New Start as a Comprehensive Medical University!
Wakayama Medical University has made a fresh start as a comprehensive medical university with establishment in April this year of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences to give the university three Schools: the School of Medicine, the School of Health and Nursing Science, and the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. With this added momentum, the university will work as a whole to be "a university that spreads its wings across the world, together with the local community" working to enrich and enhance high-level education for medical professionals, cutting-edge medical research, highly advanced medical care, and community healthcare.
High-level education for medical professionals
To bring out the strengths of a comprehensive medical university with three Schools, we expect to enhance our high-level education for medical professionals by jointly delivering education that teaches the importance of care across the Schools. We will also improve our systems for the implementation, evaluation, and improvement of uninterrupted education before and after graduation across the entire university. In postgraduate education, establishing a new Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences reflects the university’s intention to prepare for establishment of a Graduate School of Comprehensive Medicine (tentative name), which will cross the boundaries of three Graduate Schools: the Graduate School of Medicine, the Health and Nursing Sciences and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2020, the spread of COVID-19 forced the University to deliver most lectures remotely. The University will continue delivering lectures remotely, but we will incorporate the advantages of this mode into our new education systems and enhance educational environments by improving educational software and the communications environment between Schools.
Cutting-edge medical research
The four-story Next Generation Medical Research Center on the Kimiidera Campus has been completed to make best use of the combined strengths of the three Schools, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmaceutical Sciences, to drive research. The University will continue to develop the Center as a hub for cutting-edge medical research through collaboration between the Schools and as a research base for industry, government, and academia. The University has in fact already commenced work in line with next-generation medical research, including the Biomedical Science Center, which will serve as a center for genomic medicine and drug discovery research, and will manage and provide patient biological samples and medical information linked to those samples, joint research courses with drug discovery venture companies, collaboration with the Basis for Supporting Innovative Drug Discovery and Life Scienc