Message from the Dean

Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine offers four programs in which to major: Medicine, Medical Science, Public Health and Human Health Science. Each program can be taken to the masters and doctoral level (except for Medicine, which offers a doctorate only). The Graduate School is one of the largest in Japan, with an enrolment of 893 postgraduate students (as of October 2010). Our research domains cover the entire spectrum in medicine, healthcare and human health and welfare, including basic medicine, clinical medicine, social medicine and medical technology.

Our Graduate School has a mission: to educate international leaders who would engage in the drive to generate knowledge in the domains of medicine and healthcare and to contribute to the improvement of human health and welfare by continually deploying this knowledge to the world around us. Truly, we are living in an age of universalization and globalization. To accomplish our mission in this present-day context, we need an interdisciplinary approach. Extremely important is the discovery and development of new domains, through borderless interaction of enthusiastic students with diverse expertise and academic background, not only students who have basic training in the fields of medicine but also students who hail from non-medical disciplines.

In 2005, the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine became the first in Japan to initiate a new graduate training system. This Graduate Course of Integrated Research Training consists of some ten research areas (courses) relatively wide in universal scope. Students joining the Graduate School will choose one or more of these courses according to their own interests, regardless of the particular degree course or areas they are studying and irrespective of the boundaries of basic, clinical or social medicine. Regular research presentations and discussions are held, directing students into research activities that involve a broad perspective. Academic staffs also participate in one of the training courses according to their interests and expertise as individual researchers, regardless of the academic programs and specialist areas to which they appertain. The Course is principally run by students on a voluntary basis. Not only does it bring a broad perspective to research activities but it also has proved exceedingly useful in information exchange and promotion of new joint research projects within the Graduate School. The graduate teaching undertaken by the Graduate School consists of two main pillars: training through this Graduate Course of Integrated Research training and the conventional one-to-one research tutoring in specific research areas. We are confident that this framework is fully beneficial to the development of wide-ranging knowledge and research capacity of students. The Graduate School is a Global Center of Excellence (COE) designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology of the Japanese Government. The chief purpose of the COE is the pioneering of new research domains and globalization of research by means of collaboration and integration of many leading-edge research domains. As part of COE activities, we are sending our students overseas as well as receiving students from overseas, and we are establishing the practice of students giving seminars and research presentations in English.

I believe that the most important task of the Graduate School of Medicine is to train global leaders who can become the engines for progress in medicine and healthcare through their wide scientific knowledge and excellent research capacity and who can communicate with the world with originality. You all know well that we have a track record of producing world-class experts and brilliant research results. We hope that students who come to the Graduate School will join in our vigorous stream of research and success and be the very pioneers of the academia of the future.

( October 01, 2014 )