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School of Marine Life Science

Let me introduce the School of Marine Life Science. Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology currently has two schools, one graduate school and two advanced courses and field work courses. As shown here, the faculty of Marine Science currently consists of four departments. The Department of Ocean Sciences will expand into a major school. It will be called the School of Marine Resources and Environment. And the remaining three departments will be combined and renamed as the School of Marine Life Science.

How is it different from the previous Department of Ocean Sciences? Specifically, its goal is to promote sustainable and effective utilization of biotic resources in the hydrosphere including the oceans, rivers and lakes.

Now, I will explain about individual departments: at the Department of Marine Biosciences, we develop vegetarian farm-raised fish where fish foods made from corn or soybeans are used as alternatives to conventional fish feed. We also produce disease-resistant fish. Moreover, our education and research extends to all the life in the hydrosphere by addressing issues such as the prevention of incidental catches such as sea turtles, dolphins and seabirds in the fishery industry and efficient fishing to catch only targeted fish.

The Department of Food Science and Technology focuses on comprehensive education and research related to foodstuffs such as molecular biological analysis of microorganisms contained in food materials as shown here.

At the Department of Marine Policy and Culture, the third department, students will learn about fishery management systems and the effects of marine sports and activities in a natural environment to human body. They will also engage in practical studies on environmental education, understand international issues regarding the ocean and study policies for resolution, etc.

For career paths after graduation, about half of the graduates enter a graduate school and take a master's program, about 10 percent take practical training courses, while about 40 percent find jobs.

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