Mini-Symposium on Fisheries Higher Education and International Linkages was held in the 2nd International Symposium on Aquaculture and Fisheries Education (ISAFE2)
In April 2015, Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University established a new master course that is named as “International Linkage Course on Tropical Fisheries” in the Postgraduate School of Fisheries. This new master course has been based on the common rule of the “Postgraduate (Master) Programme on Tropical Fisheries with International Linkage (ILP)” that shares the curriculum which is formed with characteristic subjects offered by the member schools in Southeast Asian countries and Japan.
Regarding this international cooperation in higher education with the new perspectives, we had a special-symposium during the 2nd International Symposium on Aquaculture and Fisheries Education (ISAFE2) that was held at Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) in Shanghai from 22nd to 24th April 2015. This special session was entitled as the “Mini-Symposium on Fisheries Higher Education and International Linkages (Postgraduate Programme on Tropical Fisheries and International Linkages)”, and a total of 14 institutions including Japan, China, Taiwan and the five countries of Southeast Asian region (Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand) presented the current status and issues of the higher education of Fisheries Science in each country and institution. Among Japanese fisheries-related universities, Hokkaido University, Nagasaki University and the National Fisheries University participated, and a participant from Kitasato University was also attended as the delegate of the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science.
In the symposium, institutions of higher education in fisheries are requested to strengthen international linkage reflecting the globalizing fishery industry and its education. After the preparatory phase for around three years, the ILP has been started this year as an alliance to provide high quality education for students in the region to meet the above needs, and this program has had received high evaluation from the participants. In the discussion, there were many valuable points of views, and major issues were as follows: 1) more flexibilities of the higher education systems in each country are essential for the globalization and international cooperation in higher education; 2) clarification of the quality of education is required for the future global standard; and 3) the funding for students motilities remains to be resolved. We believe that the result of this symposium would contribute for the further improvement of quality education in our school with the international linkage.