The Undergraduate School of Marine Science and Technology was selected as a recipient of the 13th Marine Nation Promotion Merit Award, given by the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and others. Shizuoka Campus Provost Yoshihiko Yamada and School of Marine Science and Technology Dean Nobuhiko Akiyama attended the award ceremony held on October 21 at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The Marine Nation Promotion Merit Award (Prime Minister's Award) is given to people and groups who have made great achievements in raising public awareness, conducting research, or promoting industry in a broad range of marine-related areas, including science and technology, fisheries, maritime affairs, and environmental issues. By widely publicizing these achievements, the Japanese government hopes to provide an opportunity to deepen public understanding and interest in marine issues. This year, two groups (including the School of Marine Science and Technology) and two individuals received awards for "special achievements in promoting Japan as a maritime nation," while one group and two individuals received awards for "outstanding achievements in the ocean." This was the first time that a school within a university has received this award. During the ceremony, Provost Yamada accepted the award on behalf of Tokai University and received a certificate and commemorative medal from Minister in charge of maritime policy Hachiro Okonogi.
The School of Marine Science and Technology was recognized with the award for being the only "Faculty of Marine Science and Technology" in Japan where students can comprehensively study the ocean.