Message from the dean

Encounter Future Technologies and Successfully soar into the World

工学部長 芹川 聖一

Seiichi Serikawa

The Graduate and Undergraduate Schools of Engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology are located in the Tobata District in the City of Kitakyushu where this institute’s forerunner, Meiji College of Technology was established. The urban campus is extremely convenient, as it is a mere 8-minute walk from the nearest train station, JR Kyushu-kodai-mae Station and is close to JR Kokura Station in the City of Kitakyushu, which is striving to be a World Capital of Sustainable Development. In 1909 when the college opened its doors, the verdant campus was an expansive area of approximately 260,000m2 that was celebrated as an “autonomous hill of green forest.” While visages of the past remain here and there, it has become a beautiful campus dominated by new buildings. In this setting, approximately 3,000 students eagerly study and encounter future technologies.

The six courses in the School of Engineering, and the five master’s programs and single doctoral program in the Graduate School of Engineering are all founded on “manufacturing.” That educational principle has been passed down from Meiji College of Technology, which aimed to cultivate “persons of learning and virtue”—human resources of consequence—for the modernization and industrialization of Japan. Even today, that brilliance educational principle represented by the activities of our graduates is highly esteemed in the industrial world. While innovative technical training marks the education provided in the undergraduate and graduate schools, there are numerous manufacturing projects in which students voluntarily and independently take part, including the Student Formula Japan Competition, and launching of nano satellites and winged rockets. There is also “Meisenjuku,” an educational program sponsored by the alumni association, Meisenkai that demonstrates the power of tradition. The program is periodically held by graduates working at exemplary companies who enthusiastically speak to the younger generation about topics such as social conditions in various industries, the latest technological information, what it means to be an engineer, and what engineers must accomplish while students. Student’s awareness and practice in autonomous study and living are obtained through the interaction with graduates. Then those lead to both their activity in society after graduation and the excellent employment of students.

The time spent as university and graduate school students is the period right before the journey into society to find one’s place, and is a crucial time that may even determine the course of life. The Graduate School of Engineering, School of Engineering is waiting for aspiring engineers to grow within this institute’s wonderful educational environment, and soar into the world and the future.