Message from the President of Juntendo University
In the first place, by having a graduate school and students, the possibility and necessity exists to promote exchanges within the various departments and fields of both basic research and clinical science. In the case of the graduate school of medicine, an overwhelmingly large number of students who decide to be clinical practitioners are present. I recommend that these students study an area of basic scientific research during some period of time within their four years of graduate school so that they may become physician-scientists. This will help to stimulate ideas even in the field of basic research. The stimulation of basic research contributes to the application of clinical medicine and leads to the development and fostering of good practitioners.Secondly, through the graduate school, there can be exchanges not only between other national and private universities, but also with excellent researchers at various kinds of institutions. An important role for graduate students as researchers is to actively learn from other institutions and to bring acquired knowledge back here through collaborative studies.
Thirdly, through the activities of the graduate school and students, international exchange programs and collaborative studies become feasible and are highly recommended. The introduction of novel skills, methods and knowledge by the students who study at outside institutions, will make a great contribution to their home laboratories and departments.
To sum up, we should regard the graduate school in positive ways, not negative ones. Dynamic development is essential. The further development of each university's characteristic educational curriculum and graduate school research system has also been strongly recommended by the University Advisory Council of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Given the existence of the great number of universities in Japan, in order to sustain our present status as a distinguished university and to expand more, the activation of our graduate school has inevitably become an important issue.
The history of Juntendo University extends back to the foundation nearly 170 years ago, yet we are one of the smaller private universities in Japan. Discussing the disadvantages such as space and facilities is not fruitful. In order to develop research activities which surpass those of other universities with long traditions and to take a role in making these activities be of service to those in clinical practice, we must make the most of our geographical location in the center of Tokyo, to apply our various systems flexibly, and to contribute our human intelligence.
The challenge of assisting our university in taking large steps toward making contributions on a global level depends on our grasping the crucial points of maintenance and management of the graduate school system. Our most important issues are approaching these matters positively, introducing highly original ideas, making necessary changes and improvements, and developing our graduate school.