Conventional social systems in which limited resources have been used for mass production and mass consumption have resulted in a range of global problems such as food shortages and environmental destruction as a side effect of material wealth. Our mission is to solve these problems and create a sustainable society where humans and nature can coexist. In April 2009 our University established the Graduate School of Bioresources and Environmental Sciences in order to meet the need for individuals with advanced, specialized knowledge, with our fundamental ideology being ‘creating new values with which humans and nature can coexist’. The Graduate School aims to nurture individuals with the qualities to play leading roles in the development of the local community and companies, and who are capable of creating and fostering intellectual assets. It also intends to make social contributions, such as via industry-academia cooperation, which will be increasingly required.