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Kobe University, Graduate School of Maritime Sciences  
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KobeUniversity, Graduate school of Maritime Sciences

658-0022, 5-1-1, Fukaeminami, Higashinada

Kobe, Hyogo


Phone: +81 78 431 6200 


KobeUniversity, in recognition of its particular mission and responsibility to the people of Japan as a national university, as well as its social, historical and regional roles as an institution of higher education, hereby adopts this Kobe University Charter on Education.

Educational Philosophy : In order to contribute to the advancement of learning, happiness of humankind, preservation of the global environment and to world peace, Kobe University establishes as its fundamental educational philosophy the provision of education meeting the highest of international standards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Faculty of Maritime Sciences pursues collaboration with other faculties and plays a key role in interdisciplinary studies on maritime issues. Students can smoothly select courses from a wide variety of subjects offered by faculties of Science, Engineering, Law, Economics, Business Administration and all. The sea is closely linked with various fields to cite instances our daily life, business activity, international politics and national sciences. Students are encouraged to undertake interdisciplinary studies in addition to their research in a specific discipline.

Educational Principle: In order to help students realize their individual goals, become responsible members of society, and develop to their full potential, Kobe University adopts as its basic educational principle the provision of education which emphasizes individuality and diversity while respecting the independence and autonomy of each student.

Educational Goals: Based on the above Philosophy and Principle, Kobe University, taking full advantage of the open and cosmopolitan environment in which it is located, will provide education in keeping with the following objectives:

(1) Education of Whole Person: To foster individuals who have high ethical standards, a good balance of intellect, reason and emotion, and rich understanding of culture and humanity.

(2) Education to Promote Originality: To foster individuals capable of passing on traditional thought and methodology from a critical perspective, while at the same time having ability to creatively set and fulfill new goals.

(3) Education to Promote International Awareness: To foster individuals who have an appreciation for diverse values, deep understanding of other cultures and excellent communication skills.

(4) Education to Promote Expertise: To foster individuals who have deep knowledge and ability to fulfill leadership roles in their professional and/or academic fields.

Educational Structure: Responsibility for fulfilling the above Educational Philosophy, Principle and Goals will be shared within a university-wide structure.

Evaluation: In order to determine the extent to which the above Educational Philosophy, Principle and Goals are being fulfilled, Kobe University will conduct regular assessments and evaluations, and continuously striving for improvement.

Brief history: KobeUniversity's inception can be traced back to March 1902 with the establishment of Kobe Higher Commercial School. In April 1929, the School was renamed Kobe University of Commerce, and in October 1944, it became Kobe University of Economics. In May 1949, Hyogo Normal School, Hyogo Junior Normal School, Kobe Technical College, Himeji High School, and Kobe University of Economics were brought together to form Kobe University. In the initial stage, Kobe University began with six faculties. Since then, new faculties and graduate schools were added, as well as reorganized for the enhancement of its academic environment. In October 1992, the Division of Liberal Arts and the Faculty of Education were reformed, resulting in the creation of the Faculty of Intercultural Studies, the Faculty of Human Development, and the Research Institute for Higher Education. At the same time, the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies was newly established.

In October 2003, Kobe University of Mercantile Marine (KUMM which was founded as the Kawasaki Merchant Marine Schoolin 1917, Kobe Nautical College in 1920) was integrated into Kobe University.

In April 2004, Kobe University was incorporated in accordance with the Japanese government's National University Corporation Bill.  According to this integration, Faculty of Maritime Sciences, Sea Training Course and Maritime Sciences Division were established. In October 2007, Graduate School of Maritime Sciences was newly established.

Today, each faculty has its own graduate program, which promotes a better academic environment for students and researchers.

The programs of studies satisfy both the Japanese university establishment standards provided by the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)and also the Act on Ships' Officers and Boats' Operators provided by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourismaccording to the  minimum requirements of the International Maritime Organization(IMO). Over 90 % of the academic staff members are provideddoctor degree of engineering, science, and maritime sciences.

The Maritime University actively co-operates in the conduct of joint research projects, such asInternational Association of Ma

Faculty of Maritime Science was established on October 1, 2003. It originates, however, from Kawasaki Merchant Marine School (private), which was founded in September 1917, by Shozo Kawasaki, the pioneer in the fields of shipbuilding in Japan.
In August, 1920, this school was nationalized and became Kobe National Collage, which was placed under the direct supervision of the Education Ministry. Since then, it has contributed to the government, Kobe National College and the other two nautical colleges in Tokyo and Shimizu, were united into one college in Shimizu under the name of National College, while the campus, buildings and facilities of Kobe National College were taken over by Marine Technical College.
After the war, however, the economic independence of our country necessitated the rapid advancement and expansion of the sea transportation industry, and, as one of the steps for the purpose, the formation of Kobe University of Mercantile Marine was decided upon in the 13th session of the National Diet, 1952. It then started its glorious career as a university under the Education Ministry through the new System, inheriting the old tradition of Kobe National College, at the historic site of Fukae, Kobe.
From the perspective of promotion of interdisciplinary students, Kobe University of Mercantile Marine and Kobe University are integrated on October 1, 2003. Kobe University of Mercantile Marine has taken next step as Faculty of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University.
The purpose of the faculty is to provide students with a good knowledge of theories and technology required especially in the field of marine science and engineering, and to instill high intelligence and rich culture into the students so as to enable them to contribute to the development of sea transportation and other marine industries.
Facing Osaka Bay, our school also has the Rokko Range as its hinterland and is situated at the eastern part of Kobe Port, one of the largest ports in Japan.


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Structure of Institution



Administrative Office


Faculties, SchoolsFaculty of Letters, Intercultural Studies, Human Development, Law, Economics, Schoolof Business Administration,

Science, Medicine, Engineering, Maritime Sciences

GraduateSchoolsGraduate School of Humanities, Intercultural Studies, Law, Economics, Business Administration, Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering,  Agricultural Science, International Maritime Education and Research Center, Training Ship "Fukae-maru", International Cooperation Studies

Sea Training Course, Research Institute, Common-Use Facilities, MedicalCenter for Student Health, CareerCenter, Other Organizations


IMO: 8716710

MMSI: 431300065

Call sign: JJ3518

Flag: Japan (JP)

AIS Type: Other

Gross Tonnage: 449

DWT: 159

LOA*Breadth: 49.97m x 10m

Built: 1987

Structure of Program


Maritime Sports and Boat Handling

Aquatic Sports

Computer Literacy

General Study 1

Communication English 1

Learn from the Sea



Applied Mathematics 1



Introduction to Transportation and the Environment

Introduction to the Study of Transportation

Basic Experiments of Maritime Science 1

Basic Experiments of Maritime Science 2

On-board Training 1

On-board Seminar for Maritime Science

General Study 2




International Radio Communication and Regulations at Sea

Satellite Oceanography

Chemical Oceanography

Materials and Environmental Engineering

Marine Environment Technology

Natural Energy Conversion Engineering

Maritime International Law

Economics of Maritime Industry

Safety Engineering

Coastal Zone Environmental Chemistry

Marine Environmental Monitoring

Maritime Labor Law

On-board Training 2

On-board Training 3

Marine Sanitation


SPECIALIZED SUBJECT (Department of Maritime Technology Management)

(Group of Maritime Safety/Engineering Management)

Information Processing


Introduction to Applied Mechanics

Maintenance Metrology

Introduction to Marine Environmental Management

Marine Environmental Life Engineering

Operations Research

Transportation Vehicle Engineering

Maritime Management Science

Maritime Technical Evaluation Theory

Methods of Reliability Theory

Risk Analysis of Ship Handling

Risk Analysis of Ship Hull

Marine Traffic Safety Management

Human Information Processing

Risk Management

Management of Technology Systems

Marine Casualties

Ports and Harbors Design

Fleet Management System

Native English


(Group of Nautical Science)

Fix and Sailing

Celestial Navigation

Exercise in Navigation

Ship Handling 1

Ship Handling 2

Marine Electronics

Navigational Aids

Naval Architecture

Dynamics of Ship Motion

Good Seamanship for Maritime Safety

Rules of the Maritime Road

Maritime Laws

Navigation Information

Marine Meteorology

Laboratory in Navigation 1

Laboratory in Navigation 2

Exercise 3 in Navigation

Ship Management Practice 1

Ship Management Practice 2

Ship Management Practice 3

Maritime English

Industrial maritime affairs social circumstances


(Group of Marine Engineering)

Manufacturing Practice

Engineering Thermodynamics

General Electric Circuits

Strength of Materials

Fluid Mechanics

Fluid Machinery

Manufacturing Processes

Naval Architecture

Control Theory

Heat Engine

Electromagnetic Machinery

Drawing Exercise

English for Marine Engineering

Propulsion Engineering

Fuel Combustion & Lubricating Theories

Management of Ship's Machinery

Ship Management Practice

Exercise in Marine Engineering

Marine Engineering Laboratory

On-Board Trainig Scheme






1st grade




2nd grade




3rd grade




4th grade




After 4th grade