The history of Kyushu University dates back to 1903 when Fukuoka Medical College was established as the foundation of Kyushu Imperial University. (The college was legally attached to Kyoto Imperial University at that time). In 1911, Kyushu Imperial University, along with the Colleges of Medicine and Engineering, were established. Since then, various reforms have been made to the higher education system in Japan, such as the introduction of a new educational format after World War II and the reorganization of national universities to University Corporations in 2004.
The total number of students currently amounts to about 19,000, while the faculty members number roughly2,100. International exchange programs are also greatly encouraged at Kyushu University. With this in mind, the university accepts many overseas students each year. At present, there are more than 2,100 international students from about eighty countries studying here.
Kyushu University is located in Fukuoka, which is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan.
The Graduate School of Engineering at Kyushu University boats a 100-year history of producing breakthrough research with global implications. The School is composed of twelve departments, offering eleven international programs. One of our major objectives is to foster ethically conscious graduates who have a deep understanding of society and the environment, in addition to their technical abilities. Furthermore, in order to exceed at the international level, our graduates are educated in matters of international culture and communication. For this reason, the School provides classes in communication, engineering ethics, and engineering management, along with the conventional engineering disciplines. Through these innovative courses, the Graduate School of Engineering cultivates students with a wide range of views and strong decision-making skills.
Graduate School of Engineering
International Master’s Program in the Graduate School of Engineering
Engineering is the study that permanently investigates the sustained development of the human race based on the principle and laws such as physics and chemistry in the fundamental field of science. In the Graduate School of Engineering, our aim is to bring out the researcher, the engineer, and the educationalist who will contribute to the sustained development of the human race through engineering.
The following matters are expected of a student who aims to study in our graduate school:
The Graduate School of Engineering has been organized into the 12 advanced departments. The aim of each department is to educate and promote deep as well as search and create concerning energy, materials, the environment, and systems through an educational research, and to systematically train the researcher, engineer, and the educator who is involved in engineering with high ethics and internationalism.
To achieve these aims, we execute the following educational programs:
[Educational Aims of the Present Program]
Since global energy and environmental problems occur as the result of complex interactions of various phenomena, solutions require the integration of many areas of expertise and the exploration of new areas of science and technology. The philosophy of the Department of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering in the Graduate School of Engineering (hereafter called the Department) is to address these problems using broad-based and long-term perspectives, and to cultivate engineers and researchers who aspire to explore new areas of science and technology. By studying various phenomena related to energy and the environment in a microscopic manner, using the basis of quantum theory, and by conducting basic research and providing education to pursue theories that connect microscopic phenomena and macroscopic characteristics from both micro- and macroscopic approaches, we produce students who can provide broad-ranging and multidimensional thinking, flexibility and a global mindset. Education is provided with a particular emphasis on the study on various types of new energy; the principles of generation, measurement and use of quantum beams; advanced materials for energy use and the conservation of the environment; and physical properties and formation mechanisms of various smart materials and complex systems.
Students shall be required to enroll in the International Master’s Programs for at least two years, and to acquire at least 30 credits from “Required Specialized Courses” and “Cross-disciplinary Courses” by meeting the following specific requirements of the program in Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering:
In addition, students should undertake guided research and pass the thesis examination under the instruction of student’s supervising professor.
Applied Quantum Physics
* Kenji Ishibashi, Professor
Nobuo Ikeda, Professor
Keisuke Maehata, Associate Professor
Yusuke Uozumi, Associate Professor
Naoko Iyomoto, Associate Professor
Quantum Energy Systems
* Koji Morita, Professor
Nozomu Fujimoto, Professor
Hideaki Matsuura, Associate Professor
Quantum Sciences of Materials
* Kazuya Idemitsu, Professor
Syo Matsumura, Professor
Yasukazu Murakami, Professor
Kazuhiro Yasuda, Associate Professor
Yaohiro Inagaki, Associate Professor
Kazuhiro Hara, Professor
Satoru Tanaka, Professor
Hirotaka Okabe, Associate Professor
Tatsuya Kawae, Associate Professor
* Members of JDS Project Committee for the International Master’s Program
The supervising professors for JDS Fellows will be determined in October 2017. Possible supervising professors will advise with JDS Fellows on which laboratory is suitable for each JDS Fellow, and then decide his/her laboratory and supervising professor.
The Department was established in April 1998 within the Graduate School of Engineering for the purpose of developing competent scientists and engineers who are able to find solutions to the issues of energy depletion and environmental pollution.
Although Japan has become one of the most advanced industrial nations in the world, two serious problems have arisen as by-products. One is an energy problem. We are among the world's leading consumers of energy, most of which comes from imported oil. The other by-product is our environmental problem. Japan's rapid industrial growth has resulted in serious pollution problems. To solve these critical social problems, engineers and researchers who have an interdisciplinary knowledge encompassing various areas of science and technology can play indispensable roles. The Department provides education and research opportunities aimed at developing individuals who can solve these problems by bringing a multilateral perspective.
A quantum is the minimum amount of any physical entity described by discrete values. It is a basic and universal concept that dominates the behavior of the fundamental constituents of matter - atoms, electrons, atomic nuclei and elementary particles. Quantum theory is a relatively new area of study for which Planck formed a hypothesis in the early 20th century, and which Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg and other scientists have further pursued. The Department addresses global energy and environmental problems from the fundamental and universal quantum viewpoint to find engineering solutions.
Since global energy and environmental problems occur as the result of complex interactions of various phenomena, solutions require the integration of many areas of expertise and the exploration of new areas of science and technology. The philosophy of this department is to challenge these problems from broad and long-term perspectives, and to cultivate engineers and researchers who aspire to explore new areas of science and technology. Based on this philosophy, we provide education and research opportunities in energy engineering, quantum beam engineering, environmental engineering and advanced physics. By studying various phenomena related to energy and the environment in a microscopic manner using the basis of quantum theory, and by conducting basic research and providing education to pursue theories that connect microscopic phenomena and macroscopic characteristics from both micro- and macroscopic approaches, we produce students who can provide broad-ranging and multidimensional thinking, flexibility and a global mindset.
The JDS Project has been started at the Department since 2014, aiming at supporting human resource development of young Vietnamese government officials, who engage in "stable supplies for energy". The Department will accept students in a wide range of engineering fields relevant to "stable supplies for energy". Those who are interested in this program can ask the Department possible acceptance of your specialized field beforehand. In addition, to enhance learning of specialized subjects in the master's course under this program, applicants are advised to brush up at least three basic subjects from "Mechanics", "Statistical Mechanics", "Quantum Mechanics", "Transport Phenomena", "Reactor Physics", "Thermodynamics/Physical Chemistry", "Solid State Physics", "Electromagnetics" and "Electric and Electronic Circuits".
Mr. Le Tran Binh
Consulting Center for Energy and Technology Transfer, Institute of Energy, Ministry of Industry and Trade
JDS Fellow 2014 – 2016
“In Japan, each University has its own large laboratories with well-equipped facilities, which are very good for research activities. JDS project gave me such a big chance to study in one of those universities in Japan. Moreover, JICE staffs always take care and provide supports to JDS Fellows to make them feel comfortable during the two-year period far from home. JDS Scholarship is really a good choice.”