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Outline of Education System

1. Nurturing international, next-generation leaders with the ability to take a major role in functional molecular medicine

Training of highly original and world-class researchers is the child of cutting-edge research. Our human resources development system has been built with a systematic education program that emphasizes a social approach, researcher independence, and an interdisciplinary and international outlook.

a. Educational curriculum

GCOE systematic coursework curriculum

Next-generation leaders will need to have high levels of expert knowledge and the ability to take an overarching view of a wide range of fields, plus an international, social nature and independence. To cultivate these abilities, GCOE systematic coursework curriculum will be established that incorporates social literacy and research ethics. New courses are established in neuroscience, cancer science, and translational research. In these courses, we will cultivate basic academic ability but also encourage students to transcend special fields - spanning neuroscience and cancer, and basic research to clinical applications.

GCOE Young researchers' education and research support center

To help young researchers systematically acquire a wide range of experimental skills, a new skills improvement seminar and "super" training course (to teach high-level experimental techniques) are established to make this a core center in systematic graduate education.

Promotion of interdisciplinary education
1) Researcher exchange program / Joint research program:
These educational courses allow students to perform research and receive instruction in the laboratories of our joint research partners. By meeting and working with researchers in other fields, students develop independence and leadership with a broad outlook.
2) Progress report meetings:
In the interdisciplinary education we strive for in our program, progress report meetings play a central role for exchanges among experts from different fields within the university.
3) NAGOYA Global Retreat:
Overnight retreats are held to promote exchanges among Nagoya University, nearby research institutes, and young researchers from abroad. Through discussions among people in different fields, these retreats play a symbolic role in demonstrating the educational effect of the program.

b. Support for independence, economic support, and career path support

We will provide a program to support research independence, grant research funds for highly creative research, and raise the abilities of young researchers to plan and propose research. To develop an environment where students have sufficient economic support and can dedicate themselves to research, we will also appoint outstanding postdoctoral applicants as assistant professors, and graduate students and students in the Nagoya University MD and PhD courses (system of early entrance to graduate school through advance placement) as research assistants. At the same time, special associate professors and lecturers recruited as candidates for next-generation leaders will be supported for creating a diverse future image of functional molecular medicine. Career path support will also be provided in connection with a tenure track system for Nagoya University Institute for Advanced Research.

2. Internationalization: Creating an educational and research environment open to the world

a. Partnership with foreign education and research institutions

Partnership through the Human Frontier Science Program:

This program is an international joint research project in cooperation with the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in the Netherlands and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Germany. In these three institutions including our own, regular meetings are held where young researchers can interact. There is also a newly established system for mutual exchange of researchers and mutual education.

Partnership with leading cancer institutes:

Our program also sends researchers on a regular basis to institutes with which we have strong ties in cancer research, including the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Participation in the educational system in these institutes is also an objective.

Sending researchers to universities overseas based on international exchange agreement:

Researchers sent to our 12 partner universities, based on international exchange agreements with their medical graduate courses have opportunities to contribute to laboratory research as well as to receive education at the international level through various educational courses.

Cooperation in studies on functional molecules common to neuronal and neoplastic disorders:

A typical example is our cooperation with Columbia University (USA) in studying Ret and Girdin, NCI (USA) in studying Hsp90 and beta-catenin, and NIH (USA) in studies especially on androgen receptors.

b. Internationalization of our education and research center through hiring and inviting outstanding young researchers

Human exchange through long-term visits is essential to effectively promote joint and interdisciplinary research with overseas partner institutions and make our program more international. To promote entrance to our graduate school from 12 overseas partner universities and other institutes all over the world, incoming students will be exempted from fees for enrollment, tuition, and board (graduate school admissions promotion program for foreign students). We will hire foreign special assistant professors and also promote presentation meetings by invited foreign postdoctoral fellows, and create an environment in which young foreign researchers are always present. This will give young Japanese researchers an opportunity to form networks with next-generation leaders from other countries, and deepen ties with colleagues who will be leading the world 10-20 years in the future.

c. International symposia and checking system for internationalization

Once each year we hold a high-level international symposium, in order to promote exchange among world-class researchers and to uncover new areas for joint research. Also we will advance internationalization with advice from International Advisory Board members including Professor Louis Ignarro at UCLA, a Nobel laureate in medicine.

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