- Dr. Takashi Ohyama, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Message from the President
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) is unique in the respect that all of our divisions are related to education of health care professionals and/or the pursuit of bioscience research. As shown by our university mission, “Cultivating Professionals with Knowledge and Humanity”, all of the faculty and staff at TMDU have been doing their best to help our students become world-class health care professionals and/or bioscience researchers.
An important part of our history, which has now passed the milestones of 80 years as a dental school and 50 years as a medical school, has been the precious experience of teaching many international students, who I believe have helped advance the level of medicine and dentistry in their home countries after returning to practice and teach. On our side, we have found the experience of educating international students to be invaluable in helping us appreciate different cultures and cultivate intellectual sympathy. Furthermore, it is a great honor and pleasure for us to know that our international student alumni have continually encouraged their friends, colleagues and students to join us in our academic endeavors.
In terms of international outreach, we are especially proud of three overseas education/ research collaboration centers — in Ghana, Chile, and Thailand — which we founded in recent years. At these centers we aim to promote collaborative research and to advance the professional development of medical and dental professionals in each local area. For example, we exchange students and faculty members with our partner institutions, sponsor training programs and support other outreach activities.
As an important part of our international activities based here in Japan, we are very pleased to be able to organize our fourth International Summer Program, ISP2012, which this year focuses on the increasingly important area of neuroscience. I hope that your experience at ISP2012, in addition to helping you develop professionally, will pique your academic curiosity and encourage you to explore the unique features of our university.