Philosophy and GoalsIn April 2012, Okayama University established the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, integrating agriculture-related departments formerly in the Division of Bioscience of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology into the Graduate School of Environmental Science. The objective of this reorganization was to advance education and research focusing also on sustainable food production, a cornerstone of human existence, in addition to education and research previously pursued by the Graduate School of Environmental Science toward the attainment of a recycling-oriented society.
The Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science seeks to develop a new academic framework that defines environmental and food problems as challenges to be addressed at national and global levels. The newly established Graduate School incorporates perspectives on food production into the curricula of the Graduate School of Environmental Science, which sought to cultivate human resources who could take the lead in realizing recycling-oriented society that would ensure a safe and peaceful life environment in urban and rural areas. In addition to such curriculum upgrading, the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science holds environmental preservation and waste treatment issues to be integrated into food safety, an urgent theme for the sustainable development of human society. Taking these approaches, we will foster human resources which have interdisciplinary and international perspectives that transcend the boundaries of environmental issues and food production, in addition to the highly specialized knowledges and skills that meet social requirements.