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Kyushu University Dept. of Urban Design, Planning. Graduate School of Human-Environmental Studies

Website - http://hyoka.ofc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/search/organization/04030000/english.html

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 slightly more than18.000, while the faculty members number 2,331. 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 1,200 international students from about eighty countries studying here.

The Faculty of Human-Environment Studies

The Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies was newly established in April in 1998 by merging the Faculty of Education, sections of the Department of Human Science of the Faculty of Letters and the Development of Architecture of the Faculty of Engineering.

On the basis of this administrative fusion, the School aims to create a new interdisciplinary field of Human-Environment studies that integrates education, psychology, clinical psychology, sociology, architecture and health science for the purpose of investigating issues related with human environment in the twentieth century.

The School consists of five departments: Urban Design, Planning and Disaster Management, Clinical Psychology and Community Studies, Behavior and Health Sciences, Education & Architecture

Teaching and research in the School intend to cover very broad fields, and also to encourage scholars and students with diverse background to work together on the challenges of this century.

There are eleven courses of study in the School and in every course special examination arrangements are provided for both international and mature students. The school is intent on nurturing talented people who have deep insight and rigorous expertise in human environment.

Department of Urban Design, Planning and Disaster Management

This interdisciplinary department combines advanced education and research in urban design and planning, architectural engineering and environmental psychology to explore the new frontier of complex urban affairs from the viewpoints of human amenity and safety. Students are expected to take initiative and solve the current urban problems, such as urban redevelopment, community planning and seismic and wind disaster, by integrating engineering technology and planning methodology.

Department of Architecture

The department consists of three educational courses: Architectural planning and history, Environmental design and control in architecture, and Architectural structures and materials. At the conclusion of study graduate students are expected to understand the latest architectural theories and technologies, and to be highlevel experts such as architects, planners, and building engineers who will play active parts in the global marketplace.

Global Center of Excellence

In July 2009, Kyushu University was chosen as one of the 13 universities for the “Global 30 (G30) Project”, planned and funded by Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The major aim of the G30 Project is to further promote the “globalization” of Japanese higher education by assisting selected universities through a prioritized allocation of grants.

Developing low-carbon and recourses-efficient buildings and urban centers are becoming extremely important in the background of ever increasing consumption of natural resources and global warming. There is a growing global need for architects, engineers, designers and planners, who are specialized in sustainable design and planning and are able to find innovative solutions to the challenges of sustainability. Given the integrated nature of these challenges, the solutions and thinking of sustainable planning and design range over multiple disciplines and should be handled by a multidisciplinary approach. This new academic discipline that ranges from architecture to urban planning is called habitat systems.  The AUSMIP+ program will be part Kyudai’s G30 module, and will offer both Kyudai, European as well as the other participating partners researcher and faculty unique opportunities.  In addition, Kyudai has included an associated partner, the ‘Hasegawa’ laboratory, which should initiate the development of new direction of research in close collaboration with our European and Korean partners .

Doctoral Course

The international master’s and doctoral courses in sustainable architecture and urban systems were established as a part of Global 30 (G30) project by the department of urban design, planning and disaster management and the department of architecture. Having successfully completed the course, master course students should have developed a range of appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies which are sufficient to enable them to formulate original solutions with confidence. Doctoral students are expected to be talented researchers with high quality research experience and promising carrier prospect. Doctoral students can complete their PhD at any of the given laboratories below;

Graduate School of Human Environmental Studies, Research Laboratories

Kyushu University Dept. of Urban Design, Planning. Graduate School of Human-Environmental StudiesFacilities for incoming AUSMIP+ mobility

At the International Student Center, AUSMIP+ partners can consult a counselor about study, enrollment, accommodations, visa permission, an accident, or illness, family matters (Japanese language study by your family or children’s entrance to school) and other concerns.

Every foreign student can be assigned a tutor with whom a student can discuss matters concerning his/her daily life or study, which helps students become more accustomed to college life in Japan. This system is available for the first half year at the University.

Kyushu University International House was established for the purpose of introducing Japanese customs and promoting international exchange, and providing living accommodations for foreign students. AUSMIP+ participants can reside at the House.

Kyushu University Dept. of Urban Design, Planning. Graduate School of Human-Environmental Studies, local coordinator; prof. Shigetomo KIKUCHI, kikuchi@arch.kyushu-u.ac.jp

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