DEAN’S GREETING


Masayoshi WATANABE
Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Our university’s mission is to train talented individuals who will develop advanced research that contributes to society from an international base of practical research and education by creating and implementing knowledge based on science, and who will carry forward the next era through those research activities. For this purpose, we reorganized graduate studies in the field of engineering in 2001, which was the first for a new-education-system university, and then founded the Faculty of Engineering as an organization for researchers. The Faculty of Engineering consists of 3 divisions, which are the “Division of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering”, the “Division of Systems Research”, and the “Division of Intelligence Systems Engineering”. They currently have approximately 170 affiliated researchers. A wide variety of research is being developed, from foundational research to cutting-edge research. There are also various activities being carried out, including national projects and research done in collaboration with industries, academia and governments. Please see "Faculty of Engineering Highlights"1) for details of the research activities.

Students of the Graduate School belong to the Graduate School of Engineering, which is an educational organization. By establishing the research organization and the educational organization separately, it becomes possible for graduate students to further both forms of education through education programs designed systematically from basics to application, as well as research activities under supervisors who will promote research, without getting trapped by existing discipline framework. This is the strength of the Yokohama National University Graduate School since its reorganization.

It is also important to improve undergraduate education based on such ideas, in order to train outstanding engineers and researchers. The College of Engineering Science will be reorganized from April 2017 to create an educational structure that further meets the demands of the age. Undergraduate education is overseen by the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Environment and Information Sciences, and the Faculty of Urban Innovation. We will continue to deepen ties between the 3 faculties, and to promote high-quality training at the College of Engineering Science.

Advanced research is the source of training in departments at the Graduate School and colleges2). We will continue to enhance our activities at the Faculty and to contribute to society through our education and research.

Masayoshi WATANABE
Dean, Faculty of Engineering


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