- Background to the establishment of the ILAS
- Composition of the ILAS
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Role of the ILAS
- Teacher Awards of Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
- Education Planning & Development Center
- Initiatives of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Tokai National Higher Education and Research System
- Operating Policies for the Nagoya University Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences Official X (formerly Twitter) Account
Background to the establishment of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal arts and sciences education
After eliminating the Faculty of Liberal Arts in 1994, Nagoya University launched, in April 1995, a new education program that replaced the traditional general education program with a liberal arts and sciences educational program that integrates liberal arts and sciences and basic education. This program is the same for all university schools. The goal is to foster advanced expertise and cultivate well-rounded individuals. An All University Four-Year Integrated Committee made up of members from throughout the university was established to manage the program. It was subsequently reorganized as the Liberal Arts and Sciences Committee with members selected from the various schools and other university groups. A Four-Year Integrated Education Planning Committee and a General Education Operating Committee were set up to work under this management body. (These two committees were subsequently merged into the General Education Committee.)
Nagoya University Academic Charter and Organizational Reforms
The Nagoya University Academic Plan was created with the aim of establishing the University as a core comprehensive university for the twenty-first century and to develop academic activities appropriate for a new era. The Nagoya University Academic Charter, which is based on the basic principles of the Academic Plan, was adopted in February 2000. In addition, it was decided that the organization and administration of Nagoya University would be based on a two-dimensional organizational structure consisting of a vertical detailed axis (department system) and a horizontal comprehensive axis (university-wide organization). The department system is composed of academic departments that continue to engage in and further develop education and research activities in existing academic fields. They are also expected to function as a unified body to create new academic fields as needed. The Graduate School of Environmental Studies was newly established in April 2001 as an interdisciplinary graduate school that integrates the humanities and sciences. The Graduate School of Information Science was established, and the Graduate School of Languages and Cultures was expanded and reorganized in April 2003. In December 2001, the Institute for Advanced Research was established as a university-wide research organization suitable for a research hub university, and the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences was set up to guide liberal arts and sciences education, which is stressed at Nagoya University.
Shift from a committee system to headquarters system
To further expand and develop its liberal arts and sciences program in a manner appropriate for a university that stresses liberal arts and sciences education, the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences began operating as a strong headquarters organization to oversee the administration of liberal arts and sciences education. The Institute is responsible for devising plans, overall planning, and conducting, and evaluating this educational program. Although the traditional committee format worked well as a means of inspecting and ensuring proper management of the general education program, it had only functioned as a coordinating body. The Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences was established as an independent organization to manage liberal arts and sciences education in order to improve and invigorate the program.
Composition of the ILAS
Member of the Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences（As of April 1, 2023）
|Director of ILAS||NAYATANI Shin|
|Vice-Director of ILAS
|Vice-Director of ILAS||HOSHINO Yukiyo|
|Chairperson of Quality Assessment and Assurance Expert Committee,Chairperson of Experiment SafetyMaterial Management Subcommittee||NAKAMURA Yasuyuki|
|Chief Examiner of Physics Committee||NISHIZAWA Norihiko||Graduate School of Engineering|
|Chief Examiner of Chemistry Committee||HISHIKAWA Akiyoshi||Research Center for Materials Science|
|Chief Examiner of Biology Committee||KAMETAKA Satoshi||Graduate School of Medicine|
|Chief Examiner of Earth Science Committee||NAKAGAWA Fumiko||Graduate School of Environmental Studies|
|Chief Examiner of Mathematics Committee||NAGAO Taro||Graduate School of Mathematics|
|Chief Examiner of Basic Courses in Humanities and Social Sciences Committee||IKEUCHI Satoshi||Graduate School of Humanities|
|Chief Examiner of English Committee||YAMASHITA Junko||Graduate School of Humanities|
|Chief Examiner of Second Foreign Languages Committee||MARUO Makoto||Graduate School of Humanities|
|Chief Examiner of Japanese Committee||HEO Myeongja||Language Education Center|
|Chief Examiner of Health and Sports Science Committee||AKIMA Hiroshi||Research Center of Health, Physical Fitness, & Sports|
|Chief Examiner of Data Science Committee||IDE Ichiro||Graduate School of Informatics|
|Chief Examiner of International Program Committee||VASSILEVA Maria||ILAS|
|Chief Examiner of Graduate School Common Courses Committee||Paul Wai Ling LAI||ILAS|
|Concurrent Faculty Member||ITOU Akihiro||Graduate School of Education and Human Development|
|Concurrent Faculty Member||KATO Tetsuri||Graduate school of Law|
|Concurrent Faculty Member||YANAGIHARA Mitsuyoshi||Graduate school of Economics|
|Concurrent Faculty Member||TAKAMI Seiichi||Graduate School of Engineering|
|Concurrent Faculty Member||WATANABE Akira||Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences|
|Education Planning & Development Center|
|Division of infrastructural Development||Division Director||KOMATSU Masahiro||Education Planning & Development Center
(After August 1, 2023)
|YAMAZATO Takaya||Vice-Director of ILAS, Education Planning & Development Center|
|MATSUBARA Midori||Education Planning & Development Center|
|KODAMA Hideaki||Education Planning & Development Center|
|KOIZUMI Takashi||Education Planning & Development Center|
|Division of Academic Writing Education||Division Director||Paul Wai Ling LAI||Education Planning & Development Center|
|Vice Division Director||MARUO Makoto||Chief Examiner of Second Foreign Languages Committee|
|HAMLITSCH Nathan||Education Planning & Development Center|
|NILEP Chad Douglas||Education Planning & Development Center|
|NUSKE Kyle||Education Planning & Development Center|
|TOOHEY David||Education Planning & Development Center|
|WEEKS Mark Charles||Education Planning & Development Center|
|BAUMERT Nicolas Andre||Education Planning & Development Center|
|LU Jian||Education Planning & Development Center|
|Division of Global Liberal Arts Education Promotion||Division Director||VASSILEVA Maria||Education Planning & Development Center|
|RICHARD Serge||Education Planning & Development Center|
|BOURNE Christopher||Education Planning & Development Center|
|Quality Assessment and Assurance Expert Committee||Chairperson||NAKAMURA Yasuyuki||Education Planning & Development Center|
|IKEUCHI Satoshi||Chief Examiner of Basic Courses in Humanities and Social Sciences Committee|
|HISHIKAWA Akiyoshi||Chief Examiner of Chemistry Committee|
|KOMATSU Masahiro||Advisory committee member|
|MATSUMOTO Miyuki||Advisory committee member|
|Experiment Safety & Material Management Subcommittee||Chairperson||NAKAMURA Yasuyuki||Education Planning & Development Center|
|NISHIZAWA Norihiko||Chief Examiner of Physics Committee|
|HISHIKAWA Akiyoshi||Chief Examiner of Chemistry Committee|
|KAMETAKA Satoshi||Chief Examiner of Biology Committee|
|NAKAGAWA Fumiko||Chief Examiner of Earth Science Committee|
|IMURA Keiichiro||Experiment Safety and Material Manager（Physics）|
|SHUKU Yoshiaki||Experiment Safety and Material Manager（Chemistry）|
|AOKI Setsuyuki||Experiment Safety and Material Manager（Biology）|
|NAGAMINE Koichiro||Experiment Safety and Material Manager (Earth Science）|
Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences Administration Office
The Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences Administration Office is primarily responsible for the following tasks for the university-wide education provided by the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- Plan, research and analysis of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education
- Organization of class timetables etc., preparation of syllabuses
- Classes for Liberal Arts and Sciences Education
- Implementation of faculty development
- Management of educational equipment, etc., and maintenance of the information environment
- Management of budget execution for the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Maintenance of facilities and management of supplies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Taking into consideration the spirit underlying the Nagoya University Academic Charter, Nagoya University defines liberal arts and sciences education as "education that the whole university is responsible for and includes both liberal arts and sciences education and basic education to develop creative, independent intellectuals with unique abilities.
Objectives and goals of liberal arts and sciences education
The Nagoya University Academic Charter states the following: Nagoya University maintains a free and vibrant academic culture with the mission of contributing to the well-being and happiness of humankind through research and education in all aspects of human beings, society, and nature. In particular, it aspires to foster the harmonious development of human nature and science, and to conduct highly advanced research and education that overlook the broad sweep of humanities, social, and natural sciences. The charters also sets forth the following basic educational objectives.
Nagoya University, through an education that values initiative, shall cultivate courageous intellectuals endowed with powers of rational thought and creativity.
In order to realize the basic concept of the academic charter, Nagoya University adopted a four-year integrated education system that extends from liberal arts and sciences and basic education to specialized education at each university school. A distinctive characteristic of Nagoya University's liberal arts and sciences education is that it has adopted a system in which the whole university, not a particular department or group of instructors, is responsible for the program. This approach assures that education of the highest possible quality will be provided.
Basic objectives for liberal arts and sciences education
- To cultivate comprehensive decision-making and thinking abilities
- To foster students' initiative and desire to study
- To cultivate communication skills that contribute to character development
- To nurture an inquisitive mind and cultivate fundamental academic abilities that are required in all schools
Liberal arts and sciences courses and course content
The Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses are divided into common basic courses, liberal arts courses, and basic courses for specialized fields based on the philosophy and goals of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education. The subject classification and its contents are as follows.
- Common Basic Courses
- Introduction to skills for academic success
- First Year Seminar
- Language and Culture (English/Second Foreign Languages/ Japanese)
- Health and Sports Science (Lecture/Practicum)
- Data Science
- Global Liberal Arts
- Contemporary Liberal Arts
- Problem/Project Based Learning Seminar
- Basic Courses in Humanities and Social Sciences
- Basic Courses in Natural Sciences
Role of the ILAS
Primary work of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Serving as headquarters for planning, devising, conducting, and evaluating liberal arts and sciences education at Nagoya University, the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences is responsible for managing liberal arts and sciences education.
- Develop curriculum and guidelines for liberal arts and sciences
- Design liberal arts and sciences program and create organizations to carry it out
- Manage and operate liberal arts and sciences education
- Evaluate curriculum and instruction
- Promote cooperation between departments
- Provide educational support and maintain, improve educational quality
- Create a learning environment
Teacher Awards of Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
The purpose of the Teacher Awards of Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses is to improve and enhance the quality of the University's education by recognizing teachers who have made outstanding achievements in educational and administrative activities in the University's education, or who have achieved outstanding educational results through their creative and ingenious efforts. The award has been implemented since 2008 and 34 pairs of teachers have been honored by 2022.
AY2022 award winners
List of award winners over the past three years
|Graduate School of Informatics||Professor||TOKITA Keiichiro|
|Graduate School of Science||Lecturer||KAWASAKI Takeshi|
|Division of Infrastructural Development , Education Planning & Development Center||Professor||YAMAZATO Takaya|
|Division of Infrastructural Development , Education Planning & Development Center||Associate Professor||KOMATSU Masahiro|
|Division of Infrastructural Development , Education Planning & Development Center||Associate Professor||MATSUBARA Midori|
|Division of Infrastructural Development , Education Planning & Development Center||Designated Associate Professor||KODAMA Hideaki|
|Division of Infrastructural Development , Education Planning & Development Center||Lecturer||KOIZUMI Takashi|
|Graduate School of Science||Lecturer||TAKIGUCHI Kingo|
|Graduate School of Science||Lecturer||SHINOHARA Hidefumi|
|Graduate School of Science||Lecturer||INOUE Shinichiro|
|International Education & Exchange Center||Part-time Lecturer||KATO Jun|
|Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences||Designated Lecturer||HAMLITSCH Nathan Jesse|
|Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences||Lecturer||SHUKU Yoshiaki|
|Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences||Lecturer||MORIHANA Kumiko, and AY2020 Laboratory in Physics Courses group|
|（Group of AY 2020 Laboratory in Physics Courses）|
|Graduate School of Science||Associate Professor||MAKI Kosuke|
|Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability||Professor||NAKAMURA Mitsuhiro|
|Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research||Professor||MIZUNO Akira|
|Graduate School of Science||Lecturer||SHIMIZU Yasuhiro|
|Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability||Designated Lecturer||SATO Osamu|
|Graduate School of Science||Assistant Professor||KOKUSHO Takuma|
|Graduate School of Science||Lecturer||MITSUISHI Ikuyuki|
|Graduate School of Informatics||Associate Professor||NAKAMURA Yasuyuki|
|Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences||Lecturer||INAGAKI Tetsuya|
Education Planning & Development Center
The Education Planning & Development Center was established in the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences in April 2010 to strengthen and enhance the functions of liberal arts education at the University, and has three divisions under it: Division of Infrastructural Development, the Division of Academic Writing Education, and the Division of Global Liberal Arts Education Promotion.
April 2019, the Hybrid Learning Center was established under the Division of Infrastructural Development.
Division of Infrastructural Development
The Division of Infrastructural Development aims to support the smooth operation of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses at the Tokai National Higher Education and Research System, develop teaching materials for Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, including new English language teaching, and improve the educational environment by utilizing new equipment.
Specifically, it develops and produces teaching materials with high educational effects utilizing ICT (information and communication technology) in response to the goals, curriculum, and respective students' qualities and abilities of the liberal arts subjects of Tokai National System of Higher Education and Research and promote the operation of specific teaching materials.
Furthermore, it also plans and produces the content for “the Nagoya University Open Course Ware” and supports the implementation of the self-directed learning support system (e-portfolio) of the University in order to broadly disseminating information regarding an aspect of education of Nagoya university to society.
Division of Academic Writing Education
The Division of Academic Writing Education improves language education at Nagoya University by offering classes to develop reading and writing skills for academic papers by teachers whose mother tongue is a foreign language, thereby improving students' ability to communicate internationally in English and other foreign languages.
The Division of Academic Writing Education plans and manages the Nagoya University Writing Center.
Division of Global Liberal Arts Education Promotion
The Division of Global Liberal Arts Education Promotion works with faculty members in charge of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses to promote global liberal arts education in order to contribute to the establishment of a seamless liberal arts and common basic education from undergraduate to postgraduate level.
The Division for the Promotion of Global Liberal Education plans and operates the Integrated International Education Center.
Hybrid Learning Center
The Hybrid Learning Center was established in the Division of Infrastructural Development to produce, support and operate the remedial-education, e-learning materials regarding advanced education in liberal arts and on-demand lectures in association with Information media Division of the Nagoya University Information Technology Center. The Hybrid Learning Center provide support for the implementation of the following systems.
- Operation of English extracurricular learning materials and management of learning data
- Administration of various English language examinations and management of performance data and support
- Development of e-Learning materials
- For 3rd and 4th year undergraduates Provision of learning materials
- For graduate students Provision of learning materials
Materials developed by the Academic English Support Section include
- Presentations Learning materials「eFACE」
- Vocabulary learning materials「NuAcT」
- Listening materials「NuAcL」
Initiatives of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the Tokai National Higher Education and Research System
FD for English Committee of Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses jointly organized with Gifu University (AY2019)
Faculty Development (FD) in AY2019 for the Instructors in charge of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses was held on Monday, April 8 at Liberal Arts and Sciences building etc.
This FD is conducted annually comprising General FD and FD of each committee. In General FD, following opening speeches by Professor Akira Fujimaki (Trustee in charge of Education) and Professor Kazuhisa Todayama (Director of ILAS), Professor Kenichi Suzuki from Student Support Center gave a speech on “How have the students at Nagoya University changed over the past 20 years? -Aiming for healthy education/learning of faculty and students-”
After the general FD, it was divided into FD of each committee, where opinions were exchanged on the theme of educational quality assessment and assurance, focusing on items to be included in syllabi.
The FD for the English committee was held for the first time jointly with Gifu University, which collaborates Tokai National Higher Education and Research System (hereinafter referred to as "THERS"), using the remote lecture system introduced in the previous year.
Since last year, the Director of the Division of Languages and Cultures of the ILAS General Administration Department and the Director of the English Center, in charge of General Education Courses at Gifu University, have been exchanging opinions regarding the cooperation in language education and the shared use of e-learning materials, etc. in the discussion for the THERS establishment. Through the discussion, the mutual understanding of each curriculum among the faculty members was considered important, and this led to the joint FD.
At the start of the FD, the Director gave an opening remark and so on, and it was shown high expectations of university for the new initiatives.
Though this FD, it was able to reconfirm the differences in our educational objectives, and based on this, it was able to share that the issue is to find the ways of cooperation.
The Hybrid Learning Center is working on various activities using Remote Lecture System. Please read the following website for more information.
Enacted February 6, 2018 Approved by the Institute of Liberal Arts Sciences General Administration Council
Operating Policies for the Nagoya University Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences Official X (formerly Twitter) Account
In order to circulate information related to the Nagoya University Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “ILAS”), as well as information on events and other matters for freshman and sophomore students, we have obtained an official X (formerly Twitter) account below. We take as our purpose the prompt and accurate delivery of necessary information to those concerned by posting from the account.
2. Fundamental Operating Policies
The official X (formerly Twitter) account will be used solely for disseminating information from ILAS, therefore, we will not reply on the account in principle. If students, etc. have any questions for ILAS, they should come to the ILAS Administration Office as before in principle.
3. Intended Uses
- Information to be posted
- Information on Liberal Arts & Sciences courses (class cancellations, etc.)
- Information on the handling of courses and final examinations in the event of a natural disaster
- Among highly needed information targeting freshman and sophomore students, those matters deemed as appropriate to circulate among students by the Director of the Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “the Director”)
- Response in the event of an emergency Beyond matters related to ILAS, any information received from the Risk Control Office shall be posted.
- Information not suitable for posting If an individual can be identified by the content of a post, such as one which calls upon students, such a post shall not be permitted in the name of safeguarding personal information.
- Account Operations Supervisor The Account Operations Supervisor shall be the Director, to be assisted by the Administrative Office of the Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
- While we are making every possible effort to ensure the accuracy of information posted by the official X (formerly Twitter) account, ILAS does not assume any responsibility for any actions carried out by users who make use of information on the official X (formerly Twitter) account.
- ILAS does not assume any responsibility for the replies, retweets, comments, etc. posted by users on the official X (formerly Twitter) account.
- ILAS does not assume any responsibility in the event that any trouble or disputes arise between users or users and third parties related to the official X (formerly Twitter) account.
- Copyrights associated with comments and other posts shall belong to the users who posted them, however, the users shall be deemed to have agreed to give ILAS the right of non-proprietary use of the contents of their posts worldwide without compensation, and moreover, and to have agreed to not exercise their copyrights, etc. against Nagoya University.
5. Deletion of User Posts
When user posts fall under any of the following items, they may be deleted without prior notice and blocking accounts or other action may be taken.
- Those which violate laws, etc., or are at risk of doing so
- Those which infringe upon the rights, or interests protected under law, of ILAS or third parties
- Harmful programs, etc.
- Those which alter contents posted by ILAS in part or in its entirety
- Those unrelated to the contents posted by ILAS
- Those in which users pose as other users or third parties
- Those which violate the privacy of others by specifying, disclosing, or otherwise leaking personal information without the consent of these individuals
- Those which discriminate in terms of human rights, views, beliefs, etc., or otherwise foster discrimination
- Those which slander specific individuals or groups, etc.
- Those which include obscenities or are otherwise inappropriate
- Those which contents are false or different from facts, as well as those which are merely rumors or otherwise encourage the spreading of rumors
- Those which take as their aim political or religious activities
- Those which take as their aim advertisement, publicity, solicitation, business or other profit-making activities
- Those which run contrary to public order or morality
- Those which ILAS otherwise deems inappropriate, as well as those which link to the information including any of the content mentioned above
6. Reproduction and Quotation
Reproduction or other use of the contents posted on the official X (formerly Twitter) account, except for personal use, quotation, etc. permitted under the Copyright Act, is prohibited, unless ILAS has given permission to do so. When quoting, the source of the content must be explicitly stated using the appropriate methods.
7. Circulation of the Operating Policies and Future Changes, etc.
The contents of these Operating Policies will be published on the ILAS website. Furthermore, these Operating Policies may be changed as necessary without prior notification.