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Message to young students aspiring to study pharmaceutical science

「A Turning Point」

Naoki Miyata
Dean of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Nagoya City University

The Nagoya City University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences form a historic academic institution that can be traced back to the Nagoya School of Pharmacy (Nagoya Yaku Gakko), which first opened in 1884. The Nagoya School of Pharmacy came under the supervision of Nagoya City in 1946 and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Nagoya City University was established in 1950. In 1961, the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences was established.

The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences engage in the world-leading research and education in the area of pharmaceutical sciences and have therefore trained and produced specialists in medicine science who have contributed to medical treatment and pharmacists rich in humanity. We consider it our mission to continue to pass down the results of tradition as well as foster professionals who will be able to respond to society’s future needs.

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake, which was without precedent in history, occurred and we lost many people. May these people rest in peace; and we express our sympathy from the heart to the people still suffering. This catastrophe is considered to be a Turning Point for the Japanese to engage in a drastic change of our concept of life or the system of Japanese society. The expression ‘high economic growth’ has long become obsolete and Japan is now an ageing society without precedent. Under these conditions, the traditional social economy or a social life based on development and growth is no longer viable. We urgently need to create a society that meets people’s needs for their health and welfare and where they can feel comfortable and happy, while preserving the environment. For that reason, in addition to reforming the system of society, including the economy and industry, each and every one of us are urged to change our concept of life and value. Under these circumstances, the role of the pharmacist is expanding and becoming more and more important in creating a social life where people’s needs for their health and welfare are met and their quality of life is enhanced.

The 21st century has been called an era of life sciences in the field of science. We are entering an era that will clarify the mechanics of life and the molecular mechanism of diseases using the scientific capabilities, after the 20th century, which saw the development of electronics and mechanical engineering. One of effects of this scientific progress on our lives is development of new treatments, diagnostic methods, and ways to prevent diseases. In fact, many epoch-making new medicines that are based on new working mechanisms, such as molecular target drugs for cancer, are now being used for medical treatment, one after the other. It is expected that excellent and innovative medicines will continue to be developed in the future. This era will also be considered a Turning Point in the fields of science in the future and it is sure that the pharmaceutical sciences will be at the core of this era.

This Turning Point is steadily making progress in the area of pharmaceutical sciences education in universities. The Department of Pharmacy will produce graduates in the spring of 2012 for the first time since it started to offer a 6-year program in 2006. These graduates who became pharmacists after experiencing long term practical training are expected to be more active than ever as medicine specialists who assume their role in medical treatment and who are rich in humanity. At the same time, it is unavoidable for the 4-year program at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Life Science itself to change. The Department of Pharmaceutical and Life Science aims to train experts in the fields of drug discovery and life science. Its education system is being reformed in order to train experts who are unique to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in other words, experts who have an identity as persons who have studied the pharmaceutical sciences. As mentioned at the beginning, the Nagoya City University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences have sent many excellent persons out into society in its more than 120 year following its predecessor, the Nagoya School of Pharmacy, along with sharing innovative study results with the world. Today, we are at an extraordinary Turning Point in our brilliant history.

The Nagoya City University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences will move beyond this Turning Point and steadily engage in making a new history. Not only in the reform of the education system, but also in terms of facilities where teaching and studies are performed, a new campus building with lecture rooms, a cafeteria and library, among other facilities will finish construction in 2013, in addition to a new research building and practical training building that we have started using. With the support of tradition, we aim to train excellent people in the field of pharmaceutical science under a new philosophy, people who can meet the needs of society. We hope as many young students as possible will join the Nagoya City University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

April 1, 2011


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