Nau­ti­cal Sci­ence; Marine Engi­neer­ing; Inter­na­tional Trade and Trans­port Train­ing at Depart­ment of Mar­itime Technology

TOBA NATIONAL COLLEGE OF MARITIME TECHNOLOGY

Estab­lished in 1906, Toyama National Col­lege of Mar­itime Tech­nol­ogy is one of the mar­itime col­leges Japan and located in Toyama. The Col­lege is com­prised of four depart­ments - two tech­no­log­i­cal depart­ments, the Depart­ment of Elec­tronic Con­trol Engi­neer­ing and the Depart­ment of Com­puter Engi­neer­ing and two other spe­cial­ized depart­ments, the Depart­ment of Mar­itime Tech­nol­ogy and the Depart­ment of Inter­na­tional Trade and Trans­port; the lat­ter two depart­ments are quite uncom­mon among the other 55 Col­leges of Tech­nol­ogy in Japan. Due to the aca­d­e­mic cur­ricu­lum and the loca­tion on the Sea of Japan, the empha­sis is on social and inter­na­tional education.

The Marine Train­ing and Research Cen­ter is located on the east­side of Toyama Shinko Port, which lies 4 kilo­me­ters from the school cam­pus. It occu­pies 1650 sq. meters and has train­ing and research facil­i­ties, includ­ing a wharf, train­ing ships, an ocean obser­va­tion room and boathouses. These are mainly used as prac­ti­cal train­ing and research­ing for lessons related to ships and the sea. They are also used for some club activ­i­ties, such as Yacht, Cut­ter and Boat Clubs. Exten­sion lec­tures and marine events are held here in sum­mer with local res­i­dents attending.

Note: Most of the pro­grams are con­ducted in Japanese.

Training Programs

Mar­itime Tech­nol­ogy Programs

  • Nau­ti­cal Sci­ence Pro­gram: The Nau­ti­cal Sci­ence Course aims at edu­cat­ing stu­dents to be ship nav­i­ga­tors for ship­ping com­pa­nies, port indus­tries and marine devel­op­ing enter­prises. Stu­dents receive a four and a half years’ aca­d­e­mic edu­ca­tion and then have a one year prac­ti­cal train­ing on board sail­ing ships and power ves­sels pro­vided by the National Insti­tute for Sea Training.
  • Marine Engi­neer­ing Pro­gram: The Marine Engi­neer­ing Course aims at edu­cat­ing them to be ship engi­neers and sys­tem engi­neers for ship­ping com­pa­nies, mechan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal indus­tries. Stu­dents receive a four and a half years’ aca­d­e­mic edu­ca­tion and then have a one year prac­ti­cal train­ing on board sail­ing ships and power ves­sels pro­vided by the National Insti­tute for Sea Training.

Appli­cants for ship’s offi­cers are required to obtain a cer­tifi­cate of com­pe­tency. The school is autho­rized as a first grade insti­tute for cer­tifi­cate of com­pe­tency, which enables the stu­dents to obtain the first– and the second-​grade ship officer’s cer­tifi­cate. As grad­u­ates are exempted from statu­tory writ­ten exam­i­na­tions for the third grade mar­itime offi­cer, they are able to obtain the third-​grade cer­tifi­cate after pass­ing the statu­tory oral exam­i­na­tion and the phys­i­cal exam at the time of graduation.

Inter­na­tional Trade and Trans­port Program

The Depart­ment of Inter­na­tional Trade and Trans­port pro­vides a unique edu­ca­tion, in that it is the first among its affil­i­ated col­leges to estab­lish a social stud­ies pro­gram. The depart­ment is designed to pre­pare stu­dents for busi­ness careers in a global envi­ron­ment. The cur­ricu­lum includes areas of stud­ies related to inter­na­tional com­merce and trans­porta­tion as well as the eco­nom­ics and cul­tures of the coun­tries sur­round­ing the Sea of Japan. It also strongly empha­sizes lan­guage skills in Eng­lish, Russ­ian, Korean and Chi­nese. Com­puter classes pro­vide prac­ti­cal train­ing nec­es­sary in the fields of inter­na­tional trade and economics.

Stu­dents find career oppor­tu­ni­ties in var­i­ous areas includ­ing com­merce, trade, finance and pub­lic ser­vices. Those want­ing to pur­sue a higher edu­ca­tion are also able to trans­fer to uni­ver­si­ties as third year stu­dents and to study in depart­ments of busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion, eco­nom­ics or inter­na­tional relations.

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