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.
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
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.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Korakuen Campus is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo. Our 4,000 students are studying a wide range of science and engineering fields throughout our ten departments. We emphasize “research-based studies” in over 100 advanced laboratories as well as rich education of the fundamental natural sciences. In the summer of 2011, our new research building has been completed and filled with state-of-the-art facilities. Please join us in the Faculty of Science and Engineering!
Yasushi ISHII Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering