The program aims thereby to address challenges to human life and health and enable the sustainable prosperity of all humankind. The leaders fostered in this program are expected to become drivers of science and technology to surmount various challenges facing the world, including the onset of the super-aged society and the associated rise in medical costs and health insecurities, as well as increasing mental health problems. Resolution of these problems will require the capacity to combine the latest knowledge and technology from the field of biomedical science with cutting-edge knowledge and technology from different fields, employ the vocabulary of both fields to engage in dialogue between them, and apply deep insights into them in order to formulate new paradigms. Such paradigms can only be realized through outstanding bi-disciplinary expertise that integrates two different fields of research. Furthermore, it will be essential to seek out real-life applications for research findings on an ongoing basis, utilizing the specific capabilities of problem discovery (the capacity for conceptualization of research topics), breakthrough (the capacity to overcome difficulties sincerely and earnestly), and application (the capacity to communicate solutions to wider society and apply them in practice).

Features of the program:

  1. Collaboration of biomedical sciences and physical sciences/engineering/informatics
  2. The program offers interdisciplinary collaboration with outstanding research centers both within and outside the university, as well as industrial partners. Students develop advanced expertise in the fields of both biomedical sciences and physical sciences/engineering/informatics through a “double mentor system,” in which students choose two collaborating laboratories from both fields and are supervised in their respective laboratories in the course of pursuing joint research projects.

  3. Double mentor and reverse mentor systems
  4. The program adopts a “double mentor system” in which faculty members from both biomedical sciences and physical sciences/engineering/informatics provide research guidance to students. A “reverse mentor system” means that students, who have studied both fields, impart knowledge from one field to another and act as a bridge between different research fields. To achieve this, students will learn “bi-disciplinary expertise” as well as communication skills.

  5. Student Support
  6. Talented students will be supported by a scholarship from the University of Tsukuba which covers living and research costs. There are also other programs to support students, including tuition and housing support.