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Akita University

Dean's Message

 

Fostering practical engineers and related specialists with the ability to innovate backed by the strong foundations in science

 

Dean of Faculty of Engineering Science
Dean of Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science
Prof., Dr. Eng.

Mikio Muraoka

The Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science has a 100-year heritage beginning with the establishment of the former Mining College in 1910, and was reborn in 2014 as the Faculty of Engineering Science. At the same time the resource studies field of the Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science was moved to the new Faculty of International Resource Science and started anew.

 

Fostering practical engineers and related specialists with the ability to innovate backed by the strong foundations in science is the philosophy we embrace in the Faculty of Engineering Science. There are 4 departments within the faculty: the Department of Life Science, the Department of Materials Science, the Department of Mathematical Science and the Electrical-Electronic-Computer Engineering, and the Department of Systems Design Engineering.

Within the departments we are cultivating highly-skilled engineers and related specialists by promoting the technological development and research on a global level, such as the technological development and research of solving issues dealing with the elderly, of new materials, of environmental detoxification, of space crafts, such as rockets, and space structures, and of regional disaster prevention regarding tsunami and snow, as well as the research of the energy and environmental issues.

Also, our educational programs for engineering are on a global level: the programs of applied chemistry, material engineering, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering are accredited by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education) joining Washington Accord.

 

With regard to education of engineering and science in Japan, the percentage of students who go on to graduate school now reaches about 60% on average among the national universities. This is because the industries require higher educated students to compete with the world. We therefore believe that the ideal way to foster engineers and related specialists is a unified 6-year program, namely, unified bachelor’s and master’s program. We have a plan to reorganize the Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science in 2016 in order to give shape to the philosophy: fostering practical engineers and related specialists with the ability to innovate backed by the strong foundations in science. This will complete the 6-year program.

 

Our international friends are more than welcome to our faculty and/or graduate school, Akita University. The appealing curriculum and research environment are awaiting you. Let’s study the interesting scientific knowledge with enthusiasm and friendship to enrich our life, and look to future.