Admission policy of the “Program for Leading Graduate Schools”
The program welcomes appropriately qualified students who understand and value its core objectives, and are ready to embrace them with a strong motivation. A more detailed statement of the admission policy can be found in the program.
Admission Policy of Program of Leaders for Integrated Medical System for Fruitful Healthy-Longevity Society
The importance of medico-engineering collaboration has been discussed for a long time. However, the intended meaning of the word itself is just that medical and engineering researchers work together to develop novel devices and methods of medical treatment, to apply the results and to overcome existing problems. Looking back into history, when a neck clip could not be used as a radical therapy in cerebral aneurysms, neurosurgeons came up with the idea to seal these inoperable aneurysms with glue. Through cooperation with engineering researchers, “Biobond”, a bonding agent which can produce strong adhesion even between moist human tissues, was developed and succeeded in expanding the application of operable aneurysms. The idea of applying engineering research to the human body was considered ridiculous in the past, but it has become widely accepted nowadays due to the tremendous efforts of the pioneers in this field. In addition, this form of interdisciplinary collaboration has become important in terms of research across different research organizations. This program performs not only research extending beyond fields, but goes mutually between different fields, by bringing new ideas from each field, and by applying the concept of “learn engineering in a medical research environment”. In this way, graduate students with engineering backgrounds, not only perform medical research in amedical environment, but also seek novel ways in which engineering can contribute to medicine. With basic knowledge in medicine and medical care fostered in this program, together with already cultivated knowledge in engineering, the students will open up a new frontier in medico-engineering research. In particular, the advanced progress of unprecedented aging in Japan requires adequate medical treatment and nursing care as essential conditions to achieve healthy longevity. However, from an engineering point of view, it is necessary to show that this new medico-engineering collaboration will function effectively by training leaders who can actively disseminate their developments to the society by not only simply practicing medical care in hospitals, but also by supporting a family doctor system near each home, reconsidering long-term care facilities, and supporting an aged society with a new medical system.
Under these new concepts, the project has started with a central role of the Graduate School of Medicine in collaboration with staff from the Graduate School of Engineering and the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, creating a suitable curriculum to achieve the above-mentioned aims. Unlike any of the existing graduate schools, the Leading Graduates Schools aim at training leaders and put special emphasis on interaction with the society. Webelieve that these students will develop abilities to express their ideas through discussion and debate in English. They will be able to look at society trends from a medical and medical economics point of view. Finally, they will develop a broad global perspective which is not only limited to medico-engineering cooperation. We believe these leaders will make a contribution to the aging society in the future.