Graduate School of Science and Technology
Kumamoto University
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Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture

Education Goals

We will develop professionals who have advanced expertise in construction relating to social infrastructure development and who will work practically to create human-friendly architecture and urban spaces and to solve energy problems and problems of disaster prevention and mitigation.

Education Objectives

In recent years, our aging society has required not only professionals with advanced expertise in construction relating to social infrastructure development, but also those with the ability to work practically to create human-friendly architecture and urban spaces and solve energy problems and problems of disaster prevention and mitigation.
In response to these societal needs, this department will train students to gain the advanced expertise required for technicians of civil engineering and construction to address the aforementioned issues. This department will also help students develop the practical ability to create new spaces and the abilities required as professionals, such as civil servants, whose practices relate to political policy, namely, the ability to solve the many problems facing our communities and the ability to enact community development and public policy.

What We Offer

The Department of Civil Engineering has a unique curriculum for training students to become professionals, like those listed below who contribute to comfort and safety in the lives of others, and to coexist with the natural environment, from the planning and designing of architectural spaces to the creation of regional or urban social systems and social infrastructure for protecting the life and property of citizens.

  1. Those who have deep expertise in the general field of civil and environmental engineering, including environmental preservation, the planning, design, building, and management of societal infrastructure and construction, and disaster prevention and mitigation, and have the ability to contribute to society through environmentally friendly and sustainable construction
  2. Those who extract and clarify the concrete issues relating to the many new problems local communities face, such as the aging society and energy conservation, and work to develop solutions to these issues, and who have deep and comprehensive specialized abilities for enacting community development and public policy
  3. Those who have deep expertise in the general field of architecture, knowledge of and the ability to apply cutting-edge technologies, the ability to develop and teach new technologies, broad perspectives and comprehensive decision-making abilities, and the ability to collaborate with many other fields to play an active role in the creation of architecture and cities

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Education Goals

We will develop civil engineers who have broad perspectives and knowledge of disaster prevention and mitigation for protecting the life and property of citizens from natural disasters, the planning, designing, and management of social infrastructure facilities indispensable for living and for producing, and environmental preservation for building a society centered on coexisting with the natural environment and on recycling resources, and who have advanced technical capabilities and are able to make technical proposals for solving global issues.

Education Objectives

To achieve the above goal, we will provide students with deep expertise in the general field of civil and environmental engineering, including environmental preservation, the planning, design, building, and management of societal infrastructure and construction, and disaster prevention and mitigation, and help students develop the ability to contribute to society through environmentally friendly and sustainable construction.

What We Offer

This course of study includes a program aimed at helping students learn the latest advanced academic skills in order to further deepen the expertise gained from their undergraduate courses and at helping students cultivate the engineering design abilities and international outlook necessary for applying that expertise in the real world.
Students will also acquire a wide range of specialized knowledge of several research fields, especially disaster prevention and mitigation, the planning, designing, and management of social infrastructure facilities, and environmental preservation centered on recycling resources. We have organized and implemented a cross-sectoral curriculum for students to acquire broad academic knowledge not limited to their familiar field of expertise.

Urban and Regional Planning and Design

Education Goals

We will develop integration technicians who will clarify the concrete issues relating to the many new problems local communities face, such as the aging society and energy conservation; work to develop solutions to these issues; and have the communication abilities, design abilities, and management abilities to build next-generation social systems while enacting community development and public policy.

Education Objectives

To achieve the above goal, we will train students to extract and clarify the concrete issues relating to the many new problems local communities face, such as the aging society and energy conservation; work to develop solutions to these issues; and have deep and comprehensive specialized abilities for enacting community development and public policy.

What We Offer

This course of study includes a program aimed at helping students learn the latest advanced academic skills in order to further deepen the expertise gained from their undergraduate courses and at helping students cultivate the engineering design abilities and international outlook necessary for applying that expertise in the real world.
Students will also acquire a wide range of specialized knowledge for clarifying the concrete issues relating to the many complex problems local communities face, especially as related to social systems, community development, and landscape design, and for working to develop solutions to these issues, as well as for building next-generation social systems while enacting community development and public policy. Furthermore, we have organized and implemented a cross-sectoral curriculum for students to acquire broad academic knowledge not limited to their familiar field of expertise.

Architecture and Building Engineering

Education Goals

The study of architecture and building engineering is a broad discipline focusing on humans. It includes the study of the safety, comfort, convenience, and artistic quality of buildings and the environments that surround them.
We will develop architectural engineers who have broad perspectives and knowledge covering each specialty and advanced technical capabilities as well as the ability to temporally, spatially, and comprehensively take in the grand system of architecture.

Education Objectives

To achieve the above goal, we will help students to acquire deep expertise in the general field of architecture and building engineering, including architectural planning, building design, building structures, building materials, building environments and equipment, architectural history, urban planning, building production, architectural conservation, and disaster prevention. Students will also develop knowledge of and the ability to apply cutting-edge technologies, the ability to develop and teach new technologies, broad perspectives and comprehensive decision-making abilities, and the ability to collaborate to play an active role in creative activities.

What We Offer

This course of study includes a program aimed at helping students learn the latest advanced academic skills in order to further deepen the expertise gained from their undergraduate courses and at helping students cultivate the engineering design abilities and international outlook necessary for applying that expertise in the real world.
Furthermore, we have organized and implemented a curriculum made up of a composite of many fields for students to acquire broad and advanced academic knowledge relating especially to research in the fields of architectural design and planning, building environments and equipment, building structures, and building production.
The Education Program of Architecture and Building consists of three tracks which are described below.

Architecture and Building Engineering
The Architecture and Building Engineering track is the main focus of this department. For this track, we have prepared many course subjects in each specialized field of planning, environment and equipment, structures, and production.
In addition to studying and researching specialized fields, students can also take practical, specialized subjects in which they set their own topics of study.
Architectural Design
The Architectural Design track is provided for students who wish to work as architects or in architectural design in the future. It is mainly composed of courses such as design studio and design theory.
In place of a master’s thesis, students will complete a master’s design, and upon graduation, students will have developed abilities in architectural design that will allow them to pass level one of the architect examination.
Architecture and Urban Culture
The Architecture and Urban Culture track is geared toward graduates of other undergraduate programs and toward working professionals.
While taking into consideration the diverse backgrounds of the students, this track will teach a wide range of expertise in architecture and building engineering and in building urban culture, including state-of-the-art knowledge, in order to foster master’s (academic) graduates.