoya University was established in 1942 with Chemistry and Physics Departments. Soon, Biology, Math and Geoscience Departments joined and all five departments we have now were completed by 1949. As for graduate school, Geoscience moved to Graduate School of Environmental Studies, and Math established independent School, i.e., Graduate School of Mathematics. Accordingly, in Graduate School of Science, we have three divisions: Particle and Astrophysical Science, Material Science, Biological Science as well as newly founded International Collaborative Program in Science between the University of Edinburgh and Nagoya University, in which students can earn a joint PhD degree from Edinburgh and Nagoya. Moreover, we have international undergraduate (Biology, Chemistry, Fundamental and Applied Physics) and graduate programs (Biological and Bio-agricultural Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics and Mathematics) in which all courses are taught in English.

Soon after the establishment of School of Science, World War II was ended and vast parts of Nagoya were destroyed. Although the research environment was far from ideal, young and talented scholars gathered at School of Science from all over the country. Among them, Dr. Shoichi Sakata was a leading particle physicist and a mentor of two Nobel Laureates, Dr. Makoto Kobayashi and Dr. Toshihide Maskawa. Dr. Sachio Hayakawa was a founder of space astrophysics in Japan. Dr. Yoshimasa Hirata was an organic chemist who was mentoring many talented young researchers including Nobel Laureate Dr. Shimomura. Dr. Fumio Oosawa, who was a founder of biophysics in Japan, was also known to be an excellent mentor received Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science in 2009. Dr. Tadashi Nakayama was a mathematician who made important contributions to the field of algebra. Dr. Ken Sugawara started Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research. These lively, active and free atmospheres are still kept in today’s School of Science. In our school, students can carry on their research in an equal basis with their teachers.

The graduates of School of Science and Graduate School of Science are actively working in many fields including IT, manufacturing, finance, public sector and high/junior high schools as well as academia, since our education provides a firm basis of knowledge which can be utilized any places in the society for our students.

Nagoya University’s School of Science is a place where students and their mentors cooperate with each other and pursue the truth of nature under the free and active environment, which our great predecessors established and maintained.

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