Nautical Science; Marine Engineering; International Trade and Transport Training at Department 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.
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.