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Faculty of Science and Engineering

The campus of the Faculty of Science and Engineering sits on high ground in the middle of leafy surroundings in the Korakuen district of Bunkyo-ku, in the center of Tokyo. Equipped with the latest educational and research facilities, the Faculty, together with the Graduate School of Science and Engineering and the Institute of Science and Engineering, is proud of its comprehensive education and research capability.

From its inception, the Faculty has never ceased to put a high priority on fostering basic and universally applicable academic abilities, and also on nurturing talented scientists of independence and self-reliance, by equipping students with knowledge that will allow them to respond flexibly to whatever problems emerge in the rapidly developing science and technology. As a result, the number of presentations made at academic conferences by the graduate students reaches more than 350 per year, representing the world-class high-level intellectual productivity of the Faculty.

Competency Development in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

The word competency refers to a portion of behavioral characteristics that utilizes knowledge for pursuing a certain objective. Recently, much attention has been focused on competencies as important demands for professionals as well as individuals. As a part of the educational reform activities, the Faculty has started an educational program for systematic competency development since 2008. Firstly, each department has created a more specific definition of the professional image that is expected for graduates of the department. Then, the definition was set for 7 key competencies (communication, problem-solving, knowledge acquisition, organized behavior, creativity, self-realization, and specific ability in students' major), which in turn were carefully refined into a total of 33 keywords. Finally each keyword was divided into 5 stages (in other words, as many as 165 items were created!) in order to develop an achievement level check list (also known as rubrics). Through the rubrics students are expected to check their competencies regularly by themselves as well as to be checked by professors/TAs. This approach enables direct and objective assessment of potential ability and behavioral attributes, and now it is considered as one of the leading educational system in Japan.

For detailed information: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/adv/chuo/dy/education/20091201.htm

Academic Minor System in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering

In addition to a student's academic major, an academic minor system has been implemented in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering since 2003. This educational program features systematic study of advanced topics in interdisciplinary fields. Currently, the GSSE offers a total of 6 academic minors (Disaster/Danger Management Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Data Science, Nano-Technology, Electronic Society/Information Security, and Sensory Robotics). All of these minors are fields in which the GSSE possesses strong capability, and are expected to grow greatly in the near future. When conducting academic minors, teaching faculty from different academic majors cooperate to provide research guidance through lectures and the creation of research papers. Minors allow students to learn the research methods and acquire specialized knowledge in other academic fields. Therefore this academic major/minor system realizes reciprocal educational effect which prevents graduate students from being immersed solely in their affiliated majors.

I believe that you are now reading this because you have some interest in the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering. I am happy to tell you that our Faculty and Graduate School will not disappoint you.
 
It goes without saying that education and research are the two wheels of a university. In order to conduct high-class education and research, it is essential to have excellent human resources and an environment that supports them. The Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering has both.
 
The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a variety of learning opportunities through a total of 10 departments: Mathematics; Physics; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Precision Mechanics; Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering; Applied Chemistry; Data Science for Business Innovation; Information and System Engineering; Biological Sciences; and Integrated Science and Engineering for Sustainable Society.
 
Based on the founding spirit of Chuo University, "Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice,” we provide education that enables students to acquire practical knowledge, problem-solving skills, creativity, and expertise that can be utilized in society. Our current focus is on globalization. We are taking the opportunity to further enhance our English curriculum with the introduction of an entrance examination using external English tests from AY 2022. In addition to the study abroad programs offered for Chuo University as a whole, the Faculty of Science and Engineering offers an extensive range of unique programs, including short-term study abroad programs and global internships, as well as newly introduced online study abroad programs.
 
Further, we have introduced a new line of courses related to entrepreneurship, and through the linkage with these courses, we aim to nurture individuals with entrepreneurial minds who can truly prosper globally. 
 
Another area we are currently focusing on is the enhancement of AI and data science education. In addition to the “Chuo University Interfaculty AI and Data Science Program” which started in 2021 for the entire university, we have also introduced courses unique to the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and are providing a full range of AI and Data Science education programs led by specialists centered in the Department of Data Science for Business Innovation.
 
Apart from this, the Graduate School of Science and Engineering offers nine majors: Mathematics; Physics; Civil, Human and Environmental Science and Engineering; Precision Engineering; Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering; Applied Chemistry; Industrial and Systems Engineering; Information and System Engineering; Biological Sciences; and also a doctoral program-only course, Electrical Engineering and Information Systems. Leading researchers and outstanding graduate students engage in cutting-edge research in a wide range of fields that include basic science, engineering, and the integration of arts and sciences. (Please refer to the Academic Researcher Database on the Chuo University Website for details.)
 
The location of Korakuen Campus, where the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering is based, offers a significant advantage for our research. Situated about 10 minutes away by subway from Tokyo Station, the location provides easy access to Akihabara to look for electronic components, to the museums in Ueno to learn, or to the University of Tokyo for joint research meetings. In addition, many seminars and workshops of academic societies are held nearby, and various conferences and events are often held at our campus. These events are very useful for our research in terms of gathering information and networking. Another appeal of Korakuen campus is its quiet and green surroundings, despite its position in central Tokyo.
 
In 2023, the Faculty of Law will be relocated to Chuo’s Myogadani Campus, which is very close to our location. Through this relocation, we expect further integration of the humanity and science fields. Currently, we are discussing collaboration with the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Global Informatics located in Ichigaya Tamachi Campus. This will facilitate more students of our faculty to take lectures in the Faculty of Law and Global Informatics. We believe the relocation of the Faculty of Law will also give us an opportunity for further growth.
 
So far, I have introduced the current situation of the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering, but we must never forget the existence of our many excellent graduates. There are more than 70,000 graduates for the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering alone, and about 600,000 graduates for Chuo University as a whole. Many of those graduates have made remarkable achievements in their respective fields, literally embodying Chuo University's university message of "Knowledge into Action”. Their presence and support, both direct and indirect, have been a great strength for our research and education.
 
What do you think? I hope my introduction has given you a glimpse of the appeal of the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering. Please come to Korakuen Campus and see for yourself.

Kazunori UMEDA Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering

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