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Message from the Dean

Eiji Kondo

Kagoshima University is a research and educational institution located in the rich natural surroundings of southern Kyushu. As a university, we have been constantly ahead of the times. Our principle is to identify the potential in individual students and bring out the best in them, and to develop self-driven human resources with an enterprising spirit.

The science and engineering graduate schools were reorganized into the Graduate School of Science and Engineering in 1998 in order to improve the quality of science and engineering education and research, to apply basic research to innovation and originality in science and engineering, to develop creative human resources, and to live up to the responsibility and function of a university.

The three Doctoral Courses have about 80 students. About 30% of them have graduated university and held a job, and about 20% are international students. About 200 instructors cover a wide selection of education and research fields from basic research to application.

The research fields of the Science Courses are seismic/volcanic activity, biological diversity and astronomy/space science. The seismic/volcanic activity research covers the South Kyushu and Nansei islands areas, the home to one of the world’s biggest active volcanoes, Sakurajima. The research is part of the country’s earthquake/volcanic eruption prediction program and is led by the Nansei-Toko Observatory for Earthquakes and Volcanoes attached to the university. The bio-diversity research focuses on the area from the Nansei islands including the World Heritage registered site Yakushima, to tropical Asia. The astronomy/space science research has a strong link with the VERA Projects of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and many other international research institutes.

The Engineering Course’s research fields are the environment, energy, medical technology and other engineering fields; volcanic activity, localized torrential downpours, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, motivated by request from the region on disaster prevention/mitigation; and issues that the islands and South Kyushu region face.

As the countries formerly called “developing nations” have acquired high levels of engineering, global competition in the industrial sector is increasingly fierce. Demand is rising for highly specialized and highly skilled human resources with a doctoral degree in science and engineering. They are regarded as globally competitive human resources and the engine of innovation. We hope many talented young researchers choose to pursue their study in the Doctoral Courses of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering and make their part of the world a safer and more prosperous place, and hopefully make contributions to the development of this country.

Eiji Kondo, Dean, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University