Message from the Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering

Future Prospects of the Graduate School of Engineering

Dean of the Graduate
Engineering School
Tatsuki Toda
The Graduate School of Engineering provides advanced educational opportunities for engineers to flexibly address a range of social problems through learning more sophisticated knowledge and technology after four years of basic undergraduate study. It is important that students determine their actual research themes and learn research methods while at the same time acquiring knowledge through lectures under the master’s and doctoral programs. As such, our graduate school urges students from master’s level and up to participate in international conferences and domestic workshops in various specialized fields so that their research capabilities can be evaluated objectively from the outside. In addition to a range of subsidy systems that are available for students, the Japan Student Services Organization and Soka University also provide scholarships. These scholarships have been used for educational purposes such as traveling to participate in workshops, and commuting. There is also a financial support system that provides part-time jobs to doctoral students and a financial incentive system for students who publish papers. These benefits provided by our educational environment are contributing to a steady increase in our numbers of postgraduate students and help consolidate the study organization of our teaching staff and graduate students. Due to this educational environment, our graduate school has produced many research achievements. For example, the school has received competitive funding including scientific research and project research funds from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, has applied for numerous patents, and has transferred many technologies to the commercial market.
The Graduate School of Engineering at Soka University opened as an institute in April 1995, offering Information Systems Science and Bioengineering majors at the master’s level four years after the establishment of the Faculty of Engineering in April 1991. Later, April 1997, the school started offering the same majors at doctoral level for sophisticated research and education in the fields of information technology and bioengineering. Since our graduate school’s first students completed the curriculum in March 1999, the school has awarded degrees to many master’s and doctoral students in both majors, and many of them are now working in the research departments of large enterprises, national laboratories, and universities. In April 2003, the Faculty of Engineering was divided into three departments: the Department of Information Systems Science, the Department of Bioinformatics, and the Department of Environmental Engineering for Symbiosis. Accordingly, our graduate school started offering majors in Information Systems Science, Bioinformatics, and Environmental Engineering for Symbiosis. Currently, the Graduate School of Engineering has 41 teachers and nearly 220 students (40 of whom are in doctoral programs). They are actively conducting research in for majors in Information Systems Science, Bioinformatics and Environmental Engineering for Symbiosis, as well as in various related fields. Our graduate school has already concluded academic exchange agreements with 60 or more overseas universities, and has accepted many foreign students and researchers as an open research and educational institute. Now, the Graduate School is collaborating on research projects with overseas research and educational institutions. The liaison office for the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, the Industry-university Corporation Promotion Center, and the International Research/Development Cooperation Promotion Center are strongly supporting and accelerating our research efforts for intellectual property strategies, industry-university cooperation, and international cooperation. Based on activities carried out in a competitive environment built on a strategy of “Selection and Concentration,” the Graduate School of Engineering aims to evolve extensively in the future through competitive research and education while leveraging the university resources.