The medical care system required in the super-aged society like Japan is the one with the perspectives of patient-centered medical care by the integrated supporting team composed of many different professionals. Aino University was originally established as a school for nursing in 1968 under the motto of “Saluti et solatio aegrorum”, meaning "not only to care but also to give comfort to the patients”.
Standing on the recognition from the public as the educational institution for medical professionals, Aino University was established in 2004, which has been committing to educate co-medical professionals including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and medical engineers, in order to achieve the integrated medical care, welfare, and health science.
The goal of Aino University fits to what is expected in the 21st century. In 2015, Aino University was added with the graduate school of nursing to contribute to the education of capable persons with rich intelligence and sensitivity to the ideal team care.
I expect that highly motivated young people will come to Aino University to learn with the ambition to be an expert medical professional, understanding the motto and spirits of Aino University.
Masatoshi TAKEDA, MD, PhD
President, Aino University (April 2015-)
President of Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (May 2012-)
President of World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (June 2015-)
Secretary for Scientific Meetings of World Psychiatric Association (September 2014-)
Masatoshi Takeda was born in Saga, Japan in 1949, graduated from Saga West Senior High School in 1968, entered the University of Tokyo in 1968, graduated from Dartmouth College in NH, USA in 1972, studied medicine at Osaka University Medical School (1975-1979) with MD, and granted with PhD in Medical Science from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in 1983.
He served as the chairman professor of psychiatry at Osaka University for 19 years (1996-2015), and retired by age in 2015, as Professor Emeritus of Osaka University, to become the President of Aino University in April 2015.
In a rapidly changing healthcare environment, the demand of competent nurses who can appropriately grasp and deal with diverse and complex needs of the patient/client with advanced knowledge and judgment is increasing. In April 2015, Aino University launched a graduate program for nurses. The program leads to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. We provide a well-rounded education for students to become:
・Clinical nurses with specialties
・Administrative professionals in various healthcare facilities and community
・Educators and researchers in higher education institutions.
We are waiting for you to share the pleasure to learn and make researches together.
Katsuya KANDA, PhD
Vice President (June 2014-)
Dean, Graduate School of Nursing (April 2015-)
Katsuya Kanda was born in Oita, Japan in 1952, graduated from Tokyo University in 1975, and received his PhD from Tokyo University in 1985. He served as Professor of Nursing Administration at Tokyo University for 10 years and moved to Aino University as Dean of School of Health Science in April, 2012.
Circumstance of medical care has changed a lot in recent years amid rapid advancement of medicine and growing aging society. With remarkable progress of the science and society that has been made during the past decades, quality of medical care has attained essential changes, by not only the latest cutting edge medicine but also up-to-date care methods finely developed by today’s healthcare people in response to social needs.People are more and more concerned with healthcare, and wishing that a better, if not the best, healthcare be provided. To meet these requirements, Aino University has considered it mission to nurture excellent healthcare specialists who are outstanding and adaptable to the present and future society.
Aino University currently consists of a single faculty, Faculty of Healthcare Science, which includes four departments, Department of Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Medical Engineering, in which para-medical experts for these fields are educated and trained. These specialists are not simply playing a backseat role of medical treatment, but constitute one of the independent members of the treatment team who take their share of responsibility for treatment of patients. Performance of these healthcare people is, to a large extent, dependent on their medical knowledge and skills, however, no less importantly, their consideration for patients’ feelings and attentive service are also critical issues, which Aino University is particularly pursuing as school philosophy in educating and nurturing its students. This is a fundamental thought of our policy, and backed by the principles of Aino Educational Foundation: “Saluti et Solatio Aegrorum.”
In our country, more than one people out of four are over sixty-five years old, and the ratio is increasing despite that total population is being decreased. Among the whole elderly in the country, the population of those born during and soon after the World War 2, who had made a great contribution to rebuilding the war-torn nation, will continue to grow, which makes advanced medical service be increasingly needed. With this in mind, Aino University is nurturing healthcare experts who will practice their profession faithfully and devote themselves to care and welfare of the elderly, as well as the injured, and physically or psychiatrically challenged.
We are waiting for ambitious and motivated young people to join us.
Kazuhei KUROSAWA, MD, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Medical Science, Aino University (2015- )
Board Certified Hepatologist for The Japan Society of Hepatology
Graduated from Faculty of Science Tokyo University (1975), and Osaka University Medical School (1979)
Assistant Professor at Dept of Biochemistry, Osaka University Medical School (1985-1992)
Physician and Director for Dept of Digestive and Liver Diseases at National Osaka Hospital (1993-2000)
Director, Global Development at Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd (2000-2003)
Vice President of Fujisawa Healthcare Inc., (Illinois, USA) (2003-2005)
Vice President, Project Management at Astellas Pharma Inc (2005-2007)
Senior medical Advisor at Maruho Co., Ltd (2010-2015)
In the rapid movement of social and economic changes together with health, medical care, and welfare system, we will educate medical care professionals with rich humanity, solid ethics, the best of adaptability, and creativity, who can be active in the field of practice, education and research in medical and health science field.
Aino University accepts the students who are willing to be involved with medical, welfare, and health care service with compliance to the mission of Aino University.
Aino University will issue diploma to the student who are equipped with the adequate level of knowledge, skills, and capacity in their specialized area together with enough education in liberal arts and mind of loving people. The Aino graduates are expected to keep the attitude of self-learning throughout their lives.
Considering these points, Aino University sets the diploma policy as follows;
The Department curriculum is fully satisfies the qualification for the national examination for nurses. Because we believe that the logical basis is essential to solve the professional problems encountered in practice, we educate our students to be equipped with the capacity to understand the whole patient, as well as the capacity of practice, judgement, and application in nursing.
The students will learn the role of nurses as a member of team medical service. They will learn the cooperation and management in a medical team including medical doctors.
The practice in clinical settings is arranged at Aino Hospital and other affiliated hospitals where many alumni are working, who are ready to supply reliable and kind guidance to the students.
The thesis work will start in the second semester of the 4th year as the sum up of the study at the Department. One academic staff is assigned to at most 4-5 students for intimate support and advice to be of help in resolving every question.
Ambitious students who earn required credits can be eligible to become teachers in senior high school (nursing, First Class) and School Nurse.
I believe "education" is the process of the practice of thinking with others. I hope our students will share the attitude of learning together with their classmates, with academic staff, and with books and literature. Since there is always some uncertainty in clinical settings, the trust relationship between the professionals and the patients is important. In addition to the learned knowledge as the professionals, the humanity as the mature citizen is more important to be the good nursing professionals. So let's study together.
Physiotherapists play a part of the rehabilitation practice to the patients with disabilities. The Department of Physiotherapy is aiming for educating the physiotherapist students under the educational goal of 1) physiotherapists with rich humanity, 2) physiotherapists with basic research skills and intension, and 3) physiotherapists with clinical practical skills.
The physiotherapy department is educating and training the future physiotherapists who are able to participate in various settings including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities for the elderly, and sports facilities. During the course, students are supposed to learn theory of physics and biomechanics in human body, and experience active learning with theoretical discussion in the class. The department has the advantage of 30 years history and a number of alumni of the department.
The Department of Occupational Therapy trains the professionals in rehabilitation to serve the handicapped with physical and mental disorders leading to their independent lives.
The Department sets more than 1,000 hour clinical training which satisfies the global standard though the minimum 810 hour clinical training is required by Japanese Government to be occupational therapists. As one of the WFOT approved training facilities, the Department can supply more than enough clinical experience to gain solid practical capacity.
The students will be engaged with clinical practice of occupational therapists active in the community to learn the real life of the handicapped. They will learn the effective occupational therapy in the real life from various perspectives.
The Department offers the two-way class of the dialogue with the handicapped in the first year, to enhance understanding of the meaning of the handicap, which enables our students to actively participate into the clinical learning.
The Department offers the opportunity for the two major nation-wide qualification; Welfare living coordinator (level 2&3), and Mental Health Management (level 2 & 3), in addition to the national license for occupational therapists
Occupational therapy aims for the betterment of the living of the handicapped subjects due to various diseases. The occupational therapists is expected to have the knowledge in medicine and various knowledge in living style and applicable skills. The Department has been educating occupational therapists more than 30 years with many alumni from the Department. Please enjy the university life together with friendly academic staff of the Department.
The Department educates the professionals with basic knowledge in medicine and engineering, who can operate and maintain the medical equipments used in clinical settings such as life – support system and surgical devices. The Department welcomes the person who can actively participate into the team medical service.
The Department regards highly the value of education and manners. Education implies the process of increasing the knowledge and humanity through the Department; Manner implies the measure to acquire the way to adopt to the social life through daily habits, both of which are regarded the most importance to the medical professionals.
The knowledge on the machine is not enough to operate the medical apparatus in clinical settings. The Department will supply the basic knowledge and skills from the beginning to be the capable medical engineers.
The Department supply the small group teaching to the students who can acquire the basic knowledge in medicine and engineering then to the advance knowledge in medical engineering. The number of academic staff per student is 9.8 (as of 2013). The close relationship between the student and the staff is a strong support to the national examination and also for job opportunity.
The student will be close contact with the front line professionals in the clinical practice, which will enable to clarify the meaning of the knowledge in the class. It is important for the medical engineers to ask why and to search for the cause, which will be acquired through the thesis work.
Basic knowledge of physics/ mathematics and learning in biology/ medical science are both required to be a good medical engineer. Being prepared with mathematics and physics in senior high school learning, the students will learn professional subjects of medical science and engineering to be the specialist in clinical engineering. We are proud that the Department is the only one approved institution for education medical engineers in Osaka Prefecture, and we are ready to give the well programmed education to our students.
Prior to the official establishment of Aino University in 2004, Aino Hospital, Ibaraki, Osaka, was established in 1965. To supply nurses to mainly Aino Hospital, the school for nursing was opened in Aino Hospital in 1968. The academic foundation, Aino Gakuin Foundation, was approved by the Government, and Aino School for Nursing was included under the management of Aino Gakuin Foundation in 1979. Aino Junior College of Nursing was opened in 1985. Shiga School of Medical Technology was established as an educating institution of Aino Gakuin Foundation in 1996.
In April 2004, Aino University was established with Department of Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy. Aino Senior High School was opened in 2007. The Second Department of Aino Junior College was opened in 2007. Department of Medical Engineering was added to Aino University in 2009. Career Development Center was approved in 2014. The graduate School for Nursing was added to Aino University in 2015.
The Aino University has been developing with the recognition of the university specialized for educating medical professionals for almost half a century. Aino University has been under the leadership of the following presidents:
2004 - 2010
Prof. Kiyohisa TAKAHASHI
2010 - 2014
Prof. Hitoshi MOHRI
2014 - 2015
Prof. Nakaaki OHSAWA
Prof. Masatoshi TAKEDA
The first; Kiyohisa TAKAHASHI (April 1, 2004-March 31, 2010), the second; Hitoshi MOHRI (April 1, 2010-March 31, 2014), the third;
Nakaaki OHSAWA (April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015), and the fourth; Masatoshi TAKEDA (April 1, 2015- )
Aino University is situated in between Osaka City and Kyoto City, about 10 kilometers to the northeast Osaka City. It takes about 30 minutes from Osaka JR Station and about 45 minutes from Osaka Itami International Airport.
Aino University, Aino Junior College, and Aino Senior High School are located in the suburbs of Ibaraki City next to Aino Hospital.
Settu-Tonda Station of JR Kyoto Line. Five minutes by school bus, or 15 minutes on foot from the North Entrance of Settu-Tonda Station
Tonda Station of Hankyu Kyoto Line. About 5 minute walk through the street (about 200 m) to the north to JR Settu-Tonda Station.