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 Toshio Hirano

More than 130 years ago, Dr. William S. Clark declared "Boys, be ambitious." I believe that these words still ring true today.

Here at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, we have dedicated ourselves to making our medical school one of the leading centers of medicine and life sciences in the world. We believe that Osaka University should be a center of learning and education and place an emphasis on the pursuit of "academism." Our school has opened its doors to students from not only Japan but also the rest of the world so they can dedicate their lives to medicine and the life sciences.

The origin of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine dates back to 1869 when Osaka Hospital was established in the Daifuku Temple of Teramachi, Nishinari-gun, Settsu-County (presently 4-chome, Uehommachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka). The hospital was headed by OGATA Koreyoshi, the second son of OGATA Koan. In its first year, a Dutch physician Dr. A. F. Bauduin took responsibility for diagnosing patients and laying the foundation for the medical school, a post Dr. C. J. Ermerins assumed the following year. Such movements were in fact rooted in Tekijuku, which was opened by OGATA Koan in the Edo period (1600-1867), when Osaka was already known to be an active area for medical research. Osaka Hospital was then relocated to Nakanoshima in Osaka City as Osaka Imperial University School of Medicine in 1931. It was relocated to its current address in Suita in 1993. Thus, our school has significantly developed based on locally-centered traditions with striking initiatives and originality, which I believe has helped us produce countless human assets who have been instrumental in the international scientific arena.

This school has made an effort to develop medical technicians in addition to developing medical researchers and physicians. In 1967, Osaka University was the first school in the country to initiate such a program when it opened the College of Biomedical Technology in Toyonaka. In 1993, with the aim of developing human resources to support advanced and diversified medical technologies, the school was restructured as a four-year college and renamed Osaka University School of Allied Health Sciences. In addition, Osaka University School of Allied Health Sciences added master's and doctoral programs in 1998 and 2000, respectively, which sought to empower medical professionals with flexible problem-solving techniques, advanced technological skills, and broad foundational knowledge.
We have made every effort to reinforce the ties between the various Osaka University facilities and to proactively seek links between the Osaka University institutes and other affiliated and nonaffiliated institutes. Thus, education at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine goes beyond basic medicine and clinical medical courses, benefiting from the extensive support of our on-campus facilities, such as the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, the Institute for Protein Research, the WPI Immunology Frontier Research Center, and The Center for Advanced Medical Engineering and Informatics as well as external resources such as the National Cardiovascular Center, the RIKEN Center, the Osaka Bioscience Institute, the Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases, and the Osaka Medical Center and Research Institute for Maternal and Child Health. Moreover, the School of Medicine enjoys close research-driven relationships with several Osaka University schools, including the schools of Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dentistry, and Human Sciences.

We have educated and supported young students along their paths to becoming leading medical doctors, medical technicians, and life scientists. I would like to emphasize again that Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine has assumed its international leadership role while maintaining its roots in the local community. It is my strong desire that highly motivated individuals will pursue their education with us and continue to further develop our internationally acclaimed center of medicine and life sciences. It is our hope that young students from both Japan and all over the world will come to study at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine.

The Public Relations Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Osaka University
2-2 Yamadaoka Suita, Osaka 565-0871 Japan