Sep. 30, 2021
While the astounding advances of industry have made human life infinitely richer on the one hand, they have also given rise to increasingly serious environmental problems all over the world. The 21st century is now being touted as the “century of the environment,” and we at the Graduate School of Agriculture aim to contribute to the achievement of a sustainable symbiotic balance between mankind and nature by pursuing a comprehensive scientific program focusing on food, life and the environment. We seek to address issues of all sizes—from molecular to global—through a broad-based approach that incorporates everything from life science to social sciences so as to nurture, in students, a deep sense of compassion, insight into life and a high degree of specialist knowledge. It is our aim to produce graduates who are equipped with both expertise and comprehensive capabilities that enable them to address pressing issues from a broader perspective.
Agricultural Chemistry Program
The Agricultural Chemistry Program focuses on resolving the many problems we face in terms of food, life and the environment through the many advanced technologies at our disposal founded on natural sciences such as physics, chemistry and biology, as well as molecular biology and engineering. The goal of the program is to contribute to the achievement of a symbiotic coexistence of people and other living creatures (i.e., a sustainable global environment). We hope to leverage our education and research activities to produce graduates with specialist knowledge and the practicality to apply it not just in an agricultural chemistry context, but also in many other professional fields.
Various issues, including the deterioration of the global environment as a result of increased activity by mankind in modern times and shortage of food caused by population explosion, threaten the existence of mankind. The goal of the Agriculture Program is to develop students into expert professionals and agricultural researchers. It is our intention that theoretical research and experiments involving genes, cells, individuals, populations and associations, ecosystems, and even landscapes and environment will ensure that our graduates have a high degree of problem-solving ability that can contribute internationally to help establish sustainable farming practices and achieve a symbiotic coexistence of mankind and nature.
Agricultural Economics Program
Modern society faces a range of problems in terms of farming, food, resources and the environment. As the name suggests, the study of agricultural economics has an economic focus but is not limited to this area. Indeed, it is a very extensive field, and incorporates neighboring disciplines such as business administration, sociology, politics and other social sciences to try to solve pressing issues.
The goal of the Agricultural Economics Program is to use that academic foundation to produce graduates with a solid grounding in the basics of those social sciences, who bring global and historical perspectives to a broad array of problems, and who have the practical ability to seek out specific solutions to those issues.
Life Sciences Program
The goal of the Life Sciences Program is to build up a solid foundation of basic knowledge and research methods pertaining to life sciences and biotechnology, and to use this base to launch basic and applied research into food, life and the environment, targeting a broad spectrum of flora and fauna, as well as microorganisms at all levels—molecular, cellular and individual. The objective of this program is to supply society with individuals with a high level of expertise and skills who will be active in research, educational institutions, as well as industry in a wide range of fields including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, genome mapping, biological resources, and environmental issues.