The Dean's Welcome Message
Message from the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture
Agricultural Science is the Backbone of Sustainable Human Development
Agricultural science is an academic discipline to understand the multifaceted value of biological resources and support the basis of sustainable human development by applying the acquired knowledge and skills to food production and conservation of the natural environment. People today are confronted with various problems triggered by population increases and human activities, ranging from food shortages to environmental pollution, and energy problems. Given that all these issues are deeply involved with agricultural science, it can be said that agricultural science is the key to human beings’ sustainable development and prosperity.
Okayama University’s Faculty of Agriculture has established an education and research system that enables the development of human resources equipped with the abilities needed to play active roles in a wide range of fields, with an eye toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students in the first year are expected to acquire basic knowledge and skills about general agriculture, taking advantage of the Faculty’s single department system. In the second year, students go on to any of four specialized courses of study (Course of Agrochemical Bioscience, Course of Applied Plant Science, Course of Applied Animal Science, and Course of Environmental Ecology) within the single department to develop specialized knowledge and applied skills. Each course deals with various fields of research, ranging from ‘micro science’ at molecular and genetic levels to ‘macro science’ at the field level, while pursuing specialized studies unique to the course. Education and research activities are conducted not only in classrooms and laboratories but also at the Field Science Center, Tsudaka Farm, and Mt. Handayama, the scenery of which makes the Tsushima campus more attractive.
Okayama Prefecture has a long history of developing various types of agriculture, thanks to its being situated south of the Chugoku mountain range, rich in nature with abundant water and greenery, and facing the Seto Inland Sea, which helps create a mild climate. Okayama also has traditionally been an academic powerhouse, due to its history of serving as an intersection of western and eastern cultures in Japan. I believe that the Faculty of Agriculture at Okayama University, blessed with beautiful nature and rich history, is a perfect and ideal place to work together to pave the way for agriculture that can be the backbone of sustainable human development.