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Agricultural science supports life, food, and the environment
Dean of the Faculty of
The goal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University, is to foster students to become scientists, technicians, or specialists, while learning both elementary knowledge and practical applications in agricultural science. We expect to graduate to work not only in their home country, but all over the world.
In the 20th century, science and technology advanced remarkably, and our lives became convenient and comfortable. We hardly spend a day without using the telephone, TV, or car. In agriculture, the yield and productivity of crops increased several fold in the 20th century, mostly due to the development of chemical fertilizers, breeding, cultivation methods, improvement of farmland irrigation systems, and the use of farm machines. These advances in agriculture support the world population, which increased from 1.5 billion to 6.1 billion during the 20th century.
However, the abuse of science and technology in the 20th century seriously damaged humanity and the earth through chemical pollution, global warming, over-use of resources, and the use and disposition of atomic weapons. In agriculture, there are serious problems all over the world, such as the decrease in farmland area, the devastation of farmland and environmental pollution due to the abuse of chemical fertilizers or irrigation, and the decrease in the number of farmers and their successors.
The world population is still increasing and it is estimated to reach over 9 billion by 2050, with 60% of the world population living in Asian countries. The food self-sufficiency of Japan is about 40%. We cannot continue living on the earth without solving very difficult problems, such as sustainable food production, maintenance of the local and global environment, and recycling and efficient use of materials and resources.
We welcome young people to study agricultural sciences, such as bioscience or field science enthusiastically at Niigata University together with professors and graduate students, and we hope you will become a leader of science, technology, or education, in agricultural sciences in the future.
The goals of education and research in the Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University, are as follows:
- 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．Development of productive agriculture and stable local societies including mountain villages.
- ３．Education from an international point of view by means of basic sciences and new technologies.
- ４．Promotion of interdisciplinary research and regional collaboration projects.