Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Message from the President

Nurturing the university characteristics through creation and practical use of knowledge,and contributing to the regional and international communities through development of human resources who can “support and protect food safety and people’s livelihood”

Hideyuki Nagasawa, D.V.M, Ph.D
Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (OUAVM) was established in 1941 and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2011. As the only national university in Japan specializing solely in agriculture and veterinary medicine, OUAVM has education and research focused on knowledge and technologies that can help solving global problems in the fields of agriculture and veterinary science. The university has always aimed at developing individuals who can play significant roles in the increasingly globalized international community.

Japan has limited natural resources and thus development of human resources must be at the top of its list of priorities.
Agriculture and livestock industries produce food which is vital for supporting not only human lives but also healthy and gratifying living. In this regard, agriculture and livestock industries are inseparably connected with such global issues as famine, poverty, environmental destruction, energy, etc.

Under the present circumstances, the regional/international community requires people who are competent enough to resolve various pressing problems related to food safety and security from a comprehensive perspective of agriculture, animal science and veterinary science.
Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine has strengthened various efforts for achieving the following visions:

  1. Creating a “community for learning from each other” on campus where the advantage of rich natural environment is utilized  for encouraging students to enjoy learning actively and to foster a rich humanity;
  2. Developing graduates who are internationally minded, have practical knowledge and skills, and can take a broad view of things on the basis of expertise in both agriculture and animal science;
  3. Establishing the university as a leading center of academic research which is pursued for the purpose of solving global  problems related to human life, food and environment; and
  4. Contributing to sustainable development of the regional/international community through practical application of the results  of creative, interdisciplinary and practical studies.

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