Campus life

Messages from Students

True Freedom

hs_01_06_01_cl Kenta Nakagawa
4th-year student at the Department of Medical Technology, School of Human Health Science, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University

When I entered Kyoto University, I was filled with expectations for university life. I was going to enjoy Kyoto University’s commitment to academic freedom, which turned out to be more profound than I had expected. True freedom meant that it was up to me to make various decisions on my own responsibility. It helped me acquire a strong will to study. The slightly odd name of our school, the School of Human Health Science, implies that it is the place to study the heath of us humans.

For medical care, I believe that it is important not only to have the necessary knowledge but also the ability to provide care for people’s feelings. Such human qualities can be fostered here along with the motto of Kyoto University to respect freedom and high aspirations of fellow students. Come and join us to learn about responsible health care and meet sophisticated fellow students.

A Place to Achieve Growth with Fellow Students

hs_01_06_02_clMarin Nakagawa
4th-year student at the Department of Nursing, School of Human Health Science, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University

Specialized subjects at the Department of Nursing frequently provide opportunities for students to participate in group discussions and present their outcomes. Students are expected to actively provide their opinions for the discussions. Such a style has been established in accordance with the motto of Kyoto University to respect academic freedom and voluntary learning by students. We are often surprised by other students’ opinions, which would not occur to us on our own, resulting in gaining broader perspectives. Furthermore, lecturers full of knowledge and experience provide the stimulating feedback from various angles. In addition to such specialized subjects, I believe that you can experience various studies and meet various people through university life at Kyoto University, and grow up to be a well-educated individual with rich humanity. I am glad to study and form the basis of my view on nursing at this school. Join us to achieve growth together with exciting fellow students and to become healthcare providers that can contribute to the future of health care.

Fostering Skills to Contribute to the Future of Physical Therapy

hs_01_06_03_clHidehiko Shiro-oka
4th-year student at the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Human Health Science, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University

The physical therapy license can be acquired at a college, but you can foster skills to contribute to the future of physical therapy by making the most of the favorable environment here at Kyoto University, a top university in Japan. I would like to describe the characteristics of our department from the perspective of an undergraduate student.

(1) Highly specialized lectures
You can receive exciting lectures on matters, such as “kinematics”, “physical therapy for sports injuries”, and “special orthopedics” from professors specialized in such fields. I especially recommend the “Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy” class provided during the second semester on the second year.

(2) Latest research under renowned academics
Lecturers at Kyoto University are renowned academics who have written many distinguished papers and textbooks. Under their guidance, students can conduct graduation research in various fields, such as the “effectiveness of stretching”, “factual survey on sports injuries”, and “prevention of falling at an old age”.

(3) University life with wonderful fellow students
You can lead your university life with excellent fellow students who have passed fiercely competitive examinations. We share the ambition to make our names in the world of physical therapy. There are also study meetings involving students across different years and exchanges with physical therapy students from other universities.
In the four years under such an excellent environment, you can gain experiences that cannot be gained elsewhere. Join us to learn physical therapy at Kyoto University and contribute to the future of physical therapy.

University Life at the Department of Occupational Therapy

hs_01_06_04_cl Hiroki SendaStudent of the 6th-class (graduating class of 2013) at the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Human Health Science, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University

– Please introduce yourself.

Hello. I am Hiroki Senda, a graduate of the 6th-class at the Department of Occupational Therapy. I graduated from the Department of Occupational Therapy in March 2013 and entered the graduate school in April to study and conduct research at the Rehabilitation Sciences Course.

– Why did you decide to study at the Department of Occupational Therapy?

When I was a high school student, I saw my grandfather’s discontent while undergoing rehabilitation. I wanted to know how I could help him undergo the rehabilitation with “joy” despite the strain. However, in those days, I did not know much about occupational therapy.

– Tell us about the lectures and practical trainings at the Department of Occupational Therapy.

During our first year, we learned mainly about the outline of occupational therapy and related medical knowledge, such as that on diseases, anatomy, and physiology. During our second year, we had a gradual increase in the proportion of more specialized classes on case studies applying occupation therapy. We also had seminars on work activities used for occupational therapy (such as knitting and pottery). During our third year, we mainly learned how to “assess” patients’ conditions and appropriate support for them, and received on-site trainings to make the “assessment”. Based on that, during our fourth year, we received practical training to plan and administer rehabilitation programs based on our “assessments”. During the practical training, we encountered many difficulties, but communication with patients helped us realize various issues. Looking back on it, what I learned and felt through the practical training left strong impressions on me. I think that it provided me opportunities to grow.

– How was your class?

Since the number of students each year is very small in our department, we associated closely. Especially during the practical training, we encouraged each other to overcome difficulties. I feel that I was supported by my fellow students during the four years. Furthermore, there were also occasions for students of all years and lecturers to meet each other. I think that we have made close relationship compared to other departments. I am glad to have been in this department.

– Please give a message to the people reading this page.

In other departments, I think students often decide their occupations in the course of learning. However, at this department, we learn specialized knowledge on occupational therapy from our first year and receive lectures and training to become occupational therapists. It is challenging but also makes your efforts worthwhile. I am also still struggling, but my interest and motivation in occupational therapy remains unchanged. It would be my pleasure if those of you who read this page become interested in occupational therapy and become motivated to study at this school.

(Released in April 2013)

Campus Scenery

hs_01_06_05_clThe School of Human Health Science is located on the West Ward of Kyoto University Hospital.

The building a partly five-story building and placed in an E-shape. Sugiura Community Care Research Center is located in the middle.

It is surrounded by facilities, such as Kyoto University Hospital, Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Institute for Virus Research (IVR), and Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences.

The exterior of the building of the School of Human Health Science

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Front view Front entrance West entrance View from southwest
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Teaching staff ward Sugiura Community Care Research Center



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Underground passage to the hospital Memorial tree planted to commemorate the opening of the graduate school Site of a previous building Many of us ride bicycles.

School facilities

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Lecture Room 9 Lobby / Training Room 1 Corridor on the 1st floor Computer room
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Library Library Takai Hall West entrance

Scenery around the school

Kyoto University Hospital

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Front gate Mt. Daimonji in the background Sekitei Wards Cherry blossoms in full bloom
(around graduation day)

The Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) (Founded in April 2010)

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Molecular Biology Research Building

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Institute for Virus Research Institute for Virus Research and a stone monument Weeping cherry tree and the stone monument of monkeys

South General Research Building (Former West Building of Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences)

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Psychiatric Day Care Unit

On-site practical training for the Department of Occupational Therapy is provided here.

Scenery around the campus

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Kamo River Yoshida Shrine Mt. Daimonji (during winter)

Photographs provided in cooperation with: Daisuke Suzuki (Student of the 6th-class at the Department of Medical Technology) et al.