Message from the Dean

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We will fully support our students' desire, "I'm gonna be who I wanna be!"

Dean

Since the establishment of its predecessor Taga High School of Engineering in 1939, the College of Engineering, Ibaraki University, has produced more than 25,000 skilled engineers over the past 80 years. While there are approximately 100,000 graduates of engineering-related universities in Japan yearly, our 550 graduates account for 0.5% of the annual total number. This means that one out of 200 is from our college, simultaneously connoting that our graduates are employed by almost every large enterprise in Japan. With this background, many enterprises visit our college for their recruiting activities every year and most of our graduates obtain a job at such major industrial enterprises, leading to the employment rate of approximately 100%.

In the 21st century, the expertise required of engineers has drastically increased. In particular, the progress of computer technology has been remarkable and now we cannot do without computers in our daily lives; they are indispensable for vehicles such as cars and trains, AI, robots, electricity, plant control systems, and so on. Since our mission is to educate highly specialized engineers who will be able to lead Japan and the world, the college itself needs to improve its system of education according to social changes. We have therefore conducted a structural reform, considering that six-year integrated programs ― four-year undergraduate and two-year postgraduate courses ― are necessary for nurturing advanced professional engineers. The new programs commenced in 2018.

Additionally, every department at the College of Engineering has so far offered programs accredited by Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE), whose criteria are based on those of international program accreditation frameworks. This indicates that the College of Engineering, Ibaraki University, has been recognized as one of the Japanese counterparts of international engineering institutions. As a national university, one of whose strengths is its small-class learning environment ― the number of students per lecturer at our college is 10, we take the idea "Students come first" seriously and fully support our students' desire "I'm gonna be who I wanna be!" We are very pleased to assist each and every student in having a meaningful college life and aiming toward their personal fulfillment.

Dean of the College of Engineering, Ibaraki University

Toru Masuzawa

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