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The University of Chiba, Graduate School of Engneering, Department of Architecture

Website - http://www.eng.chiba-u.ac.jp/e-index.html

Chibadai has two Center of Excellence Programs; the 'Global Center for Education and Reseach in Immune System Regulation and ‘Treatment' and Advanced School of Organic Electronics', incorporated in the Graduate School of Engineering.
Since Spring 2007, the former Graduate School of Science and Technology has been reorganized to create 4 new graduate schools, Engineering, Science, Horticulture, Advanced & Integrated Science, of which the Graduate School of Engineering is the largest and closely linked to the Graduate School of Advanced and Integrated science.

The Graduate School of Engineering offers two-year Master’s and three-year Doctoral programs grouped into four divisions; Architecture & Urban Science, Design Science, Artificial System Science and Applied Chemistry & Biotechnology while jointly running divisions of Nano-science and Information Science in the Graduate School of Advanced and Integrated Science.

With the growing concern with the global environment, sustainable development of civilization and building of harmonized and rich human society, the field of engineering based upon practical activities has been assigned even more important roles. The Graduate School of Engineering seeks to provide consistent and synthetic education to produce highly capable professionals who possess not only deeper but also wider knowledge and abilities that the society requests. Consistently Chibadai therefore runs its programs in close collaboration with the industry, therefore AUSMIP+ incoming researchers will also be given the opportunity to conduct research at the two world-class research centers of TAISEI and TAKENAKA both renowned construction, design and consultancy companies.

The Master’s programs, partly implementing overall six-year higher education incorporating four-year undergraduate programs, are designed to create highly capable professionals who will lead the industrial activities at the cutting edges and at the same time to provide sound basis of knowledge for those who will continue their study in the Doctoral programs.

The division of Architecture and Urban science has two courses (departments); Architecture and Urban Science. Architecture mainly deals with spatial, environmental and structural planning and design of buildings and urban spaces, whereas Urban Science encompasses newly emerging wider fields of related science and technology targeted at creation and management of urban spaces, infrastructure, environment, energy and information. Currently about 250 students including many graduates of other universities than Chiba University are studying in the division.

The Department of Architecture provides in its Master’s program three core groups of subjects; Architectural and Environmental Planning, Building Science and Building Production, Structural Design. This gives the guideline for specialization to each of the students, though they can choose any combination of the subjects. The four-year undergraduate program of the Department’s is one of the first group in the field that have obtained official accreditation by JABEE (the Japanese Board of Accreditation for Engineering Education). In addition, the Master’s program coupled with the JABEE accredited undergraduate program is the first program also accredited provisionally by the JABEE (implemented by the Architectural Institute of Japan) which is to be substituted for the UIA’s international accreditation.

Many of the foreign students at Chiba (225 undergraduate students, 467 postgraduate students and 174 research students) are currently studying in the Faculty/Graduate School of Engineering which has signed international agreement with 175 universities (43 inter-university, 81 inter-faculty and 51 student exchange). To promote and support international cooperation, Chiba has its International Cooperation Centre, with its own staff including 8 teaching staff, which gives guidance and support to incoming students and operates with regard to the international matters. The centre runs 3 short period international programs of its own for overseas students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) who wish to study Japanese language and culture. AUSMIP+ researchers can take any of these subjects given in English. It also provides consultation as to students’ study and daily life. A part of its activities is supported by voluntary assistance by local community and students.

Besides the support available at the International Cooperation Centre, the faculty/Graduate School of Engineering has its own offices dealing with overseas students and employs 2 teaching staff specifically responsible for themClose to the Nishi-Chiba Campus where the Graduate School of Engineering is located, Chiba University has its International House where AUSMIP+ staff and researchers will be accommodated. Chiba University is now planning to increase capacity for overseas students.

In addition to providing incoming foreign staff and researchers with accommodation and any necessary administrative support, Chibadai also runs an extensive ‘buddy’ program, organized several cultural visits and free Japanese language classes.

The University of Chiba, Graduate School of Engneering, Department of Architecture, local coordinator, prof. Masao ANDO, m.ando@faculty.chiba-u.jp

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