Philosophy of Nagasaki University

Nagasaki University implements its own educational research under the following philosophy.

Nagasaki University makes contribution to well-balanced development of society by cultivating fertile senses in the students and creating science for the world peace, while inheriting the traditional culture in Nagasaki.

In the mid-17th century, the Edo Shogunate of Japan banned for 200 years overseas communications and strictly controlled diplomatic exchange and trading. During this period, however, Nagasaki was the only port where foreign vessels were allowed to enter. Hence, youths from all over Japan traveled long distances and gathered in Nagasaki to learn the worldfs latest in science, technology and culture. The whole city of Nagasaki at that time was like a university, where it was a region for learning.
We, at Nagasaki University, inherited the ginnovative spirith that evolved from the traditional character of this region, that is, ga region for learningh.

Nagasaki is the one place in Japan that has expressed deep involvement in issues regarding the sanctity of life. In the 16th century, Nagasaki was most strongly influenced by Christianity (Catholicism). However, many lives became victims of religious persecution.
Moreover, at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, Nagasaki experienced terrible devastation from the atomic bombing. The lives of a total of 979 students and employees from schools and colleges (the Nagasaki Medical College and its College of Pharmaceutical Science, Nagasaki College of Economics, Nagasaki Normal School, Nagasaki Youth Normal School) that later merged to form Nagasaki University in 1949 also became victims of this disaster.
We, at Nagasaki University, have embraced a proactive will gto achieve a world where man can coexist in peaceh in education and research. In spite of the inhumane negative legacies of religion and science that challenged the respect for the dignity of life, we seek the lessons to be learned from the experience of Nagasaki.

Since the establishment in November 12, 1857 of the gIgaku Denshushoh, the oldest medical school in Japan, the various organizations that constitute Nagasaki University have been serving the purpose of creating and accumulating gnew knowledgeh for the last 150 years.
We, at Nagasaki University, will serve to pass on throughout the ages and to peoples of different sense of values the gknowledgeh that has been nurtured in Nagasaki. We also hope to contribute to the peaceful development of local and international communities by creating new sciences that will pave the way to a brighter future and nurturing students who love humanity and possess a rich spirit.

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