Message from the President
TAKANO Katsumi, Ph.D.
Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI) was founded by Viscount Takeaki Enomoto, a cosmopolitan figure in modern Japan and a scientist who served as Minister of Education, Foreign Affairs, Post and Telecommunications, and Agriculture during the Meiji Period (1868–1912). Tokyo NODAI was originally established as the Department of Agriculture at the Ikueiko School of the Tokugawa Ikuei-kai Foundation in 1891. Today, it has grown into a full-scale agricultural university with two graduate schools, six undergraduate faculties with 22 departments, and a junior college with three departments conducting education and research across a wide range of areas, including bioscience, food science, environmental science, health science, energy, and regional regeneration.
Going forward, Tokyo NODAI will continue to develop human resources with “agricultural spirit” that values life, in order to fulfill our mission to contribute to the world with morality, for the happiness of humanity, based on “Return Man to the Farm,” the educational principle of our University, and “Practical Science”, our approach to teaching and research.
Message from Dean of Graduate School
UEHARA Mariko, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Agriculture
Utilize advanced research capabilities in diverse agricultural fields and support "IKIRU: living" for the future
The Graduate School of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI), was established in 1953, 62 years after the university was founded.
Agriculture continues to expand its presence in academia as a comprehensive science of the future, and involves biological resource science, life science, environmental science, health science, management, economics, and social science, and so on.
The Graduate School initially conducted two major courses of agriculture and agricultural economics, but with the growing significance of studying agriculture in academia, we have now set up 15 majors, and reinforced our identity as a private graduate school of agriculture, the largest graduate school there is.
In educational research, we provide graduate students with rich insights and global perspectives in domestic and international agricultural fields based on the spirit of construction, "Return man to the farm," and the philosophy of educational research, "Practical Science". In each specialty, we aim to train human resources who will become active and independent in the field and who will be researchers, educators, and highly specialized technicians demonstrating well-balanced and cooperative temperament.
Tokyo NODAI supports "IKIRU: living." This graduate school will also contribute to various "IKIRU" projects aiming at world-class research in natural science and social science.
SHIOMOTO Akihiro, Ph. D.
Dean, Graduate School of Bioindustry
The Only Bioindustrial Research Center in Japan, Combining Production and Utilization of Biological Resources in the Okhotsk with Industrial Management
The Okhotsk area is blessed with terrestrial and aquatic biological resources. Our graduate school, the only center for bioindustrial research and education in Japan, is located in such area. Our school has four major fields of study in the Master’s program, Bioproduction, Aquatic Bioscience, Food and Cosmetic Science, and Business Science; in the Doctoral program we have a major in Bioindustry. The nature in Okhotsk area gives us abundant biological resources. This area includes Shiretoko Peninsular, which has been inscribed on the World Heritage List. This area is also a major food production base in Japan, as well as a sanctuary that offers an ecosystem of wild fauna and flora. You must study and know the mechanisms supporting the abundant biological production system for sustainable use. In addition, even if much production that advantages to abundance is given, you must use the production well for getting richness. By providing many people with the products, the richness of Okhotsk is returned to society.
Our graduate students learn and study the biological production system, the application to use and processing of products, and the management in the distribution of products deeply; the students also take multidisciplinary programs. We pursue the development of human resources who can contribute to the international and local communities through their broad knowledge and global perspective, based on the wide range of insights gained in the Okhotsk area.