Message from the President



MISSION OF THE TOTTORI UNIVERSITY

President Ryota TESHIMA

  As a national university corporation, Tottori University has the principle concept: “Fusion of Knowledge and Practice" and strives to carry out its mission in accordance with the 2006 Fundamental Law of Education which states “as a center of academic knowledge, university shall cultivate high standard of general knowledge and specialized skills, pursue truth to create new knowledge and contribute to social development through providing the results of its research to society widely". In order to achieve the mission, Tottori University has set the following three goals on education, research and social contribution:

1. To develop well-educated human resources who can play a key role in society,

2. To promote cutting-age research that contributes to solving global and social issues,

3. To contribute to the international and regional communities, and to unite with the regions.

  Tottori University was founded in 1949 and has made a lot of achievements over 66 years. Since the establishment, Tottori University has made an impact on both the local and global levels, and has sent out over 47,000 graduates who are active in variety of academic disciplines and occupations both in Japan and worldwide.


  Tottori University comprises four faculties - Regional Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Agriculture - which offer programs at undergraduate level. In addition, Tottori University offers graduate programs at Master’s and Doctoral levels in the field of Regional Sciences, Medical Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture and United Agricultural Sciences, at which researchers are engaged in advanced educational and research activities and have showed successful results. At the graduate level, Tottori University accepts students from the workforce, who conduct researches while participating actively in the society.

  In order to support its research, education and social contribution, Tottori University has  over 20 specialized centers and institutions including Organization for Supporting University Education, University Hospital, University-affiliated Schools, Arid Land Research Center (Joint-Usage/Research Center), Organization for Regional Industrial Academic Cooperation, Center for International Affairs, University Art Center and Tottori BioFrontier.

  Currently about 6,400 undergraduate and graduate students are studying and more than 2,000 academic and administrative staff members are working at Tottori University.

  Tottori University considers that the required person in the modern society should be "educated for the modern age" and rich in "human potential". With this in mind, Tottori University places a special emphasis in its work on the cultivation for them and carries out education programs in each faculty and at each level so that society will evaluate the graduates as highly qualified people with a deep sense of humanity. Furthermore, Tottori University makes effort to cultivate human resources who have global perspectives and provides overseas language training programs. One of the programs, the training program in Mexico aims at polishing human potential by way of taking part in field work for solving problems. This program has a history of over 20 years and has been highly evaluated. This led to selection in the framework of “Support for Global Human Resource Development”, the "Go Global Japan" supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT) in FY 2012. Taking this opportunity, Tottori University tries to send much more students outside Japan and to promote education for producing students who have both Japanese mind and internationality. Meanwhile, Tottori University accepts around 200 researchers and students from around the world per year. Tottori University has also concluded the agreements on academic exchange with 91 institutions in 30 countries which are located in Asia, North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa for conducting international activities. Based on these agreements, Tottori University works for world peace and globalization of Japanese society as well as carries out international research and promotes mutual exchange with these institutions.


  In terms of contribution to development of regional community, Tottori University has cultivated the human resources who are working as a key role in the various areas of local community such as education, public administration, agriculture and forestry, industry and medical care. In FY 2013 Tottori University was selected for “Center of Community (COC)” project by MEXT which aims to further develop cooperation which Tottori University has established with local governments and agriculture, forest and fishing industries. Having catch phrases, “university utilizing regional community” and “regional community utilizing university", Tottori University works for producing the personnel who will make contribution to creation of the society well adjusted to depopulation and a low birth rate and an aging population and development of local industries by building on education programs for the talents with human potential focusing on regional community and working on community-oriented research activities.

  In addition, Tottori University has ongoing worldwide research and education activities at Arid Land Research Center (Center for shared use and corraborative research) which conducts arid land science and Chromosome Engineering Research Center which develops chromosome engineering technology, and Center for Promoting Next-Generation Highly Advanced Medicine. In order to promote innovative research activities, Tottori University has also established Human-Avian Zoonoses Research Center and Fungus/Mushroom Resource Research Center and presented a various new knowledge around the world. In 2014 the university newly established "International Platform for Dryland Research and Education" for the purpose of interdisciplinary review for various issues of the arid lands in the world.

  Through these initiatives, Tottori University has deployed energetic activities to serve sufficiently as a “Center of Community (COC)” for regional and global growth with a variety of roles based on the spirit of autonomy and independence.