Nagoya University to Open a Joint Degree Program in Cooperation with Lund University in Sweden

Nagoya University (NU) Graduate School of Medicine will be launching a Joint Degree Program, named the "International Collaborative Program in Comprehensive Medical Science between Nagoya University and Lund University" (tentative English name), in April 2017 with Lund University in Sweden. Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of Sweden's leading universities and has produced four Nobel laureates.

The Joint Degree Program aims to develop international next-generation researchers by establishing a unified degree program that takes advantage of the strengths of each university. This program is the third Joint Degree Program to be established by Nagoya University, following the program between NU Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Adelaide (Australia), and the program between NU Graduate School of Science and the University of Edinburgh (UK).


(1) Abstract of the New Program


Graduate School of Medicine


International Collaborative Program in Comprehensive Medical Science between Nagoya University and Lund University (tentative English name)


Doctor (of Medicine)

Number of Students

4 students

(two students who will be enrolled in the first year at Nagoya University and two students who will be enrolled in the first year at Lund University)

Manner of Instruction

English will be used as the common language.

The students must conduct research at the partner university for 12 months in the second year of the four-year PhD program.


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

* We will begin recruiting students for the 2017 spring semester.


(2) Objectives

The recent progress of information networks is accelerating worldwide sharing of information on medicine and medical treatment, as well as the development of medical research and technologies based on such information. At the same time, there are many universal problems due to changes in social structure, and environmental problems. These problems have become more complicated, because of different cultures, languages, and other social backgrounds.

To solve the problems, it is necessary to have not only prominent specialties but also the ability to view the problems objectively from a global perspective and a multilateral approach. This joint degree program aims to cultivate human resources who are able to  address such issues.


(3) Human Resources the Program Aims to Cultivate

The program aims to cultivate "human resources who have both advanced specialties and knowledge, are proficient in designing a road map for solutions, have a sense of internationality to understand different cultures, promote international collaborative research, and can actively contribute to the advancement of medicine and humanity's welfare." To that end, the program is focusing on the cultivation of human resources who have acquired a high level of expertise in medicine, have the ability to solve difficult problems they encounter with inspirations and imaginations on the basis of the acquired expertise, have acquired the appropriate personalities and morals as researchers who pursue true medicine and medical treatment, and have the ability of communication and management which helps to understand, adjust and integrate opinions from multiple laboratories and researchers who have different cultural backgrounds on the basis of the acquired personalities and morals.


(4) Features of the Universities

(Nagoya University)

  • Nagoya University has earned a high reputation in the world's most advanced research on the integrated field of neurological diseases and tumors.
  • It is progressively engaged in collaborative research and development between medicine and engineering, from caregiving robots to educational devices for learning medical technologies.
  • It promotes the expansion of medical education in Asia through the "Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries" of the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute.


(Lund University)

  • Lund University has achieved outstanding results in the field of neuro science, such as the effect of the neurotransmitter dopamine as it relates to Parkinson's disease.
  • It is located in the country that leads the world in information and communication technology (ICT), where national strategies aimed at the full utilization of  ICT in the health and medical care field are being promoted.
  • It has an outstanding medical quality management system, and has established national-level guidelines based on a broad range of quality and efficiency indicators and patient protection regulations.


The joint degree program is designed to take advantage of the unique features of the educational resources from each of the two universities and allow students to engage in educational and research activities in an overseas country with a different academic environment, culture, and system at an early stage, thus achieving the objective of cultivating international researchers.