UNIVERSITY OF SHIZUOKA GUIDE 2020-2021
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The people of Shizuoka Prefecture have one of the longest healthy life expectancies in the world. To understand and enhance the health and lifestyle factors underlying this remarkable life expectancy, the University of Shizuoka combined its research programs in pharmaceutical sciences and food and nutritional sciences in 2012, creating the Graduate School of Integrated Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Sciences—the rst graduate school of its kind in Japan. To advance this research agenda in Shizuoka and worldwide, the School has also established three associated research centers: the Center for Pharma-Food Research, the Tea Science Center, and the Food and Environment Research Center. Remarkably, the School has ranked in rst place for three funding categories in Japan’s national Grants-in-Aid for Scientic Research program: “Eating habits (Dietary sciences)”, “Environmental and hygienic pharmacy”, and “Integrated nutrition science”. The School has also increased the number of universities that it collaborates with worldwide. We are continuing to actively pursue our mission of contributing to society by extending healthy life expectancy through research and education in the pharmaceutical, food, nutritional, and environmental sciences.Globalization is seemingly homogenizing but practically diversifying and complicating our ways of life, while counter-globalization trends in various forms such as traditionalism, nationalism, localism, ethnicity, religious extremism are taking place in contemporary international contexts. That is why global and international studies and local cultural or area studies are equally needed and inseparable from each other to resolve a wide range of complicated issues today. To foster highly trained specialists and active practitioners fully equipped with global as well as local knowledge in international and multicultural arenas, our graduate school directs students to assume an ability to apply a relevant combination of multidisciplinary approaches and comparative methods. Our school also highly encourages students to conduct eldwork to approach the lived experience and realities of the people concerned through a full use of researcher’s own ve senses. Our graduate program is eectively supported by three research centers attached to the school, namely, Center for Korean Studies, Wider Europe Research Center and Center for Global Studies.Pharmaceutical science is the only academic eld that systematically covers a comprehensive range of studies related to human life and health, including organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, molecular toxicology and public health, pharmaceutics, and clinical pharmacy. The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences is composed of two divisions, the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences is a 4-year program that fosters researchers and technical experts. Most graduates proceed to the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, where they acquire a research-oriented perspective. The Division of Pharmacy is a 6-year program that fosters pharmacists with advanced technical expertise and a strong ethical outlook. Fifth-year students receive practical training at hospitals and pharmacies, and graduates are qualied to take the National Examination for Pharmacists. The School’s highly-qualied faculty members provide students with a comprehensive education based on a rich curriculum.In recently years, there is increasing interest in issues related to food and health, such as food safety, the proliferation of lifestyle-related diseases, and various complex environmental problems. The School of Food and Nutritional Sciences is founded on principles of systematic education in the life sciences, and oers comprehensive courses in scientic English and information education. This course of education fosters scientists, highly-skilled technicians, and nutritionists who have the communication skills required to work in an international workforce and who are able to address food, environmental, and health issues on a global scale. The School oers students the opportunity to engage in comprehensive study and research in the eld. Topics covered in the Department of Food Science and Biotechnology include the development and analysis of foodstus, and in Department of Nutrition and Life Sciences they include potential contributions towards improving health as well as health and medical treatment through food. In addition, the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences fosters technical experts who address food-related environment issues.In recent years, international relations have become more complex, leading to a variety of challenges. Thus, the languages, cultures, and other aspects of dierent regions need to be understood and respected, and eorts need to be made to address specic problems from a global perspective. The School of International Relations instills in students critical thinking skills, deep insight, and a wide breadth of knowledge by viewing relations among nations from a range of perspectives and by adopting approaches from various disciplines. The School fosters the ability of students to understand the dynamic international community. The School also connects people of many nations and cultures and fosters individuals who can cooperate to address global and regional issues.School of Pharmaceutical SciencesSchool of Food and Nutritional SciencesGraduate School of Intergrated Pharmaceutical and Nutritional SciencesSchool of International RelationsGraduate School of International Relations

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