Message From The President
National University CorporationTokyo
University of Marine Science and Technology
Dr. Toshio Takeuchi President
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSA T) has been provided education to develop specialists who helped govern and manage ocean use in Japan. Based on its motto "Voices from the Ocean" TUMSAT has focused its efforts since the merger on fulfilling its mission to help Japan develop as a maritime nation and play a role in its contributions to the international community. From this fundamental perspective. we offer students opportunities for comprehensive education and research related to the ocean with a focus on the development of highly specialized researchers and professionals. Our aim is to form an internationally outstanding center for marine education and research in order to develop specialists who will play leading roles in industry. government and academia in international settings. Furthermore. taking advantage of our specialization in oceanography. we particularly focus on promoting and advancing global scientific research in the maritime field. comprehensively covering the environment. resources and energy.
Since announcing Vision 2027. subtitled "Seeking New Frontiers in Marine Science and Technology.'·in 2015. we have promoted university reforms in each of the five fields covered by the vision: education. research. internationalization. social and community partnership. and management and operations. Three years after announcing the vision. however. we began to update it. recognizing the need to delete items already implemented as well as to make some improvements and additions. including of items inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In April 2019. we finally completed version 2 of Vision 2027.*1 and have since been devoting our energies to fulfilling it.
Beginning with the Japan-South Korea-China interuniversity exchange program for fostering highly specialized professionals launched in AY 2010. TUMSA T has implemented various education and research initiatives. A prominent example is the global human resources development program launched in AY 2012. whereby. focusing on communication in English as part of efforts to facilitate collaboration with emerging Asian countries.
we have imposed on Shinagawa Campus students the requirement of obtaining a TOEIC L & R score of more than 600 to advance to their fourth year. as well as offering classes taught in English to master's course students. Moreover. in AY 2016. we launched the OQEANOUS Program*2 adopted as part of the Inter-University Exchange Project of the Ministry of Education. Culture. Sports. Science and Technology (MEXT) and acquired an S rating. the highest. in the interim evaluation. This program aims to build a credit transfer system between graduate schools in Japan. South Korea. and China in combination with high-quality graduate education. with the further step of exploring exchanges with universities in the ASEAN region.Europe and the United States too.
Moreover. some efforts include: ① promotion of the Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) as part of our globalization efforts: ② collaboration with external research institutes to offer students options from a wide variety of specialized courses : ③ using our training ships. make the student training. field and cooperation research: ④ using Field Science Center with the domestic institution. Furthermore our human resource development projects under the JST Consortium Support Program for Science and Technology Human Resource Development. which aims to develop specialists in research management: development and support of young researchers in line with the Tenure-Track System Promotion Program: and support fur female researchers. With regard to international exchange and social contribution. there are currently 240 international students from 26 countries/region studying at TUMSAT and we also dispatched 174 TUMSAT students abroad in AY 2018. and we promote cooperative projects involving maritime-related industries. other academic institutions. government agencies. and banking institutions. and organize and hold extension lectures for local residents and Marine Day events related to the Meiji-maru. which is designated as an important cultural property of Japan. We are also active in promoting regional cooperation in Japan (Higashi-mukojima in Sumida-ku. Kesen-numa city. etc.). and cooperative activities with institutions abroad (research exchanges with Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). University cooperation volunteer dispath of JICA in Colombia. St. Lucia etc.)
As described above. TUMSAT provides programs to help students learn about cutting-edge marine science and technology dealing with the ocean (and the hydrosphere. which includes rivers and lakes) and to acquire expertise in Now oceanography so that they can play an active role in practical settings from a global perspective.
*I Vision 2027 was development by the current President with the objective of promoting university reform and strengthening the organization by integrating internal resources under the leadership of the president. It aims to achieve the objective by the end of the fourth Mid-term Target and Plan period (al the end of AY 2027). Now the Vision 2027 virsion 2 of Action Plan. which defines specific actions and its roadmap. is underway.
*2 OQEANOUS: Oversea Quali ty・assured Education in Asian Nations for Ocean University Students.