Message from the Center Chief
Message from the Director
Center for International Relations was established in 2006, when Wakayama Medical University was incorporated. For the past four years, it has been committed to promoting international exchanges, among its faculty and students, with medical institutions in the United States of America and several Asian countries. We will continue our efforts to strengthen and further develop these exchanges, thus enhance the qualities of the healthcare, research and education of the Wakayama Medical University, as well as provide developing countries with clinical and educational support, and contribute to the welfare of the local community in any way we can.
The responsibilities of this center are twofold; to welcome international healthcare professionals, researchers and students into our university, both short-term and long-term, and to dispatch our clinicians, researchers and students to overseas medical institutions. Bearing these in mind, the center has specifically three objectives. (1) We aim to strengthen the support services for visiting international healthcare professionals, researchers and students so that their visit will have maximum results. (2) We aim to provide various supports for healthcare professionals, researchers and students of our university who are going to study and/or teach overseas to prepare them in terms of clinical and research skills and communicative language skills. (3) We will continue to make every effort to expand our exchange programs and international collaborations with other universities and institutions around the world.
As a newly appointed director of this center, I look forward to serving the needs of all concerned and to receiving your comments and suggestions on the internationalization of our university.
Director, Center for International Relations
Kazushige Sakaguchi, M.D., Ph.D.