Global COE Program
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Concepts and Objectives
Introducing the concepts and objectives of the Global COE Program
Outline of the plan for establishing the COE
The University of Shizuoka’s proposal for a Global Center of Excellence (COE) is best understood with reference to our previous COE (the 21st Century COE Program). The previous COE has established and developed a new academic field, ‘human health sciences,’ to facilitate fruitful research collaboration between the food and nutritional sciences and the pharmaceutical sciences. Our on-going efforts have made significant contributions to the development and practice of innovative food and drugs required for the maintenance of health. These contributions include important discoveries of how particular foods may alter the effect of specific medicines, of whether or not long-term intake of certain drugs may affect nutritional states, and of what reciprocal effects food and drugs may have on one another, to mention a few. We anticipate that our Global COE will have even greater success than our previous COE, which earned the highest ranking on the mid-term evaluation.
In keeping with Japan’s having the longest life-span in the world, the University of Shizuoka supports global education, research, and services in the field of health-longevity science. To this end our proposal for a global COE recognizes the need to foster future professionals who exhibit expertise and leadership in the innovative interdisciplinary field, which amalgamated the field of food and nutrition with pharmaceutical science. That is, we will reorganize the two graduate schools into the ‘Graduate School of Human Health Sciences,’ an integrated, comprehensive research base which will offer a new Ph.D. program in health-longevity science. This novel blueprint will enable us to formulate a well-structured system essential for the continuous nurturing of promising experts. Furthermore, we intend to create food and nutritional experts who appreciate the structure and properties of chemical drugs while simultaneously creating pharmaceutical scientists who thoroughly understand nutritional physiology as a vital base for sustaining human life.