東京海洋大学についてAbout TUMSAT

令和2年(2020)年度10月期入学式 学長式辞

Enrollment Ceremony for the October 2020 Term
President's Address

I would like to offer my congratulations on your enrollment at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT).

As one of the features of the University, a large proportion of its graduate students are international students. Specifically, at our graduate school, the rate of international students reaches at least 25% every year. In this regard, we are ranked in the top ten among 86 national universities in Japan. We therefore hold all parts of the enrollment ceremony for the October term in English.

Due to COVID-19, there are lots of students who cannot attend this ceremony, and so we plan to take a video of the event, which we will edit and later distribute on the University website.

The year 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. The new coronavirus is continuing to spread around the world, taking the lives of so many people and having an unprecedentedly large-scale impact across the globe. This crisis has made it clear that in this world, where countries are connected to each other very closely as well as broadly, there are issues that are beyond the control of any one country. Despite this fact, the crisis might cause some countries to overly prioritize their own welfare, or trigger the emergence of a new wave of nationalism in the near future. Even if this happens, I hope that we at the University will have a good grasp of the situation and make decisions and take actions proactively from a global viewpoint.

In order to play a part in international contributions made to the sustainable development of the world, which is connected by oceans that transcend national borders, the University fosters education and research and works to fulfill its mission based on its motto, "Voices from the Ocean." Specifically, we conduct comprehensive education and research activities related to oceans with a focus on the development of highly specialized researchers and professionals. We aim for excellence in education 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 are promoting and advancing global scientific research in the maritime field, with a focus on the environment, resources and energy. In addition, we are working to fulfill our role as a center to foster sustainable development for the achievement of Goal 14 of the SDGs, which is to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

Now let me introduce two noteworthy cases from among the initiatives implemented by the University.

First, our program to foster the development of AI professionals for marine industries was adopted by the government as a Doctoral Program for World-leading Innovative & Smart Education (WISE Program) last year. This program is intended to develop innovators, advanced professional engineers and marine policymakers who can appropriately employ AI and lead the practical use of AI in society based on the marine, maritime and fisheries expertise and extensive field experience acquired at the University. To this end, we launched the Marine AI Development and Evaluation Center (MAIDEC) on November 1, 2019 and formed the Marine AI Consortium with our partner organizations to promote the program through industry-academia-government cooperation. Specifically, this April, we started the program as a five-year integrated graduate school course to foster education and research based on the organic use of AI.

Second, on October 1, 2020, we established the Institute for Reproductive Biotechnology for Aquatic Species (IRBAS) as the first research institute attached to the University, with a view to applying the technologies, such as the following, for the mass production of the fish seeds of a range of expensive and high-quality fish species: technology to culture and proliferate germ stem cells of fish species, cryopreservation technology, and the ontogenetic development technology that uses surrogate parents. Through this institute, we will also protect and preserve endangered fish species and work to contribute to the creation of new industries, while focusing on promoting education and research activities for graduate students.

You need to decide what you will learn and create at the University's graduate school. In the master's course, you need to study your field of specialization in depth and make new findings and discoveries through research, for which you must constantly ask yourself how you can contribute to humankind through your research. In the doctoral course, you must take further steps forward to be a pioneer who can conduct advanced research from a global viewpoint and make achievements. Please, however, be careful not to become too absorbed in a very narrow field of research. In order to solve problems through research, you need to grasp the whole picture. It will be difficult, but please search for truth while continuing to monitor how you are conducting your research. Then you will be able to hone your problem-solving abilities and develop your capabilities for the future.

To this end, making presentations at academic meetings, participating in various symposiums and seminars, working as interns and studying overseas will be all useful for you. International students who want to work in Japan in the future also need to learn and master the Japanese language because Japanese companies require non-Japanese candidates to have a certain level of Japanese language ability.

Finally, under the slogan, "Seeking new frontiers in marine science and technology," please study and conduct research to your heart's content at the University, with a strong commitment to blazing a new path and creating a new industry as a leader in the maritime field. Let me conclude my congratulatory address by hoping that at the University you will make lots of wonderful friends and develop yourselves into professionals with sufficient knowledge as well as great foresight and imagination in order to embrace challenges and play active roles in society.

October 5, 2020    
Toshio Takeuchi, Ph.D.
President, TUMSAT

学 長 式 辞





本学は、国境を超えて海で繫がる世界の持続的な開発に向けた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。具体的には、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。また、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、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。さらに、SDGsの項目14「海の豊かさを守る」という持続可能な開発を推進す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。


まず一つ目は、昨年度、「海洋産業AIプロフェッショナル育成卓越大学院プログラム」が採択されました。これは、本学が有する海洋、海事、水産の専門知識とフィールドに関する豊富な経験を元に、的確に人工知能を用い、その社会実装を主導するイノベータ・高度専門技術者や海洋政策の立案を行う人材育成プログラムです。新しいセンターとして、「海洋AI 開発評価センター(MAIDEC)」を昨年11月1日に新たに立ち上げ、連携機関とともに海洋AIコンソーシアムを結成し、産学官の連携で本プログラムを推進することとしています。具体的には、AIを有機的に活用しながら教育・研究を行うもので、今年4月から、大学院の5年一貫プログラムとしてスタートさせています。





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