Message from the Dean

TSUKIJI, Tetsuhiro

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology / the Graduate School of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology of Sophia University marked its fiftieth anniversary in 2012. In 2008, the five departments of mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry, and the life sciences laboratory were reorganized into three departments—Department of Materials and Life Sciences, Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Department of Information and Communication Sciences—in order to lower the barriers among these specialized areas of study. The graduate school of these three departments also changed its system from seven majors to eight divisions (mechanical engineering, electrical/electronics engineering, applied chemistry, chemistry, mathematics, physics, biological science, and information science) within one interdisciplinary graduate program to create a new system that focuses on the links among these divisions. This has paved the way to a flexible approach to the increasingly diversified interdisciplinary study of science and technology, and has allowed us to focus on cultivating individuals who could contribute to the resolution of various social issues, such as the wholesale destruction of the global environment, from a global perspective. This new Faculty of Science and Technology delves deep into the specialties of science and engineering as its foundation, while increasing sensitivity to and knowledge of related fields. Its goal is to instill in individuals what is termed “crossdisciplinary knowledge,” which would enable them to contribute to the resolution of complex issues facing today’s society. After the university was selected as one of the 13 universities eligible for participation in the “Global 30 Project--Establishing University Network for Internationalization--” promoted by the Japanese government in 2009, the Faculty of Science and Technology introduced two undergraduate programs taught entirely in English, Green Science and Green Engineering, in 2012. In addition, the Graduate School of Science and Technology established the Green Science and Engineering Division in 2013, which offers master’s and doctoral programs in English.

The Faculty of Science and Technology is based in an environment that integrates science and the humanities. It is where students study the basic requirements together with a large number of foreign exchange students to foster wholesome values and judgments based on Christian humanism towards people, the society, and nature. To make the most of this environment and acquire “crossdisciplinary knowledge,” students must have a strong foundation of general knowledge in science and technology. Then, to feel that they can freely access other fields as well, students must gain a strong footing in their chosen specialty, which is the basis of their own foundation. To facilitate this process, “key themes” are provided to define the scope of study for specialized courses so that students can master their area of specialization. Given the small class sizes, students can communicate closely with faculty members when selecting courses and choosing their area of specialization.

Would you like to become a science and technology specialist who is capable of adapting to the new era, and to actively participate on the global stage as a Sophia University graduate?