About the Graduate School of Medicine Transnational Doctoral Program

The Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries aims to offer doctoral degrees to government executives and professionals in other relevant fields from select Asian countries an opportunity to further their studies. It is expected that applicants already possess a master’s degree and wish to continue their studies without taking time out from their career. The Graduate School of Medicine in collaboration with the Asian Satellite Campuses Institute makes this possible by providing a hybrid educational program that connects Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses with Nagoya University’s Japanese domestic campuses.

Available Countries

  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Uzbekistan

Admissions Requirements

The Graduate School of Medicine will consider applications from government executives and professionals in relevant areas, who are engaged in the design and implementation of health or medical care policies, who are graduates of the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Master’s Course Program in Medical Science, Healthcare Administration, who currently, in principle, possess a health care provider license as a doctor (etc), and who hold a position of section manager or above in their home country’s Ministry of Health.

Degree Offered

The Graduate School of Medicine offers Transnational Doctoral Candidates a program in integrated medicine through the Department of Healthcare Administration.

Graduation Requirements

The program duration shall in principle be four years; persons who successfully pass the screening of their doctoral thesis will be awarded a degree [Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Science)] by the Graduate School.

Further information on admissions and eligibility can be found at:


The faculty members are highly specialized and respected academics in various fields. To learn more, see the following links:

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 The Graduate School of Medicine started a Medical Administration Master’s Course for participants in the Young Leaders Program, a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology scholarship program for master’s degree students, in October 2010. By October 2014, a total of 129 students (including JDS/JICA scholarship recipients) from 16 countries had graduated from the course. Although the course is mainly intended for professionals working at Ministry of Health or related organizations, people matching this exact profile are sometimes hard to recruit in other countries. For this reason, university faculty, hospital administrators, and public health officials are also occasionally accepted.
 The Graduate School of Medicine’s Transnational Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries mainly targets graduates of the Young Leaders Program in one of the seven countries hosting a Nagoya University satellite campus (Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Burma, and Uzbekistan), who intend to play a central role in their country’s medical administration after returning home. They are also expected to have a thorough grasp of conditions in their home country. The Graduate School of Medicine’s Doctoral Program is a four-year program requiring 30 units of coursework, participation in four practical training courses, presentation of research results, and publication of a dissertation in an academic journal. Because information on medical systems in Asia is still quite limited, one important research method is to accurately describe and discuss prevailing conditions. The knowledge and observations arising from this exercise are not only meaningful for countries in similar situations as well as third-party countries providing support to the latter, but can also contribute to global development.
 The Transnational Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries is mainly taught by Associate Professor Eiko Yamamoto and faculty from the Medical Administration Course. Professor Yamamoto has been involved for many years in Nagoya University’s Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, and is a specialist on gestational trophoblastic disease. Developing and providing preventative treatment for this disease, which is common in East Asia, is an important challenge.
 The Graduate School of Medicine offers three unique programs that are premised on a cooperative relationship: the Transnational Program for Leading Professionals (Doctoral Course), the Young Leaders Program (Master’s Course), and the Wellbeing in Asia Program (Program for Leading Graduate Schools). Going forward, my hope is that exchanges in the field of medical research will only grow stronger among Asian nations.
Nobuyuki Hamajima
Professor of Healthcare Administration,
Graduate School of Medicine