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Greetings from the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering

profohshima01 “Engineering” can be said to be the discipline that produces substances and creates technologies for the purpose of human happiness. To date, engineering has played great roles in the creation of such things as automobiles, aircraft, high-rise buildings, and cellular phones. Going forward, it will continue to make essential contributions to society into the future, generating all kinds of innovations, such as collision-free vehicles, artificial intelligence, and robots. The mission from now on will be to drive the development of science and technology in harmony with the environment, and to create a highly sustainable society. For this purpose, we need well-cultured young engineers and engineering researchers of upstanding character, equipped with advanced expertise and creative capabilities.

 Kyoto University has a tradition of “academic freedom” expressed as “independent learning”, and a noble spirit of building character through knowledge and appreciation of oneself, expressed as “self-reliance and self-respect”. Based on this tradition and spirit, the Faculty of Engineering has long pursued research and education with the goal of cultivating engineers and engineering researchers of the type described above. This stance and the idea of “placing emphasis on disciplinary fundamentals and basic principles” for its education and research have remained unchanged since our founding in 1897. Employing this outlook, we have contributed to society while developing and expanding in response to the needs of the times. We have a sense of mission and determination to continue serving society into the future through pursuit of scientific principles and development of human resources.

 We have created this website to introduce you to the education and research attributes of the Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering, our events and other current activities, and our goals and aspirations. There is also a section where you can learn more about the research activities (achievements in education and research, etc.) of our faculty members.

If you are a student, I hope you will find the website a useful source of information when designing your overall experience in the Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering, exploring questions such as what to study in the faculty, how to lead your life on campus, and what kinds of options you may explore after graduation.

If you are a member of the wider community, I hope that the website offers you some further insight into what kinds of research activities are conducted for what purposes in the Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering, and how we are working to contribute to society.

There are six undergraduate schools in our faculty: Global Engineering, Architecture, Engineering Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Informatics and Mathematical Science, and Industrial Chemistry. This website includes links to pages that outline how these school’ specialized courses are arranged over the faculty’s four-year undergraduate program, what kind of curriculum each school offers (Course Trees), and what kinds of graduation research projects their students pursue. Please make use of these pages when making your course selections and planning your future directions. We have also published a brochure entitled Outline 2017-2018, which I encourage you to use in conjunction with the website.

These days, the vast majority (around 90 percent) of graduates of the Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering go on to enroll in a graduate school Master’s program. Some of those students then proceed to a three-year Doctoral program. For details of these post-graduate programs, separate brochures and websites are available, so I would encourage you to refer to them. It is also important to seek information about your options at graduate school.   

Young persons have infinite potential. I strongly believe in the idea that “future generations are destined for greatness”. I hope that all of you reading this will believe in your own value and potential, maintain high ideals and objectives at all times, and climb step-by-step toward the lofty standards that you have set for yourselves. I will be happy if we can be of some support to you in this task.