Message From The President
Dr. Toshio Takeuchi
National University Corporation
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
April 1, 2016
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT) was established in October 2003 through the Integration of Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine and Tokyo University of Fisheries. This year marks the 13th anniversary of TUMSAT. The Mitsubishi Nautical School, the predecessor of the former Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine, was founded by Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of the Mitsubishi Group, in 1875 and celebrated its 140th anniversary last year. The former Tokyo University of Fisheries also has a long history, as its predecessor, the Japan Fisheries Association's Fisheries Training School, was established in 1888. Inheriting the unique traditions of these two academic organizations, TUMSAT plays a leading role in the continuing development of Japan as a maritime nation. As Japan's only university dedicated to oceanography and related studies, TUMSAT is committed to conducting education and research activities based on the motto "To know and conserve the sea".
To drive the current structural reforms of the University, I have a new "Vision 2027", which stipulates that the University's policy is to seek new frontiers in marine science and technology. As part of its efforts, TUMSAT will establish the School of Marine Resources and Environment, which will be composed of two departments, the Undergraduate Course of Marine Resources and Energy and the Undergraduate Course of Ocean Sciences, in April 2017. The new school will foster the development of professionals who can work on a global scale for the exploration of oceanic energy and seafloor resources, as well as for the preservation and restoration of the marine environment based on their comprehensive knowledge of marine science, covering all areas from the seafloor to the atmosphere. Through the development of such experts, the University hopes to contribute to the creation and growth of marine industries. Concurrent with the establishment of the new faculty, TUMSAT will also launch a corresponding program at its graduate school. With an eye on developing global human resources, we will proactively recruit non-Japanese academics for the new school. Furthermore, to provide students with a practical education that meets the actual needs of related industries, we plan to invite members of the business community to become involved with the new school. We will also reform existing faculty organizations. Specifically, we will reorganize the School of Marine Science into the School of Marine Life Sciences to promote biological science education and research in addition to fisheries and foods and establish an integrated educational system that also covers issues related to business management and distribution. For the School of Marine Technology, we will shift to a system that focuses extensively on maritime technology, marine vessel engines, power and machinery systems, and engineering technologies for promoting sea exploration.
In its education and research activities, TUMSAT focuses on a broad spectrum of themes, including (1) lectures to stimulate students' motivation for career development after graduation at both the undergraduate and graduate level, such as overseas career training and lectures on advanced professional career development; (2) increasing the number of lectures provided in English and fostering the Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) program as part of the University's globalization efforts; (3) establishing an international course to develop experts in marine environment and oceanic energy and a course to develop experts in advanced marine technology;(4) collaborating with other research institutes, such as the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA) and Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), to offer a more diverse lineup of specialized courses at the graduate school; (5) establishing and managing the Salad Science Endowed Lecture Series; and (6) implementing the joint exploration programs for the Antarctic Ocean in cooperation with the National Institute of Polar Research.
For human resources development, we have launched the Fisheries-Marine Innovation Technologies Consortium.We are developing experts in research management through this Consortium and are committed to developing young researchers and supporting female researchers under the tenure track system.
Moreover, to make social contributions, TUMSAT has academic exchange agreements with 102 institutions in 34 countries/regions, accepts 232 international students from 23 countries/regions, and has 67 students and 482 teachers and other staff dispatched abroad. TUMSAT is proactively conducting activities that promote regional cooperation both within and outside Japan. Specifically, the University is eagerly promoting industry-academia collaboration with related industries, returning benefits to society based on the results of education and research, and holding events for Marine Day, including extension lectures and events related to the Meiji-maru, which is designated as an important cultural property.
In order to support recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, TUMSAT has been implementing a unique recovery project using its research facilities, including the training vessels (the Umitaka-maru and the Shinyo-maru) and gathering the wisdom of the faculty, while also continuing recovery support initiatives in cooperation with other universities, research institutes, and the national and local governments (Kesennuma City and others).
TUMSAT will strive to provide students with advanced knowledge about marine science and technology, thereby developing experts who have both professional knowledge of oceanography and the ability to use that knowledge in the real world with a global perspective.