School Features・Divisions

School Features

What kind of place is the Osaka University School of Engineering?

How do you picture the Osaka University School of Engineering? Is it different from other universities? One large feature of this school is its focus on practical learning which has seen the results from cutting-edge research put to use in the real world. At present, the need for collaboration between universities and businesses is being described as essential for boosting the economy and industry of Japan. Since its founding, the Osaka University School of Engineering has been ahead of other universities in focusing its efforts on the advancement of this practical learning. It was this kind of academic climate that helped the Osaka University School of Engineering produce the first university venture business in Japan that was created by a professor.

In the early 21st century, we have reached a time when industries must be reconstructed, new industries built, and new social systems created. As institutions whose mission it is to pioneer the frontiers of knowledge, universities must also search for a new style that is different from the past. The Osaka University School of Engineering established the first such organization in Japan for creating a new style of university as a frontier research institution.

In this way, the Osaka University School of Engineering can be described as one of the most advanced in the world, as it is continually searching for new directions in which to take the university. The School of Engineering is composed of the five divisions listed below: Division of Applied Science; Division of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Science; Division of Electronic and Information Engineering; Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering; and Division of Global Architecture.

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Features of the 5 division system

One of the distinctive features of the Osaka University School of Engineering is its system of 5 divisions. Students hoping to enter the school will select and attend the test for one of the following five divisions.

Division of Applied Science
Division of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Science
Division of Electronic and Information Engineering
Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering
Division of Global Architecture

Each of these divisions contains from one to four departments (similar to conventional university departments). After enrolling in the School of Engineering, students first attend basic courses that are common to all departments in order to acquire the fundamental knowledge which is needed in these fields. Subsequently the students are divided by department within the division and attend specialized courses unique to each department.

With the conventional system of small academic departments, a student had to determine an academic route on the department level at the time when he or she attended the entrance examination. While this system was exceedingly easy to understand for persons who were already certain of the paths they wished to take, this decision was rather difficult for those who were just beginning to learn about a specialized academic field.

The system employed by some universities of having students attend an entrance examination for the department of engineering as a whole, or for one or two broad categories, has the advantage of allowing the students to determine only a general route at the time of the examination. However because engineering contains an exceedingly broad range of fields, it may be difficult for students to find the path that they will take after entering the university, and some students appear to be uncertain about their futures.

At the Osaka University School of Engineering, the curriculum is divided into five divisions, with an entrance examination conducted for a fixed number of places in each division. As a result, although the engineering field of study is determined to some degree upon entrance to the school, the students can decide which actual department to join after progressing through the curriculum to some extent, based on actual courses taken and advice and opinions from senior students. This is a great advantage for our students.

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Divisions

  • Division of Applied Science

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    The Division of Applied Science seeks to educate students so that they scientifically understand the natural phenomena occurring in various aspects of engineering, to clarify fundamental phenomena through the integration of various natural sciences, and to apply such knowledge to engineering matters. The students of this division take lectures covering a broad range of basic natural sciences, as well as lectures on the fundamentals of engineering.

  • Division of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Science

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    The Division of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Science intends to educate undergraduate students to realize sustainable social development. The course work and research activities contain analysis and synthesis which cover mechanical engineering, materials developments and product manufacturing.

  • Division of Electronic and Information Engineering

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    Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Information and Communications Technology

    This division offers basis of electronics & information technologies including flexible, high-speed, and reliable transmission of electrical signals, information and energy, as well as computer operated system technologies. Our research includes 5G technologies, smart grid, nano-technologies, multimedia, bio-technologies and robotics. We are working on these researches to protect people and the earth, and to enrich our living environments.

  • Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering

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    Environmental Engineering

    Nuclear Science and Energy Engineering

    The Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering was newly established in 2005 for education and the research leading to the establishment of a sustainable society. Environment and energy are important life bases of human beings, and their deterioration is the most important issue that we are facing. The education/research organizations and curriculum are designed to achieve synergy by uniting the academic fields on “Environment” and “Energy.”

  • Division of Global Architecture

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    This division is aimed at giving students the capability to understand various theories and praxis required for sustainable development of the human society and for creation of large-scale structures and space which are beautiful, strong, useful, and friendly to the global environment. Students are also required to attain the ability to find and resolve associated problems on their own, and to develop and establish a new global field. From the second grade, each student will proceed to one of the three courses shown below.