Nagoya University to Establish a Joint Degree Program with the University of Freiburg for International Collaboration in Comprehensive Medical Science

Beginning October 2018, the Graduate School of Medicine at Nagoya University and the University of Freiburg in Germany will launch a joint degree program titled "International Collaborative Program in Comprehensive Medical Science between Nagoya University and University of Freiburg." Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is one of Germany's leading universities and has produced many prominent philosophers and researchers, as well as 19 Nobel laureates. Thus, it has been recognized as a distinguished university in Germany.


Under the joint degree program, both universities will establish a complementary program that takes advantage of each other's strengths. Students who complete the program will be awarded a single diploma bearing the names of both universities.


(1) Abstract of the New Program


Graduate School of Medicine


International Collaborative Program in Comprehensive Medical Science between Nagoya University and University of Freiburg


Doctorate (in Medicine)

Number of Students

2 students (one from each university) per year

Manner of Instruction

English will be used as an internationally standardized language. During the four-year doctoral course, the students must do research at the partner university for 12 months of the second year.


Students will be provided financial support during their studies at the partner university.

* We will begin recruiting students for the 2018 Fall semester.


(2) Objectives

As international cooperative research continues to be promoted, this program aims to foster individuals with the ability to creatively and imaginatively solve complex problems. Using the various academic knowledge and advanced medical expertise they acquired, students are also expected to be conscientious of issues regarding humanity and morality in their pursuit of medical science and medical treatment.


The University of Freiburg is geographically situated in a way that makes it easy to cross national boundaries and provides interdisciplinary programs within the university itself. Collaborative education with the University of Freiburg is designed to encourage students to produce novel findings and help them develop skills in communication and management. These skills will enable them to understand, coordinate, and integrate opinions from multiple laboratories and researchers with different cultural backgrounds, leading to successful results. In doing so, the two universities intend to foster individuals who can contribute to the economic development of both Japan and Germany.