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Message from the President

Entering the Third Year of My Second Term as President

 This year will mark the culmination of my second term as president of TMDU. I am very pleased to announce that, with the support of the University community, a number of significant advancements toward our aim of making TMDU a world-leading comprehensive medical university and graduate school have been accomplished during this five-year period.

 Our efforts at strategic reform have received a highly favorable reception, and TMDU has been evaluated as “top level” among 15 universities selected by the government as recipients of targeted support (in designated fields). In addition, TMDU has successfully achieved a ranking in the 51st to 100th range worldwide in the medical field (tying us with Osaka University for third place among Japanese universities) and 10th worldwide in the dental field (first place among Japanese universities) in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Moving forward, we plan to continue our efforts to achieve our medium-term targets for the third term.

 Specifically, we are working to accomplish four strategic initiatives. The first is to make TMDU a worldleading teaching and research facility in integrative sciences for preemptive medicine. To that end, we have reorganized the graduate schools in order to promote research in integrative sciences for preemptive medicine based on new concepts utilizing tools such as IoT and AI, and to facilitate the training of internationally minded medical professionals capable of playing a significant role in this field both in Japan and overseas. In parallel with a data-related professional development program, this new initiative will enable us to train outstanding young medical professionals who will make a remarkable contribution to the realization of a society in which people live long and healthy lives.

 The second strategic initiative aims to promote the internationalization of our teaching in the fields of medicine and dentistry. Alongside the reforms we have implemented in the teaching of medicine and dentistry, we are further extending our work overseas by establishing a third joint degree program (doctoral program) with the medical school of Mahidol University Siriraj Hospital, modeled on our existing programs with Universidad de Chile and Chulalongkorn University. We also aim to develop a base of international activities in the United States, and are planning to accept 11 American students this academic year under the International Summer Program.

 The third strategic initiative will further reinforce the organic links among cutting-edge fields in medicine, dentistry and engineering, which are already strengths of TMDU, and enhance our research capabilities in these areas. Toward this aim we launched the Institute of Research to provide strategic support for fields where our strengths lie and to continue advancing ground-breaking innovation.

 Following the establishment of the Organ and Tissue Neogenesis Consortium last year, we launched the Medical Innovation Consortium to further the development and social implementation of genomic medicine utilizing AI. We have also established the TMDU Advanced Research Institute (TMDU-ARIS) to provide outstanding and distinguished researchers at TMDU and other institutions a place to conduct substantive and high-level research after reaching retirement age. Also of note is the newly established Institute of Open Innovation at TMDU, which promotes industry-academic-government collaboration. It aims to be a base for research with a high degree of international recognition, backed by synergies with the other initiatives mentioned above.

 The fourth strategic initiative involves management reforms utilizing the Institute of Information Technology, which is presently building and augmenting databases covering the work of faculty in the areas of teaching, research, and medical care. By enhancing its function as an objective system of personnel evaluation in line with international standards, I hope to strengthen teaching, research, and medical care at TMDU. The establishment of an integrated evaluation system covering both medical care and administrative tasks is intended to enable more effective utilization of human and material resources.

 In addition to the four areas of reform outlined above, we have established the Institute of Integrated Hospital Administration as a university-wide organization devoted to facilitating further coordination between the Medical Hospital and the Dental Hospital and carrying out reforms of our affiliated hospitals. As we look forward to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have also established the International Health Care Department to ensure that we are able to provide medical services to our non-Japanese patients in a smooth and efficient manner. Through efforts such as these I am confident that reforms will continue to advance at our hospitals, enabling them to provide excellent, high quality healthcare to all the patients they serve.

 In the final year of my tenure as president of TMDU, I look forward to your continued understanding and support for our efforts.