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Concept for cultivating human resources that can promote TMDU-type global health

Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) has been selected as an institution to receive assistance from the Top Global University Project (Type A [Top]: Top universities with the ability to strive to enter the ranking of the top 100 universities in the world and that carry out education and research of the global level) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


Project overview

The aim of the Top Global University Project is to enhance the international competitiveness of higher education via support targeted at universities that are implementing thorough internationalization and university reforms, such as top universities that carry out global-level research and education, as well as universities that are taking on the challenge of pioneering ventures. TMDU was chosen as an institution to receive support under Type A [Top], top universities with the ability to strive to enter the ranking of the top 100 universities in the world and that carry out education and research of the global level.

Type A (Top)Top universities with the ability to strive to enter the ranking of the top 100 universities in the world
Type B (Globalization Leader)Support for universities that are taking on the challenge of pioneering ventures based on their previous initiatives, and are serving as leaders in the globalization of Japanese society

Comment from the President

Utilizing its special characteristics as a medical university composed of two research institutes—the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry—TMDU’s mission is to develop professionals with knowledge and humanity in Japan and across the world.

Up until now we have proactively carried out internationalization via leadership by successive generations of presidents and persistent efforts by teaching staff.
TMDU is an institution that trains medical professionals, so there are high hurdles to conducting all undergraduate specialized class subjects in English. However, we have made proactive efforts to bring our curriculum up to international standards. Specifically, since 2002 we have dispatched faculty members to Harvard University each year, totaling 143 people so far. They have served a central role in educational reform. As a result, during the last fiscal year the School of Medicine's curriculum received an international accreditation.
As for sending undergraduate students overseas, we provide many opportunities for study abroad with specific purposes such as research or clinical practice. Before graduation one of three School of Medicine students—and one of five students in all of TMDU—gain overseas experience.
Our graduate schools have one of the largest numbers of international students in Japan for the medical field. After returning to their countries many of these alumni are active as presidents or faculty heads.
Through these initiatives we have received the high evaluation of number eight in Japan in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (for which comprehensive universities are regarded as having the advantage).

Based on the theme of “global health,” this concept will make international contributions and cultivate human resources that can improve the level of health on the global scale. This is an initiative that can only be accomplished by TMDU, a medical university, rather than a comprehensive university. Underneath my leadership, all faculty members will join together and make earnest efforts to realize this concept.

Yasuyuki Yoshizawa, President of TMDU

TMDU’s concept

Our concept that was selected is entitled, “Concept for cultivating human resources that can promote TMDU-type global health: taking on the challenge of improving the level of health on the global scale.” Aiming to improve the level of health on the global scale, Japan—based on its experience and accomplishments in the health care field—will serve a central role in achieving constructive continuance with the world and cultivating human resources that promote global health.

About “Global health”

“Global health” refers to global-scale health care issues. To resolve these, in addition to medical treatment for diseases, efforts to prevent disease and remove various environmental and social factors that hinder prevention and recovery are necessary. In addition to advanced medical care, the development of low-cost medical technologies is also essential. Medical and medical insurance systems must also be reformed. To that end, cooperation between various types of scholarship will be indispensable, including basic medicine and clinical dentistry as well as medical engineering, social medicine, and social science. A multidisciplinary approach of this type will be used to resolve global-scale health care issues.

Specific initiatives

(1) Strengthening governance structures and reforming education and learning management,
(2) Overall educational reforms including the recruitment of new students; entrance examinations; and bachelor (general and specialized), master’s, and doctoral programs,
(3) Expanding and enlarging TMDU’s overseas educational and research partner bases, and carrying out proactive education and research that leverages them.

The driving force behind this will be the new Comprehensive Educational Institution (provisional name), a school-wide organization. It will serve as an axis to organically link education, research, and overseas bases and promote this concept.

We will strive to accomplish the following three goals.

・Establishing a position as a base for research and the cultivation of human resources that promote global health in Asia
・Providing innovative solutions related to prevention, diagnosis, and medical treatment via multidisciplinary research in order to resolve global-scale health issues
・Cooperating with institutions inside and outside Japan to resolve issues in various countries and regions, and making contributions by opening all channels (research, education, and medical care)