Engineering in Japan
Japan is famous for its technological advancement and engineering marvels. Several fields like automobiles, watches, gaming consoles, cameras, etc. are ruled by the Japanese engineering companies. The quality and reliability of Japanese engineering are beyond doubt. For a country producing such good engineers, it is obvious that there exist a lot of good universities providing engineering education. In this article, I am going to write about the top five universities in Japan, ranked according to the Engineering and Technology course offered by them. (Please note that the ranking order mentioned in this article has been decided by referring to the rankings published by QS World University Rankings, 2018).
University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo is the flagship university in Japan. Established in 1877 as the first imperial university, it is one of Japan’s most prestigious universities. The School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo is renowned for its groundbreaking innovations and research. It houses 16 departments that cover a vast range of research, from fundamental theoretical studies in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to the development of new engineering technologies. Having the highest reputation in the employment sector, the University of Tokyo guarantees that all its graduates bag a very good job after they get their degree. In 2017, the University of Tokyo has been selected as one of the three designated national universities by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. As of 2018, 16 Nobel laureates (including 9 alumni) have been associated with the University of Tokyo.
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo Institute of Technology, as the name suggests, is renowned for its excellent engineering courses. The long-cherished practical science and engineering education allow all students to experience the pleasures of research from an early stage. Students are in close contact with the world’s top researchers. The Institute’s hands-on approach is reflected in graduate employability rankings, in which Tokyo Tech excels continuously. The School of Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology houses 5 departments and the Graduate School of Engineering houses 15 departments. The Faculty of Engineering has a student body of 3175 and 254 faculty members. In 2018, it has been conferred the status of Designated National University Corporate by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Kyoto University is one of Asia’s leading research institutes. The Faculty of Engineering is the largest faculty of Kyoto University consisting of six departments. The Graduate School consists of 17 departments and 7 centers that cover a very broad range of research, from fundamental theoretical studies in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to the development of new engineering technologies. As of 2018, 18 Nobel laureates have been associated with Kyoto University, the highest amongst all the universities in Asia. In 2017, Kyoto University has been selected as one of the three designated national universities by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
The School of Engineering at Osaka University focuses on the practical applications of the technology, which has seen the results from cutting-edge research put to use in the real world. The School of Engineering has five distinctive 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; and Division of Global Architecture. Each of these divisions contains from one to four departments. The Graduate School of Engineering carries on the free and creative research environment that is a tradition of Osaka University and has produced many outstanding research results. In 2018, Osaka University has been conferred the status of Designated National University Corporate by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Tohoku University, located in the city of Sendai, is known for its prestigious research. The School of Engineering embraces “Research First” and “Open-door” as the basic principles, advocates practice-oriented research and education based on creative research, and always opens its doors to the world as a research-intensive university. By establishing a “global centre of excellence for intellectual creativity“ backed by vision and professionalism, the School of Engineering aims to solve various difficult problems faced by modern society. The current structure of the School of Engineering for the undergraduate program is composed of 5 departments with each department consisting of several courses. The School of Engineering for the graduate program is composed of 17 departments, one research institute, and three research centers. Teaching and research at the School of Engineering are supported by two multidisciplinary graduate schools and by four Institutes and five Research Centres. In 2017, Tohoku University has been selected as one of the three designated national universities by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Japanese universities excel in the field of engineering and technology. The engineering graduates in Japan are almost certain to find a job in this country, which is known for its engineering innovations. The quality of research and development at the university level is very high. Industry and university collaboration for unveiling new technologies can be seen very often. In the big picture, Japan is one of the most ideal countries for pursuing an engineering education!