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Brilliant Past and Promising Future

Gifu Pharmaceutical University (GPU) is a Japanese public university located in the city of Gifu, and supported by Gifu City government. The predecessor of GPU Pharmacy School was founded in 1932, and established as a university in 1948. There have been considerable efforts made over the past 80 years in order to achieve excellence in university research and education. GPU offered a Master’s degree program for the first time in 1953 followed by a Doctoral program in 1965. GPU consists of two departments,

Department of Pharmacy with a six-year undergraduate course and Department of Pharmaceutical Science with a four-year undergraduate course. Department of Pharmacy offers hands-on training for future pharmacists to be able to work with doctors and nurses, while Department of Pharmaceutical Science produces highly-trained researchers and medical professionals. With the establishment of our new headquarter in 2011, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) and GPU inaugurated the first joint graduate school providing higher quality learning environments and postgraduate education. The graduate school aims to produce medical professionals in the field of medicines, medical services as well as medical devices.

GPU is ranked among the best colleges of pharmacy in the nation. Our motto is who we are “Strong, Fair, and Bright” with contributions to humanity. GPU has been educating its students in order to be able to contribute to social health and welfare based on the concepts of Green Pharmacy, and the environmentally friendly design of chemical products and processes. With a pool of talented professors, GPU produced more than 11.000 quality pharmacists, researchers, and developers who joined the workforce at pharmaceutical companies, medical and environmental institutions in Japan and overseas. In addition, GPU is characterized by highly qualified teachers, high quality research and bright students. Our faculty members have developed a cutting-edge curriculum, which when coupled with life-long learning, will provide our graduates with the requisite professional foundation to practice the profession of pharmacy at an extremely high level for many decades to come.

President Takashi Inagaki

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