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Through the use of funds, Keio University is implementing aid projects, such as those to support study abroad and scholarships and grants for students and researchers, which are aimed at the promotion and revitalization of its various activities related to education and research.

<The Ishii-Ishibashi Fund>

This grant was launched in 2015 with the aim of maintaining and improving the reputation of Keio University in Japan and abroad, and contributing to the sustainable development of education, research, and medical care. Based on this grant, 7 projects have been developed to date (as of July 2021). Here, the achievements of each project up to now have been summarized, and significant outcomes will continue to be circulated in the future.

Details of Each Aid Project

Keio University Education and Research Development Project

Through the president’s initiative, Keio University will maintain and improve its reputation in Japan and overseas, and the following projects will be implemented with the aim of contributing to the sustainable development of its educational and research activities.

  • 1. Educational and research promotion projects proposed, planned, and implemented by the corporation
  • 2. Projects that contribute to the promotion of education and research at the undergraduate faculties, graduate schools, etc.
  • 3. Other projects that facilitate the purpose of this project

Keio University Education Leadership Project

Keio Affiliated Schools Study Abroad Program has sent a total of 42 students to boarding schools in the UK and US since the 2013 academic year. Each study abroad student receives a scholarship for the tuition and fees of the host school. The students are highly regarded at the host schools, not only from an academic perspective, but also for their involvement in a wide variety of activities including music and sports. From the 2019 academic year, study abroad for second-year junior high school students began and from the 2020 academic year, the program for the fifth-grade elementary school students began.

In addition, as a short-term study abroad program for the students across the affiliated schools, a workshop has been held since the 2017 academic year for second-year junior high school to second-year senior high school students to learn design thinking at Stanford University, San Francisco. Through interactions among the students at all of Keio's affiliated schools, opportunities are being provided to think about what they need to do now in order to play an active role overseas in the future.

Keio University School of Medicine Special Project for Human Resources Development

The Keio University School of Medicine special project for human resources development scholarship was established in 2015 as the School of Medicine’s own scholarship and is guaranteed at the time of being accepted. This is a large-scale scholarship that awards about 10 students who achieve excellent grades in the general entrance examination with a continuous payment of 2 million yen per year each for the first four year levels of study (total of 8 million yen). Just as Yukichi Fukuzawa once studied at the “Tekijuku” where the elite from all across the nation gathered, the purpose is to provide handsome support to the various elite students who have come from all over the country and to develop them into leaders in the medical world. Whether or not the scholarship will be awarded will be confirmed at the time of announcing the results for the entrance examinations.

In 2020, we launched a scholarship to support students who are actively engaged in international activities. Our goal is to train professionals who will play an active role across a wide range of fields as international leaders both in Japan and abroad.

Keio University Research Grant for Young Researcher's Program

The Keio University research grant for young researcher’s program is aimed at developing young researchers, primarily at the Faculty of Science and Technology and including the Shonan Fujisawa Campus, who being rich in talent and endowed with leadership skills will go on to shoulder the future of manufacturing. The following 2 projects are being implemented.

  • 1. Promotion of overseas joint research by young researchers
    Subsidies are provided for the travel and living expenses necessary to carry out overseas joint research with overseas universities, research institutions, and private companies.
  • 2. Promotion of the interdisciplinary research and exchange project
    The project steering committee designates the research fields that are expected to enhance Keio's international reputation, and subsidies are provided for new interdisciplinary and cross- disciplinary research topics being carried out at undergraduate faculties, graduate schools, academics units, research institutes, etc.

Keio University Global Research Development Project

The Keio University special projects for supporting emergency medical care systems was launched in the 2019 academic year with the aim of "improving the medical and health care functions of the School of Medicine and Keio University Hospital as well as contributing toward maintaining and developing emergency medical care systems, in particular to internationalize the hospital." In order to achieve the above objective, we are implementing the following two projects:

Securing the human resources necessary to expand emergency medical care systems at the School of Medicine and Keio University Hospital Projects that contribute to the expansion and development of emergency medical care and training of human resources

Specifically, in order to respond to the globalization of society as an advanced treatment hospital that provides a high level of medical care and to strengthen the accompanying emergency medical care systems, the projects will focus on securing and developing human resources and improving the medical care environment especially in departments that have many opportunities to engage in emergency medical care.

  • 1. Formation, consolidation, and improvement of branding, and the promotion of international cooperation and industry-government-academia collaboration
  • 2. Produce international research achievements and investigate the possibility of research that integrates the arts and sciences including through support for papers, development of research methods, development of research projects, and grants for research projects
  • 3. Actively promote the dissemination of information centered on international PR and giving back to the community by sharing research outcomes through endowed courses, doctoral seminars, and the hosting of symposiums domestically and overseas
  • 4. Acquire/nurture human resources whose research has global currency, entice research projects, and dispatch early career researchers
  • 5. Development of research resources unique to Keio University and Japan, and propagate this to the world
  • 6. Other projects that contribute to the purposes of this project

Keio University Special Projects for Supporting Emergency Medical Care Systems

The Keio University special projects for supporting emergency medical care systems was launched in the 2019 academic year with the aim of "improving the medical and health care functions of the School of Medicine and Keio University Hospital as well as contributing toward maintaining and developing emergency medical care systems, in particular to internationalize the hospital." In order to achieve the above objective, we are implementing the following two projects:

Securing the human resources necessary to expand emergency medical care systems at the School of Medicine and Keio University Hospital Projects that contribute to the expansion and development of emergency medical care and training of human resources.

Specifically, in order to respond to the globalization of society as an advanced treatment hospital that provides a high level of medical care and to strengthen the accompanying emergency medical care systems, the projects will focus on securing and developing human resources and improving the medical care environment especially in departments that have many opportunities to engage in emergency medical care.

Keio University Medical-Engineering Collaboration Project for Advanced Research and Education

Keio University is set to establish the Ishii-Ishibashi Laboratory at the School of Medicine. This endowed course is a collaborative venture in medicine and engineering jointly run by the School and Graduate School of Medicine and the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Technology.

Both undergraduate faculties and graduate schools will collaborate in establishing fields for research and education promotion and will be mutually responsible for the selection of faculty members and the management and the evaluation of laboratories.

In recent years, medical-engineering collaboration has grown beyond the conventional model of engineering meeting the needs of medical research. Recent collaborations have expanded into a number of new areas, including robotics and cognitive science as well as AI and big data.

By establishing this course, Keio University aims to create a world-leading model of medical-engineering collaboration that contributes to the progress of medicine and medical care, the development of the science and technology that supports medicine and medical care, and the furthering of professional development through cutting-edge research and education.

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