南山大学

 

A Message from the President of Nanzan University

Firstly, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to everyone seeking to deepen their Japan-related knowledge and to study the Japanese language here in Japan. I hope this website will provide you with a variety of useful information regarding what our programs can offer.

Since its foundation in 1974, the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) of Nanzan University has continuously provided high-quality instruction in Japanese language as well as in various lectures on Japanese culture and Japanese area studies for over forty years. This website outlines the richness of our academic program for you all to embrace. In fact, I am extremely proud and delighted to see that many of our CJS program graduates have gone on to play active professional roles in various fields related to Japanese and Japanology worldwide.

These days, I think it is extremely important to facilitate as many opportunities as possible for CJS students to interact with our undergraduate Japanese students inside and outside of the classroom. It is my hope that this will act as a catalyst for our CJS students to further enhance their Japanese language ability as well as to create an opportunity for true intercultural learning between them and our Japanese students. Nanzan University is also continuously working hard to create a variety of experiences that extend beyond on-campus learning and communication for the CJS students, including homestays, off-campus project-based learning and work-experience opportunities. To that end, we have recently extended our CJS summer program in order to enhance the experience-based side of our program.

Why not join us at the Center for Japanese Studies here on the Nanzan University campus? You will find for yourself that learning is not a one-way process. Together with people from around the world, you will be able to deepen your understanding of cultural differences, learn to see the world from a wider international perspective and develop your abilities to communicate across cultures in this age of rapid and profound global change.

Yoshifumi Torisu, SVD
President,Nanzan University