Message from the Dean

Tsuyoshi Setoguchi

Tsuyoshi Setoguchi
Dean
Faculty, Graduate Scool and School of Engineering

Hokkaido University School of Engineering offers the engineering education in various academic fields with practical learning

The Hokkaido University School of Engineering was established in 1924 as the third undergraduate department of the university, marking its 95th anniversary this year. Since its founding as Sapporo Agricultural College in 1876, Hokkaido University has produced countless talented graduates throughout its history of more than 140 years based on its basic philosophies of frontier spirit, global perspectives, all-round education and practical learning.

In line with the founding spirit of the University, the School of Engineering has adopted a basic policy of "contributing to society through engineering, an area of study that seeks to make life more comfortable and affluent." The School of Engineering is consisted in 15 courses in the four departments of Applied Science and Engineering, Electronics and Information Engineering, Mechanical and Intelligent System Engineering, and Socio-Environmental Engineering. All of these departments place importance on practical learning based on engineering theories and technologies by offering unique education and research opportunities across various fields including Hokkaido, and produce engineers with global competence.

Establishment of research and education centers that promote the integration of knowledge across various academic fields

The Faculty of Engineering, the research organization of graduate faculty members, consists of diverse academic fields including 13 divisions, four research centers and jointuse facilities.

Collaborating with various research institutes of inside and outside of our university, the Faculty of Engineering has established research and education center to promote social implementations from the fruits of research with government-industry-academia collaborations. Examples include "Research and Education Center for Robust Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Industry" and "Research and Education Center for Resource and Environmental Protection", both are funded by grants for enhancing our university's functions. Broader efforts are also underway to establish research and education centers on Space, Aviation, Marine Engineering, and Infrastructure in Extreme Environments. The Faculty of Engineering plays a central role in leading efforts to integrate knowledge in various fields to create opportunities for innovations.

The University's Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (ICReDD), which is built on research achievements by Akira Suzuki, emeritus professor of the School of Engineering and Nobel laureate in chemistry, was selected in FY 2018 for the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and researchers of the Faculty of Engineering are also actively involved.

Major-minor curriculum to acquire diverse knowledge

The Graduate School of Engineering (educational organization to which students belong) consists of 13 divisions with advanced educational systems that provide students diverse knowledge. From an early stage, the graduate school has offered a Major-minor Curriculum to foster researchers and engineers equipped with the flexibility to adapt to the diversification of science and technology and the creation of new fields of study through the integration of different fields. The Major-minor Curriculum enables students not only to study the course in which they specialize in their own divisions as their major, but also to study minor courses in other divisions. This equips students with a broad knowledge base and flexible thinking ability, providing multiple viewpoints to their observational and analytical skills and preparing them to adapt new challenges in the ever-evolving field of advanced engineering.

Corresponding to the high demand from industry for human resources with practical abilities, the Center for Engineering Education Development (CEED) provides domestic and international internships through its Industry- Academia Collaborative Program and English Education Program.

The most distinctive international education program offered at the Graduate School of Engineering is the English Engineering Education (e3) Program in which English is used as the medium of instruction during lectures and laboratory research. Launched in 2000, the e3 Program provides more than 160 varied courses, allowing both Japanese and international students to earn master's and doctoral degrees through English medium.

The Hokkaido Summer Institute (HSI) and Learning Satellites (LS) provide opportunities for students from Hokkaido University and overseas universities to learn together in Japan or elsewhere. As part of the education ministry's Inter- University Exchange Project, the Graduate School of Engineering also closely cooperates with core universities in Russia and India to cultivate global leaders who can play an active role in the fields of cold-region construction engineering and infrastructure development engineering. Welldesigned overseas study programs are also available, including double-degree programs that enable students to earn a master's or doctoral degree both at the Graduate School of Engineering and its overseas partner institution. The graduate school also provides Cotutelle Programs with joint supervision of students by faculty members of the graduate school and its partner institution.

Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering contributing to the global community

To adapt to a super-smart society (AKA "Society 5.0") and beyond, approximately 300 professors of the Faculty of Engineering who specialize in various academic fields ranging from basic to practical research are joining forces to perform innovative research taking advantage of their distinctive fields of study. The fruits of advanced engineering research at the Faculty of Engineering are returned to society, and talented engineers and researchers educated at the Graduate School of Engineering are contributing to ensure the sustainability of global development.

It is my sincere hope that students brimming with a frontier spirit from across Japan and oversea countries will study and research with faculty members at the Graduate School and School of Engineering and work together toward progress.

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