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Message from the Chairman

Kuninori Takagi, Chairman,

International University of
Health and Welfare
Kuninori Takagi,
Chairman

In April 2017, following more than a decade of debate, we opened our School of Medicine at the Narita Campus with the aim of providing a fresh new kind of medical education. This School of Medicine was approved after the International University of Health and Welfare and Narita City submitted a joint proposal for an "International Medical Academic City Initiative" to the government’s National Strategic Special Zones of Tokyo Area. There were a great many difficult issues that needed to be dealt with on the way to the establishment of the School of Medicine, and I would like to once again thank everyone involved for their endeavors.

At the School of Medicine, which has started with its first batch of students, we provide an unprecedented style of medical education with emphasis on internationalism, as we begin work to foster doctors with the overall medical capabilities to not only play active roles in domestic healthcare but also get involved in international medical cooperation projects. As a School of Medicine established in a Special Zone, we have put our best effort into creating a medicine faculty that clearly surpasses criteria set out by the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, including criteria related to personnel recruitment and education that are befitting of an international hub for medicine. The classes for the majority of subjects are conducted in English and participation in overseas clinical training at a university or medical institution in one of the countries with which IUHW has concluded agreements are required course component. In addition to creating an on-campus simulation center, which, at 5,000m2, is one of the largest in the world, we conduct 90 weeks of clinical training where students actually partake in the provision of medical care, mainly in our affiliated hospitals. With the aim of realizing our dream of offering a new style of medical education in Japan, we have also employed approximately 300 instructors with extensive overseas educational and clinical experience. Of these, more than 30 non-Japanese instructors have taken up their teaching positions, far exceeding the 10 non-Japanese instructors requested by the government.

The first batch of students will consist of 120 people successfully selected from a pool of 3,478 applicants who have sat for the general entrance examinations or the National Center Test for University Admissions, as well as 20 international students, making a total of 140 highly gifted people. Among the 20 international students are students from Vietnam, Myanmar, Mongolia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Laos who were recommended by their government or university after having achieved top-level marks in their respective grades. By covering all of their tuition fees and living costs, IUHW hopes that these international students will go on to become leaders of medical care in their home countries, and that they will strive to improve medical standards for the whole of Asia.

IUHW offers many medical and welfare facilities and a diverse array of clinical training facilities including four affiliated hospitals (IUHW Hospital, IUHW Mita Hospital, IUHW Shioya Hospital, and IUHW Atami Hospital) and clinical research center for medicine such as Sanno Hospital, as well as facilities for people with serious mental and physical disabilities and home-care centers. In 2020, we are scheduled to open a 642-bed hospital called IUHW Narita Hospital in the Hatakeda area of Narita City. Boasting staff capable of communicating in 10 different languages, religion-related facilities, a cutting-edge medical device training center, and other such facilities, it aims to become a hub for medical care in Asia. Furthermore, the Tokyo Akasaka Campus is scheduled to be opened in April 2018. With plans to establish new graduate schools specializing in public health and medicine, and to also engage in research on infectious diseases and remote imaging diagnosis in cooperation with the School of Medicine, we aim to further enhance the education and research environments.

Furthermore, the Tokyo Akasaka Campus is scheduled to be opened in April 2018. With plans to establish new graduate schools specializing in public health and medicine, and to also engage in research on infectious diseases and remote imaging diagnosis in cooperation with the School of Medicine, we aim to further enhance the education and research environment. Going forward, by cooperating with medical associations and members of the local community in Chiba Prefecture, and contributing to the fields of medicine, welfare, and education, we strive to create one of the world’s leading international centers of medicine, and to make International University of Health and Welfare that everyone in Narita City and Chiba Prefecture can be proud of. I hope to see large numbers of doctors emerge from the new School of Medicine, as it welcomes its first batch of students, to actively pursue careers in medicine all around the globe.

Message from the President

Kuni Otomo, President

International University of
Health and Welfare
Kuni Otomo,
President

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Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo in 1979. Worked as a physician specialized in diagnostic radiology in the field of endovascular treatment utilizing catheters and diagnostic imaging based on CT and MRI scanning. Assumed the role of professor of radiology at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine in 1998 after studying at Washington State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Assumed the role of president of the International University of Health and Welfare in 2016, after having served as chairperson of the Japan Radiological Society and chairperson of the 70th and 76th Annual Meetings of the Japan Radiological Society. Currently serves as representative director of the Japan Radiology Congress, and is also an honorary professor of the University of Tokyo.

Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo in 1979. Worked as a physician specialized in diagnostic radiology in the field of endovascular treatment utilizing catheters and diagnostic imaging based on CT and MRI scanning. Assumed the role of professor of radiology at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine in 1998 after studying at Washington State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Assumed the role of president of the International University of Health and Welfare in 2016, after having served as chairperson of the Japan Radiological Society and chairperson of the 70th and 76th Annual Meetings of the Japan Radiological Society. Currently serves as representative director of the Japan Radiology Congress, and is also an honorary professor of the University of Tokyo.

The International University of Health and Welfare, which opened in Otawara City, Tochigi Prefecture, in 1995 with our founding principle ,"to build a society for mutual respect and support",, utilizes our advantages as a university of health and welfare to achieve "inter-professional education," which is one of our major strengths. Under this educational system, our students master the principles of team-based medicine and team-based care, in which specialists in each field collaborate in teams, at our four affiliated hospitals and large number of clinical research centers for medicine. The graduates that we have produced to date, numbering more than 21,000, play active roles on the sites of health and welfare across Japan in line with this philosophy, and have contributed to boosting the high reputation of IUHW.

Built upon this foundation, the School of Medicine at the Narita Campus opened in April 2017 with 140 students in its first intake. Based on our revolutionary medical education methods, the School of Medicine works to foster doctors who are armed with advanced and comprehensive medical care skills as well as an international outlook, and who are able to contribute to team-based medical care. Of the 140 students, 20 are international students mainly from Southeast Asia, making IUHW the first university in Japan to accept such a large number of students in the School of Medicine. For Japanese students as well, learning for six years alongside international students from countries with different cultures, social backgrounds, and medical circumstances, offers them the rare opportunity to naturally develop a flexible and international sensibility that accepts diverse values.

To faithfully execute the innovative curriculum at the new School of Medicine, we have established an Office of Medical Education with 25 full-time faculty, with the aim of capturing details about the training progress and understanding of lessons for individual students, and to provide appropriate and effective guidance and instruction. We have established a strong support system for students, and there are no other school of medicine in Japan that has such a large number of full-time faculty providing medical education. Through the establishment of the School of Medicine, IUHW has put the finishing touches to the creation of an "IUHW-style team-based medical care," a system where professionals provide safe and secure personal care in each stage of illness from initial hospitalization to discharge from hospital. I am very much looking forward to meeting at the new School of Medicine all those aiming to become doctors who are able to play active roles both internationally and in local communities.

Message from the Dean of the School of Medicine

Kiyoshi Kitamura, Dean of the School of Medicine

International University of
Health and Welfare
Kiyoshi Kitamura,
Dean of the School
of Medicine

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Graduated from the University of Tokyo’s School of Medicine with a PhD in medicine. Took oncology classes as a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Served as professor at the International Research Center for Medical Education of the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, and general director of the General Education Center of the University of Tokyo Hospital, etc. Also served as vice-chairperson of the Japan Society for Medical Education, and chairperson of the Common Achievement Tests Organization Medical OSCE Implementation Subcommittee, etc.

We mention medical professionalism at the very top of our diploma policy (the set of targets students are expected to have attained by the time they graduate). Medical professionalism is based on personal values. The burden of responsibility placed on medical practitioners is heavy, and they need to have the professionalism to provide medical care at any time and any place. We foster doctors with well-rounded characters, broad perspectives, sure-footed knowhow and skills, high ethical standards and a strong sense of mission, who are able to contribute to the global community as well as local communities. It is my hope that our graduates never fail to engage in patient-centered medical care.

One of the things we expect of our students is that they engage in active learning. We foster in them the ability to take the initiative in absorbing a wide variety of information, the ability to proactively think deeply about phenomena and events, and the ability to discover and solve issues.

Another thing we expect of our students is lifelong learning. The progress of medicine and science is rapid and the needs of patients are also evolving. Doctors need to remain abreast of the standards of the times. They also need to be able to respond to the needs of pluralistic communities. It is vital for doctors to maintain a stance of acceptance toward each individual’s life plans as well as the diverse value systems one encounters in the global community.

This phrase, which is based on the ideas of Charles Darwin, is one that I am very fond of: "It is not the strongest that survives, but rather, those that are most adaptable to change". Doctors need to have the flexibility to adapt to changing needs. I have high expectations that the School of Medicine will become one in which students actively encourage one another and engage in vigorous communication. You, the students, are the protagonists who will create the new School of Medicine. I encourage you to join us at the School of Medicine International University of Health and Welfare that can offer you opportunities to become the doctors of tomorrow.