Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences
Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences has been established to develop human resources who talents both “Medicine or Biology” and “Informatics or Engineering”. It established in April, 2003 and then reorganized to current 5 divisions (Bioinformatics, Life Engineering, Medical Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Life Sciences, and Biological Sciences).
As the features of the graduate school; 1) Interdisciplinary education with 5-year consistency doctoral course. 2) Education by faculty members belonging to wide range of academic fields (from six departments, two research institutes, and one research center) for comprehensive education in life-related sciences. 3) Cultivating basic knowledge in fields different from original field of individual students at first and then deepening researches in specialized field of their own. 4) Bioethics as a compulsory subject.
Why is such an interdisciplinary graduate school required? In recent years, various social systems have been stalled in worldwide and a new system has been demanded to operate new society. Fundamental changes will be required in current petroleum-based industrial system. Shifting to super aging society seeks various innovations to keep healthy and happy life. Considering such issues, life-related sciences should be the most promising fields. Life-related sciences are considered to be the foundation of every industry so that human resources who make innovation in the field are awaited. However, new social values cannot be created with single academic field such as biology, engineering or medicine. For making innovation in life-related sciences, we need personnel who can absorb all required things freely with no consciousness of the wall of the academic field. This is the mind of science. We sometimes use “Science and technology”, but science and technology are completely different concepts. Technology is the methodology to create or establish things and science is way of thinking. So science originally does not have the idea as fields. Human resources who have hearts to pursue the truth are needed to create world from now.
Graduate school of Systems Life Sciences is a hub base to cultivate new-type researchers in life-related sciences. Let’s create new life sciences and open up new world with us!