Graduate School of Science and Engineering
As science and technology become ever more sophisticated, and advances in the field take place at an ever accelerating rate, so research and education in the sciences in graduate schools to generate researchers and highly skilled professionals, especially in Master's programs, become ever more necessary. This is reflected in the current employment market, where more companies are becoming increasingly aggressive in efforts to attract students in post-graduate programs. Some have even made a Master's degree a requirement for employment.
It was within this climate that in 2003, the Graduate School of Science and Engineering increased the number of applicants admitted to the Master's program by 40 students. And, in keeping with its motto: "Distinctive Majors, Unique Graduate Programs," the School offers a curriculum capable of catering to a variety of specialist fields, including Secondary Courses, and a wide range of specialist fields majors that will form the basis of the 21st Century COE Program "Research on Security and Reliability in Electronic Society." The School has also set up a research management program and has committed itself to fostering outstanding students capable of working on the frontlines of international research. Together with the Department of Information and System Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Research and Development Initiative, the Information and System Engineering Course, one of the hubs of the COE Program mentioned earlier, earned a rating of "A+" in 2003, from the "Evaluation of University Activities from the Viewpoint of Strengthening Industrial Competitiveness," a joint study commissioned to Mitsubishi Research Institute and Kawaijuku Educational Institution by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, for being in the top 5% of institutions surveyed.
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 Societies.
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; Data Science for Business Innovation; 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, Graduate School of Science and Engineering