Educational and research objectives of the Graduate School and Divisions

Educational and research objectives of the Graduate School

The purpose of the Graduate School is to conduct education and research aimed at creating new academic disciplines through cross-disciplinary integration. In response to changing demands of modern society, we will boldly take on pressing challenges facing humanity, while fostering internationally-minded individuals with cross-disciplinary perspectives and advanced problem-solving skills, and enable them to proactively contribute to the realization of a better society.

Educational and research objectives of the Divisions

Name of Division Objective
Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences In the Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences, faculty members from a wide range of fields, including physics and physical engineering, chemistry and applied chemistry, materials science, energy science, aerospace engineering, plasma science, electrical engineering, informatics, mathematical engineering, neuroscience, nonlinear science, and earth and planetary science, work together to create new research fields through academic integration that transcends the boundaries of existing fields. We aim to develop human resources who can contribute to solving various contemporary problems that are beyond the scope of existing science and technology.
Division of Biosciences The Division of Biosciences conducts leading, cross-disciplinary education and research to build a next-generation concept of bioscience that encompasses everything from basic science to applied science, from the molecular level to the organism level, building upon established biosciences including agriculture, pharmacy, and medicine. To achieve this, we choose to emphasize newly developed fields such as genome science and intellectual property as starting points.
Division of Environmental Studies The Division of Environmental Studies is the only division in the university that approaches environmental issues in a comprehensive and integrated manner. We aim to develop human resources who can address increasingly serious worldwide environmental issues, organically collaborate with each other, and develop environmental studies from both research and education streams, leading the way to building a sustainable society. To this end, we established six majors: Natural Environmental Studies, Environment Systems, Human and Engineered Environmental Studies, Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies, International Studies, and Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment and a Graduate Program in Sustainability Studies - Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI), each acting as an independent education and research unit.

Educational and research objectives of the Departments

Name of major/department Objective
Department of Advanced Materials Science The Department of Materials Science aims to explore the unexplored dimensions of materials, composed of an astronomical number of electrons and nuclei and their permutations, to explore novel phenomena, to construct new paradigms of materials, and to promote applied research in these areas. Practicing leading-edge research at the frontiers of materials science and holistic and systematic education in a wide range of material properties, the department fosters human resources with a strong foundation of advanced specialized knowledge, cross-disciplinary perspective, and creative problem-solving abilities to lead next generation society and science.
Department of Advanced Energy The core research topics of the Department of Advanced Energy are generation, utilization, and control of energy in matter under extreme conditions, design of structures and materials for extreme conditions, efficient energy (especially electromagnetic energy) utilization and storage, with special considerations for environmental compatibility to bring about a future society designed for new energy sources and highly efficient energy use. The educational objective is to develop human resources who can conduct leading-edge and innovative research and develop concrete roadmaps for the future of energy.
Department of Complexity Science and Engineering It has become clear that the understanding of complex systems, in which many nonlinear elements strongly interact, can be a driving force for new science and technology in the 21st century. The Department of Complexity Science and Engineering is establishing three modules: "Brain-Bio", "Astrobiology", "Extreme Matter", and a "Complexity Platform" common to these fields, to enable new developments. In terms of education, we aim to unravel "complexity" with a new approach integrating science and engineering, and foster researchers and engineers who can create new paradigms.
Department of Integrated Biosciences The Department of Integrated Biosciences aims to foster human resources who can understand the fundamental principles and integrated biological functions that underpin life and contribute to solving future bioscience-related problems, by mindfully conducting leading and cross-disciplinary education and research that can keep up with rapid developments in biosciences. In addition, we aim to create leading-edge next generation biosciences, focusing on the structure and function of basic units that control life, from the molecular and cellular level to the organism level, and covering everything from fundamentals to applications.
Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences The Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences responds to new changes in research styles and paradigm shifts accompanying rapid progress in informatics in the fields of bioscience and medical science, and promotes research that leads the integration of bioscience and informatics centered on medical science. At the same time, we conduct double-major education in medical science and informatics including practical training, and educate human resources who lead future innovation by integrating these two fields and meet the demands of the new era of medical bioscience.
Department of Natural Environmental Studies The Department of Natural Environmental Studies pursues "unravelling the natural environment and its transformation" and " fostering a better relationship between humans and nature" through close collaboration between bioscience, earth science, natural epistemology, and data science. In particular, based on field surveys, theories, and experiments, the department conducts research to solve environmental problems, conserve the natural environment, sustainably utilize natural resources, and create a natural environment that can coexist with human activities, all while fostering human resources who can put these ideas into practice in society.
Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment We develop technology and policy science related to the use and conservation of the oceans, and conduct education and research that will contribute to the creation of new ocean industries and the ocean environment. The department fosters human resources who are familiar with ocean technology policy, can study marine resource development, marine energy utilization, marine environment conservation, and ocean fundamentals, and who can play an active role in formulating marine-related policies, industrial promotion, and environmental conservation with a high level of expertise and international perspective.
Department of Environmental System Studies Compiling perspectives related to the atmosphere, water, the earth's crust, the earth, and perspectives related to matter, energy, processes, and environmental safety allows us to understand the ideal environment of the 21st century as a system. We conduct research and education on the necessary integrated technologies and key technologies for this purpose. To foster human resources who can tackle environmental problems comprehensively, we aim to cultivate broad insight into environmental problems, a sense for solving environmental problems with technology, and a sense for environmental policy making and environmental risk management.
Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies On the premise that human activities affect the environment on a global scale and that aging societies is becoming the norm, there is a need for systems that will enable sustainable human development. To meet such societal demands, we have basic knowledge of environmental studies, which views industrial and economic activities from the perspective of the environment surrounding humans, and knowledge of engineering and informatics, which have built today's prosperous society, and we can use them to improve people's lives. We will develop human resources who can engage in basic research and technological development for such purpose, or design mechanisms for sustainable development.
Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies Housing, architecture, cities, regions, and the earth fall on a range of scales of "environment", which are the result of interactions between various physical and socio-cultural elements. We conduct research on analysis, evaluation, prediction, formation, and management of such "environments" , aiming to embody the philosophy of interdisciplinary research through a multifaceted approach integrating the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences at the level of the major. Based on such specialized and interdisciplinary research, the educational objective is to develop human resources who can deal with complex and intricate environmental problems with a high level of expertise and in cooperation with specialists from many fields.
Department of International Studies We analyze major issues facing the world in international cooperation, such as reducing poverty, cooperative development, environmental cooperation and resource management, and institutional design and policy coordination. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we propose concrete measures for preventing and resolving these issues. In addition, we aim to develop human resources who can play an active leadership role at the forefront of international society with policy-making and practical management skills.

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