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Message From The President

Last Update : 2012-08-13 11:39
President Dr. Nobuaki Okamoto
President Dr. Nobuaki Okamoto
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology was created in October 2003 with the merger of Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine and Tokyo University of Fisheries to become the only one Japanese university dedicated to education and research in the marine and fisheries field. Both Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine and Tokyo University of Fisheries had great tradition and a long history of nearly 140 years. The universities produced a lot of talents, including the late Zenko Suzuki, who was the 70th prime minister of Japan.

While inheriting the tradition of the two universities, we have been implementing new initiatives in the marine field to further enhance and develop the education and research activities conducted at the university. We aim to meet the expectations of society by making our university, which is the only one university dedicated to oceanography and related studies in Japan, one of the world's greatest universities that can produce international leaders for the industrial, governmental and academic sectors.

Oceans account for about 70% of the earth's surface and provide life on the planet with oxygen, which is indispensable for their living, as well as habitats for a range of marine creatures. Since ancient times, oceans have been supplying fish, shellfish, and various other marine products to people while playing a role as shipping routes that connect remote islands and continents. In particular Japan is surrounded by water and even now, most of goods traded between Japan and other countries are transported by ship (99.7% of the total in terms of weight). In recent years, oceans have been attracting more attention not only as a supply source of oil but also because it provides methane hydrate, which is expected to be a source of energy in the future, as well as rare metal, which is used in advanced communication devices as indispensable material. Moreover, oceans are now regarded as a key element for the stabilization of global climate. The roles to be played by oceans for the sustainable development of human society are thus increasing, and accordingly, people are expecting more from our university.

It is needless to say that our mission as a university is to develop human resources by creating, passing down and utilizing knowledge. Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology is engaged in education and research in the marine and fisheries field, which is deeply related to human activities. At the university, we need to promote academic research attributing importance to making contributions to human society, and to this end we will not only study how to use the proven results of research conducted on events and phenomena for the benefit of human society but also take on the challenge of clarifying unproven events and phenomena. We will build the more robust foundation to create, pass down and utilize knowledge on a maximum scale.

As the features of the education and research environment provided by Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, we have four large training ships, such as Umitaka Maru and the Field Science Center. We use the training ships in the international survey jointly conducted in the Antarctic Ocean and in the activities conducted to identify the damage caused to waters by the Great East Japan Earthquake and give support to recovery from the disaster. At the Field Science Center, experiments and practical training are actively conducted concerning the physiology, biology and reproduction of fish, shellfish and other marine creatures. As represented by the use of the training ships and the Field Science Center, we attribute importance to fieldwork and based on this idea we will further promote our education and research activities at the university.

Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology has concluded human exchange agreements with 88 universities and other educational institutes across the world, and now more than 200 international students (10% of the total) are learning at the university. We will accept more international students while dispatching more Japanese students to overseas universities as a means to foster fruitful international exchanges based on the relations of trust among all those concerned.

The university's education and research activities are supported by the teaching staff, who work with great pride and aspirations and give inspirations to students through their attitude. The tradition and history spanning nearly 140 years, as well as the great talents produced by the university have indeed demonstrated the quality of the education and research activities conducted at the university.

As the president of Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, I am committed to improving the education and research environment of the university so that the teaching staff can work with even more pride and aspirations to make the university one of the world's greatest universities in the marine and fisheries field. We will thereby produce great talents who can make contributions to Japan's prosperity and world peace.