Nagasaki University

History and Tradition of Excellence

As shown in the historical sketch below, Nagasaki University has a record of achievement which dates back more than 150 years. As one of the oldest national universities in Japan, Nagasaki University has long been committed to achieving international standards of academic excellence by selecting the most able and dedicated staff and students from around the world and challenging them to reach their full potential. With both teaching and research at the core of its mission, Nagasaki University will proudly continue to fulfill its long-standing mandate to create, discover, preserve and disseminate knowledge in the 21st century. In doing so, Nagasaki University will constantly strive to adapt its practices to meet the challenges of the ever-changing modern world. In developing the next generation of contributors to society, Nagasaki University is devoted to providing the type of environment that will inspire social, cultural and educational revitalization and growth.

Historical Sketch

Dutch naval surgeon Pompe van Meerdervoort gave a series of medical lectures in the Dutch language to government doctor Ryojyun Matsumoto and 11 other Japanese physicians. These seminal lectures led to the establishment of Igaku Denshusho (Medical Training Institute), which became Japan’s first ever modern, western-style medical school and hospital.
Yojosho (Medical Training Facility), the origin of today’s University Hospital, was established.
The Nagasaki Hospital Medical Training Center was established in Nagasaki Hospital to resume medical education. It was later renamed Nagasaki Medical School.
Atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki City in the vicinity of Nagasaki Medical School, where 979 students and teachers perished.
Under the National School Establishment Law, Nagasaki Medical College, Specialized School of Pharmaceutics, Specialized School of Economics, Nagasaki Teacher-Training Schools, and Nagasaki Higher Education School merged to create Nagasaki University.
The Atomic Bomb Disease Institute was established in the School of Medicine.
The Research Institute of Endemics was renamed the Institute of Tropical Medicine.
The Atomic Bomb Medical Information Center was established in the School of Medicine.
Nagasaki University was re-established as a National University Corporation under the National University Corporation Law.
Shimomura Osamu, a Nagasaki University alumnus, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (RECNA) was established.
The School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences (SGHSS) was established.
The Graduate School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences(Master’s course) was established.