Message from the Graduate School Dean

We describe agricultural science as the “integrated science of life” in our explanation of the purposes and goals for establishing the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science. Humanity is currently confronted by unprecedented risks related to sustainably ensuring adequate food, resources and energy, as well as addressing environmental issues. Moreover, we are keenly aware that the widespread damage that has hit the agriculture, forestry, wood products, dairy, livestock and fisheries industries in the Tohoku and Kanto regions due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011—along with the massive emission of radioactive substances in connection with the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, and accompanying reputational damage—are cause for concern. We think agricultural science will contribute greatly to solutions to these compound problems. It is essential to take the medium- to long-term view and train global human resources equipped with sophisticated research and analytical skills if we are to solve these problems.

The United Graduate School of Agricultural Science’s goal is to contribute to progress in agricultural science. At the same time, we must contribute from scientific aspects to agriculture, forestry, wood products, dairy, livestock, fisheries and other industries related to life forms. Additionally marshaling the strengths of our constituent universities—Ibaraki University, Utsunomiya University, and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology—in education and research aspects, we intend to perform world-leading agricultural research.

Ryo Funada
Dean
United Graduate School of Agricultural Science
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology