Graduate School of Science and Technology
Kumamoto University
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Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan
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Department of Advanced Industrial Science

Education Goals

This department’s educational goals are to equip students with advanced and cutting-edge expertise and logical reasoning abilities, to help students acquire an attitude for actively engaging in research activities, and to train students to be able to contribute to the international community and to local communities through proactive collaboration with researchers from different fields in Japan or overseas.

Education Objectives

We aim to train the next generation of leaders with advanced expertise and research capabilities who can adapt to the diversifying changes in our social environment and who will play leading roles in contributing both to local societies and to the international community through developing new scientific technologies and reorganizing and creating functional linkages in conventional technologies in order to build a vibrant and humane society to advance the happiness of mankind.

What We Offer

Through the doctorate program, students will gain an education that further deepens the knowledge, from fundamental to applied, of four specialized subjects that was built through the six-year program of consistent education from undergraduate engineering through the master’s program. We have established 12 education programs in the doctorate program of the Department of Advanced Industrial Science so that students receive not only specialized expertise, but also broad perspectives and interdisciplinary knowledge of the engineering system as a whole, as well as the ability to work cooperatively with others. Therefore, we have put into practice an education through which students will proactively take courses provided as Integrated Science and Engineering Education courses in the Natural Science Education Department of the Graduate School in addition to gaining an advanced professional education through doctoral research in order to become so-called “T-shaped” human resources who can quickly and versatilely respond to the demands of society in each field.

Environmental Conservation Engineering

Education Goals

This program aims to systematically educate students on the latest technology surrounding safety and disaster prevention, conservation, development, use, and coexistence in the natural sciences and social environments, as well as to train students to become researchers and experts who can play leading roles on the front lines of the field.

Education Objectives

In order to achieve these goals, we will provide students with not only a high level of expertise, but also cultivate in them an in-depth knowledge on a variety of areas of specialty that cover all engineering-related subjects, including both a bird’s eye view of engineering and interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as the qualities necessary to become cooperative leaders who will play active roles on the global stage.

What We Offer

This program is designed such that students can discuss shared themes with instructors or students from other education programs and departments to gain systematic and comprehensive intellectual abilities and an expert-level knowledge of the latest research. Furthermore, we will provide students with an in-depth understanding of multiple disciplines so that they can tackle specific issues in the everyday world, as well as the communication abilities, including English ability, needed to exchange information on an international level. Our program is also designed so that students can gain the abilities to go forward with research of the highest standard that will receive acclaim both at home and abroad, and so that students can learn how to make use of their personal strengths while also working in groups to collaborate with the local community.

Environmental Management and Planning

Education Goals

Our program aims to provide a systematic education in extracting social and environmental issues for specific regions in areas such as disaster prevention, the environment, amenities, transportation, landscape, and watersheds, and coming up with a plan, design method, and social infrastructure project management method to resolve these issues while taking into consideration each region’s unique climate and culture, as well as to train students to become researchers and experts who can play active roles on the front lines of the field.

Education Objectives

In order to achieve these goals, we will provide students with not only a high level of expertise, but also cultivate in them an in-depth knowledge on a variety of areas of specialty that cover all engineering-related subjects, including both a bird’s eye view of engineering and interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as the qualities necessary to become cooperative leaders who will play active roles on the global stage.

What We Offer

This program is designed such that students can discuss shared themes with instructors or students from other education programs and departments to gain systematic and comprehensive intellectual abilities and an expert-level knowledge of the latest research. Furthermore, this program is designed so that students can, with local disaster prevention and urban renewal as key concepts, gain the ability to go forward with organized research in which they collaborate with industry, government, and the local community, as well as the communication abilities, including English ability, needed to exchange information on an international level. Our program is also designed so that students can gain the ability to resolve issues surrounding sustainable development in local communities, and so that students can learn how to make use of their personal strengths while also working in groups to collaborate with the local community.

Architecture and Environment Planning

Education Goals

We aim to train students to become experts who will be able to design regional spaces and broadly and flexibly face environmental issues concerning the various natural and social environments of different regions while taking into consideration each region’s unique climate and culture, as well as global researchers who can take on leadership roles on the international stage, or pace-setting professionals with the same abilities and a research-oriented mentality.

Education Objectives

In order to achieve these goals, we will provide students with not only a high level of expertise, but also cultivate in them an in-depth knowledge on a variety of areas of specialty that cover all engineering-related subjects, including both a bird’s eye view of engineering and interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as the qualities necessary to become cooperative leaders who will play active roles on the global stage.

What We Offer

This program is designed such that students can discuss shared themes with instructors or students from other education programs and departments to gain systematic and comprehensive intellectual abilities and an expert-level knowledge of the latest research. Students will gain the abilities to design regional spaces and broadly and flexibly face environmental issues concerning the various natural and social environments of different regions, while taking into consideration each region’s unique climate and culture, as well as the communication abilities, including English ability, needed to exchange information on an international level. Our program is also designed so that students can learn how to make use of their personal strengths while also working in groups to collaborate with the local community.

Building Materials and Structures

Education Goals

This program aims to train students to become professionals with the latest knowledge and technology for disaster prevention, maintenance management, and repair of architectural structures, as well as global researchers who can play leadership roles on the international stage or pace-setting professionals with the same abilities and a research-oriented mentality.

Education Objectives

In order to achieve these goals, we will provide students with not only a high level of expertise, but also cultivate in them an in-depth knowledge on a variety of areas of specialty that cover all engineering-related subjects, including both a bird’s eye view of engineering and interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as the qualities necessary to become cooperative leaders who will play active roles on the global stage.

What We Offer

This program is designed such that students can discuss shared themes with instructors or students from other education programs and departments to gain systematic and comprehensive intellectual abilities and an expert-level knowledge of the latest research. Students will obtain the latest knowledge and technology for disaster prevention, maintenance management, and repair of architectural structures and the tools to go forward with research on the life cycle of structures while forming construction systems for a new age, which must take into consideration the cycle of materials and technology, as well as the communication abilities, including English ability, needed to exchange information on an international level. Our program is also designed so that students can learn how to make use of their personal strengths while also working in groups to collaborate with the local community.

Advanced Mechanical Systems

Education Goals

As the machine industry experiences fast-paced diversification and increasing functionality, scientists today must obtain the academic knowledge and technology to design and run highly intelligent multifunctional mechanical systems. To this end, we will train students to become professionals with a broad range of knowledge, from fundamental to applied, in subjects ranging from thermal/fluid dynamics and energy exchange to precision processes and the design and creation of machines, as well as the skills to imaginatively wield this knowledge.

Education Objectives

To achieve this educational purpose, we have established the following objectives.

  1. We will equip students with a broad knowledge of topics including modern thermal, fluid, and material mechanics and machine design, precision processing, and machine technology.
  2. We will imbue students with deep inquisitiveness and insightfulness so that they will be able to solve problems surrounding complex machine systems.
  3. We will foster in students the ability to discover issues, solve them, and present their findings, as well as improve their English communication ability by assigning appropriate homework, exercises, and presentations.
What We Offer

Mechanical Engineering, the field supporting modern society, demands the pursuit of higher quality, efficiency, and reliability of machinery and equipment with a premise of harmony between people and the environment, and is also closely intertwined with issues surrounding the environment and conserving resources and energy.
In this program, students will systematically learn about and research highly efficient utilization techniques for thermal and fluid energy, as well as the ultraprecise and fine processing technology behind making smaller and more precise machinery.

Intelligent Mechanical Systems

Education Goals

The mechanical systems and structures prominent in recent developments demand not only higher performance and functionality, but also require an overall intelligent design and production so that the systems are attuned to their surroundings. This program equips students with broad knowledge about the production process, from fundamentals to applications, as well as about intelligent manufacturing system technologies including signal measurement/processing and system controls utilizing computer technology, in order to train them to become professionals who can use their creativity to be active players in the field.

Education Objectives

To achieve this educational purpose set by this program, we have established the following objectives.

  1. We will teach students about intelligent manufacturing processes and system technologies on a both a broad level and in terms of specific applications.
  2. We will foster students’ inquisitiveness, creativity, and problem-solving abilities in the area of research instruction.
  3. We will equip students with the abilities to conduct research that can be used in a wide array of settings, cooperating with others as part of a team of researchers or engineers.
What We Offer

Optimizing and adding intelligence to production systems to support the highly science and technology-based society of the 21st century has become an issue of the utmost importance.
In this program, students will be involved in comprehensive training and research covering a broad spectrum of research areas, including developing modern production processing technology based on the generation or control of shockwaves and other extreme environment conditions or technologies which have these conditions applied, the materials transfiguration and strength analysis essential for machine design, and automation or robotization, which make use of ultramodern automatic control techniques that support furthering the intelligence of various types of production systems.

Applied Mathematics

Education Goals

The Education Program of Applied Mathematics aims to train students to become professionals who can contribute to the development of the field and the advancement of society by focusing on foundational research in each of the areas of complex analysis systems, probability analysis, statistical science, and information mathematics, while equipping students with and continuing to build on the latest high-level theories.

Education Objectives

To achieve the educational purpose of the Education Program of Applied Mathematics, we have established the following objectives.

  1. Students will take in the latest mathematic theories and train to become practitioners with their own independent views on mathematics.
  2. Students will train to become professionals with advanced abilities who can give back to the local community by dedicating their advanced mathematical experience to community development.
  3. Students will train to become professionals who have acquired knowledge of cutting-edge mathematics and who can play an active role on the front lines of mathematics education and research.
What We Offer

The relationship between scientific technology development and modern mathematics, such as cryptography and algebra, biological systems and chaos analysis, and financial engineering and probability analysis, is being closely examined.
In the Education Program of Applied Mathematics, students will conduct educational research on applied mathematics (including determinism such as nonlinear analysis, random theory such as probability and statistical analysis, and boundary theory such as mathematical computation) required for solving these problems.

Computer Science and Communication Engineering

Education Goals

Our goal is to train students to become professionals who can creatively and practically contribute to the wellbeing of mankind, equipped with expert-level abilities and advanced perception skills in the broad area of information and communication needed in our globalized and highly information-driven society.

Education Objectives

We aim to help students acquire abilities such as the following.

1. High-level expert knowledge, skills, and research abilities
  • Expert-level knowledge on computer hardware, software, and information transmission technology
  • Ability to effectively present research results gained through having results published as papers in academic journals
  • Ability to be inquisitive self-starters, think logically, discover and resolve issues, and express oneself
2. Holistic academic ability that allows for understanding of a wide array of disciplines
  • Ability to be intellectually inquisitive and logical, the ability to discover and resolve issues, and expressive abilities gained through taking integrated science and engineering education courses
  • Ability to grasp the newest scientific technology in one’s area of expertise and related areas, gained through lectures and lab-centered seminars
3. A global outlook and ability to take action
  • Presentation and communication abilities gained through presenting papers both inside and outside Japan
4. Leadership abilities to be a driver of change in the local community
  • Ability to plan, execute, and work well with others, gained through an internship system that connects students with companies and research organizations both in Japan and abroad
What We Offer

In order to realize a ubiquitous society, there is a need to implement more changeable computer hardware and software and to construct even more flexible and adaptable information processing systems. In this education program, students will engage in education and research through organic collaboration between experts in computer architecture, hardware design and other hardware technology fields, experts in algorithms, operating systems and other software technology fields, as well as experts in microwave and millimeter wave engineering and diffraction optics and other computer science and electromagnetic engineering fields.

Frontier Technology for Energy and Devices

Education Goals

This program endeavors to train students to become professionals with creativity and expert-level abilities who can respond flexibly to the complicated academic and social demands of energy engineering, an area of research that supports the foundations of our society.

Education Objectives

We aim to help students acquire abilities such as the following.

1. High-level expert knowledge, skills, and research abilities
  • Expert-level knowledge in areas related to energy engineering, which covers a wide spectrum of topics
  • Ability to be intellectually inquisitive and logical, the ability to discover and resolve issues, and expressive abilities gained by submitting papers to academic journals, research results and discussions
2. Holistic academic ability that allows for understanding of a wide array of disciplines
  • Ability to handle a variety of research areas and to pioneer new areas, gained through taking research-driven courses that blend both science and engineering
3. A global outlook and ability to take action
  • English communication ability sufficient for having an international outlook that will allow one to be active on the world stage, gained through instruction from professors at leading international universities, paper presentations at international conferences, and internships abroad
4. Leadership abilities to be a driver of change in the local community
  • A deeper understanding of local industry and the ability to use one’s global outlook and expert-level knowledge to take the lead in giving back to the local community, gained through exploring research topics that connect the industrial and academic worlds and practical experience through internships both in Japan and abroad
What We Offer

The effective use of energy, the development of alternative energies, and the development of materials and devices with new functions serve key roles in stabilizing the energy infrastructure and resolving environmental issues. This area of research covers a wide range of educational and research topics including energy generation from large-scale energy sources such as thermal power and nuclear energy and distributed energy sources as well as their conversion to mechanical, heat, or light energy, electrical energy transportation, the technologies which use electrical energy, superconductive devices, semiconductor integrated circuit technology, and electronic properties and devices such as nanostructure devices and materials.

Human and Environmental Informatics

Education Goals

Our goal is to train students to become practitioners who can play an active role in a globalized world with a broad perspective and sense of morality, equipped with expert-level knowledge in areas such as computer science, electronic engineering, and control engineering, in which students will receive a multifaceted education, and in areas related to information, electronic, and control and interdisciplinary disciplines and composite disciplines as well.

Education Objectives

We aim to help students acquire abilities such as the following.

1. High-level expert knowledge, skills, and research abilities
  • Expert-level ability in areas of information, electronic, and control engineering, from fundamental to theoretical to applied
  • Ability to be intellectually inquisitive and logical, the ability to discover and resolve issues, and expressive abilities
2. Holistic academic ability that allows for understanding of a wide array of disciplines
  • Ability to understand and apply (expert-level) knowledge from interdisciplinary disciplines and composite disciplines, using knowledge of areas related to information, electronics, and control as a foundation
3. A global outlook and ability to take action
  • An international social awareness gained through active participation in presenting papers at international conferences and training at universities abroad
4. Leadership abilities to be a driver of change in the local community
  • Social awareness and leadership gained through internships at top companies both in Japan and abroad
What We Offer

What We Offer
Going forward, society will have to deal with problems surrounding falling birthrates and an aging population, as well as the environment, making it imperative that we quickly develop technology surrounding the support systems that allow humans to go about their lives safely and comfortably. In order to realize this, we need research that analyzes humans and their surrounding environment from many angles. This area of research covers a wide range of educational and research topics including human interfaces, intelligent control, biological information measurement, natural environment evaluation, and the many other various human, environment, and information-related component technologies and their organic integration.

Applied chemistry and Biochemistry

Education Goals

It is possible to discover the fundamental components for furthering chemical engineering in a humane way, without disturbing the high level of awareness and balance found in the natural world and living organisms. This education program aims to train students to become professionals with abundant creativity, originality, and international awareness who can contribute to the cultivation of new scientific technology to support an industrial society by laying bare the basic chemical materials in the natural world and living organisms and broadly applying and developing their discoveries.

Education Objectives
  1. We will impart to students the most up-to-date knowledge through lectures and seminars in areas related to chemistry, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and biology.
  2. As part of dissertation research instruction, we will teach students the logical reasoning abilities, ability to propose and resolve problems, and expressive abilities necessary for becoming a researcher with a high level of expertise and state-of-the-art research abilities.
  3. We will imbue in students an international awareness when interacting with others through research by presenting at international conferences in international languages such as English and active engagement in writing academic papers.
What We Offer

This program is designed so that students can acquire the abilities to gain advanced knowledge and the latest information in areas such as chemistry as well as medicine, pharmaceuticals, and biology, and the excellent research ability and high-level expertise necessary for areas in which technologists are in demand, such as developing modern materials in which chemical structures and molecular functions are finely controlled, as well as the skills to adeptly create new or improved functions through the cooperation of molecules, bringing about the next generation of materials. This program is further designed so that students can: enrich their fundamental knowledge in both their own area of expertise and in other areas, blending these two areas of knowledge to develop innovative technologies; improve their abilities to give presentations at international conferences and write academic papers in international languages such as English; become more proficient in planning and carrying out joint research on the basis of language abilities and the ability to take action, which make possible research collaboration with people from all walks of life throughout the international community; acquire the ability to use the academic knowledge gained from taking courses in this department to give advice on various issues surrounding the local community; and cultivate a desire to use fundamental research to create new industries based on market needs by collaborating with the local community.

Materials Science and Engineering

Education Goals

Material processing technology is the foundation of every area of science and technology and is one of the mother technologies of modern science. This course will educate students in several material-related subjects, including their creation and process control, physical and chemical properties, analysis and evaluation of their mechanical characteristics, and recycling, and aims to train them to become researchers who have a deep expertise in material science, flexible and broad logical reasoning abilities, and a richly creative global awareness.

Education Objectives
  1. We aim to organize an education program for training students to become professionals. In order to measure its effectiveness, we have continuous opportunities for students to evaluate their classes, FD activities among our professors, self-evaluation, and external evaluation, as we strive for constant program improvement and balance.
  2. We will continue to refine our expert-level education in the material sciences in order to cultivate in students advanced expertise and techniques for exploring material structure, physical and chemical properties, and mechanical features from a broad perspective from the nano level to the macro level.
  3. Through dissertation research guidance, students will further develop their abilities to work independently as researchers by developing their ability to establish creative research topics and logical research methods, collaborate organically between disciplines, and present their research findings effectively. In doing so students can develop their research abilities in a wide variety of areas, from the early or basic stages of material development to research that aims to discover practical applications, to developing pioneering interdisciplinary projects.
  4. We will encourage and support participation in conference activities, both in Japan and abroad, and encourage students to both widely share their findings and stay on top of the latest knowledge surrounding material science and to turn that knowledge into potential research topics, as well as to use their research findings to give back to local communities.
  5. We hope to cultivate an international awareness in students through providing more opportunities to hear lectures from and have discussions with researchers from various countries, as well as through having students interact with researchers from various countries and independently give presentations and write papers in languages other than Japanese.
What We Offer

This program is designed so that students can gain high-level knowledge and technical skills to explore the areas of material structure, physical and chemical properties, and mechanical features from a broad perspective from the nano level to the macro level, as well as the skills to conduct research on a broad scale, from the early and fundamental stages of material development to research that aims to discover practical applications. This program is further designed so that students can improve their abilities to work more intensely in their own areas of expertise, collaborate organically between disciplines, propose pioneering interdisciplinary projects, work independently to interact with researchers from various countries and compose and present papers in languages other than Japanese, establish creative research topics and logical research methods, and present their research findings effectively. By working in these areas, students can enrich their abilities to work independently as researchers and, through the power of their ideas and suggestions, use their findings to give back to local communities.