Three new graduate schools to open in April 2017

University News | August 30, 2016

Hokkaido University (HU) will launch three new graduate schools on April 1, 2017: the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, the Graduate School of Infectious Diseases, and the Graduate School of Global Food Resources.


HU has been promoting international collaborative research and education in its unique, strategic areas—quantum medical science and engineering, zoonosis control, and food, land and water resources—through the activities of the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE). By launching the new graduate schools, HU aims to further strengthen these research and educational activities, and establish new academic disciplines in the three areas.


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) approved the plan on August 26th, and the university will start recruiting students this autumn ahead of the schools’ April opening.


Outline of the three graduate schools

Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

This program will establish a new academic discipline, Biomedical Science and Engineering, to actively incorporate new findings in science and engineering into medicine. Students will train to become researchers and engineers capable of developing new medical technologies and treatments by applying developments in basic sciences such as radiation physics and biomolecular science. It is expected that graduates will play important roles as world-class researchers, medical physicists and medical device developers in medical/research institutions and companies.

・Enrollment for Japanese FY2017 will accommodate 12 master’s course students and five PhD students.

・Application guidelines will be available in September (subject to change).

・Website: http://www.med.hokudai.ac.jp/en/bme/ (Japanese)


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Treatment room in HU’s Proton Beam Therapy Center


Graduate School of Infectious Diseases

This PhD program will develop next-generation leaders who possess the advanced knowledge and broad vision required to make decisions for the control of zoonoses, such as the Ebola virus disease. It is expected that graduates will work as experts in the realm of infectious diseases in humans and animals. Potential career paths include employment at international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), governmental research institutions, and domestic and foreign universities.

・Enrollment for Japanese FY2017 will accommodate 12 PhD students (four years).

・An admission guide will be available in September (subject to change).

・Website: http://www.vetmed.hokudai.ac.jp/grad/ (Japanese)


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HU students conducting fieldwork


Graduate School of Global Food Resources

This graduate school will train students to become global leaders who can organize groups of interdisciplinary experts to tackle problems surrounding the future of resources such as food, water, and land. It is expected that graduates will work as global-resource experts at national and international institutions, domestic and international companies, etc.    

・Enrollment for Japanese FY2017 will accommodate 15 master’s course students.

※ A PhD course is being prepared to start in Japanese FY2019.

・An admission guide will be available in September (subject to change).

・Website: http://www.gfr.hokudai.ac.jp (Japanese)


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An HU student carrying out fieldwork in Southeast Asia



What’s GI-CoRE?  https://gi-core.oia.hokudai.ac.jp/main/

GI-CoRE (Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education) is a faculty organization established in 2014 to promote international collaborative research and education in the university’s unique and strategic areas. Currently, GI-CoRE operates five programs including the Global Station for Quantum Medical Science and Engineering, the Global Station for Zoonosis Control, and the Global Station for Food, Land and Water Resources, which have provided a strong foundation for the new graduate schools. The Global Station for Soft Matter and the Global Station for Big Data and Cybersecurity were newly added to GI-CoRE in 2016.



Contacts:

Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

Akihiro Noguchi, Chief, Administration Office for Graduate School of Medicine

Tel: +81-11-706-5003

Email: shomu[at]med.hokudai.ac.jp


Graduate School of Infectious Diseases

General Affairs Section of Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine

Tel: +81-11-706-5173

Email: syomu[at]vetmed.hokudai.ac.jp


Graduate School of Global Food Resources

Kenji Ogura, Unit Chief, General Affairs Section

Administrative Office of the Faculty of Agriculture

Tel: +81-11-706-2420

Email: shomu[at]gfr.hokudai.ac.jp


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