Creation of a New Era in Natural Science to be a Pioneer from Kumamoto
Dean, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology
The Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology was established in April 2016 as a faculty organization consisting of all the members of the faculties of science and engineering, except for full-time members of affiliated research institutions/centers of the university, as an organizational body which is able to deepen knowledge in each specialty field and to explore academic research areas beyond the traditional academic framework, corresponding to rapid advance and development of scientific technologies. We aim to build high-quality academic research bases for natural science and its applied technology which can contribute to sustainable development of earth and environment symbiotic sciences and active societies and promote applied researches corresponding to unique and pioneering academic researches as well as social requirements in order to achieve comprehensive development of scientific technologies, creation of novel scientific technology, and individuation of university.
The faculty of advanced science and technology consists of the following 5 divisions including 31 fields: “Natural Science”, “Materials Science and Chemistry”, “Industrial Fundamentals”, “Informatics and Energy”, and “Social Infrastructure and Environment”. The division of natural science consists of the faculty members of 6 scientific fields including traditional subjects such as “Mathematics”, “Physics”, “Chemistry”, “Earth and Environmental Science”, “Biological Science”, and “Integrated Sciences”. On the other hand, the four divisions of Materials Science and Chemistry, Industrial Fundamentals, Informatics and Energy, and Social Infrastructure and Environment comprise 23 fields, each of which corresponds to the four departments of the Faculty of Engineering and the four master’s programs of the Graduate School of Science and Technology. In addition, “Research fields of Silk Science and Technology” and “Semiconductor Process Evaluation Joint Research” have been added since 2017. In 2021, the “International Research Center for Agricultural and Environmental Biology” was established to contribute to the region and society by promoting basic and applied research in the field of agricultural science as a world-leading research center. Furthermore, in 2022, the “Forefront Research and Education Center for Semiconductors” was established to promote research and development in the field of semiconductors that is an important infrastructure supporting the digital society, to engage in joint industry-academia-government research and to strengthen cooperation with research institutions and companies at home and abroad, and to produce highly qualified personnel with an education in the semiconductor field, which is in high demand from society.
The faculty of advanced science and technology has been conducting forefront researches in order to meet the various demands of societies by deepening comprehensive knowledge in natural science technologies and creating a new scientific technology as well as by promoting practically applied studies which can contribute to sustainable development of international, high-quality and unique basic studies and the societies. We will continue building high-quality academic research bases for advanced natural science and its applied technology which can contribute to sustainable development of earth and environment symbiotic sciences and active societies through collaboration between science and engineering as well as promotion of interdisciplinary academic researches.