東京海洋大学についてAbout TUMSAT


Enrollment Ceremony for the October 2018 Term
President's Address

Congratulations! Welcome to the National University, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, which we call TUMSAT.

Today, I have invited two of our distinguished alumni as guests, one is Dr. Tabata, chairman of Rakusuikai and the other is Captain Yamamoto, president of Kaiyokai. Thank you both for your attendance at this ceremony.

One characteristic of our university is the high ratio of international students in our graduate school. It is at least 25% every year, ranking in the top ten of the 86 national universities in Japan. For this reason, in our October entrance ceremony, I am delivering this speech in English.

Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine and Tokyo University of Fisheries merged to become TUMSAT in October 2003. Since then, TUMSAT has been providing education to develop specialists who will help 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 contribution 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, and including compound and peripheral aspects of these three areas. Currently, our university comprises three undergraduate schools and one graduate school. In the graduate school, Master's courses are available in seven majors, and Doctoral courses in two majors. We engage in educational research as Japan's only marine science university. And, we extend our efforts in our role as the central base in helping to develop Japan as an ocean nation.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, can serve as an important source of research subjects. These are the international goals adopted by the 193 member states of the United Nations in 2015 under the agenda, "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." Backed by the idea of "Not one will be left behind," the goals aim to end poverty, protect the earth and create a society where all people can enjoy peace and prosperity.
Education for sustainable development (ESD) is an approach to teach and provide activities on the development of a sustainable society. ESD teaches people to take the issues addressed in SDGs as their own problems and start with small actions that impact closely their living environment. To describe the idea, the phrase "Think globally, act locally" is often used. By doing so, new values and activities are created and that will lead to solution of the issues.

Among the 17 goals and 169 targets listed in the SDGs, many are issues that should be addressed not only by universities and research institutions but also by national and local governments, businesses and NGOs. Food safety, the availability of clean water and sanitation, access to energy, resilient infrastructure, industrialization and innovation, conservation and sustainable use of ocean and marine resources, and biodiversity are important issues you will closely relate to. Many private companies are working on these issues as business opportunities.

Goal 14, "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development," is especially closely related to this university. The 10 targets listed under this goal include (1) to end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing by 2020; (2) to prohibit fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing; (3) to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems; (4) to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds by 2025; and (5) increase the economic benefits to Small Island Developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fishery, aquaculture and tourism by 2030.
Students of TUMSAT should be especially interested in the issues under Goal 14 for their research subjects. Be aware of how your research is related to the SDGs and the targets when developing your study plan.

Lastly, please study and conduct your research at our university in a way that fulfils your goals. In addition, please further develop and spread the outcomes you get throughout the world. I hope that all of you will become human resources who can play global roles as citizens of the world, rather than only as persons in Japan or as international students. International students who hope to find employment in the future in Japan, must study Japanese intensively. Because the Japanese companies require sufficient Japanese ability.

I would like to say that "Seeking New Frontiers in Marine Science and Technology," opens up a new way for leaders in the marine industry, and those with the enthusiasm to establish a new industry. I will close my address for this enrollment ceremony with the hope that all of you will be able to make many wonderful friends, take up challenges for the future which the knowledge society requires with rich foresight and imagination, and develop the ability to play an active role.

October 5, 2018
Toshio Takeuchi. Ph.D.
President, TUMSAT






東京海洋大学は2003年10月、東京商船大学と東京水産大学との統合以来、我が国が海洋立国として発展し、国際貢献の一翼を担っていくため、「海を知り、海を守り、海を利用する:Voices from the Ocean」をモットーに教育・研究を展開し、その使命を果たすべく努力しております。本学はこのような基本的観点に立ち、研究者を含む高度専門職業人養成を核として、海洋に関する総合的教育研究を行い、海洋分野において国際的に活躍する産官学のリーダーを輩出するための卓越した教育の実現を目指しています。さらに、海洋に特化した大学であるという特色を活かし、環境、資源、エネルギーを中心に、これら3領域の複合部分と周辺領域を含めた幅広い分野を包括した海洋分野におけるグローバルな学術研究の強力な推進とその高度化に取組んでいます。現在3学部1研究科体制で構成されています。博士前期課程は7専攻、博士後期課程は2専攻からなり、国内唯一の海洋系大学として、我が国を海洋立国として発展させる中心的な拠点としての役割を果たすべく努力しています。

これからの重要な研究テーマとして、持続可能な開発目標 (Sustainable Development Goals: SDGs) が挙げられます。2030年までに「我々の世界を変革する:持続可能な開発のための2030アジェンダ」として、2015年に国連加盟国193か国により決議された国際目標です。この目標は、"だれ一人取り残さない"という考え方の下、貧困に終止符を打ち、地球を保護し、すべての人が平和と豊かさを享受できる社会を目指しています。







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