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Osaka Medical College was founded in 1927 as a five-year higher school of medicine. Our college is the oldest of all medical schools among the private colleges and universities of western Japan. When our college was founded, Japan was in the midst of the Showa Great Depression, and large numbers of Japanese citizens immigrated to foreign countries, including China and Brazil. In response to this trend, Mr. Wataru Yoshizu, a member of the House of Representatives, founded our College with the purpose of sending groups of physicians to those countries as immigrants. This is the reason why our college song contains the lyrics about the Gobi Desert and flowers in the Amazon. This spirit was passed on to succeeding generations in the form of rescue and medical care activities at the occurrence of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and the Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as local medical care services, whereupon we send medical professionals to Hyogo Prefecture and Kochi Prefecture.

The Faculty of Nursing was established anew in 2010. Furthermore, our College merged with Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences on April 1, 2016 and started afresh as a literally full-scale medical college, with the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Nursing and the School of Pharmacology.

The year 2017 marks our College's ninetieth anniversary. Expecting the centennial anniversary, we have taken up many projects, including the construction of the Central Operation Building and Kansai BNCT Medical Center (the medical base as a National Strategic Special Zone), the reconstruction of Takatsuki High School and the renovation of the College Hospital's main ward.

As the president, I have set forth the following five policies in the areas of education and research in order to become a world-leading medical college:

1. Innovation
We are carrying out the reform of education/research organizations by recruiting university research administrators (URAs) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, as well as the reform of curricula, taking into account international certifications and the link between high school and colleges.

2. Globalization
We will enhance activities for globalization and exchanges of instructors and students with foreign countries by enhancing the functionality of the Nakayama International Center for Medical Cooperation, improving the short-term study program in the US, Russia, the UK, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Singapore.

3. Social Contribution
Aiming to develop medical professionals who can contribute to society, we will maintain our high passing rate for the National Examination. We will contribute to local medical care services by sending physicians to Hyogo and Kochi prefectures and offering local medical-care practicum to students of medical schools, the nursing departments of colleges/universities, and pharmaceutical colleges. Through these activities we provide "multi-disciplinary education" for the sake of "team medicine."

4. Translational Research
As we strive to obtain more research fund from official third parties, we will establish our own research base.

5. Open Mind
We will provide FSD (FD + SD) to our faculty members in order to encourage the awareness that "all teachers work together in collaboration." Furthermore, we will establish the Institutional Research (IR) for providing important information on education and research to all our faculty members and students through college bulletins and President's Office HP (Open Mind).

Based on the above five policies, we are implementing the PDCA cycle by holding the education/research strategy meetings in the College President Office. Let us build a world-leading medical college together with stakeholders, including faculty members, parents/guardians and students.