The School of Marine Science and Technology at Tokai University is unique in Japan in terms of the breadth and courses on offer in the marine science field. The sea covers 71% of the planet's surface and has a major influence on the global climate. It is a major source of life, much of which has helped to sustain the human race since ancient times. In order to understand the sea better and in particular how to coexist and utilize its resources properly, we need to equip ourselves with knowledge in a range of fields rather than limiting ourselves to the humanities or sciences. We still have much to learn about our oceans. Tokai University's very own research and training vessel, Bosei Maru, provides incredible first-hand experiences for students of marine science. Join us to discover the mysteries of the sea and unlock a brighter future.
Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study along with an appreciation of and desire to attain the educational objectives of the School of Marine Science and Technology as follows. The fundamental principle that underpins the education provided by the School of Marine Science and Technology is that a better understanding and appreciation of the oceans can teach us a great deal about the many complex environmental issues that we face today. To this end, the School of Marine Science and Technology seeks to provide a broad educational foundation that is common throughout the School, covering a wide range of theoretical knowledge and practical techniques in the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology, along with specialized studies in the various departments and courses, in order to cultivate innovative and investigative approaches to designing strategies and responses to deal with these complex environmental issues.
The study of maritime civilizations is designed to give us a better understanding of the social background of how humankind has learned to coexist in harmony with the oceans. Through the study of maritime civilizations, we can gain insights into a range of issues that we face today in modern society. This is the fundamental aim of the Department of Maritime Civilizations. The curriculum covers a wide range of content, from environmental destruction to disputes over natural resources, from ancient civilizations to contemporary international issues. Students learn to take a new look at ocean history and culture from a comprehensive perspective. There are many exercises involving the direct experience of ocean culture, including extended fieldwork programs.
The Department of Environmental and Societal Affairs teaches the objectives and techniques of specific mechanisms for humankind to coexist with the planetary environment and equips students with the skills to use these in the real world. The curriculum examines environmental issues in contemporary society from two perspectives, “environment and society" and “environment and nature," and gives students knowledge in these areas. In addition to lectures and classes, students are actively involved in environmental conservation activities undertaken in conjunction with local communities at various locations such as the Shizuoka and Shimizu coastline, Mikawa bay and Ishigaki island. In this way, students have the opportunity to put their studies into practice in real-world settings.
The fundamental aim of the Department of Marine and Earth Sciences is to use the oceans as a starting point for gaining a systematic understanding of the planetary system and exploring and developing insights into the environment of planet Earth. Global environmental issues and resources and energy issues are major issues that the human race in the 21st century cannot avoid. The Department of Marine and Earth Sciences equips students to take action to promote harmony and coexistence between the oceans and humankind, based on a number of lectures, experiments and exercises, with the aim of addressing these sorts of issues. The curriculum encompasses introductory mathematics and science subjects, classes in oceanography and earth science, and a variety of experiments and exercises.
Since long ago humans have captured various types of wildlife as food. But it is now clear that if we do this too much, there is the risk of species becoming extinct. The Applied Biological Science course at the Department of Fisheries looks at aquatic life as a natural resource and explores ways to boost stocks and ways to use existing stocks more efficiently in order to prevent depletion thereof, as well as techniques for boosting the stocks of species that are endangered. Students learn about fish farming, cultivation and propagation as well as techniques for protecting and nurturing endangered species. The curriculum includes joint research projects with government and private industry in areas such as fisheries operations and government administration. These provide opportunities for students to work alongside people from outside the university and help to prepare them for careers after graduation.
Japan boasts a highly developed marine produce processing industry, with around 65% of the total domestic haul subject to some form of processing. The Food Science course at the Department of Fisheries explores the relationship between food and life and looks at the role of advanced processing techniques and storage methodologies for marine produce in helping to boost food safety and security. The curriculum is designed to produce experts in the food field and includes a number of engaging practical and extension subjects such as “Functional Foods," which explores the possibilities of food, and “Fisheries Food Theory and Exercises," which focuses on cooking techniques.
The key notion that underpins teaching at the Department of Marine Biology is “learning about life and the environment, exploring coexistence with the oceans." With subject groups covering both life in the hydrosphere and conservation of the hydrosphere, students have the opportunity to undertake practical studies such as the behavior and ecology of life forms that grow in the sea and conservation of biomass resources. The extensive curriculum also includes unique topics such as the intelligence and dietary habits of large marine animals and habitat conservation, providing a pathway to a career as a science instructor.
The bulk of the food and energy supplies that we need for everyday life comes to us on the seas. Meanwhile, the oceans are a vast source of mineral resources and energy currently in development. In the Ocean Engineering course at the Department of Navigation and Ocean Engineering, students learn how to develop machinery used for ship and ocean development and take classes where they develop the techniques and creative skills for producing things, such as making ships and robots. The curriculum offers a range of subjects based around engineering and oceanography for those aspiring to work as an engineer who serves society.