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Message from Dean of Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science

Foster personnel who can lead cutting-edge research from an international viewpoint.

This school established its Bio-Nano Electronics Research Center (BNC) in 1996 in order to promote “bio-nano fusion research” ahead of other countries, and has produced a lot of personnel in cutting-edge study fields since then. Its achievements and results have been highly evaluated; in 2003, it was adopted as the 21st Century COE program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and in 2007, when it was partnered with NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science), it was adopted as one of the 13 bases in Japan for MEXT nanotechnology network. The Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science was established in 2007 in order to fuse different fields and foster personnel who can lead advanced research from an international viewpoint by contributing the world’s highest level of research environment that the BNC can provide to graduate school education. In 2011, the 1st term doctoral course was started, where lectures that are still novel in Japan are enthusiastically opened and practical training is conducted using a variety of leading-edge equipment. In order to continue to enhance internationality in time for the 125th anniversary of Toyo University in 2012 with full support from the BNC, we are projecting events with enthusiasm, which will include , in the 2011 academic year alone, an international seminar in India in August that is being organized in corporation with the IIT (Indian Institutes of Technology) and the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), an international seminar by the scientific advisor of the school, Dr. Kroto (a Nobel Laureate in chemistry) and others in September, and the 9th Bio-Nano International Symposium at Hakusan Campus in December where many prominent researchers will participate. In the field of research, every one stands at the same starting line at first. If you have curiosity and zeal then what you need to do next is to simply gain practical experience. If you wonder what is going on, examine it with an electron microscope. If you think it might work, then run a simulation on a computer, assemble a device and give it a try. If you have a question, discuss it with your teachers and senior associates until your heart’s content. Let’s work up a sweat together.

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