Hiroshima University (HU) was established by combining eight existing institutions in May 1949 under the National School Establishment Law. Later in 1953, the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical College was also added to the new HU. Some of these higher educational institutions already had brilliant traditions and histories of their own. Although these educational institutions suffered a great deal of damage due to the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, they were reconstructed and combined to become the new HU. In addition, Graduate Schools were established in 1953. The new HU has risen from the ruins of war like a phoenix, which is in fact the University's symbol.
HU is located in the southwest part of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. Approximately 900 kilometers away from Tokyo, it takes 70 minutes by airplane, or 4 hours by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Hiroshima. HU has three campuses and the main campus, covering 252 hectares, is located in Higashi-Hiroshima, in a verdant area which is famous for sake brewing. Including campuses in Hiroshima, known as the International City of Peace and Culture, the University includes 11 faculties, 11 graduate schools, a research institute, a university hospital, and 11 affiliated schools.
HU aims to be a world-class hub of education and research, to foster excellent human resources to contribute to the community, and developmentally expand science.
HU's mission of ongoing growth is based on the following five guiding principles:
1. The Pursuit of Peace
To develop intellectual attitudes which always seek peaceful solutions to the problems affecting society and the world at large.
2. The Creation of New Forms of Knowledge
To evolve new systems of study which surpass existing frontiers of knowledge and encourage intellectual innovation.
3. The Nurturing of Well-Rounded Human Beings
To train graduates with well-developed and multifaceted personalities by means of an education which has breadth as well as depth.
4. Collaboration with the Local, Regional, and International Community
To create a university with a strong international awareness which can efficiently disseminate knowledge on a worldwide scale, in collaboration with local and regional communities.
5. Continuous Self-Development
To maintain a constant readiness to re-examine established ways of acting, and a constant openness to improvement and innovation.
HU has a long history of accepting international students from Southeast Asia. This commenced before World War II with students employed as high government officials devoted to the development of their home countries. As of May 2016, HU has over 15,000 students including nearly 1,000 international students from different 70 countries.
Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Social needs caused by the rapid process of low birthrate and aging population are to overcome diseases such as cancer, cognitive impairment and circulatory illness which aged person are more likely to suffer from. It is important to take measures to innovate advanced medicine based on the development of life and medical sciences, and to maintain・promote human health from a new perspective.
In current medical diagnosis, treatment team to conduct medical care for patients in collaboration of staff with special fields is widely enforced. Accordingly, it has become an urgent necessity to foster highly specialized personnel (medical/ dental doctors, dental hygienists, dental technicians, pharmacists, nurses, public health nurses, birthing assistants, physiotherapists and occupational therapists) capable of promoting highly-qualified diagnosis in a treatment team.
Kasumi Campus, Hiroshima University as one of the prominent medical campuses in Japan, is equipped with facilities to provide sustained education from undergraduate to graduate programs. Highly specialized personnel trained in those fields are required to deepen relations with other fields for the basis of treatment team as well as to develop education・research in conjunction with areas in health and medical sciences.
As a new institution making the best of human resources and functions at Kasumi Campus, Graduate Schools of Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences were integrated into Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences with 4 specific fields in medical and health sciences.
Principal purposes of the establishment are as follows:
・To train scientists who can take active roles in new or combined areas extended from the conventional education
・To activate research activities coping with scientific improvement and complexity
・To build more flexible educational・research systems such as development of major scientific projects aiming for creating new knowledge which used to be impossible with conventional two graduate schools; biomedical sciences and health sciences.
Putting on a great value on the guiding principles of Hiroshima University (Pursuit of peace, Creation of new forms of knowledge, Nurturing of well-rounded human beings, Collaboration with the local, regional and international community and Continuous self-development), our basic principals are as follows;
1. To promote fundamental research in medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences, health sciences
2. To explore new areas of knowledge through exercising synthetic, scientific and advanced research
3. To foster educators, scientists, highly specialized personnel who possess extensive knowledge and advanced skills
4. To contribute to the development of human health, welfare and medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences・health sciences at a global level
Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation
The Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC) was established in April 1994 for the purpose of actively nurturing expertise in various challenging issues facing developing countries through research and education. IDEC is devoted to accomplishing its goals through a specified three-pillared approach: international environmental cooperation; international educational cooperation; and international peace cooperation. These three areas are intertwined and complement each other. Together, these can lead to advancements in developing countries.
IDEC has been accepting many international students. Most of them come from Asian and African countries. Moreover, we try to invite excellent students in African countries. The majority of our graduates has returned to their home countries and began their activities as highly competent professionals and researchers.
We have pragmatic features as follows.
Education Programs in English
At IDEC, we believe it is important to develop international professionals capable of writing academic articles and reports, communicating and conversing in English. Therefore, most lectures and seminars are provided in English, and our well-organized curricula enable students to receive degrees through courses in English.
Systematic and Interdisciplinary Curriculum
IDEC offers a systematic and interdisciplinary curriculum to produce specialists who can contribute to international development and cooperation in ways that cut across established academic disciplines. IDEC offers integrated education and research programs in economic development, international affairs, cultural dynamics, engineering, biology, peace studies, educational development, regional studies, Asian cultures and interdisciplinary programs to develop global perspectives.
IDEC offers special education programs designed to improve the qualifications and skills of students who plan to work in the field of international cooperation. The main features of these programs are as follows.
Global Environmental Leaders Special Education Program
One of our aims is to establish a center for training environmental leaders capable of identifying problems and formulating strategic solutions at national or local levels through interdisciplinary and international perspectives. The global issue of reducing carbon emissions is an example of such a problem and the need for solutions. Another aim is to provide a platform for collaboration between industry, government and academia to promote cutting-edge environmental research and create coherent practical solutions for environmental issues on a global scale that is not limited to developing countries. We seek to provide value-added knowledge to those engaged in international cooperation. Achieving these aims requires addressing five areas: urban system design to prevent global warming, wise use of biomass resources, environmental impact assessment, policy and institutional design and environmental education. Our intention is for developing countries to work hand in hand with Japan to develop international environmental leaders, a task that we will undertake in an effective and practical manner.
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Formation of a Strategic Center for Global Internship (G.ecbo)
HU is currently promoting the “Formation of a Strategic Center for Global Internship” (commonly known as the “G.ecbo program”) following the 2007 adoption of the Support Program for Improvement of Graduate School Education. G.ecbo is a practical education program that includes pre- and post-internship training designed to achieve viable outcomes from student internships. The following types of internships are available:
(1) overseas internships, in which students go to a university or organization outside Japan;
(2) domestic internships, in which foreign students go to a Japanese company or organization;
(3) third-country internships, in which students from developing countries go to institutions in other developing countries.
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Master of Public Health (MPH)
The course has a systematic curriculum which has compulsory and vocational courses divided in five fields according to the international standard of graduate Schools of Public Health. Through taking various courses including Health Statistics, Health Policy, Principle of Research Methodology and Ethics, Clinical Epidemiology, Health Service Administration, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, students will acquire skills and abilities to control and estimate health conditions in the community, to operate disease surveillance and control, be familiar in designing clinical researches and help building policies for administration.
Developing countries today are facing various difficulties, including rapid population growth, regional conflicts, deteriorating standard of living and environmental problems. Insufficient social infrastructure, particularly in education and medical conditions and technological level, impedes socioeconomic development in developing countries.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Here this MPH course, we welcome applicants, such as healthcare professionals (including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacist, etc.) and staff in public health administration who desire to have the ability to operate EBM and people who would like to learn applied knowledge and techniques to solve problems related to clinical medicine, public health, and medical administration.
As a goal, we desire our students to have the ability to operate EBM, acquire the techniques and abilities for disease control, knowledge and thinking skills for clinical research and epidemiological studies.
Master of Educational Development
It is of the utmost urgency that we nurture young researchers and planners who are experts in their specialized areas and have willingness to contribute to international cooperation. Through its innovative educational program, IDEC aims to provide educational opportunities for students to learn about the interdisciplinary and practical subjects necessary for international development and cooperation, including economics, environmental science, engineering, ecology, agricultural science, pedagogy, sociology, international politics and peace science. The school as a gathering with international characters offers a special place where the students with different expertise from various countries with different cultural, social, educational, political, and economical backgrounds are able to foster closer ties each other and share the common agenda and goals in international development and cooperation.
JDS Fellows belong to Educational Development Course in the Division of Educational Development and Culture and Regional Studies. The Educational Development Course is actively working toward educational development in developing countries through theoretical and practical research in the field of human resource development, educational system and curriculum development, etc, and nurtures the specialists who contribute to creating sustainable society in developing countries in education aspects, namely professionals for international institutions and aid-providing organizations, administrators and academic researchers. The division offers courses on various issues on education policies, science and mathematics education, curriculum development, teacher education, higher education. The courses are designed to provide a systematic and efficient teaching and research by utilizing an integrated approach to the social and natural sciences and methodologies
To obtain a Master’s degree, JDS fellows need to satisfy the following requirements: (1) minimum of 30 credits through course work, and (2) submission of a master’s thesis.
All students need to decide research topic and supervisors (one head-supervisor and two sub-supervisors) at the beginning of the first semester. Under the head-supervisor’s advice, students will choose subjects to enroll and start preparations for a master’s thesis.
Hiroshima University organizes Master course of Public Health (MPH) with a systematic curriculum including the following five areas: 1) Epidemiology, 2) Biostatistics, 3) Social and Behavioral Sciences, 4) Health Service Administration, and 5) Environmental Health Sciences, which is the international standard of graduate Schools of Public Health. In the course, we will train health professionals/policy makers who can operate EBM with a research mind and people in charge of public health administration and who can help building operational policies.
Students in the Educational Development course will choose subjects mainly from “Educational Development Course” but also can select some subjects offered by other 4 courses as free electives.
Students need to decide their research topic and supervisors (one head-supervisor and two sub-supervisors) at the beginning of the first semester. Under the head-supervisor's advice, students will choose subjects to enroll and start preparations for their master's thesis.
|Professor||BABA, Takuya||Research on mathematics education development in international perspective, and development and analysis of lessons in other subjects|
|Professor||HOTTA, Taiji||Comparative policy studies of educational development in developing countries, and the study of global educational exchanges in higher education|
|Professor||KAWAI, Norimune||Theories, Systems, and Practices of Special Needs Education, Inclusive Education, and Social Inclusion|
|Professor||SATO, Nobuharu||Ethno- linguistic studies on the Mongolian languages of Gansu and Qinghai Provinces, China|
|Professor||SHIMIZU, Kinya||Science education, principles of science curriculum, and development and analysis of lessons in other subjects|
|Professor||TSUTAOKA, Takanori||Content-based Science Education (Physics Education), International Cooperation in Science Education|
|Professor||UEDA, Atsumi||Curriculum Development in Mathematics Education, Historical Research of Mathematics Education|
|Professor||ISHIDA, Yoko||Study of Intrinsic Motivation and Outcome Measurement of Education Officers and Teachers through International Cooperation Projects|
|Professor||YOSHIDA, Kazuhiro||Practical researches on Promoting International Cooperation in Educational Development|
|Associate Professor||FUKAMI, Kanetaka||Cross-linguistic comparison of structures in expressions and exploration on cultural reflection in them|
|Associate Professor||HIRAKAWA, Yukiko||Educational planning in developing countries and international cooperation for education|
|Associate Professor||KUSAKABE, Tatsuya||Comparative study of relationship between social, economic structure fluctuation and education in developing countries|
|Associate Professor||MAKI, Takayoshi||Studies on Human Resource Development for Education (teacher education) in Asian countries, Comparative Education|
|Associate Professor||NAKAYA, Ayami||Comparative Studies of Local Curriculum Development, Management and Evaluation, Comparative Education|
|Associate Professor||SAKURAI, Riho||Studies of Educational Development in Basic Education, Comparative and International Education|
|Associate Professor||MIWA, Chiaki||Studies on the effects of early childhood education in developing countries, International cooperation in early childhood care and education|
|Associate Professor (Special Appointment)||SHIBUYA, Kazuro||Education Policy in developing countries, Teacher education and school-based management with community participation in Africa|
|Professor||TANAKA, Junko||Epidemiology, Hygiene, Disease control & Prevention, Viral hepatitis, Biostatistics|
|Professor||EBOSHIDA, Akira||Public health, Health policy and environmental health|
|Professor||NAGAO, Masataka||Clinical forensic medicine, Clinical toxicology, Forensic toxicology, Forensic pathology|
|Professor||TAZUMA, Susumu||General internal medicine, Epidemiology and primary care, Telemedicine and home visit, Lipid and bile acid metabolism in hepatobiliary diseases, Geriatric medicine|
In our course, we would like to train people to acquire advanced knowledge in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and be familiar with research plans for clinical studies, epidemiological surveys, evaluation of health systems, operate disease surveillance, respond to public health emergencies and manage large epidemiological datasets. In addition, we hope health professionals and policy makers in our course to be able to not only to involve in their primary duties but also to be implicated in the education and training of other staff. We also hope that our students will be the next generation of public health leaders.
The primary purpose of Educational Development course is to develop the problem solving skills through developing the master's thesis and participating academic conference to present the research. In other words, through the course, students will be able to identify the problem among the needs of educational administration/policy, such as educational finance, curriculum study, educational developments and higher education policy. In addition, students will be able to consider the problem holistically and to analyze the problem based on the reliable and valid data. Based on the logical methodology, students are able to make logical conclusion and effective judge. It is an additional principle policy to develop basic knowledge and concept through learning the variety of cases not only from Japan, but also other industrialized and developing countries including Kingdom of Cambodia, and Myanmar. There are no other institutions which focus on the lesson and class in developing countries. It is the benefit of your country that students/administrator can learn in Hiroshima University, IDEC