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Overview - College of Engineering and Design


Shibaura Institute of Technology founded the College of Engineering and Design on the place of its origin, Shibaura campus, in 2009. The vision of the College is to develop practical individuals with essential skills of creativity in manufacturing. The graduates can create harmony in blending engineering, human perception, and society all together. The society and industry of 21st Century rely upon individuals having broad engineering knowledge and technological backgrounds. At the same time, it is vital to nurture such professionals who can contribute human perceptions to manufactured products effectively. Graduates of such talents must have competent skills to formulate innovative ideas from even chaotic stage, where the concept is not yet to clarify. They must also have leadership to integrate individual needs coordinately. In order to strengthen such design talents, the College makes best use of the advantageous location of Shibaura, in the heart of Tokyo. The College provides a practical academic education in order to pursue design professions based on “Practical demonstration studies with close links to society and industry”.

The Curriculum is structured to have close links with industries. The fundamental concept of the education is geared towards friendly designs both to humans and the environment. The practical aspects of the education are combined with practical demonstrations that provide an understanding of the close interface between society and people. The College teaches intensive learning subjects during the 1st and 2nd years, comprising “Core General Subjects” to understand humans and society, and “Core Fundamental Subjects” including science and engineering subjects to acquire engineering fundamental knowledge. Additionally, “Core Specialized Subjects”, where the levels of proficiency increase every academic year, are designed to focus on studies on the blend between design and engineering. The Curriculum is intended to prepare students to study the comprehensive academic discipline of design engineering alongside experiencing practical aspects of their chosen field of expertise from the 1st academic year so that they can be fully aware of their potential future career path.

The College of Engineering and Design Addresses A New Era

Today, with the accelerating diversity, complexity, and globalization, it is important to assess manufacturing practices not only from manufacturer sides but also from consumer/user sides, and resultantly to transform their requirements into successful realizations. In order to provide services and products, which satisfy needs of various individuals, it is essential to have not only the technological elements identified from each component but also design skills to build an overall “worldwide view” of manufactured products. The indispensable expertise today is identifying what product is required based on an in-depth understanding of human perceptions and behavior, as well as designing an entire manufacturing process from conceptual design to manufacturing phases, exploiting one’s own knowledge and skills base in engineering. Specifically, manufacturing practice led by competent engineers with a broad range of design skills (mechanical design skill, conceptual skill, planning skill and design drafting skill), are eagerly awaited. The vision of the College of Design and Engineering is to develop professional individuals having engineering knowhow combined with skills backgrounds, who can participate in manufacturing the products that appeal to human perceptions. Under a keyword, so-called “design”, the College formulates three academic courses and four specific areas in order to cultivate skilled engineers who are dedicated in manufacturing products that appeal to hearts of “humans”.

The objective of College of Engineering and Design is to nurture human resources who dedicate to manufacturing products that appeal to the heart of “consumers” while exploiting their innovative skills for originality, concept-forming, planning and design.

Core General Subjects

The Core General Subjects consist of foreign languages, general education subjects and career-focused subjects. The first is such as English and Chinese, essential for communicating with overseas companies and engineers, alongside for acquiring cutting-edge knowledge. The second is to develop a strong sense of ethics necessary for today’s engineering professions and to obtain basic intellect associated with humanities and social sciences. The third is to look into an individual’s potential design career path. The subjects are taken over the four-year long academic term.

Core Basic Subjects

Science subjects (mathematics, physics) and engineering subjects (information processing, mechanics) are assigned to develop the necessary basic skills to study the Specialized Subjects. Compulsory subjects are specified for each subject to empower the students’ tolerance towards practical implementation.

Core Specialized Subjects

The Subjects, defined as the core of the interdisciplinary academic education, are structured to serve as an integral part of the design education combining three academic courses and four specialized areas of the College of Design and Engineering. In addition to design-specific Core Basic Subjects, which are categorized as “compulsory”, there are further opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge for specialists and thereby strengthen one’s collective skills-base. During the 2nd academic year, the students participate in practical demonstrations and internships for design and manufacturing practices with our partner companies.

Specialized Subjects

The Subjects are exclusively assigned to each respective specialized area of expertise. The Curriculum is designed to demonstrate effectively the academic intellect, accumulated from the basic subjects studied in the early academic years and the highly specialized and application-featured subjects in the latter academic years both. In the final year, all the students undertake a compulsory comprehensive project, which is intended to combine all the collective capabilities among the previous years.