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Message from the Dean

Faculty of Agriculture
Niigata University

The goal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University, is to foster students to become specialists who possess both basic academic and practical application skills in agricultural science. We expect graduates to work not only in their home country, but also all over the world.
In agriculture, the yield and productivity of crops increased several fold in the 20th century, mostly thanks to the development of chemical fertilizers, breeding, and cultivation methods, in addition to improvement of irrigation systems, and the use of agricultural machinery. These advances in agriculture have supported the food supply for the increasing world population. On the other hand, agriculture is currently facing serious problems worldwide, such as the decrease in farmland area, soil degradation and environmental pollution due to the abuse of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and the decrease in the number of farmers. In Japan, the food self-sufficiency has decreased to less than 40%. However, the increasing world population is estimated to reach over 9.7 billion by 2050. Therefore, we cannot continue living on the earth without sustainable food production, maintenance of the local and global environment, and recycling and efficient use of resources.
The Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University, welcomes young individuals who wish to study agriculture through advanced science and technology, including bioscience and IT, and we hope that our students become successful specialists, contributing in various agricultural fields in local and global levels.

Basic Philosophy

The goals of education and research in the Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University, are as follows:

  1. 1.Active and flexible system of education and research in accordance with current social requirements, toward sustainable agriculture and forestry in a sound natural environment.
  2. 2.Development of productive agriculture and stable local societies including mountain villages.
  3. 3.Education from an international point of view by means of basic sciences and new technologies.
  4. 4.Promotion of interdisciplinary research and regional collaboration projects.

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