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Designing a more comfortable society using the capabilities of living creatures and food

Designing a more comfortable society using the capabilities of living creatures and food

Designing a more comfortable society using the capabilities of living creatures and food

Designing a more comfortable society using the capabilities of living creatures and food

Designing a more comfortable society using the capabilities of living creatures and food

Designing a more comfortable society using the capabilities of living creatures and food

Department of Agricultural Innovation for Sustainability

Atsugi Campus

Designing a more comfortable society using the capabilities of living creatures and food

Designing a More Comfortable Society through the Functionality of Living Organisms and Food

Learning in the Department of Agricultural Innovation for Sustainability is all about thinking of better social systems through the knowledge of agriculture. It is a completely new academic field that attempts to solve social problems and environmental/energy problems by applying the broad knowledge cultivated in the agricultural and livestock sciences.

In particular, the department focuses on the outstanding functionality latent in living organisms and food. For instance, it is carrying out research into development of a product that imitates the color-producing mechanism of jewel beetles (photo on right) and the development of cosmetics that make use of the function of silk in cutting ultraviolet light. Its R&D themes are wide-ranging, including the development of new processing techniques for agricultural and livestock products and research into new indices for food safety evaluation. In this way, the use of agricultural functions in manufacturing is the research of the field of agricultural innovation.

In contrast, the field of agricultural for sustainability uses agricultural knowledge to address problems in everyday life. Research carried out in this field looks into such things as welfare systems that teach senior citizens to raise silkworms to support their independence and the building of sustainable cultivation systems for crops that are a raw material for bioethanol.

A panoramic view of agricultural knowledge and a perspective that detects the intersections with society are required in both fields.

For that reason, research is to be conducted in close cooperation not only with other departments, but also with companies and government.

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Teacher-training Course

This is a course for obtaining a regular teaching certificate for junior high schools and high schools based on Japan’s Education Personnel Certification Act.

Teacher-training Course

Students who take this course are awarded a teaching certificate at the time of graduation by earning specified credits while taking specialized education in their department. This course creates a heavier workload compared to other students, as it entails taking more classes, with many lectures in the evening and many practice sessions off campus, but this could lead to a student life that much richer.

Many students who have completed this course are playing active roles as teachers in junior high schools and high schools as well as other educational institutions around the country. In the academic year 2016, 130 people obtained 291 teaching certificates (including specialized certificates for those who completed a graduate program). While passing the teacher employment examination is a difficult hurdle, every year about 150 NODAI alumnae (including former graduates) become teachers.

Scientific Information Course

The objective of this course is to train natural sciences librarians and curators by having students learn the foundation of being a technical expert

Scientific Information Course

The objective of this course is to train natural sciences librarians and curators by having students learn the foundation of being a technical expert (including information usage education using computers), which includes surveying, accumulating, organizing, storing, searching, and providing (including displaying) information related to science and technology in public institutions such as museums, science museums, children’s facilities, and public libraries, as well as corporate information departments and R&D departments.

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