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The University of Toyama's International Strategy
A World Leader in the Integration and Transmission of Intelligence

The University of Toyama upholds a global standard of education and research integrated with life sciences, natural sciences and art, and social sciences open to the regional community and to the world. We nurture our students with a strong sense of mission and creativity to contribute to the local, regional and international community.
Taking full advantage of our geographical condition, we fuse cultures and spirits of Japan, Asia and western countries to promote the harmonious development of science, art and culture, and human society.
We will endeavor to be the base of "The integration of intelligence of the East and the West" for the solutions of various issues in the 21st century.

Forming a Center for Education and Research

The University of Toyama has worked to create a distinctive center of education and research that takes "integration of Eastern and Western medicine" as its keywords, one that aims to harmonize the paradigms of Western and Eastern medicine through links between the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Institute of Natural Medicine. We are now planning further multidisciplinary and international developments.
Global warming and ocean pollution are amongst the challenges facing the modern world. Toyama Prefecture, the location of our university, whose varied terrain includes the 3,000 meter-high Tateyama mountain range and the 1,000 meter-deep Toyama Bay, can be said to be a "small-scale model of the global environment". The University of Toyama is planning to capitalize on this by forming an educational and research center to comprehensively tackle global environmental issues and expanding globally.
It will become even more important to build an infrastructure for harmonious international coexistence pivoted around Northeast Asia, where Toyama is situated. We are therefore aiming to (1) harmonize human society with nature, (2) share history and culture, (3) build stable international relations and (4) achieve sustainable development via cooperation throughout the entire region. We will adopt a multidisciplinary approach in this, capitalizing on the existing exchanges between connected universities and departments, as well as the Northeast Asian academic network being developed around the Center for Far Eastern Studies, and will create an "educational and research center on cultural and social infrastructure aimed at harmonious global coexistence".
We will also promote projects based on a global perspective to resolve various 21st century problems as necessary.
In addition, we will adopt a global stance when advertising for and hiring teaching staff so that we may internationalize and revitalize the university, and will make every effort to share information with world, as well as gather it, through steps such as hosting international conferences.

Expanding International Academic Exchange Agreements

We have Academic Exchange Agreements and Faculty Exchange Agreements with institutes and universities overseas, to support international academic research activities and international exchange activities of researchers and students.

Most of our international students are from Asia with about two-thirds of them coming from China.
The University of Toyama actively welcomes bright students and researchers; we are expanding our achievements in Asia, in particular, while promoting exchanges with influential schools in other regions and working to establish new agreements.
Currently we have research bases established in Peking University, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, and the University of California, where we do joint research, host international symposia and so on. These are important overseas bases for us and we will make active use of them in promoting our university. We also plan to coordinate with and utilize Toyama Prefecture's Dalian Office as well as overseas offices of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) even as we seek to further expand our overseas research bases.
In addition, we will actively consider joining an international consortium of universities.

Training International Human Resources

We will promote the internationalization of our education and research to train human resources capable of playing a leading role on the global stage in the future.

Admission of talented students from overseas

We will work to set up and perfect a comprehensive system to admit many motivated and talented students from overseas. We will therefore discuss and adopt policies to secure talented students, such as the introduction of a September admissions system, overseas publicity campaigns, admissions on recommendation from a university with whom we have an agreement, and a screening system for overseas students using our overseas bases. In particular, considering that research institutes in East Asia do not have enough research leaders in the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, science and engineering, we will focus on developing special educational programs to train human resources and leaders in those specialized fields as well as in academic research areas that integrate them. We also plan to expand our active support for overseas students and researchers in terms of their study, research and living environment.
We will work to expand the system to support international undergraduates in their studies and daily life with the aim of producing professionals who will be able to take action on the global stage. We will also prepare an educational system which takes into account that undergraduates from overseas may stay on to study at our graduate schools, and will further improve our Japanese language education. We will improve and expand our graduate school lectures in English and prepare a system capable of smoothly accommodating international students. We will get talented international students involved as research or teaching assistants in advanced education and cutting-edge research, and provide a research environment that actively hires them as part-time researchers once they have completed their studies.
We will provide support for international students in their daily lives and studies through tutors and volunteers from both within the university and outside of it, set up a system to assist them with employment, such as internships for overseas students, and will enhance the post-graduation follow-up system.

Training human resources to take an active role in the world

We need to acquire the communication skills to actively transmit information if we are to make a contribution to the regional community and to the world. From the perspective of training internationally-minded human resources it is extremely important that our students and teaching staff should study abroad, where they will come into contact with the culture and people of a country, and thus come to a mutual understanding. We are therefore planning to create a full support system to promote this.
When it comes to Japanese students, in addition to expanding and improving the existing system of student exchanges, and clinical research and short-term language programs overseas, we will produce internationally-minded graduates by developing various programs to send students abroad, such as overseas fieldwork and internships, and volunteer work for international cooperation. When we send students abroad we will focus on the areas for which there is the most demand, namely English-speaking countries and East Asia.
We will provide the information needed for studying abroad by holding explanatory meetings, providing detailed information on the website and setting up a consulting service that covers the entire university, and we will offer systematic support for students who wish to study overseas. We will also work to set up foreign language courses to develop the practical skills needed for the foreign language examinations required for study abroad such as TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS for English.
To ensure that things go smoothly when sending students abroad or accepting international students we will set up an educational assessment system utilizing international credit transfer systems such as UMAP/UCTS so that credits earned by our students abroad and by international students from schools with whom we have an agreement can be mutually verified, and will also look into developing programs in collaboration with those schools that can grant students a degree from both universities.

Other Policies

We will prepare a firm foundation for our university's international exchanges and international cooperation by organizing a network of international students and researchers. This will provide support for them and will also be used to publicize the University of Toyama overseas.

We will place teaching staff proficient in a foreign language, primarily English, in positions involved with international exchanges, and will work hard on providing support for students and researchers from overseas. We will also train teaching staff capable of utilizing foreign language skills and consider a structure to assess them.

We will launch a website related to our international strategy to promote it within the university as well as outside of it, and will be proactive in our PR activities. We will also publish pamphlets about the university in languages such as English, Chinese and Korean.

We will prepare a financial assistance system to provide a comprehensive back up for international exchanges.

We will draw up and run a globalization program every year to implement our international strategy.