Message from the Dean


Masahiro RIKUKAWA

Dean of the Graduate School of Science and Technology



Welcome to the Green Science and Engineering Division offered by the Graduate School of Science and Technology. The Faculty of Science and Technology and the Graduate School of Science and Technology were among the first to embark on globalization as an organization. In the autumn semester of 2012, the Green Science Course and the Green Engineering Course were started as part of the undergraduate programs of the Faculty of Science and Technology, and classes are conducted in English, targeting international students. In the autumn semester of 2013, the Green Science and Engineering Division was started at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, in which education ranging from classes to dissertation guidance is conducted entirely in English.

The Graduate School of Science and Technology has one interdisciplinary graduate program with several divisions. Students choose a single area of specialization so that barriers among disciplines are reduced to the lowest possible level. This is representative of “cross-disciplinary knowledge” that we aim for and the result of our efforts to integrate areas of specialization so that students may not be bound by any single area of specialization and be able to acquire professional knowledge from a broad perspective. Sophia University has set forth its mission: “Sophia – Bringing the World Together,”by acknowledging diverse ideas, promoting academic studies and research on a wide array of ideas, and respecting their mutual relationship. The Green Science and Engineering Division embodies our mission. Our educational goal is to have students from various countries and regions or ethnic groups get together to learn, grow, and assimilate themselves back into various countries, regions or ethnic groups in the future where they play a role of bringing the world together.

Why don’t you study leading-edge technology in Japan, i.e., a unique technology-oriented nation, with a view to becoming a researcher or an engineer who can play an active role in the global society? At Sophia University, almost all the faculties and graduate school courses are consolidated in a single campus where students from all over the world form a small yet diverse society. We encourage you to set your sights on the future by not only gaining knowledge but also exchanging ideas with a large number of people and showing respect for each other in this small yet highly diverse global society.