Message from the President

What should I do with my life?

This crucial question asks you to choose a rough scenario for your own life.
I encourage you to try to write the scenario by yourself, and set ambitious goals so that you can maximize your own unique potential and enjoy your life to the fullest.
Writing such a scenario requires creativity. Yokohama University of Pharmacy offers an optimal environment and appropriate guidance to help you live the life envisioned in your scenario.
It is said that humans have two types of ability. One is the innate talent you are born with, i.e., genetic information, and the other is the skills you develop through education, i.e., nongenetic information.
Your innate talent is what makes you a unique and special individual. Now that you are about to enter adulthood, I encourage you to look closely at your own strengths and shortcomings anew, by asking yourself how you differ from others, what you are good at, and what impresses you. The competitive environment of Yokohama University of Pharmacy will allow you to understand yourself more deeply and help you rediscover your own innate talent. The mission of our university is to develop your innate talent to the maximum extent possible.
There are two types of education. One is the education you received at school. The other is self-guided education, which means you take charge of your own learning, while consulting with faculty members as necessary. You must understand the importance of self-guided education in eliciting your full potential and developing your innate talent.
The history of civilization reflects the history of pushing the limits of human ability:

  1. In the 19th century, the advancement of mechanical engineering pushed the limits of human ability to perform physical labor. The development and improvement of various mechanical tools enabled physical tasks to be done more quickly and powerfully, and drastically enhanced the efficiency of human physical activities.
  2. In the 20th century, the advancement of mechanical engineering pushed the limits of human ability to think. The advent of high-performance computers with enhanced information processing capabilities exponentially increased the efficiency of human intellectual activities.
  3. And now, in the 21st century, work is underway to push the limits of sustaining human life, or extend human life expectancy, by developing biomedical technologies.

Needless to say, Yokohama University of Pharmacy is playing a part in the third phase. I invite you to join us in striving to achieve this goal.

Leo Esaki
President

Nobel Laureate in Physics
Japan Prize Laureate
Recipient of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun