Today's world is filled with complex problems that cannot be solved with knowledge from a single academic field. We need individuals who are equipped with a deep and fundamental understanding of a diverse range of disciplines and have the ability to cooperate and work with experts from different fields. The Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering Undergraduate Major begins with instruction in a broad range of academic components that are fundamental and common to all engineering disciplines. Project-based learning (PBL) is also incorporated in some courses, enabling students to acquire team-working skills and learn to exert leadership in their respective positions.
The department is home to a large faculty with diverse expertise who share a passion for solving social problems with interconnected knowledge that transcends disciplinary boundaries. The department's education and research is based on this approach and can be considered an implementation of design thinking.
International students from around the world also form part of the department's community — a diverse environment that makes new forms of education and research possible.
The Undergraduate Major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering offers many of its required courses in both Japanese and English. This ensures that students, during internships and studies abroad, have the necessary English proficiency to communicate their thoughts and interests, and to expand their knowledge and experience even further. Like many of the Institute graduates who find career opportunities around the world, students in this department are expected to go on to forge successful global careers.
In this age of social media, it is all too easy to forget that experience is the best form of learning there is. For students to become global citizens, the department considers it essential they learn about different cultures and lifestyles directly, and undergo study and internships in completely different settings. International students who come to the department on both short- and long-term exchange programs also offer domestic students valuable experience. The department aims to become the Institute's most open and vibrant unit available to the international community.
The department's curriculum offers a rich lineup of required courses through which students learn a wide range of fundamental principles common to all engineering disciplines. Not only that, but they also acquire leadership and management skills and are encouraged to hone their proficiency in technical English and study abroad. Beyond the required courses, students are given the freedom to tailor their own studies based on interests and goals, allowing them to develop as independent and proactive individuals. The department is a place for students who question established ideas and values, have the will to transcend their own expectations, and aspire to contribute to the development of society.