Purpose and policies on educational research
Purpose of educational research
We emphasize the foundations of mechanical engineering, which is the core of scientific research and industry, and train versatile engineers who can respond to social demands. Therefore, we cover research and education in a wide range of fields, from advanced social needs for mechanical engineering, including robotics, welfare, and transportation, to basic requirements such as computer-based design technology, manufacturing technology, and thermal fluid engineering. Active project-based learning is used as the framework for education along with experiential and subjective learning. Through these methods, we train practical engineers who are creative and unique and have rich ideas and well-rounded personalities.
The department of mechanical engineering accepts the following types of students.
- Students who are interested in mechanical engineering.
- Students who are willing to contribute to society in the future by making use of the knowledge they obtain in the mechanical engineering department.
- Students who are willing to play an active part in a wide range of fields, including advanced science and technology (e.g., automobiles and robotics), energy and the environment, and manufacturing.
- Students who enjoy challenges and want to express their ideas.
- Students who are eager to approach their university studies diligently.
- Students who share the values of monozukuri as part of the identity of Japanese society and who are willing to play an active part in an international society.
Curriculum formation and implementation policy (curriculum policy)
We emphasize experiential learning throughout the entire course of study. Therefore, most of the course projects are carried out with the aim of training and developing students with the ability to solve problems subjectively. Based on this policy, the educational curriculum is as follows.
- In the first year, students study mathematics, physics, and information technology in order to develop and cultivate fundamental skills that will form the basis for their studies of specialized subjects after the second year. In addition, through basic courses on manufacturing and monozukuri, students learn design and drafting skills as well as machining and manufacturing. Through practical training courses and project-based learning, we cultivate basic values by nurturing the well-rounded personalities necessary for mechanical engineers who will uphold the values of monozukuri.
- In the second year, students learn about the mechanics of materials, heat, fluid mechanics, and dynamics of machinery (mechanisms), which form the basis of mechanical engineering. Students also learn how to write reports and analyze experimental data by performing practical experiments and conducting design and manufacturing projects.
- In the third year, students study more sophisticated mechanical engineering by selecting specialized courses according to their interests. Students join a laboratory early in the third year and hone their professional consciousness about research and job hunting through their interactions with professors and senior students.
- In the fourth year, students conduct a graduation research project as the culmination of their four years of undergraduate study in mechanical engineering. Students study domestic and overseas literature, conduct experiments, and participate in practical training to deepen their understanding of a technology in their chosen specialty.
Degree award policy (diploma policy)
In addition to understanding the spirit of the university, acquiring practical skills, and adhering to the educational principles of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, a bachelor's degree will be awarded to those meeting the following conditions.
- Has acquired the fundamentals of the four main mechanics courses related to mechanical engineering and can solve technical problems subjectively.
- Has developed a rich personality with creativity in mechanical engineering and has demonstrated the ability to transfer skills from one field to another through their graduation research project.
- Proactively absorbs new knowledge and technical information in mechanical engineering and can explain their knowledge to others.
- Upholds the Japanese values of monozukuri as part of Japan’s identity and behaves responsibly toward other people and society as a mechanical engineer.