From the Dean

Greetings from the Dean

Professor Susumu KAJIWARA

Professor KAJIWARA, Susumu, Dean

In the 21st century, our society has moved from an era of only economic growth to an era in which people are pursuing the realization of a healthy, prosperous, and sustainable society. In addition, in recent years, we have been confronted with global societal issues such as climate change, the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), and pandemics of infectious diseases. As such, life science and technology has become an indispensable discipline in solving these large-scale problems.

In 1990, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) added the "School of Bioscience and Biotechnology" to the School of Science and the School of Engineering, both of which led in the development of science and technology in the 20th century, in order to optimally enhance the essential "life" element for the 21st century. In 1992, the Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology was established, and in 2016, the reform of the education system at Tokyo Tech generated the School of Life Science and Technology by combining the undergraduate and graduate schools for Bioscience and Biotechnology. Thus, the year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the graduate school of this faculty, which has already produced more than 5,000 graduates, many of whom are now working at domestic or international companies, research institutes, universities, government agencies, or international organizations.

The School of Life Science and Technology promotes a variety of research and development in the field by using the school's shared state-of-the-art equipment for bio-seamless image analysis, etc. The school also promotes joint research within the school, within the university, and with other universities and companies in Japan and overseas, and conducts interdisciplinary research and industry-academia collaboration to solve global societal issues.

In addition to the more than 100 affiliated faculty members, faculty members from the Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science, the Cell Biology Center, and the Earth and Life Science Institute of the Institute of Innovative Research are also involved in providing specialized education.

The undergraduate curriculum allows students to systematically acquire knowledge in a wide range of specialized fields related to life science and technology, and to acquire specialized knowledge in interdisciplinary fields by taking a multidisciplinary course offered by a consortium of four universities: Tokyo Tech, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Hitotsubashi University, and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. In addition, Tokyo Tech offers a variety of study-abroad programs, allowing students to experience studying abroad at the undergraduate level.

The Graduate Major in Life Science and Technology is where students acquire knowledge and skills in highly specialized areas of the field and are trained to become global experts through a combination of special lectures, provided by invited world-class professors, and practical career development in Europe and the United States. The Graduate Major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering is a multidisciplinary course jointly administered by the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Information and Communication Engineering, Information Technology, Materials Science, and Applied Chemistry. The course fosters bright, creative minds and promotes cross-disciplinary research and development that integrate with other specialized fields. The Graduate Major in Earth-Life Science is launched from this year. It also provides the entrepreneurship education necessary to create new industries and develop new businesses. The School of Life Science and Technology aims to produce global leaders who can improve the well-being of people around the world by conducting research with a strong sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness, applying their flexible thinking to respond to the needs of a diversifying society, and utilizing their wealth of knowledge.

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