From the Dean

Greetings from the Dean

Professor Hisakazu MIHARA

Professor KONDOH, Shinae, Dean

Invitation to the School of Life Science and Technology

The School of Life Science and Technology is the largest science and engineering research and educational institution in Japan, with over 120 faculty members who teach specialized subjects while promoting about 70 independent research fields. We not only conduct research and studies in a great variety of fields, but we also strive to create an advanced research and education environment rich in diversity. Our School has the highest number of female students at Tokyo Tech as well as a rising number of international students, with programs seeking excellent scholars from all over the world and promoting international student exchange. We have created a global environment via collaboration with research institutions worldwide, such as faculty exchange programs and inviting professors from the world's top universities to be guest lecturers. Furthermore, the study of bioethics and research ethics as well as self-evaluation have been incorporated into each of the bachelor's and graduate programs to encourage the development of high ethical standards.

Our undergraduate course curricula are designed to enable the systematic study of physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology, which are necessary for learning about life science technology. To provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge a wide range of specialized fields, Tokyo Tech established in 2001 a multidisciplinary course in collaboration with Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Hitotsubashi University, and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Students further their understanding of research by taking courses such as the Comprehensive Life Sciences Course and Medical Engineering Course. In order to develop human resources that contribute to the global society, a goal emphasized in the educational reform of 2016, Tokyo Tech offers a variety of study abroad programs starting at the undergraduate level. Many of our bachelor, master’s, and PhD students have participated in study-abroad programs.

Our graduate programs focus on developing global human resources with specialized knowledge by offering career courses that include lectures taught by specially-invited professors from world-class universities who have experience in Europe and the United States. In addition, since 2016, we have been providing an interdisciplinary graduate major called “Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering” in coordination with the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Information and Communications Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical Science and Engineering. We thereby aim to nurture individuals – through research exchange and studies with students of other schools – who can engage in the latest cross-disciplinary research developments. We have also started entrepreneurship training classes in 2019 to train students to actively contribute to new industrial developments and ultimately become valuable global human resources who are flexible thinkers, can respond to the needs of diversifying societies, and can discover and create new things with a vigorous curiosity.

To strengthen the partnership between industry and academia, we launched the Life Science and Technology Open Innovation Hub (LiHub), which serves as a knowledge hub for innovations in the field. We will continue taking initiatives regarding fundamental and applied research in the areas of life sciences and technology.

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