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The recent circumstances of pharmacy and pharmaceutical professionals are changing greatly in accordance with emergence of social problems surrounding medicines such as progress of science and technology in medical care, the advent of an aging society due to a low birth rate, demands for development of epoch-making novel drugs, and others. Aiming at the advancement in quality of pharmacists who contribute in medical front or other sites, as specialists in medicines, the "6-year education program in pharmacy" has legislatively started in 2006 in Japan. There exist, as a background of the amendment, intense social requirements to nurturing pharmacists as advanced professionals who have knowledge and technique satisfactory for social demands and those who possess interdisciplinary knowledge capable of acting as a member of a medical team in cooperation with physicians and nurses.
Following to the amendment, a "4-year education program" has started in rearranged form, at the same time, in this Faculty of Pharmacy in responding to the social demands on capable persons of acting not only in new drug innovation but also in diverse and extensive areas of pharmaceutical sciences such as environmental and life sciences.
Due to the increasing concern about security and safety and the advancement of education in pharmacy in response to the change of concepts on pharmacists, it is requested to elevate the level of all-around, cultural, and ethical educations to those who involved in medicines, and to nurture a variety of capable persons who lead society in policy-making on medicines and its implementation.
In order to actualize those requirements, it is indispensable to provide opportunities of extensive cultural educations, occasions of interpersonal communications, and environments which enable to conduct hospital pharmacy clerkship for a long term in high quality and to research in forefront of pharmaceutical sciences.
Keio University Faculty of Pharmacy was established in 2008 by the merger with Kyoritsu University of Pharmacy, one of the leading and traditional pharmaceutical universities with 77- year history. The aim of the faculty is to develop intellectual, moral, and applicable abilities necessary for pharmaceutical professionals under organic cooperation with preexisting schools and faculties. Through comprehensive educations of persons engaged in medicines, the Faculty will create the area of guidance for healthy life in the future global society and will take the leadership in nurturing consultants for healthful life exceeding ordinary pharmacists. Also our faculty will foster diverse human resources who engage in research and development of medicines, food, and the environment, who lead business community with pharmaceutical intelligence, and who take initiatives of policy-making in drugs and its implementation domestically and/or globally.
Thus, the ultimate goal of Keio University Faculty of Pharmacy is the extensive contribution to the human society through challenging to the subjects currently imposed on pharmaceutical education and research with global perspective.