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Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) is the only comprehensive medical university in Japan that has both undergraduate and graduate programs in medicine and dentistry. The undergraduate programs are offered through the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry, and prepare students to be medical and dental professionals. Our graduate programs in Medical and Dental Sciences and Health Care Sciences produce leaders who go into research (basic research and clinical-based research), education or a combination of such work. Many professors teach and conduct cutting edge research in their respective Faculty or at one of our specialized research institutes, such as the Medical Research Institute or the Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering.
Today, approximately 3,000 students are pursuing medical, dental, and life science degrees at TMDU, with a nearly equal number of students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Undergraduates begin their career at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to ensure a well-rounded education. After moving on to the Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Dentistry, students concentrate on a curriculum that is increasingly integrated between medical and dental sciences and utilizes an inter-professional educational approach, just as graduate students at TMDU have traditionally enjoyed.
In the effort to inspire an attitude of intellectual curiosity in its undergraduates, TMDU sends many students to different institutions, such as Imperial College London, King’s College London Dental Institute, and TMDU’s international outreach centers in Ghana, Chile, and Thailand. In addition, TMDU dispatches selected faculty members to Harvard Medical School for the purpose of spurring innovation in curriculum development. In all, TMDU offers over 200 life science degree programs at its two graduate schools. In addition, thousands of patients are treated daily at the attached university hospitals of medicine and dentistry, institutions that further facilitate the school’s educational efforts, basic and clinical research activities, and community service.
Research and Industry-University Alliance Organization has 9 centers to promote specialized research areas and also support and manage diverse research activities in TMDU from various angles. Among them, Bioresource Research Center has advanced facilities to collect and maintain high-quality data and tissue samples from patients at TMDU hospitals with the aim of discovering new causes for disease and developing personalized medicine. Research Center for Industry Alliances literally promotes collaboration between industry and TMDU research. In particular, Medical Innovation Promotion Center supports processes to make the novel knowledge and technology developed at TMDU translated into practical clinical use.
One example of this collaboration is a project with Dai Nippon Printing (DNP). In 2012, TMDU and DNP succeeded in the development of 3D Eyeball Imaging, a technology that contributes to the rapid and safe diagnosis of pathologic myopia by using an MRI scanner to create an image of a patient’s eyeball. In 2016, TMDU and DNP developed new regenerative medicine technology applying printing and extracellular matrices.
TMDU is also working with Sony Corporation, and this collaboration has brought to market a head-mounted 3D endoscope, a device that enables safe and minimally invasive surgery. In 2015, TMDU launched a robotics venture company and released an endoscope-holding robot based on novel and effective technologies. In these partnerships and all of its activities, TMDU has one ultimate goal: to serve the needs of patients and their families, in Japan and around the world, by working to fulfill its mission statement of “Cultivating Professionals with Knowledge and Humanity”
In 2012 and 2014, Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) awarded TMDU very substantial grants to help its graduates gain an internationalized perspective through innovative and intensive education in English, critical thinking and global issues. These initiatives, the Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development and Super Global University Project, will be fundamental in improving Japan’s global competitiveness and enhancing ties between nations. TMDU also received funding for another large-scale project to foster direct international outreach. The Re-Inventing Japan Project — Support for the Formation of Collaborative Programs with ASEAN Universities — will promote student exchange between TMDU and ASEAN universities through the harmonization of academic curricula, the mutual recognition of credits, the strategic recruitment of international students and the deepening of TMDU’s collaborations with its partner universities in Southeast Asia.
The university’s three overseas research/education centers are also central to its educational and research goals. The Ghana–TMDU Research Center at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana concentrates on the research of emerging and re-emerging tropical diseases, including malaria, HIV, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases. The Latin American Collaborative Research Center for Colorectal Cancer in Chile builds on the foundation laid by TMDU, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and institutions in South America to detect and treat colon cancer at the earliest stage possible. The third center, the Chulalongkorn University–TMDU Research and Education Collaboration Center in Thailand, facilitates a great deal of cooperation between the two schools, especially in the dental field. Based on activities in these overseas research/education centers, in 2015, TMDU established two joint degree programs: “University of Chile and TMDU Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Medical Sciences with mention of a medical specialty” and “Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Chulalongkorn University International Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Dental Sciences – Doctor of Philosophy Program in Orthodontics”
TMDU currently has approximately 280 international students, who are predominantly enrolled in the graduate school. In fact, despite its relatively small size, TMDU has the largest number of international students in the medical and dental fields of any national/public university in Japan. TMDU is also recruiting outstanding young scientists from around the world for assistant professorship positions focused on medical science research through its tenure track initiative.
History of TMDU
|Oct. 12,1928||Tokyo National School of Dentistry was founded.|
|Dec.1930||Tokyo National School of Dentistry was moved to Yushima.|
|Apr. 1944||Tokyo Medical and Dental College was established.|
|Aug. 1946||Tokyo Medical and Dental University (The Former System) was established.
University Library was established.
|Jun. 1949||Medical Hospital and Dental Hospital were renamed from their respective predecessors.|
|Apr. 1951||Tokyo Medical and Dental University (The New system), Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry were established.
Research Institute for Dental Materials was established.
School of Nursing was established.(abolished in Mar.1991) School for Dental Hygienists was established.
|Apr. 1952||School for Dental Technicians was established.|
|Apr. 1955||Medical Research Division was established. Dental Research Division was established.
Premedical and Predental Course was established. in Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, University of Chiba. (abolished in Mar.1958)
|Apr. 1958||Premedical and Predental Course was established at Kounodai Annex.|
|Apr. 1962||School of Medical Technology was established. (abolished in Mar.1975)|
|Apr. 1965||College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was established.|
|Apr. 1966||Research Institute for Dental Materials renamed Institute for Medical and Dental Engineering.|
|Apr. 1970||Health Service Center was established.|
|Apr. 1972||School of Medical Technology was established. (abolished in Mar.1991)|
|Sep. 1973||Medical Research Institute was established.|
|Apr. 1989||School of Allied Health Sciences was established.|
|May. 1989||Laboratory for Biomedical Analysis was established. (abolished in May.1996)|
|Apr. 1993||Medical Research Division（ Hea lth Care Sciences） was established. Human Gene Sciences Center was established.|
|Jan. 1995||Information Center for Medical Sciences was established.|
|May. 1996||Instrumental Analysis Research Center for Life Science was established.|
|Apr. 1998||General Isotope Center was established.|
|Apr. 1999||Graduate School was established. Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering was established.|
|Apr. 2000||Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences was established.
Graduate School of Allied Health Sciences was established.
International Student Center was established. (abolished in Mar.2009)
|Apr. 2001||Graduate School of Health Care Sciences was established.|
|Apr. 2002||Center for Education Research in Medicine and Dentistry was established.|
|Apr. 2003||School of Biomedical Science was established.
Biomedical Science PhD Program was established.
Research Center for Frontier Life Science was established.
|Sep. 2003||Intellectual Proper ty Division was established.|
|Apr. 2004||In accordance with the National University Corporation Law, National University Corporation Tokyo Medical and Dental University was established.
School of Oral Health Care Sciences was established.
|Mar. 2005||School for Dental Hygienists was abolished.|
|Apr. 2007||Center for Brain Integration Research was established.|
|Apr. 2009||International Exchange Center was established.|
|Dec. 2009||Student Center was established.|
|Apr. 2010||Institute for Library and Media Information Technology was established.
Research Center for Medical and Dental Sciences was established.
Center for Experimental Animal was established.
Center for Interprofessional Education was established.
The Life Science and Bioethics Research Center became a permanent institution.
|Apr. 2011||School of Oral Health Care Sciences (Oral Health Care Scienses, Oral Health Engineering) was establised.
Organization for Research and Industry Liaison Promotion was established.
|Aug. 2011||The Tokyo Medical and Dental University Foundation was established.|
|Nov. 2011||Hospital Administration Planning Division was established.|
|Apr. 2012||Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences was reorganized.
Support Office for Female Researchers was established.
Center for Sports Medicine and Sports Dentistry was established.
|Feb. 2013||Bioresource Research Center became a permanent institution.|
|Apr. 2013||Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine was reorganized.
Student Support and Health Administration Organization was established.
Health Administration Office for Employees was established.
Public Relations Division was established.
|Oct. 2013||Research University Promotion Organization was established.|
|Apr. 2014||Nursing Innovation Science was established.
Cooperative Doctoral Course in Disaster Nursing was established.
Center for Brain Integration Research became a permanent institution.
|Oct. 2014||Sports Science Organization was established.
Environmental Safety Office was established.
|Apr. 2015||Hospital Management Division was established.|
|Mar. 2016||Institute of Education and Institute of Global Affairs ware established.|
- Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
- Year of first Accreditation - 1963
- According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings data in 2010 the university ranked 217 in the world and seven among all Japanese universities. In the QS World University Rankings in 2010, TMDU ranked number one in Asia in terms of paper citations
Services of TMDU
Tokyo Medical and Dental University Libraries are in the University Main Library (Yushima Campus) and the Kounodai Branch Library (Kounodai Campus.). Brochures in Japanese or English are available at the front desk of each library.
Co-op Facilities on Campus
The National Federation of University Co-operative Associations (Seikyo, or Co-op) runs a bookstore, convenience stores, and the cafeteria on Yushima campus. After joining the Co-op, you can get a 10% discount price at the cafeteria and typically on items such as books, computers, medical goods and so on. To join the Co-op, go to the Co-op office, located on the first floor of Building 5 on Yushima campus, with the membership fee (15,000 yen, which will be refunded when you leave school) and your student ID.
ATMs are located on the first floor of Building A in the University Hospital of the Medical Department (Yushima Campus).
Unfortunately, the housing situation in Japan is not very good, and it is very difficult to find accommodation, especially in the Tokyo area. There are several types of university residences available to international students. The accommodations, however, at present, are limited in capacity and cannot be offered to all students.
Health Administration Center
The Health Administration Center is aimed at supporting students to maintain and improve their mental and physical health. The center is located on the second floor of Building 5 on the Yushima Campus, but there is also a branch on the first floor of the Champ de Causerie on Kounodai Campus, assuring students to lead healthy lives on campus.