Aiming to produce graduates active in the international community for the future of mankind
OHSAWA Kanju, Ph.D.
The origin of Tokyo University of Agriculture was the Department of Agriculture, Ikueiko School, Tokugawa Ikuei-kai Foundation, founded in 1891 by ENOMOTO Takeaki, an influential figure in the Meiji Government. Accordingly the University celebrates its 119 anniversary this year. We, Tokyo University of Agriculture, have promoted education and research grounded in a practical science approach. This policy is based on the educational philosophy of its first president, Dr. YOKOI Tokiyoshi, “Ask rice plant about rice plant, ask farmers about agriculture”, and “Return man to the farm”. We thus aim to develop graduates with capacity to face the actuality, make rational decisions and take action.
At present, we have 21 departments in six faculties on three campuses. We also have two graduate schools: the Graduate School of Agriculture and the Graduate School of Bio-Industry. In total 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently studying at our unique university specializing in the study of agriculture, science and technology.
In the 20th century, mankind has demonstrated an unprecedented ability to achieve economic affluence. Yet, in exchange for that, it seems man has also become inconsiderate of others, has shown strong disregard for life, has lost manifold benefits through the destruction of the environment, and has become preoccupied with the pursuit of wealth alone. Having said this, nowadays people have also started to reconsider their symbiotic relationship with nature, and seek the establishment of a recycling-oriented society. In this connection, we acknowledge that our university’s role in society has been expanding more than ever. We are currently surrounded by many problems including the global environment and worldwide energy and food shortages. Amidst escalating changes in the natural environment and our social surroundings, human beings must realize that we have reached a critical juncture in our future survival. We at Tokyo University of Agriculture are committed to actively providing education and research guidance so that graduates may engage in comprehensive studies to identify what is important for the continued existence of humanity from a broad perspective.▲ Go to Top on this page