Faculty of Engineering

 

The Faculty of Engineering dates back to 1922, when Tokushima Higher Technical School was established as the only Higher Technical School on Shikoku Island. The School was incorporated into Tokushima University as the Faculty of Engineering in 1949. Since then, the Faculty has extended in size and scope to meet the increasing need of engineers within the growing Japanese economy.

The Faculty now comprises seven departments and one center covering a wide range of engineering sciences as shown in the next section. With the exception of the Department of Optical Science and Technology, all departments offer both regular Day Courses and Evening Courses. The Evening Courses serve as training for employees of local industries and those with daytime jobs.

 

College of Innovative Design and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and environmental engineering is essential for providing the infrastructure that supports a safe, secure and affluent life, and for achieving sustainable and attractive landscapes and an affluent society. This calls for diverse social and scientific technologies required for the provision of various social infrastructure and protection of the natural environment. To this end, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a wide range of study, from basic to applied learning, as well as research directed towards development of new technologies, advanced planning and design methodologies, disaster-resistant regional and urban development, and social innovation. The educational program is recognized as an engineering education program by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education) and it fosters architectural engineers whose qualifications are accepted globally. Students complete their study of basic specialist subjects by the first semester of their second year, after which they select either Structural Design Studies or Environmental Management Studies, studying applied specialist subjects intensively towards their chosen path. In addition, architecture related subjects are also offered, enabling students to qualify for the certified architect’s examination.

 

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The educational program of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is recognized as an engineering education program by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education). This means that the educational program offered by this department trains mechanical engineers whose qualifications are accepted worldwide. This department divides mechanical engineering into four fields, Mechanical Science, Mechanical Systems, Intelligent Machines and Production Systems Engineering, providing systematic education from basic to applied studies. Students study the basics of mechanical engineering as part of an educational program that enables engineers to realize their ambitions through practical work. The lectures, training and experiments are led by academic staff with full support from veteran staff and graduate students. Important subjects are taught in small groups by a number of faculty. Finally, through their graduation research, students acquire the knowledge necessary for engineers to function in society.

 

College of Life and Materials Engineering

Department of Chemical Science and Technology

The educational program of the Department of Chemical Science and Technology places emphasis on basic engineering subjects and basic specialist subjects in chemistry and chemical engineering, enabling students to obtain the fundamentals of chemistry. It is recognized as an engineering education program by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education). Basic specialist subjects emphasize experimentation, and students learn the basic techniques of conducting experiments, as well as understanding through experiment the content learned in lectures and seminars. For their graduation research, students are assigned to three major courses, Synthetic and Polymer Chemistry, Physicochermistry and Material Science, and Chemical Process Engineering, and emphasis is placed on developing original thinking in each specialist field. In addition, a wide variety of lectures are offered in subjects including handling of hazardous materials, which is required for chemical engineers, accident prevention, global environmental issues, industrial ethics, and so on. Students also take TOEIC-IP in their first year to help them assess and improve their English ability. The program also includes creative learning where students work in small groups to conduct investigation and analysis on themes which they set by themselves, followed by oral presentation of the results. This raises their active learning motivation and presentation abilities. Freshman training and sports events are held to promote friendship between students and academic staff.

 

Department of Biological Science and Technology

Biotechnology is a field of study that clarifies the mysterious systems of life through the power of science, while making practical engineering use of the research findings at the same time. It organically integrates a wide range of existing fields such as engineering, medical science, pharmacology, and agriculture into an interdisciplinary combined field. This department was established as the third national university biotechnology department with the aim of establishing a specialist organization in this domain. The educational curriculum of this department is recognized by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education), with a program that represents the unique characteristics of biotechnology, a field that is closely linked to engineering. The program offers a comprehensive foundation through the core specialist subjects of physical chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry, as well as leading edge applied subjects. The department aims to foster bio-specialists who have a wide range of knowledge and technologies concerning life science and can play leading roles in the broad field of biotechnology.

 

College of Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electrical and electronic engineering plays a central role in today’s science and technology revolution, and the sector continues to develop at a rapid pace. In order to provide efficient learning in a wide range of specialist fields, this department offers education and research in four specialist fields; Materials and Device Science, Electric Energy Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Systems, and Intelligent Networks and Computer Science. In the 1st year, students study the basic subjects required for any specialist field. In the 2nd and 3rd years, applied subjects in various specialist fields are gradually introduced, providing an educational curriculum that allows students to develop a specialism steadily. The educational program is recognized as an engineering education program by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education.) This allows students who have not yet decided on a specialism at enrollment to discover a specialist field that they really want to pursue as they advance in their studies. It’s a curriculum that allows students to develop their aspirations after enrollment.

 

Department of Information Science and Intelligent Systems


The Nichia Scholarship Award

The Department of Information Science and Intelligent Systems offers a totally unique and attractive curriculum with education and research in information science and intelligent systems, featuring development of multiplayer network games and autonomous robots through group work. These studies correspond to software design and experimentation (Software Experimentation) in the 2nd year and system design and experimentation (System Experimentation) in the 3rd year of study. In Software Experimentation, students specialize in software design and programming techniques through the development of multiplayer network games. In System Experimentation, they concentrate on hardware design, implementation techniques and autonomous control through the development of autonomous robots. On the last day of experimentation, for both software and systems, a contest is held. Students work enthusiastically in a spirit of inter-group competition in order to win the contest.

 

Department of Optical Science and Technology

The Department of Optical Science and Technology creatively identifies issues relating to optical technology and aims to educate students to be able to solve these issues from a broad perspective and with a sense of mission. Optical technology is already the basic technology for a wide range of industrial fields. Through the two courses offered, Optical Materials and Devices, and Optical Information Systems, students learn about the classical fields of optical engineering, as well as materials, devices, electronics, communications, images and information relating to optics. Through lectures and experiments, they develop broad engineering knowledge and skills. Furthermore, students extend their creativity and knowledge application capabilities through their engagement with new science and technology in the course of their graduation research and research at graduate school. Graduates are active in many fields including electrical and electronic systems, information systems, precision mechanical systems, pharmaceuticals and chemistry.