An Introduction to Daiichi University of Pharmacy
Founded in 1958
Daiichi University of Pharmacy (the University) is located in Fukuoka City on the southern island of Kyushu. Established on a rich history of culture and traditions, the city boasts of local festivals, professional sports, and competitive education. Considered the Gateway to Asia, Fukuoka can be accessed by sea, air, and land, providing opportunities for international exchanges and development.
The University is one of 31 schools that form educational organization Tsuzuki Gakuen. Tsuzuki Gakuen has three pharmacy schools in Fukuoka, Yokohama, and Saitama. The University presently has 1060 students in attendance from around Kyushu and neighboring prefectures, with 150 graduates this year studying for the licensing exam. The students are trained to work as pharmacists in hospitals, community pharmacies, drug companies, and schools, and have the option of continuing their studies in graduate school.
The two six-year pharmacy programs of the Department of Pharmacy and the Department of Kampo Pharmacy (traditional Japanese medicine) provide students with the clinical skills and science-based knowledge to provide competent pharmaceutical care in hospitals and community pharmacies. The six years of study follow a rigorous curriculum of pharmaceutical science courses, liberal art language and humanities options, a year of pre-clerkship practical study, two 11-week clerkships in a hospital and community pharmacy, and concludes with research study and national licensing exam preparation. Collaboration between local hospitals and pharmacies allows students to practice their learning with patients and observe professionals in realistic pharmacy settings. The advanced curriculum that follows the clerkship program encourages students to focus on specialized areas of research and practice before graduation to give a competitive edge in the job market.
The students develop balanced lifestyles and interact with their peers through extra-curricular clubs, such as team sports, arts, and cultural disciplines. Once a year, there is a school festival where students work together as a school body to create an enjoyable day for the people in the local community and stage their talents. Many students volunteer in community pharmacy programs to promote drug abuse awareness and to assist in local cleanup from recent earthquake and flood disasters.
The University aims to increase international partnerships to provide the students with exposure to global pharmacy practice. These partnerships give the students opportunities to travel and observe pharmacy practice in other countries. Presently, there are active partnerships with pharmacy schools in the United States, Belgium, Italy, Taiwan, and China. The University also wishes to increase scientific and clinical research partnerships through faculty exchange programs.(click here )
Daiichi University of Pharmacy has graduated over 14,000 licensed pharmacists since its opening in 1960 and is widely active with the local pharmaceutical associations, political, business, and educational circles to foster its mission of providing a well-rounded education to future pharmacists and pharmacologists. The name Daiichi extends from the first-order idea of Buddhist philosophy, which means “the only one” and signifies originality, individuality, and uniqueness. The school motto “Cultivate your individuality” has guided the tailor-made educational policies aimed at developing each student’s strengths. The changes in society have led to a social aspect of pharmacy and a focus on communication and patient care that is reflected in the clinical pharmacy education provided by the university. In 2016, the university opened the first Kampo Pharmacy department in Western Japan, integrating Western and Japanese Kampo medicine together to further meet patient’s needs.
Daiichi University of Pharmacy continues to follow its mission of “promoting the health and welfare of many through the power of medicine and the highest level of education in the social profession of pharmacy.”