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Greeting from the Dean of the Faculty

Prof. Shinzaburo ItoThis website has conveyed information from the Faculty of Engineering at Kyoto University to let people know its fundamentals such as the organization, educational activities, events and publications. For perspective students, in particular, it would be useful to look closely at the curriculum taught and the research carried out by each department, the description of campus life, and the career options available after graduation, in addition to information on the entrance examination. It would also be beneficial to refer to the brochure "Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, 2016" for more information, together with this website.

Prospective students have choices of six engineering schools in Kyoto University; the schools of Global Engineering, Architecture, Engineering Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Information and Mathematical Science, and the school of Industrial Chemistry. The research field collectively dubbed "Engineering" in academia seeks to investigate natural principles and to utilize them for development of technologies that brings more convenience and richness to our lives, and this allows us to create an affluent, earth-friendly society. Taking into account that Japan has limited energy resources, development of those science and technologies is essential to achieve a more prosperous future for the country. In this sense, engineering is an academic field which is more important than any other.

To become researchers and engineers who can achieve these goals, first and second-year students learn fundamental subjects in the natural sciences as part of the general education component of their programs (though the weight varies among the departments), together with subjects in the liberal arts, social sciences, and foreign languages. It is crucial to master these fundamental courses in order to become an engineer or researcher who has a broad outlook and can play an active role in international society.

From the second half or the third year, the focus of study shifts to students' major subjects and most of the courses are provided from their school. In addition to courses strongly related to their major, there are some courses that are transdisciplinary and take place outsides of school. These may be on basic but more specialized subjects in the natural sciences which is shared among the entire field of engineering, or on new subjects which have arisen among multiple engineering disciplines. The courses consist of not only lecture classes but laboratory training to learn fundamental experimental knowledge and skills. In the fourth year, a student usually belongs to one of research groups in his/her school and tackle his/her own research for their graduation thesis. Students are expected to spend a majority of their time in their laboratories to immerse themselves in research and carry out cutting-edge and pioneering research.

Although some students find a job in industry after graduation, a majority of graduates (85% by recent data) from the Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, proceed to graduate school. Most of them go on to either the Graduate School of Engineering, the Graduate School of Energy Science, the Graduate School of Informatics, or the Graduate School of Global and Environmental Studies at Kyoto University, which have a strong connection with the six undergraduate schools. Through a two-year master’s course, they study more specialized and technical knowledge and also continue to conduct research in their laboratories. Some of these master's students proceed to a doctoral (PhD) course to become researchers. The Graduate School of Management was established as a professional graduate school relevant to engineering in 2006. Each graduate school distributes their own guidance brochure which introduces their school in detail. It is important to look through the six graduate schools when he or she applies the Faculty of Engineering at Kyoto University to assess his or her future career options.

The guidance brochure "Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, 2016" explains the detail of curriculum and courses of each school throughout the four years. It also introduces recent research themes for graduation theses, which might be helpful in deciding which school a Prospective student is best suited for.

In conclusion, I have given an outline of the Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University. We are providing a high-quality education through cutting-edge, fundamental, and applied research. I welcome students to the Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University who are highly motivated, inquisitive and ready to tackle challenging research and open hitherto untouched fields.