Established in 1929, Kobe University (Shindai) is one of the oldest and leading national universities located in the international port city of Kobe, Japan. The university is made up of 11 faculties, 14 graduate schools, one research institute and may centers covering the four disciplines of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and bio-medical sciences. The institution welcomes oversea students and currently there are over 1100 international students from 75 countries and regions studying at Kobe. Moreover the university has academic agreements with 189 universities and institutions from 45 countries and regions.
The Faculty of Maritime Sciences was established in October, 2003 with the integration of Kobe University of Mercantile Marine (KUMM) which was founded in 1917. Emphasis is placed on fields such as Maritime Safety Management, efficiency of Marine Propulsion and Energy, Transportation Systems, Marine Engineering and the Marine Environment Conservation. Faculty of Maritime Sciences pursues collaboration with other faculties and plays a key role in interdisciplinary studies on maritime issues.
Students can select courses from a wide variety of subjects offered by faculties of Science, Engineering, Law, Economics, and Business Administration. Students are encouraged to undertake interdisciplinary studies in addition to their research in a specific discipline. The Faculty has three separate departments; Marine Technology Management, Maritime Transportation Systems and Marine Engineering. The International Maritime Education and Research Center, and the training ship Fukae Maru. Students can advance to Master’s Degree Program of Maritime Sciences in the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences or to Sea Training Course after graduation.
Candidates for the Certificate of Competency must enter this six months course and complete it after graduating from the Faculty of Maritime Sciences. On-board training is conducted by the National Institute for Sea Training (NIST). NIST is operating 5 training ships, two world famous sailing ships Nippon Maru and Kaiwo Maru, one steam turbine ship Taisei Maru and two motor ships Ginga Maru and Seiun Maru. After completion of this course and passing a physical and an oral examination, (no written examination is required at this stage) successful graduates will be issued a Certificate of Competency, and a 3rd Grade Maritime Officer (Navigation or Engineering) Certificate.
Degree-seeking Undergraduate Students
For Degree-seeking Graduate Students