In an era of unrelenting change that is the 21st century, the role of science and technology universities has become increasingly important. The global-scale issues that confront humankind are all topics of research that universities must directly tackle, and to do so, limiting ourselves to one field of expertise is no longer an option. We must utilize a breadth of knowledge from a variety of areas. Tokyo Tech provides this breadth through interdisciplinary graduate majors that span multiple schools or departments, and fuse different fields into newly established disciplines.
Securing a stable energy supply without contaminating the environment is a critical issue for all human beings. The Energy Science and Engineering graduate major provides an opportunity for students to join a community of highly specialized scientists and engineers who are actively working towards the creation of a sustainable society. Students are equipped with the ability to view energy issues from a variety of angles and apply their deep fundamental knowledge and specialized skills to these issues, creating innovations that contribute to tomorrow's world.
The Engineering Sciences and Design graduate major spans six departments in two schools: Mechanical Engineering Systems and Control Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Economics in the School of Engineering, Architecture and Building Engineering, Civil and Environment Engineering, and Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering in the School of Environment and Society. It aims to bridge humans with engineering through the concept of design, create effective and convenient products and systems, and develop talents capable of reconstructing the existing value system for the betterment of society. With project-based learning at its core, this major enables in students a solution-oriented design mind-set and provides an opportunity to carry out next-generation design research.
Although conventionally examined independently, research and technological development in health, medicine, and the environment are combined under one roof in the Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering graduate major, providing students with an integrated education coupled with cutting-edge research. By uniting the human and medical sciences, bioethics, and the environment with various forms of engineering expertise, this interdisciplinary major aims to create a new academic discipline which supports the realization of a sustainable society where all people lead a prosperous life. Practical research and development and access to state-of-the-art technology is ensured through active collaboration with medical engineering fields and industry.
The Nuclear Engineering graduate major traverses five departments in three schools: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Science and Engineering, and Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering. In addition to fundamental science and engineering studies, students focus on the study and research of nuclear energy and radiation utilization while seeking solutions to environmental and social problems. Studies are conducted in close cooperation with Tokyo Tech's Laboratory for Advanced Nuclear Energy, and findings are swiftly incorporated into the curriculum.
Artificial Intelligence, one of three graduate majors offered by the School of Computing, aims to improve the relationship between human and computer. This major focuses on studying methods for constructing highly intelligent information systems and services which contribute to the advancement of society. A team of seasoned faculty members with notable results in various fields collaborate to develop students' abilities and skills. Past graduates have accomplished outstanding achievements in fields such as software, communications, broadcasting, electricity, control equipment, automobiles, steel, finance, consulting, and public affairs.
The Urban Design and Built Environment graduate major focuses on interpreting the complicated problems and phenomena confronting cities and environments by utilizing creativity and cutting-edge technology. Aims include advancing research into the creation of cities and environments that exhibit "resilience" in terms of safety, comfort, and cultural aspects, and developing future leaders who are able to create these surroundings. Overseeing faculty are active researchers in fields spanning both science and engineering and the social sciences, and students have constant access to advanced spatial information processing and other state-of-the-art technology.
April 2016 marked the inauguration of a new education system at Tokyo Tech, and undergraduate and graduate schools were joined as Schools. Seamless transitions from bachelor's to master's and master's to doctoral programs offer a wider range of options to choose from based on students' goals, and enable them to better plan their path from entrance to graduation. Degrees will be conferred upon completion of each degree program as before.
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Published: July 2016