Kuninori TAKAGI, Chairman
The International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW) was founded in 1995 with the objective of nurturing health and welfare specialists and raising their status. Since then, our highly specialized education has produced about 25,000 graduates. The features of our school are the affiliated/related health and welfare facilities, education by leading experts in their fields and the overseas network. We are proud to offer a great setting for clinical practice by having 5 affiliated hospitals as well as research centers for clinical medicine to back up our education, research and personnel, in addition to overseas network. It is also our unique and noticeable feature that two of our campuses, Ohtawara and Okawa, have many health and welfare facilities in or near the sites. In addition, the top figures in each field are involved in the teaching. Our graduates are highly regarded for the 100% employment rate and the top-level pass rate in national examinations.
IUHW Hospital in Tochigi has increased the number of beds by 55 by completing new hospital and research wards. In its vicinity, we have also opened an accommodation facility with 113 rooms, convenient for students under clinical practice, and a certified center for early childhood education and care equipped with a daycare facility for sick children, which is the first in the northern Tochigi area. Furthermore, by increasing the number of beds of the special nursing home, we have realized a base for comprehensive education and welfare from babies to the elderly. We will keep striving to offer specialized healthcare needed by the local community.
In 2017, IUHW School of Medicine was established in Narita Campus. There we practice unprecedentedly innovative medical education by teaching practical skills at our simulation center (one of the largest in the world), accepting 20 excellent international students each year, mainly from Asia, giving many lectures in English and conducting mandatory overseas clinical practice, among others. In the spring of 2020, we expect to open an affiliate hospital with 642 beds to this school of medicine in Narita. This IUHW Narita Hospital aims to become a leading medical hub in Asia and the world by welcoming patients from Japan and abroad at our advanced medical departments and centers including the Center for Preventative Medicine. It will provide services in several languages with amenities including faith-related facilities and food choices such as halal.
On the Tokyo Akasaka Campus, opened in April 2018, in addition to School of Psychology and Healthcare Management, we have IUHW Graduate School of Medicine, and Public Health, which will build an international academic hub as Japan’s largest comprehensive graduate school of health and welfare, together with the university.
The national Cho Ray Hospital in Vietnam and IUHW have closely interacted over the past 20 years. In fall 2018, together we opened a Japan-standard health checkup center. In cooperation with Mita Hospital, Sanno Hospital and the School of Medicine, radiological and pathological diagnoses are remotely double-checked to offer the top quality medical checkup in Vietnam.
We are about to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and we expect to newly open Department of Radiological Sciences in Narita Campus, and School of Pharmacy at Fukuoka in Okawa Campus in 2020. We will keep striving to nurture health and welfare specialists needed in and outside Japan by close cooperation among all the campuses, affiliated/related facilities and overseas network.
Kuni OHTOMO, President
Founded in 1995 in Ohtawara City in Tochigi Prefecture, IUHW is the first comprehensive university of health and welfare in Japan. In 2017, after more than ten years of planning we opened our School of Medicine, which marked the start of a second era for IUHW. Furthermore, in 2018 we marked the opening of the Tokyo Akasaka Campus in Minato City in Tokyo, which we aim to become a hub for lifelong education and community exchanges, serving as the home to the School of Psychology and Healthcare Management at Akasaka and also the expanded IUHW Graduate School, which has moved from its former location on the Tokyo Aoyama Campus. At the time of its establishment IUHW had one school and five departments, and since then we have expanded to 10 schools, 24 faculty and departments, in addition to a graduate school, spread over six campuses.
The founding principle of IUHW that we have followed since our establishment is “building a society with mutual respect and support”, which was advocated by our first President, Fujio Ohtani, who strove to protect human rights throughout his life. In accordance with that principle we have developed the educational environment so that our campuses also include health and welfare facilities for the elderly and disabled, giving students the opportunity to have direct contact with people who have special needs and thus nurture loving-kindness in their everyday experiences naturally.
The education we provide is designed to nurture medical professionals with advanced knowledge and technical skills, coupled with a rich sense of humanity. Accordingly, our faculty consists of pioneers in their respective fields and our trailblazing curriculum utilizes advanced educational tools. Furthermore, we emphasize on-site experience in the early years, with clinical training being conducted from an early stage in the first year of study at the University Hospitals and many other affiliated medical facilities which act as clinical research centers for medicine. In 2020 the IUHW Narita Hospital is scheduled to open in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, which will further enhance our practical learning environment.
“Team care medicine” is indispensable in the medical and welfare fields today, where professionals from various specialties work together to provide the best treatment and care for patients. Taking full advantage of our university’s comprehensive structure and multiple departments that foster specialists in various fields, we implement “Inter-Professional Education,” an initiative unique to IUHW, by which we form teams that comprise members from various departments so that students can experience “team care medicine” for themselves. The establishment of the School of Medicine in 2017 and the most recent addition of the School of Psychology and Healthcare Management at Akasaka can add further medical and psychology-based specialist perspectives to our teambased work, making our education even more appropriate for clinical training.
I hope that students who aim to study at IUHW will take advantage of our outstanding faculty and fulfilling educational environment, and engage not only in study, but also in sports and volunteer work, and in the process become well-rounded individuals who can take a leading role in a broad range of areas in health and welfare, both in Japan and around the world.