Introduction

TECHNOVATION

Prof. Masahiro TATSUMISAGO Dean, College of Engineering/Graduate School of Engineering
Prof. Masahiro TATSUMISAGO
Dean, Graduate School of Engineering

 

Advanced science and technology, founded on the academic discipline of Engineering aimed at enriching humanity’s material life, have been actively promoted in Japan, a country limited in natural resources. Science and technology have thus made remarkable progress to the extent of making Japan a world leader in the fields. Upholding the goal of bringing about innovation to science and technology through education and research, we at the Graduate School of Engineering of Osaka Prefecture University have coined a new term as our slogan, TECHNOVATION, combining “technology” and “innovation.” As a central component of an advanced research-oriented university serving as a regional center of reliability with global aspirations, which OPU envisions to be, the Graduate School of Engineering has been producing innovative research results, creative technologies, and quality researchers here in Osaka to benefit the whole world.

We believe that the University’s missions are education, research, and contributing to society. The Graduate School of Engineering, with its over 200 diverse and excellent faculty members, offers advanced education while conducting cutting-edge research, true to its fundamental philosophy of valuing the quest for truth and knowledge, advancing science and technology that harmonize with the natural environment, and contributing to society’s sustainable development and cultural creation, so as to find solutions to various problems facing today’s society. Through our education and research in respective areas of specialization, we endeavor to train future engineers and researchers who are equipped with a broad perspective, solid academic competences, and the ability to think flexibly and capable of proactively responding to changing society and remarkably evolving science and technology and of fruitfully contributing to society. Our educational and research facilities are of excellent quality and are constantly being improved.

Our academic system is efficiently structured. The College of Engineering comprises three learning fields: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering; School of Materials, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; and School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Marine-System Engineering. The students choose one of the three fields to study during their first year to acquire the basics of science and engineering on which they will later develop innovative or fundamental research. After this interdisciplinary initial year, they pursue more specialized studies in one of ten courses. The Graduate School of Engineering offers six divisions: Mechanical Engineering; Aerospace and Marine-System Engineering; Electronics, Mathematics and Physics; Electrical Engineering and Information Science; Materials Science and Engineering; and Quantum and Radiation Engineering. These six divisions are divided into a total of eleven departments: ten linked with the ten courses of study in the College of Engineering and one independent department. This system enables integrated education in an area of specialization that seamlessly connects undergraduate and graduate studies.

Many former students who studied at the Graduate School of Engineering actively work in diverse sectors of society, greatly contributing to technological innovation in their respective fields. Thanks to them, strong ties have been formed between the Graduate School and the industrial world in terms of human resource procurement and research collaboration. The Graduate School has been a main promoter of the integrated five-year degree program called Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Materials Science (SiMS). The focus of this course is training future global researchers who will lead major research teams in the industrial world with mono-to-koto shift in structure (switching from mere mono-zukuri [making of material objects] to a new style mono-zukuri into which koto-zukuri [development of systems and services] is integrated). We look forward to highly motivated new students full of intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm.