Go Forward

Agricultural science is a field of study and research that seeks to understand nature, and to actively apply such understanding to solve the problems of humankind. The desire to understand nature comes from both the curiosity “What is this?” and the growing sense that “If we understand or do this, we can live humanly.” In the field of agricultural science, we identify challenges related to food, the environment, and life, clarify the origin of such challenges, and propose what to do to solve them. To achieve this goal, it is important to employ a wide range of approaches from natural science to social science. In order to promote such education and research in the agricultural science field, the Graduate School of Agriculture of Meiji University has established four programs: Agricultural Chemistry, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, and Life Sciences.

Agricultural science is a fascinating and indispensable field that is very familiar to us, but it covers a broad range, from basic to applied, from the microscopic world at the molecular level to the macroscopic world at the ecological and global levels. As facilities and equipment to support the practice of agricultural science, this graduate school has developed and enhanced advanced research devices required for cutting-edge research in the life science field. Furthermore, “Meiji University Advanced Plant Factory Research Center” was established in 2011, and “Kurokawa Field Science Center,” which is located in a satoyama area, was established in 2012 with a concept of coexisting with the environment, nature, and the local community. In 2014, Faculty Office Building, Izumi Campus, which is an education building featuring the latest equipment, was completed, further enhancing the facilities to support proactive studies. We will continue to actively introduce new facilities and technologies, improve the quality of faculty staff, and contribute to society through research.

The graduate school aims to develop human resources who can identify and solve problems related to “food, the environment, and life,” and consciously enhances support for post-graduate students. Specifically, we have a teaching assistant (TA) and research assistant (RA) system to train young researchers, a reporting support system for international conferences, various scholarships, and a career support system to support career decisions. The graduate school is always conscious of improving the research environment in order for students to gain valuable research experience. In such an environment, I am very pleased that this school has been sending out many high-level academic papers and conference presentations in which postgraduate students are the first authors. I hope that you will join our staff members in engaging in agricultural research, study agricultural science in a practical way, produce innovative research results, and flourish as human resources who contribute to the realization of a sustainable environment and society.

Dean, Graduate School of Agriculture