Global Health Elite Programme
for Building a Healthier World

The Nagasaki University WISE Programme | Global Health Elite Programme for Building a Healthier World

About the programme

Train global health professionals who can build a healthier world

Messages from the person in charge and the programme coordinator


Head of the NU WISE Programme

Dean of the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health Nagasaki University
Kiyoshi Kita
Graduated in 1974 and awarded PhD from the Faculty and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Tokyo. After building up his career as an assistant professor and a lecturer at the School of Science of the University and Faculty of Medical Science at Juntendo University, was further promoted to associate professor at the Institute of Medical Science of the University of Tokyo in 1991. Then, elected as professor from 1998 – 2016 and Vice Dean from 2011 – 2015 of the Graduate School of Medical Science of the University of Tokyo. Dean of School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health of Nagasaki University since 2015. Elected to Chairman of the Japanese Society of Parasitology from 2003 - 2006 and currently President of The Japanese Biochemical Society.

Health is precious for every person in the world. This is also true for the Earth itself. How can humans make sustainable progress understanding “health” as “science” while valuing a “life” In the current era of globalization where numerous factors are complexly correlated within the rapid growth of the 21st century, it is essential to adequately and objectively understand the current situation and swiftly implement measures showing a concrete direction for solving global problems.
Nagasaki University in its entirety has been working to realize its vision of being a leading institution of global health to improve the wellbeing of people around the world. The NU WISE Programme with the collaboration between the Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (TMGH) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) at its core, aims to nurture leaders with practical expertise in the field of global health in cooperation with other academic research institutes and private enterprises, as well as cooperation within the university itself. In this atmosphere of growing protectionism, we need to consider our health from a global perspective and through this programme help steer the world in a better direction. As Nagasaki was once a “window” to the outside world, now from that same stance, we will establish the true meaning of a “global standard” to support the development of health worldwide so that a child’s birthplace does not dictate their future.


NU WISE Programme Coordinator

Vice-Dean of the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health
Professor of the Department of Tropical Medicine Nagasaki University
Koya Ariyoshi
Awarded MSc from University of London and PhD from the Open University, UK. After taking positions at St. Mary Hospital, MRC Gambia in UK, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and being a JICA expert, appointed to Professor at Nagasaki University in 2005, and in current post in the programme since 2015. Academic discipline is AIDs, tropical medicine and clinical infectious diseases.

Japan can contribute much more to Global Health. This view was shared by us with Professor Peter Piot, Dean of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, when he first visited Nagasaki in November 2012.
Japanese people who has diligent and OMOTENASHI culture and Japanese private companies have developed unique technologies and created innovations which have made the people’s life richer. The high reputation of “Made in Japan” is heard throughout the world even in a small town, rural Africa. Why NOT applying this Japan potential more for the solution of global health issues?
We, Nagasaki University, have launched the Global Health WISE PhD Programme. This programme is aimed to nurture a global health elite who can cross the border of countries, disciplines and sectors, and who can convert Japan excellence more applicable to anyone no matter how poor they are, and to create the world where no one’s health is left behind.
Here we are privileged to have many respectful global health elites from all over Japan and LSHTM who agreed with this concept and join the Nagasaki University Global Health WISE PhD programme.
Academic excellence is not enough. We are seeking students who truly pray for and unselfishly work for the Global People’s Health, and we believe such a person is only qualified to be called the genuine global health elite.