Message from the President


Tokushima University celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019. To commemorate this event, we plan to further strengthen our education, research and social contribution, in order to make further advances as a university that solves global issues from a regional standpoint.

At Tokushima University, we provide a high level of education and research. In particular, in the fields of Life Sciences and Engineering, we are conducting world class education and research into areas ranging from disease, to plants, to robotics, and to information technologies. We are developing various measures to promote global prosperity, stability and safety.

The graduate school comprises seven education departments (Integrated Arts and Sciences, Medical Sciences, Oral Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nutrition and Bioscience, Health Sciences, and Advanced Technology and Science) and two research departments (Graduate School ofTechnology, Industrial and Social Sciences, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences). The education department, which is an educational organization, and the research department, which is a faculty organization, are separate, making it possible to respond flexibly to changes in education and research according to the times. There are six faculties (Integrated Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science and Technology, and Bioscience and Bioindustry). In addition, there is the Institute for Advanced Enzyme Research which leads the world in advanced biological research, the Post-LED Photonics Laboratory which conducts leading research to bring about innovation to save the world with light, the university hospital leading with state-of-the-art medical care, and the Industry-University R&D Startup Leading Institute that systematically produces startups. The undergraduate schools are mostly for science, and the only undergraduate school for humanities is the Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences.

This range of schools is one of the defining features of Tokushima University, and we have nurtured many high achievers. One of them is the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Shuji Nakamura (University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) Department of Materials Science and Engineering), who completed a Master's degree in the Tokushima University Graduate School of Engineering. In the field of medicine and pharmaceutical sciences, Dr. Keiji Tanaka (Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science), has been honored for his cultural contribution. Besides these alumni, many of our graduates make an active contribution in various fields.

In order to coordinate education and research across the whole university, we have established organizations to foster collaboration; these are known as the Research Cluster and the Education Cluster. As a means of acquiring external funding, Tokushima University has been developing crowdfunding, and crowdsourcing, to foster the seeds of innovation. We would welcome your participation in our efforts. We also welcome your continued support of our faculty staff and students, and so invite you to express your views to us without hesitation.


The vision and mission of Tokushima University


Tokushima University will search for truth, create knowledge, and inherit and develop eminent sciences and cultures with a spirit of independence and autonomy. We will contribute as a global university to establish a robust and abundantly prosperous society.

Mission Statements


  1. To educate students systematically and practically to inspire them to feel, consider, and study with ambition for all their lives.
  2. To cultivate future leaders who can autonomously attempt to address world-wide problems with enterprising spirits.


  1. To conduct research that explores fundamental truths through unfettered thought.
  2. To conduct research that solves social issues on the earth.
  3. To contribute to the peaceful development of the international and regional community by returning the research products of the university to society.

Social contribution

  1. To be the center of a network of knowledge linking the regional community with the world in order to establish a peaceful and cultural community of nations and a vibrant regional society.
  2. To be a base for social advances through cooperation among industry, government, and academia, establishing new industries in the regional community, while supporting lifelong learning by opening the facilities of the university to the public.


Sumihare Noji
President, Tokushima University