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To Prospective Students
In the radio astronomy and theoretical astrophysics laboratory, we aim to understand the principles of the evolution of the universe by looking at it ever wider and deeper.
We developed our own small but unique radio telescope, and have broken new ground in molecular cloud astronomy, making observations of molecular clouds that are unparalleled anywhere in the world. You too are welcome to join our group. The NANTEN team includes astronomers from Germany, Korea, Switzerland, Australia and Chile, and collaborates with astronomers from many more countries, of which France, America and Italy are only a few.
To elementary and middle school pupils
Concentrate especially on math, Japanese, English and science. It's important to use your own head to work things out. Be curious and try to find out about a lot of things.
To high school students
Of the subjects you learn in high school, physics and math, and also Japanese and especially English are important. Getting a basic academic grounding will really help in your astronomy research. It's also important to be able to speak assertively and communicate effectively.
To University students
Of course physics is vital, in particular quantum physics, for which you will require a thorough grounding in Classical mechanics and Electromagnetism. (For foreign students wishing to study in Japan, a basic knowledge of Japanese is important.)
Entering graduate school
Details of the entrance exam can be found here. A solid grounding in physics and good oral presentation skills are emphasized. About half of each year's entering class come from outside Nagoya University. (Recently we have welcomed students from Tokyo University of Science, Nara Women's University, Shinshu University, Kanazawa University, and even University College London, England.)
At Graduate school
During the two year masters course, students gain a basic grounding in astronomy, while also deciding on a research theme, presenting at conferences and tackling paper writing. They also get involved in hardware and software development. We accept an average of 6 students to the masters degree course every year. For the 3 years of the doctoral course, students focus on original research, working towards their PhD theses.
For PhD students presentations in Japanese at national events are a given, but there are also many opportunities to present in English at international conferences. Students are also able to participate in research abroad, the foremost example being working on site at the telescope in Chile.
Completing the doctoral course is a requirement for a career in academic research.
Nagoya University's research standards are world class. Also strong is our instrument development. Few universities can offer students the chance to work on so many top-class instruments, of which Nagoya University's own NANTEN2 stands as a prime example.
About 50% of masters course graduates enter work. Centered on IT and electronics, they enter prestigious companies that fly the flag for Japan around the world. Those who complete their PhDs go on to work in a variety of posts including research institutes, top ranked companies and post-doctoral positions as professional researchers in foreign Universities.
An article on the radio astronomy and theoretical astrophysics laboratory appeared in the October 2006 issue of the high school education magazine gVIEW21: High Schoolh. Read the article here: Radio Astronomy and the Birth of StarsiJapanese, PDFj.
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