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Message from the President

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The Fifth President of
Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences
Kunihiko Maeda, M.D., Ph.D

Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences (YPUHS) was initially founded in 1954 as Yamagata Prefectural Advanced Nursing School. In April, 1997, the nursing school was reorganized to a 3-years system college for health professions including registered nurses, public health nurses, midwifes, physical therapists and occupational therapists. The college was then expanded as a university of 4-years system consisting of the Department of Nursing, the Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Occupational Therapy in April, 2000. A Graduate School of Health Sciences was also established in 2004.

  YPUHS aspires to foster diversification and sophistication to deal with complicated and advanced nursing care and rehabilitation, teaching a high level of knowledge and skill to offer the appropriate support towards safe and reliable care services, as well as nurturing rich creativity and accurate problem solving qualities. Considerations have also been made to improve learning from others by having students of each field learn together so that they can work together in the future, which is so important in todays interprofessional collaboration. We will be able to cultivate those basics to help students in one field understand the roles, health and medical care issues in other fields to enhance cooperation in the real world of welfare.

  YPUHS is also concerned, as one of our educational objectives, to encourage students to perform on the international stage with a proper international perspective. Indeed, YPUHS have achieved academic and educational cooperation continuously with both the University of Colorado (Nursing and Physical Therapy) and the Colorado State University (Occupational Therapy) in Colorado, U.S.A for over 10 years.

  A beautiful grass lawn covers the park through which the clear waters of the Takase River flow that the salmon swim up to lay eggs in autumn. The university, built in European style, lies to one side, while the Yamagata Prefectural Central Hospital, providing the majority of our practical training, borders the other side of this park. I believe that such beautiful environment supports the students converse with new friends and teachers, cultivate trust amongst them, and fulfill their health science dreams.