2022年度 入学式祝辞 公衆衛生学研究科長（2022年4月2日）
公衆衛生学研究科長 高橋 理
On behalf of the Graduate School of Public Health faculty and support staff, I’d like to extend a warm welcome and congratulations to all new students of the class in 2022 and their family members. I am Osamu Takahashi, the Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health. I am so delighted to see your faces in person.
During the past two years, we have faced unprecedented challenges—the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental crisis, economic struggles, and Ukraine invasion for example. We have recognized that what happens in one part of the world affects all of us, no matter where we live. Moreover, public health has become more significant than ever across the world. In other words, public health is “global” health, and global health is local.
COVID-19 also has magnified the existing inequalities and inequities around the world. Improved health is not dependent on medicine or health care alone. It is the sum of multiple factors at multiple levels of society. We believe that public health is the broadest bridge between society and science. In our Graduate School of Public Health, you can learn theory, research approaches, and practice-based skills to create innovation in our society and change the world positively. We aim to make you a global leader as a public health professional through the lens of our values, including diversity, equity, and practice.
We live in a “VUCA” world, with Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. Nobody can predict the future. To tackle these situations as a global public health leader, we need to strengthen the evolving scientific competencies, such as the evidence-based approach and application of digital technology, and also develop human competencies, such as empathy, curiosity, communication and the ability to cope with failure and rejection. Listening to different opinions, collaborating with the specialists in different fields, and continuing to learn by yourself is crucial. The faculty and students at St. Luke’s have been practicing this to equip ourselves in addressing the significant challenges of uncertainty.
Our School of Public Health is relatively young and was founded just 5 years ago. All faculty and staff would like to grow together with our students by learning from each other. We would like you to share your experiences, ideas, and values with concerted effort to make a difference in the world. Nelson Mandela said that it always seems impossible until it’s done. We are committed to contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and the planet.
I wish you all the best as you begin your academic life at St. Luke’s.
Congratulations again to all of you from the bottom of my heart. We all welcome you to the wonderful world of public health at St. Luke’s. Thank you.