Engineering Management
Program

Features of the program

Collaboration and Co-creation Achieving social innovation through collaboration and co-creation

In order to solve the issues that will be faced by future society, it will be essential to engage talented people who are capable of taking leadership roles and bringing people with diverse abilities together as teams. This program trains talented people with the potential to play key international roles by utilizing knowledge in both the sciences and humanities, to detect specific problems among the diverse and complex phenomena occurring in society, and to pick out the challenges that need to be pursued and guide them toward a solution.

The study goals of this program are for students to acquire assets such as the ability to integrate technology from various aspects of engineering to discover solutions, the ability to draw on creative vision, management skills, and leadership, and the ability to contribute to the development of local industry that can compete internationally from the viewpoint of social sciences.

Program of education

This program provides education with the following approaches:

  • In close cooperation with local enterprises, one to six month long-term internships are conducted for each academic year from the first year of study onward, as a compulsory element of the program.
  • A specialist subject package is incorporated into the curriculum in order for students to learn the basics of each field of engineering.
  • Communications and management related subjects, such as debating and marketing, are included in each year of the program to ensure that the composition of subjects covers a fusion of elements of both the humanities and science and technology.
  • The program offers a six-year integrated education up to graduate school covering practical elements focused on students engaging themselves in active learning and project-based and problem-based learning (PBL).

Flow of the course

  • First year
  • Students take introductory subjects to cultivate their mental preparation for studying engineering, and basic subjects in fields such as mathematics and physics.
    They learn the principles of engineering management through a four-week internship conducted with the cooperation and collaboration of local enterprises and by taking classes in entrepreneurship.

  • Second year
  • Students study the basics for understanding the management of companies and other such organizations, to ensure a smooth transition to the full-scale engineering management curriculum from the third year onward.
    The four-week internship provides students with repeated opportunities to experience business practice in various enterprises, etc., fostering awareness that allows them to detect the challenges concealed behind various images.
    From the second year onward, students select a package (field) of engineering-related subjects to take. Faculty members provide careful guidance regarding the subjects that each student should take on the basis of factors such as their ambitions, experience, and learning history.

  • Third year
  • For management-related subjects, in addition to typical classroom-based learning, students take practical courses in skills such as debating and logical speaking, to help them to firmly establish the knowledge they have acquired as their own strength.
    In the internship, third-year students form teams with fourth-year students, and collaborate with company representatives over a six-week period to detect and elucidate concrete issues. It is anticipated that experiencing practical work in a team with students from another year group and company representatives will allow them to simultaneously cultivate skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership, and followership.

  • Fourth year
  • Students take an ordered series of development level subjects in engineering and management, firming their foundations as potential business leaders of society’s.
    Unlike the other programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering, this program does not require students to carry out a graduation research project. Instead of such a project, students engage in a twelve-week internship as coursework. In the first half of the internship, students acquire team management and leadership skills through work in a team with third-year students, and, working with company representatives, gain first-hand experience of the practical work involved in the business process of detecting and elucidating issues, devising plans for solutions, and ultimately solving such issues.

Introduction to classes

The classes in the Engineering Management Program include subjects that ensure a fusion of elements of humanities and the sciences, such as debating and marketing classes. We also incorporate well-developed English language education to train talented people capable of both contributing to the development of local industry and also pursuing international roles.

  • The Career Design Internship and Problem-Solving Internship
  • In these internships conducted from the first to the fourth year of the program (to the second year of the master’s program for students who continue on to graduate school), students gradually train their abilities such as communication skills, task-setting skills, and management skills, by collaborating with local enterprises and spending extended periods of time in actual workplaces. In the upper years of the program, the aim is for students to draw on what they have learned at university up until that point to propose solutions to the issues faced by each enterprise.

  • Training for Business Leaders with Teamwork Skills and Problem-solving Ability
  • Using collaborative industry-academia education provided through partnerships with local enterprises and interactive teaching approaches focused on discussion, we foster students’ creative vision, leadership, and other such abilities needed to integrate various technologies that have the potential to solve the various social challenges and to develop those technologies into solutions.

  • Business Administration and Social Responsibility
  • If corporate activities are well designed, they make significant contributions to forming better societies. In this subject, students look at real-life case studies to learn about the safety, corporate ethics, and engineering ethics required for developing companies that can be trusted by those around them. They also study the clever approaches that companies and non-profit organizations have taken to apply technology and wisdom to solve complex issues, with the aim of allowing students to acquire the knowledge and behavior required to act as technical experts who guide societies and communities in more positive directions, and to deepen the understanding they need to propose and implement solutions themselves.

Presentations given as part of the technology internship Interactive dialogue classes

Advanced research pursued by the program

The problem-solving ability and teamwork to find solutions to real social issues

Professor
Tetsuo Oka

In the Engineering Management Program’s “smart dormitory class,” students join a specialized laboratory to engage in cutting-edge research from their first year onward. One example of such research is the “Project for Environmental Purification Using Strong Magnetic Fields” that is being pursued by my laboratory group as part of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Program. By researching materials that become superconductive at around the boiling point of liquid nitrogen, we are investigating the purification of environmental water and retrieval of resources from waste water using the strong magnetic field created by the superconductive magnets generated by this effect. The photos show observations of the superconductive materials using a microscope, and experiments to purify the water quality of ponds using magnets. We have also presented our research at “Science Incolle,” an event hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for students to present their research.

Research presentation of environmental purification using strong magnetic force
Blue-green algae in lakes and marshes
Sampling of environmental water
Research on isolation techniques using strong magnetic force
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