Message from the Dean

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To create a more advanced research institution, we transformed the School of Agriculture and the Graduate School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences into the School and the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, respectively, in April 2005 when Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka Women’s University and Osaka Prefecture College of Nursing integrated into the new Osaka Prefecture University as a public university corporation. This change will allow us to further develop an academic field that has contributed to the long tradition of agriculture. We will further promote education and research in the pioneering fields of life and environmental sciences at previously unimagined levels. Our focus lies in various advanced bioscience fields, and the new undergraduate and graduate schools have allowed us to merge related academic fields.

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences comprises five departments: Applied Biological Chemistry, Bioscience and Informatics, Plant Biosciences, Environmental Sciences and Technology, and Veterinary Science. The School is responsible for basic education for undergraduate students. The Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences is founded on three divisions: Applied Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Technology, and Veterinary Science. The academic faculty carries out advanced educational research as members of the graduate school. Among the five departments, Applied Biological Chemistry, Bioscience and Informatics, and Plant Biosciences are considered part of the graduate school’s Applied Life Sciences division. We hope this will promote the merging and development of related academic fields.

It is said that the 21st century will be an era of life sciences. To assure a safety and sufficient food supply and to solve the environmental problems confronting humanity, further development of academic research in these fields is necessary. Therefore, our undergraduate and graduate schools make the best use of bioscience and biotechnology to clarify various life phenomena at the molecular, cellular, individual and group levels. We aim to emerge as a research center for cutting edge comprehensive life sciences by driving the biosciences and biotechnology within our undergraduate and graduate programs as an offshoot of our years of cultivated knowledge and technologies. Specifically, we are creating new biotechnologies and developing valuable resources to protect humans from the threat of zoonotic diseases, to maintain a safe and worry-free food supply, and to develop and preserve a sustainable and bountiful environment. Our superb research record has made our faculty leaders in their fields; they provide excellent basic education for our undergraduate students, as well as advanced education at our graduate school. We are developing a faculty that can contribute both to better academics as well as advanced research and development. Furthermore, we are working to strengthen cooperation between industry, academia and government, and working hard on research that will make a significant contribution to society.

In April 2009, our education and research environment was further improved by completing a new Advanced Bio Building on the Nakamozu Campus. Our new Rinku Campus also opened in April 2009 on the shore across from the Kansai International Airport. At the same time, a new facility for veterinary science was completed at the new campus, and the Department and Division of Veterinary Science relocated to this site along with the Veterinary Medical Center. Due to this move, undergraduate students in the first year of veterinary science who completed their general subject courses and core courses for their major at the Nakamozu Campus will take their major courses from the second year onwards at the Rinku Campus. The Veterinary Sciences Department will provide improved human resource development at the new facilities, which are outfitted with the latest educational and research equipment.

We are looking forward to your continued support and cooperation.