Civil engineering stems from the accrued knowledge and constantly emerging technology used in the development of human civilization. Even in this modern age where advances in science and technology have brought much convenience to people's lives, civil engineering remains a vital discipline. Given the growing environmental problems the world faces today, pursuing short-term convenience at the local level is no longer a viable option. At the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, we believe that our discipline holds the key to responding to new challenges in order to sustain safe, secure, and fulfilling societies.
Civil and environmental engineering is concerned with protecting people from potential dangers of earthquakes, tsunamis, and flood damage, as well as preventing environmental pollution, and helping to build towns and countries that are safe and secure and promise high quality of living. The department has designed its undergraduate major so that students gain a solid understanding of foundational subjects through lectures and exposure to applied fields through various projects, laboratory work, internships, special lectures, seminars, and independent research projects.
In contrast to lectures that focus on developing a firm understanding of foundational subjects, team-oriented practical courses in the forms of project and laboratory work are designed to deepen the students' understanding of basic theories through application. Moreover, these courses serve to advance creativity and communication skills. In short, these courses aim to foster the necessary skills for students to become engineers capable of designing and building an environmentally sound and sustainable society.
Global competence is a necessary attribute for today's students. This is not limited to students looking for opportunities abroad, but for those intending to remain in Japan to work as well. Japanese corporations are under constant pressure to be globally competitive and to seek people who can help achieve this goal. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers various opportunities for students to develop and strengthen their global competence. English language courses for civil engineering professionals are available, as well as an international training program and competitions where students from overseas universities come to participate.
When students conduct their independent research projects in their final year, they get to participate in cutting-edge research in one of the department's laboratories. Students benefit greatly through holding in-depth discussions with faculty members, international students, and graduate students, as well as through interacting with leading researchers and engineers from around the world.