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KOMEX Division of Advanced Education in Science

In April 2010, the Division for Comprehensive System for Life Science Education was established within KOMEX, taking the former Center for Life Science Systems (active until March 2010), centrally funded by the University, as its predecessor. With support from the University of Tokyo Life Science Network and collective expertise from across the university, we aim to assimilate the rapidly developing knowledge in the field real-time, in order to produce textbooks and supplementary learning materials that will serve as a foundation for future specialists, as well as for the liberal arts education at the university.

Thus far, we have produced three types of life science textbooks for different streams at the university: science and technology (students in Natural Sciences I, currently 3rd edition); medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences, agricultural sciences and other sciences (students in Natural Sciences II and III, currently 2nd edition); and humanities and social sciences (students taking the optional course 'Modern Life Sciences'). With the unexpectedly rapid evolution of knowledge in the life sciences, it is essential for the textbooks to be continually updated with new research results. We have also produced a new edition of our introductory DVD that now incorporates English subtitles, in order to facilitate learning for international students.

With globalisation, there is an increasing need for life science textbooks geared for international students. We are therefore in the process of making online textbooks and producing life science textbooks in English. For example, we have published an English version of our textbook for Natural Sciences I, 'Life Sciences', which also had all figures updated for enhanced visuals and is now available online for global use, copyrighted to the University of Tokyo. We are currently working on producing an online English version of 'Life Sciences for non-science students', in recognition of the importance of a life science education for non-science international students as well.

In this way, we have sought to establish an education in life sciences for all Junior Division students at the University of Tokyo, an endeavor that has received widespread recognition by universities across the country. As of 2009, our textbooks have been used in 51 universities in Japan, thus greatly contributing to the improvement of university-level life science education in our country.

We have also developed a system called LS Cube , through which students can access online exercises with their student account and revise the course material. From its inception in 2007, LS Cube has gone through several updates for enhanced usability, including mobile accessibility, capacity for staff to upload custom exercises, and customisability of question order.

In addition, each year we make improvements to CSLS Search, an English-language literature search engine originally inaugurated at the Center for Life Science Systems, such as enhanced look-up functions. The main strength of this system is its automatic clustering of search results by similarity, which helps to narrow down the results to help choose the next key word, or discover their relationships to different fields. We encourage all to visit the CSLS Search website and experience the full functionality of the system yourself.



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