About Tokyo Tech

School of Environment and Society

School of Environment
and Society
Adapting Environments to Shifting Attitudes

The School of Environment and Society comprises the Departments of Architecture and Building Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, Social and Human Sciences, Innovation Science, and Technology and Innovation Management. Although the specializations of the six departments differ,at the School of Environment and Society, we all aim to train individuals who are capable of solving interdisciplinary problems. This is important because today, significant changes in global and city environments as well as shifts in the social climate have generated transdisciplinary problems that transcend multiple fields. The need to cultivate students with broad perspectives and deep knowledge that are of international value goes without saying. Our students are trained to become future-oriented, global-minded individuals who can understand the latest in technology, values, and concepts that are sought by society. Furthermore, they will develop skills to evaluate and integrate technologies from a wide range of fields, skills to communicate with engineers in these various fields, skills to make concrete proposals, and management skills.

Why Study at the School of Environment and Society?

How do you perceive societies and environments?

How do you perceive societies and environments?

While studying engineering and the natural sciences, it is important to keep a philosophical eye on what is taking place within environments and societies. For this, discovering your own philosophies not only through your knowledge of various fields, but formation of these based on ample historical and technological context becomes crucial.

Acquire globally oriented logical reasoning and communication skills.

Acquire globally oriented logical reasoning and communication skills.

For researchers and engineers to effectively fulfill their roles in the international community, interaction and exchange of information with peers around the world are of great importance. Learn reasoning and communication methods that allow you to thoroughly understanding the views of others, make proposals that focus on selected issues, and logically and accurately convey your thoughts and intentions.

Experience education and research that are built around monozukuri and kotozukuri.

Experience education and research that are built around monozukuri and kotozukuri.

Through trial and error, creation and destruction, appreciate anew the importance of "kotozukuri" (value creation). Realize how it can be absorbed to solve the perennial problems afflicting Japanese society, such as concept creation issues and lowering the cost of "monozukuri" (manufacturing, the Japanese way). Learn to make concrete proposals built around this underlying philosophy.

Featured Education and Research Activities

The Asia-Oceania Top University League on Engineering (AOTULE)

The Asia-Oceania Top University League on Engineering (AOTULE)

The Asia-Oceania Top University League on Engineering (AOTULE) is a university league established for the purpose of promoting multilateral exchange between 12 leading engineering universities in Asia and Oceania. Its activities include international student conferences, workshops held at Tokyo Tech as well as various other regions in Asia and Oceania, and overseas placements to conduct research.

Summer Exchange Research Program (SERP)

Summer Exchange Research Program (SERP)

Support is provided for students to study abroad for two to three months at partner universities based on school-to-school agreements in engineering fields.Current partner universities include University of Minnesota; University of Wisconsin–Madison; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Cambridge; Imperial College London; University of Oxford; University of Warwick; University of Southampton; École Polytechnique, Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC, University of Paris VI); RWTH Aachen University; and Technical University of Madrid (UPM).

International Program on Earthquake Engineering

International Program on Earthquake Engineering

This International Graduate Program develops leading researchers and engineers who can display worldwide leadership in the field of earthquake hazard mitigation. In addition to cultivating individuals who possess advanced knowledge on earthquake hazard mitigation, these individuals will also be cultivated to possess international communication skills, a broad perspective, the ability to think flexibly, and the ability to generate novel and remarkable ideas. Furthermore, they will be trained to become individuals who show international leadership in education and research, and can manage undertakings, from the identification of problems to finding their solution, in the global community.

Postgraduate Program for Multinational Architects in Conjunction with Engineering and Urban Design

Postgraduate Program for Multinational Architects in Conjunction with Engineering and Urban Design

This International Graduate Program, which deals with architectural design, is a Master's Program targeted mainly at international students. Its curriculum is made up of courses that require students to make specific architectural design proposals (studio courses) based on fieldwork that searches for new architectural themes in an urban context, and those based on acquired knowledge of architectural history and design theories. In addition, architectural tours are offered as seminars, giving students the opportunity to see and understand Japanese metropolises and architectural environments throughout the country.

Joint Workshop between Tongji University and Tokyo Tech

Joint Workshop between Tongji University and Tokyo Tech

A joint workshop on architectural design and another on building structure materials are organized by Tongji University in China and Tokyo Tech once a year. Through collaborative activities in workshops that last from several days to a week, participants learn to work together as a team and with those from different cultures. The venue alternates yearly between Shanghai and Tokyo.

Number of Students and Faculty Members

Students - 1,630

Faculty - 184

* Student numbers denote maximum student capacity of the department.

* Number of Faculty is subject to change.

Click below for the list of School of Environment and Society Faculty.

List of Faculty

Teaching Certificates That Can Be Acquired

<Undergraduate Degree Program>

First-Class Teaching Certificate for Upper Secondary School(Industry)

<Master's Degree Program>

Advanced Class Teaching Certificate for Upper Secondary School(Industry)

Disclosure of Information

Message from the Dean

Kikuo KISHIMOTO

It is necessary for students to acquire a broad range of knowledge of the humanities and social sciences while studying science and engineering in order to contribute to the sustainable development of humanity and society. Furthermore, we want our students to become individuals who can apply and expand on their knowledge to create new technologies and academic fields. To make this happen, in addition to the Departments of Architecture and Building Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, the School of Environment and Society has established the Department of Social and Human Sciences and the Department of Innovation Science, as well as the Technology and Innovation Management Professional Master's Degree Program for graduate level studies. By making ourselves a school that integrates the humanities into the sciences, we aim to cultivate leading scientists and engineers who can truly contribute to the global society. Kikuo KISHIMOTO

  • Koichi YASUDA, Associate Dean for Education and International Affairs
  • Hirofumi HINODE, Associate Dean for Finance and Safety
  • Yasuo ASAKURA, Associate Dean for Planning and Public Relations
  • Shuzo FUJIMURA, Associate Dean for Research and Evaluation