Graduate School of Medicine/School of Medicine is located
in Kobe, the city with a population of 1.5 million, which looks toward an
international center for medical industries. Also, the School is the sole
medical school belonging to a national university corporation in Hyogo Prefecture
with a large population of 5.6 million, which consists of both urbanized
areas facing the Seto Inland Sea including Kobe and relatively rural areas
facing the Sea of Japan. The School was founded in 1944 and has been nurturing
internationally active researchers in the fields of life and medical sciences
as well as clinicians equipped with sophisticated medical knowledge/skills
and high ethical standards.
Currently national university corporations in Japan are rocked by the strong
waves of gselection and concentrationh exemplified by severe restrictions on
education and research budgets. To cope with this problem, the School is making
the best effort to improve its management system as well as education and research
activities through active collaboration with industries and other schools inside
or outside of Kobe University. The most important thing to attain this goal
would be to attract distinguished scientists and young talent, faculties, postdocs
or students to this School. So, I would like to convey my heartiest welcome
to promising young people to join us.
The School has been recognized as a world leader in research on biomembranes
and intracellular signal transduction, which was built on the achievements
of the late Dr. Yasutomi Nishizuka, a former President of Kobe University famous
for his discovery of protein kinase C. In recognition of these achievements,
the School was awarded with two Global COE (Center of Excellence) Program Grants
in the life science field and the medical science field from the Ministry of
Education, Science, Sports and Culture (MEXT) of Japan. Now the School is extending
its research to develop new therapies for serious diseases by molecularly targeting
membrane and signaling proteins as well as innovative medical equipments through
collaboration with industries and other schools inside or outside of Kobe University.
In addition, the School was adopted to Program of Founding Research Centers
for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases and has been actively engaged
in research on infectious diseases such as influenza and hepatitis C in Indonesia
and other ASEAN countries.
In undergraduate education, the School has been aiming at bringing up medical
doctors equipped with not only sophisticated medical knowledge/skills and high
ethical standards but also an eye as a scientist bearing an exploring mind
and creativity. In this year, the School has shown a strong commitment to medical
care in rural areas in Hyogo Prefecture by increasing the number of students
under a special admission policy for this purpose to 10 per year.
In graduate education, under the supports from the two Global COE Program grants
and Grants for Excellent Graduate Schools from MEXT, the School has been enforcing
a special Ph.D. course program for nurturing creativity as well as the ability
to pursue independent and international research activities. In this course,
outstanding students are selected based on evaluation of their research proposals
written in English and provided with grants for independent research and financial
supports as research assistants. They are provided with an opportunity to make
a scientific exchange with faculties and graduate students of University of
Washington (Seattle). In parallel, the School has been active in bringing up
gclinician-scientistsh based on the alliance between basic and clinical medicine.
Also, the School has been accepting many foreign students mainly from Asian
countries and conducting bilateral student exchange with universities of the
ASEAN countries such as Indonesia and Thailand. In addition, Program of Biomedical
Sciences (master`s course) was established in 2002 to bring up non-MD students
into researchers in life science and medical science fields working in academia
or industries in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and healthcare.