Director's Message

名古屋大学大学院生命農学研究科長・農学部長 川北 一人

KAWAKITA KazuhitoDean
School of Agricultural Sciences and
Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences
Nagoya University

Welcome to the homepage of the School of Agricultural Sciences and the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt invitation and to introduce the overview of our activities on education and research.

The School of Agricultural Sciences was established in 1951. The School has been engaged in the pursuit of education and research in the biological, biochemical and environmental sciences, which provides the foundation for agricultural and bio-industrial advancement. Since its foundation, the quality, intensity, and forward focus of education at our school have led to great success for our students; many of our graduates now play important roles in agriculture and related fields all over the world, especially in Asia. Currently, the School consists of three departments: Department of Bioenvironmental Sciences, Department of Bioresource Sciences, and Department of Applied Biosciences. We have also the Field Science Center organized by the University Farm, the University Forest and the Experimental Station for Highland Animal Production, and have the Avian Bioscience Research Center.

The Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences was reorganized in 1997, heading for the scientific contribution toward the progress of agricultural and life sciences and nurturing highly specialized engineers and advanced researchers who could challenge current issues. Currently, incoming graduate students can join one of four graduate programs: Forest and Environmental Resources Sciences, Plant Production Sciences, Animal Sciences and Applied Biosciences.

Now, people are world-widely facing a variety of issues such as sufficient and stable food supply, global environmental protection, development of new energy and so forth. The research on agricultural and life sciences could contribute as a driving discipline to solve the issues, and the research areas are expanding by harmonizing with different academic fields. In this background, one of the missions of the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences is not only to deepen basic researches, which have been accumulated, but also to develop interdisciplinary researches. Another mission is to put more emphasis on recruiting and fostering students who have strong motivation of studying agricultural and life sciences in order to put the knowledge, information and technology obtained in the graduate programs into practice. Furthermore, we have to make efforts to bridge ever-lasting exchange of human resources and research cooperation initiating technological innovation at the requests from the developing countries.

At the same time, we are carrying out two research projects on the Global Center of Excellence, so-called Global COE; one is titled “Advanced Systems-Biology: Designing The Biological Function” which is operated in the cooperation of the Graduate School of Science of Nagoya University, and another is titled “From Earth System Science to Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies” which is in cooperation with the Graduate School of Environmental Studies of Nagoya University. The purpose of the Global COE projects is to cultivate young researchers and highly specialized engineers through the sophisticated and comprehensive program. These projects are expected to develop unique horizon of systems biology and environmental science, and to open new carrier path for the students in the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences in near future.

We warmly welcome foreign students and scientist from around the world, confident in the knowledge that they will experience fruitful learning and significant human experiences at the School of Agricultural Sciences and the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences of Nagoya University.