Message from the Dean

Dean of Engineering, Ryusuke Kita Dean of Engineering,
Ryusuke Kita

The Faculty of Engineering at Shizuoka University aims for a better society by training students with both fundamental and practical skills; performing research that is impactful both locally and globally; and contributing to local communities and industries. The Faculty of Engineering consists of five departments with graduate programs encompassing both fundamental and advanced fields: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Materials Science, Applied Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering, Mathematical and Systems Engineering, and Management of Business Development. Together, we work on education, research, collaboration with society and industry, and international collaboration, with the philosophy of “Freedom and Enlightenment”, which continues from the predecessor of the Faculty of Engineering, Hamamatsu Higher Technical School, founded in 1922.

In the master’s program, education and research are conducted at the Graduate School of Integrated Science and Technology, which consists of four departments: Engineering, Informatics, Agriculture, and Science. We train students to become innovative global leaders who take on complex interdisciplinary issues with both expertise and broad perspective, and also contribute to innovation in the field of engineering and technology.

The world is changing fast around us, and the time calls for greater diversity and adaptability. Flexible ideas and thinking outside the box; communication skills for a more diverse society; and creativity that expresses one’s individuality are in greater demand than ever before. To better adapt to this world, our faculty aims to provide students with a rich education, greater sensitivity, and broader international perspectives. This foundation of education will allow them to take agency in a diverse society and perform as researchers or technical experts in creating cutting-edge science and technology.

Our faculty is located in Western Shizuoka, which has cultivated numerous entrepreneurs, such as Toyota, Honda, and Suzuki, who have taken on new challenges with the philosophy of Yaramaika (let’s try it). This region is a center of automotive industry and of Japanese industry in general. Graduates of our faculty and graduate school have played central roles as researchers and technical experts in those industries.

We will continue to promote creative research and aim to contribute to industry through the advancement of engineering and technology. Our goal remains the development of an educational program that focuses on practical academic studies needed in the real world, with manufacturing at its core. We foster researchers and technical experts with advanced expertise and problem-solving skills that can bring innovation to diverse industrial sectors and contribute on the global stage.

Dean of Engineering, Ryusuke Kita