Message from the Dean
The graduate program of Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology aims: "to solve various problems related to the global marine environment, to pursue the potentialities of the marine environment, and in the master's courses, to train highly specialized professionals on the foundation of specialized basic studies, and in the doctoral courses, to train independent highly specialized professionals and researchers who are capable of opening up new frontiers. The graduate school has 7 master's courses (enrollment limit: 228 students), and 2 doctoral courses (enrollment limit: 40 students), and about 660 students are devoting their efforts to their researches day and night to attain their own research goals. For the seas that surround Japan are connected to the world, and 1/5 of the students are from overseas countries, the Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology has a strong commitment to the its academic globalization as one of the issues it currently focuses on.
Development of WISE Program to foster AI Professionals for Marine Industries was adopted " WISE Program (Doctoral Program for World-leading Innovative & Smart Education)" in 2019. This Program fosters artificial intelligence (AI) professionals for marine industries, including innovators, advanced professional engineers, and marine policymakers. Program graduates will possess technical literacy of big data analysis and machine learning methods, the ability to evaluate the performance of AI precisely, and lead social implementation of AI based on diverse expertise and field experience learned at TUMSAT. The Program is a five-year integrated graduate school course at TUMSAT. The Program not only incorporates AI into marine industry, which is a challenge for realizing a new society, but also advances education reform. For example, a Qualifying Examination scheme is introduced.
In 2016, the Collaborative International Education Program Based on the China-Japan-Korea Version of ERASMUS as known as the OQEANOUS Program, was successfully adopted as an Inter-University Exchange Project (IUEP) hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan . The OQEANOUS Program employs the Bologna Process, which is a European model to ensure education quality, and advances diverse activities to develop highly specialized professionals in marine-related fields. TUMSAT has refined its graduate schools' syllabi and initiated new educational programs, including summer school and double degree programs, in alignment with the Program. The joint degree programs for master's courses and credit exchange schemes, which are equivalent to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), will be expanded to include south-east Asian and European universities.
In addition, TUMSAT strives to serve as a graduate school that fosters international perspectives for all students, including Japanese and international students, through diverse efforts. In particular, TUMSAT provides graduate schools' classes in English and participates in the International Priority Graduate Programs hosted by MEXT.
Improving communication skills by interacting with different cultures is critical to develop professionals with sophisticated capabilities and expertise that play active roles globally in the fields of marine, maritime, and fisheries. TUMSAT provides curricula that enhance students' communication skills through an integrated education system from undergraduate to graduate courses. The development and execution of credit exchange programs between overseas universities is actively promoted to encourage international student exchanges.
Dean of the graduate school
Dr. Masashi Maita