Graduate School of Science and Technology
Kumamoto University
2-39-1 Kurokami, Chuo-ku,
Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan
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A new start! Welcome to the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University!

This department is dedicated to equipping graduates with deep expertise in their fields and with thorough problem-solving abilities that allow them to view issues from a broad perspective as “T-shaped” human resources.

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The Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University was established in April 2018.
The Natural Science Education Department aims to foster “T-shaped” human resources who not only have deep expertise in their own fields, but also the ability to solve problems using comprehensive strategies from a diverse range of fields.

The Graduate School of Science and Technology, the predecessor of the Department of the Natural Science Education Department, was established in 1986 as an integration of the Graduate School of Science and the Graduate School of Engineering.
In 1998, the school was reorganized into a graduate school made up of eight master’s programs and four doctorate programs.
Following the prioritizing of graduate school education and the establishment of new combinations of science majors in 2006, as well as the establishment of a mathematics major (master’s program) in 2010, the school grew into a graduate school made up of nine master’s programs and five doctorate programs.

Kumamoto University currently allows each education and research organization to be independently restructured as needed. We are therefore developing a system separated between the research department, made up of our faculty, and the education departments, which make up our educational organization.
The New Frontier Sciences Research Department was established in the graduate school 2016 as an organization made up of our faculty, and this department promoted the reorganization of the education departments responsible for the education of our students. However, following approval by the University Establishment Council, the Natural Science Education Department was established in April 2018.

The world of natural sciences needs people with advanced expertise who have not only logical reasoning abilities, but also the creativity to solve a wide range of problems by viewing them from a broad perspective.
We aim to develop the next generation of scientists to meet these demands. To this end, our courses foster not only advanced expertise and skill in each academic field, but also a wide range of knowledge outside of these fields, as well as a talent for merging these diverse viewpoints.
Such gifted individuals are called “T-shaped” human resources for their advanced expertise in their own field (the vertical axis of the T) which gives them a firm foundation to go beyond this field into other areas (the horizontal axis of the T) and merge the ideas.

For the Natural Science Education Department, we have reorganized nine master’s and doctorate courses into five, through which students can complete a six-year program of consistent education from an undergraduate to master’s program to develop both an advanced expertise in a specialized field and logical reasoning abilities.
Meanwhile, we reorganized the doctorate program into two departments, the Department of Science and the Department of Engineering, dedicated to the development of graduates with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in science and engineering who will go on to use the broad perspectives they acquired to advance collaborative projects with other fields.
Further, to equip these science professionals with a wide range of knowledge outside of their own fields, as well as a talent for merging these diverse viewpoints, we have established the New Frontier Sciences course, the Advanced Liberal Arts Education course, the MOT Special Education course, and the English Education course under the Integrated Science and Engineering Education course group within the Natural Science Education Department.
Through these courses of study, our students can acquire the ability to promote the merging of a wide range of knowledge based on a mutual understanding with other fields of study.

We need the help of the next generation of learners in order to solve the many problems that arise from our rapidly changing society.
Through the Graduate School of Science and Technology Kumamoto University, you will acquire rich knowledge, creativity, and leadership skills that allow you to face the challenges ahead with advanced expertise and with flexibility. I ask you to use these gifts to contribute to the future of Japan and the international community.

Fusao Ichikawa
Professor, Dr. Sci.
Dean, Graduate School of Science and Technology
Kumamoto University