President`s Address at Enrollment Ceremony for the

Enrollment Ceremony for the October 2016 Term
President’s Address
Ladies and gentlemen, congratulations! Welcome to the Tokyo University of Marine Science and
Technology, which we call TUMSAT.
Today, I have invited two of our university’s alumni as guests. Mr. Tabata, Chairman of RAKUSUIKAI,
and Mr. Yamamoto, Chairman of KAIYOKAI. Thank you very much for attending this ceremony.
From now, I will deliver my speech in English.
TUMSAT was established in October 2003 through the merger of two universities: Tokyo University of
Mercantile Marine and Tokyo University of Fisheries. Although TUMSAT itself has been in existence
for just 13 years, its predecessors brought with them longstanding traditions, as Tokyo University of
Mercantile Marine was founded in 1875 and Tokyo University of Fisheries in 1888.
At TUMSAT, we carry on the traditions, character, and characteristics of our predecessors.
At the same time, as Japan's only university dedicated to oceanography and related studies, we remain
committed to both education and research under the motto “To know and conserve the sea”.
In this capacity, we strive to play a leading role in further developing Japan as a maritime nation.
I would like to tell you one thing. TUMSAT has now entered the top 20 best small university
world rankings according to Times Higher Education. With the school of Marine Sciences and school
of Marine Engineering, and the Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology research,
it is a comprehensive marine science-related university that covers everything from marine-related
engineering to the natural sciences and biological sciences, and even the social sciences.
In addition, TUMSAT is actively engaged in international exchange, having student exchange
agreements with a total 102 universities and research institutions located in 34 countries and regions
around the world. The proportion of foreign exchange students in the graduate school comes to
more than 25%, making it one of the most internationalized universities in Japan.
This ranking indicates the extent to which TUMSAT has attracted good reviews in the education sphere,
both for its high teacher-student ratio, and for its strong contribution to industry.
Small universities like TUMSAT provide students with an intimate environment based on
more hospitable, thoughtful support from the teaching staff, who can engage with students in ways
that help them keep their focus on the path forward. So please work hard at your studies proudly.
Our graduate school, the Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology, offers both a master’s
program and a doctoral program.
I think all of you are filled with joyful expectation in being able to conduct your research experiments
at our school. There is one especially important point that I want you to keep in mind.
TUMSAT provides education with an emphasis on practical science for the purpose of training highly
skilled professionals. Because we are an institution dedicated to laboratory science, experimental data
is everything. Reading such data enables us to develop new theories and new forms of manufacturing.
However, many cases of research misconduct have come to light, particularly recently. Most of them
involve fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism of data, the so-called FFP. For scientists, data are of
utmost importance, and neither theory nor proof can be realized by tampering or twisting them.
It is important to analyze proper data accurately. And when you are attempting to make a new discovery,
I want you to construct your hypotheses based on sufficient data. You are about to begin a graduate
program that will take two, three, or even five years to complete. As you proceed with your studies,
I hope you will face the data you obtain with humility and put them to good use in establishing
new theories and scientific proof. When you are studying practical science—whether it be
oceanography, maritime, or fisheries science—do not forget the fundamentals of substantiated science.
And do your best to become a respected scientist and highly skilled specialist.
Finally, I will make some short remarks in Japanese.
October 5, 2016
Toshio Takeuchi, Ph.D.
平成 28 年 10 月 5 日