Message from the Dean

Agricultural Sciences for Our Future

学部長The Faculty of Agriculture at the Yamaguchi University is located on the Yoshida Campus, close from the Yuda hot-spring resorts in the east part of the Yamaguchi basin, just next to the Mt. Himeyama with an elegant ridgeline. The experimental farm is also located on the same campus, imparting a peaceful and greenery environment. Surrounded by such a nice atmosphere, the students can acquire specialized knowledge and techniques by learning either in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences addressing food production and environmental protection, or in the Department of Biological Chemistry addressing life science of microorganisms, plants and animals. In addition, the faculty is full of activities including forward-looking-and-advanced researches such as the development of thermotolerant microbial functions and new technologies for crop production in a plant factory, local industry-government-academia cooperation, and global academic exchange with foreign universities, especially with those in southeastern Asia. Through the experience and practice of these activities, the students can broaden and deepen their views on the potential of Agricultural Sciences and both regional and international issues.

The graduates get a wide variety of jobs and more than half of them are agricultural sciences-related fields, such as industries and governments involved in agriculture, forestry, fishery, foods and pharmaceuticals. Nearly half of the graduates continue to graduate school for acquiring more advanced knowledge and techniques. In April 2016, the Graduate School of Sciences and Technology for Innovation established by integrative reorganization of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering (offering both the master’s and doctor’s degree programs), the Graduate School of Agriculture, and a part of the Graduate School of Medicine, encouraging development of researchers and highly professional engineers who can contribute to the progress of society in charge of creating and promoting innovation with use of knowledge on the management of technology. In addition, it is also possible to go on to doctor’s degree programs of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences at the Tottori University.

Agricultural Sciences is a multidisciplinary applied science with a mission to confront critical problems related to food, life and environment over past, present and future. In order to fulfill the mission and realize an affluent society, the entire faculty continues to work hard for advancement of Agricultural Sciences and development of talented personnel.

Jun Kobayashi
Dean of Faculty of Agriculture