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This course curriculum has the following characteristics and it has been prepared for each student to make the most suitable study plan with the advice of faculty members.

The curriculum of the Marine Environment and Energy Professional Training International Courses is designed to take advantage of the benefits of the educational program in the Course of Safety Management in Food Supply Chain corresponding to practical business and the Case Method Teaching in the Course of Marine Management Policy, in which internship counts as course credits, and it aims to cultivate a broader perspective and problem finding and solving skills in students so that they can greatly enhance the ability to respond to real world issues that come with the broader development and utilization of the oceans by protecting the environment and utilizing energy efficiently.
Today, environmental protection factors generally conflict with the short-term business interests of corporations much of the time. In addition, the efficient use of energy has not necessarily been the corporate strategy actively used in all countries, regions, and industries due to the high initial investment. These issues are also prominent in Asia, and in order for highly specialized professionals to maintain the balance between demands from the company or the industry they belong to and environmental issues and energy efficiency, they have to take a long-term perspective and are often faced with difficult decisions that require a wide range of professional expertise. These decisions have to be made based on a different fundamental knowledge depending on the field of expertise, and the environmental and social impacts of business activities also vary. Therefore, in the curriculum of these courses, students shall first study applied subjects in the environmental and energy fields related to each field of expertise so as to develop the ability to have a panoramic view of the elements related to the environment and energy.
On top of that, a program that supports cultivating both developmental and environmental management skills (planning/execution/evaluation) especially necessary when working in companies has been added to the existing curriculum in order to train and develop the human resources that are required by companies. In addition, on-site training, which can meet the big challenges of society, is conducted in the newly established internship courses requiring training in the private sector and in research institutions and through exercise courses that provide practical training in ships at sea. Pertaining to environmental and energy issues also outside Japan, course students are actively sent mainly overseas to cooperating schools, as well as companies, universities and public institutions, in order to refer to specific cases and develop an international perspective.

Specific details of the above curriculum may change in accordance with the correction system which conforms to the PDCA Cycle, and also by incorporating opinions and requests from the industries, including cooperating companies.

A cooperative framework in the university for the course curriculum is set up to conduct actual practice and observations from the standpoint of the environment and energy by utilizing training ships (six boats) and field facilities (4 stations) owned by the university. Specifically, training courses which use training ships, such as Coastal Observation Training (Course of Marine Environmental Studies), Ocean Observation Training (same) and Fisheries Research Special Training On Board (Course of Marine Life Sciences), incorporate a support system in English and students are provided with the opportunity to understand the structure of marine ecosystems and learn about the practical side of surveying and investigation of ecological and environmental assessment elements. This marine and coastal observation training is an important opportunity to understand actual marine conditions and structure, including coastal development zones, actual ocean observation and measurement technology, reliability of measurement data underlying as a basis of analysis and environmental evaluation, etc., all of which are important to develop the knowledge and a sense of understanding that cannot be gained from such things as lectures and the Case Method, and see and understand the reliability and problems of extensive environmental assessments based on this knowledge and understanding.
In cooperation with the Field Science Center, through the observation of water quality and study of the biological and ecological systems along the coast of Tokyo Bay, practical education concerning the impact that development has had on the environment is conducted which includes periodical observations of the developmental history and actual use of Tokyo Bay, and particularly substances emitted from the surrounding areas and ships.
In addition, the Office of Liaison and Cooperative Research aggregate interactive information with industry by understanding the needs of society, promoting research through industry-academia-government collaboration and sharing technology through joint cooperation with industries and local communities and provide information to graduates of this course, such as industry demands and the human resources expected by it.

In each course of the Master's Course of the Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology, the educational content and methods for achieving the objectives to develop and implement human resource objectives are clearly defined in its rules, and the systematic curriculum has been established for each course focusing on its field of expertise and educational purpose.
The Marine Environment and Energy Professional Training International Courses curriculum, as already mentioned, is designed taking advantage of the benefits from the environment and energy related subjects, Case Method Teaching, internships and training on top of the educational curriculum of each course.
Two new subjects centered around the Case-Method of Teaching have been established in the Course of Marine System Engineering: one for environmental conservation and the other for efficient use of energy (Environmental Protection Technologies Case Training and Energy Utilization Technology Case Training). In these subjects students can deepen their understanding of the various issues that may occur within the company, and between the company and society, through practical education that includes studying actual cases from visiting lecturers from corporations.

Environment and energy related internships will count as course credits. Due to the necessity of support in English, the places for internships are mainly selected from cooperating companies and organizations. Furthermore, subjects related to actual business operations have already been established in cooperation with the JAMSTEC (Ind.) and the Fisheries Research Center (Ind.), and they are also count as a credit in this course. Earning 4 credits from these subjects or taking the aforementioned internship were made compulsory so that students can acquire the capability of handling the practical approach requiredin each respective field.
Not all students studying in this course have as good of a command of English as required in their field of expertise, so we will take due account of improving their English skills and knowledge of specialized maritime terminology. For instance, students who need to improve their English language skills in their area of expertise can attend some classes such as "Interactive English I (Research & Presentation)".

Case Method Teaching is an exercise style class for a whole process in regards to specific and practical issues (cases) including clarifying the decision process in the related case, correlating and interpreting the relevant written materials, devising and proposing specific measures for solving the problem, checking the appropriateness of the answer to the problem and to the surrounding circumstances, and making the final judgment (decision).
In the Environmental Protection Technologies Case Training, students select an approach and a protection technology and propose specific measures to tackle marine environmental issues. A lecturer from one of the cooperating companies of this initiative, IDEA Consultants, Inc., which has addressed a wide range of social infrastructure projects on environmental issues, will be invited to take actual example cases of marine environmental issues and hold seminars on the solution process.
Pertaining to energy efficiency issues in the ocean, Energy Utilization Technology Case Training has been established for the issues in the logistics of shipping operations and the issues of energy efficiency on ships. Discussions will be held on optimizing energy use, the possibility of using alternative energy and energy saving technologies based on specific cases. Lecturers shall be dispatched from cooperating shipbuilding and merchant ship related companies.

In addition, regarding the existing cooperation subjects, the lecturers for the Coastal Marine Production Environment Studies and Marine Production Environmental Engineering (both are in the Course of Marine System Engineering) are invited from the Fisheries Research Agency, and for Underwater Exploration Equipment Engineering and Underwater Sound Engineering (same) lectures continue to be dispatched from the Japan Agency for Marine Research and Development.