We push forward with basic and applied research, and focus on advanced research, for scientific and technological development necessary for human’s continued existence and prosperity, paying due care to humans, society and the environment. To contribute locally, nationally and globally with research results, we train advanced professional engineers and young researchers under an education system with characteristic department, master and doctoral programs.
The Okayama University Faculty of Engineering was reorganized in April 2011 into four departments: the Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering, Department of Information Technology and Department of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology. The Faculty provides a 4-year consistent education to develop “problem-seeking and problem-solving human resources” with voluntary drive, judgment, global perspective, and ethics, under the ideas as listed below.
In addition, each Department provides expert courses to develop advanced specialty human resources.
Educational Ideas for Development of “Problem-Seeking and Problem-Solving Human Resources”
Idea1 Develop abilities both to acquire and apply basic specialty knowledge, and to learn and explore on their own initiative.
We develop abilities to acquire and apply fundamental and basic knowledge in specialty fields, and to voluntarily and continuously learn, explore and organize.
Idea2 Develop a broad perspective and flexible, holistic judgment.
As students nurture their autonomy and exploring abilities, we develop the ability to judge holistically in identifying broader problems, relevant technologies, solutions, and environmental and social impacts. In departmental education in particular, we cultivate consistent abilities covering basic theory, basic and application design, production and assessment.
Idea3 Develop ethics and attitudes that contribute to society.
We develop ethics for engineers, researchers and workers and the ability to clarify viewpoints about social contribution. For social contribution in particular, we develop the positive attitude to involve oneself voluntarily in social activities.
Idea4 Develop acceptable communication skills in Japanese and foreign languages, and information application skills.
We develop language skills and basic and applied information processing abilities, which are all needed to work as advanced professional experts internationally.
Idea5 Enrich human qualities.
We enrich students’ human qualities by improving their cultural, academic and engineering qualities through liberal arts and specialty education, and their general qualities by encouraging them to enjoy friendships in university life and participate in extracurricular and social activities.
The Okayama University Faculty of Engineering is committed to education reform with the aim of developing human resources who can think and develop ideas to seek and solve problems on their own initiative.
Since its reorganization, the Faculty has established an education system that enables all admitted students to adequately learn engineering basics, and to acquire sufficient expertise after learning basic skills necessary for engineers and researchers and broad basic engineering and technological knowledge. Besides lectures, we emphasize hands-on seminars and experiments where students can learn through experience.
In the 1st year, students study liberal arts subjects (including guidance subjects) and department-wide common Basic Specialty Subjects. Class composition in 1st-year guidance and basic specialty subjects is cross-departmental, providing opportunities to exchange with students of other departments.
In the 2nd year, students study liberal arts subjects and department-common Department Specialty Subjects in the 1st half of the year before course assignment, and Department Specialty Subjects and basic Course Specialty Subjects in the 2nd half.
In the 3rd year, students study Course Specialty Subjects to enhance their expertise. They are allowed to attend Department and Course Specialty Subjects of other departments and courses in which they do not enroll.
In the 4th year, students study Course Specialty Subjects to enhance their expertise. At the same time, they comprehensively acquire problem-discovering/solving, self-learning, design and presentation skills through Special Studies.
Guidance/Basic Specialty Subjects
- Basic qualities and abilities necessary to work in society
- Presentation skills in Japanese and English, basic information processing skills, engineering ethics, engineering safety education
- Fundamental knowledge in natural science
- Physics basics, chemistry basics, biology basics, calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, differential equations
- Basic knowledge in a broad range of engineering disciplines
- Introduction to important basic technologies in nine Faculty of Engineering course specialty fields, programming, basic experiments and practical training programs in each of the four departments