Message from the Dean

Yoshifumi Nishimura

Dean, Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life

In April 2019, as Japan embarked on the new era of Reiwa, Hiroshima University launched the Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, with the aim of
cultivating human resources capable of seeing the larger picture, thinking outside the box, and contributing to society through the ever-changing and evolving field of biology/life science. The world of life sciences has recently undergone revolutionary changes. For instance, advances in basic research have enabled the genes of organisms to be analyzed as sequences of nucleic acids, a universal feature of living things. RNA is central to cell biology, carrying out a variety of important functions, including the production of proteins such as enzymes, in addition to various regulatory functions. New aspects of DNA and RNA are revealed every year.

Advances in knowledge achieved through basic research can develop over time into applied research, which are founded on constant efforts to pursue new
fundamental understanding across disciplines. It is therefore essential to promote interdisciplinary approaches that are not bound by conventional frameworks. The Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life offers an integrated course of study that combines seven degree programs-biotechnology, food and agrilife science, bioresource science, life and environmental sciences, basic biology, mathematical and life sciences, and biomedical science-so that today's students, who will be major players in the next generation, can acquire broader knowledge and skills in various science fields, rather than just a specific field of expertise. This is accomplished by having students organically learn biology and life sciences, which are usually fragmented in science, engineering, agricultural science, and medical science.

The Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life is also designed to promote coordination with the newly established Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences in the area of medical sciences, and facilitates communication with the humanities and social sciences as well. Our hope and intention is to help young people learn to play leadership roles in new and multidisciplinary research fields, aiming to create a brighter and more sustainable future.