The Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University has originally established CVPP (Chiba Visiting Professor Program), a collaboration system with foreign researchers. In this program, we encourage PhD students and young researchers to become much more globally active. In Global COE program, we co-host the "RCAI international summer program", held primarily at the Riken Research Center for Allergy and Immunology, and also an international training program on charged particle therapy", which is primarily held at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences.
A total of 12 visiting professors and visiting associate professors from the University of California, University of Washington, University of Colorado, Harvard University and National Institute of Health are presently participating in CVPP. We will organizationally collaborate with some of these institutions and Asian universities including Chinese ones. Under the auspices of CVPP, the above visiting professors and visiting associate professors have stayed at Chiba University from periods ranging from a few days to two weeks every year to engage in such activities as giving lectures, ,
leading discussions and small workshops. Meanwhile, Ph.D. students (as a training course with credit) and postdoctoral fellows have the opportunities to present their original research and obtain advice from this faculty. Moreover G-COE program provides them an opportunity at an early stage in their research to stay abroad for periods ranging from two weeks to three months in order to gain valuable experience to study in the labs abroad that are mainly affiliated with the visiting professors and visiting associate professors. A long-term stay for two to three years is also offered to extend their studies. An international symposium is held every year, mainly by CVPP coordinators, with a program designed for young researchers to actively participate.
2. RCAI international summer program
A summer program for two to four weeks is held mainly by the Riken Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI), as the core institution, every year, targeting Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows from abroad and consists of about 40 participants. This lecture course offers talks by lecturers and oral and poster presentations by the participants, and the internship course provides an opportunity for young researchers to stay in a lab to conduct their experiments. In 2006, the participants came from 21 countries including 16 Asian countries, consisting of 28 Ph.D. students and 21 women. In 2007, due to the high popularity of this program, the number of students applying to this program was over 3 times the number of available openings, including 43 participants coming from 19 countries and comprising 26 Ph.D. students and 21 women. This program helps to broaden the interactive mobility of young researchers by opening the door to the world, which, we believe, will thus lead to the recruitment of excellent young researchers from other countries.
3. International training program on charged particle therapy
The goal of this program is to internationally promote the development of charged particle therapy including an IAEA/RCA training course on radiation therapy and workshops on charged particle therapy, which are held every year, and mainly carried out by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), as the core institution. Since 2000, this training course has been held 17 times with more than 220 foreign researchers participating this short-term training program. We plan to enhance these activities by expanding this program and establishing a new "Global COE- training course on charged particle therapy".