Education and research leading to longer, healthier lives
Japan now faces a crisis in the form of a globally unprecedented super-aged society. This has necessitated a nationwide shift to a society in which healthy living is maintained even during old age. Shizuoka Prefecture ranks second among Japan's prefectures for “healthy life expectancy”. As an educational and research institution of Shizuoka Prefecture, the University aims to establish a new academic discipline that spans preventative and therapeutic fields.
The University of Shizuoka was selected for the Global Centers of Excellence Program administered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. As a result, the Graduate School of Nutritional and Environmental Sciences and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences are working collaboratively on the development of functional health foods and pharmaceuticals for maintenance of health, improving nutrition, and increasing usage rates of efficient pharmaceuticals. The goal of this endeavor is to develop the framework for a new “science of health and longevity” a systematic academic discipline that integrates the nutritional and pharmaceutical sciences.
After the achievements earned over a decade of the COE program, in 2012 the University brought together the Graduate School of Nutritional and Environmental Sciences and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences to form the Graduate School of Integrated Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Sciences. This key institution for “science of health and longevity” is currently fostering professionals who possess knowledge in both of the aforementioned fields.
Research into tea
Agriculture and fisheries developed early on in Shizuoka as a result of its temperate climate and rich natural surroundings. Tea cultivation is particularly worth nothing in that crude tea grown in Shizuoka accounts for about 40 percent of all tea produced in japan. Refined tea also accounts for about 60 percent. In an effort to contribute to one of Shizuoka’s best known industries, the University of Shizuoka continues to conduct a university-wide range of studies on tea, covering such topics as the functional properties of tea, its potential to slow aging and prevent illness, and topics such as sales strategies and product development.