Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering
The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering was founded in 2007. The Faculty of Engineering, founded in 1958 in Kansai University, has graduated many excellent engineers and researchers. In 2007, the Faculty of Engineering was reorganized into three faculties, which include the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering. The Faculty offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Engineering. Students are trained in experimental and laboratory work as well as in theoretical studies related with environmental and urban engineering. The principal objective of the undergraduate engineering curriculum is to provide opportunities for personal maturity and intellectual growth, for the attainment of professional competence, and for the development of a strong sense of social responsibility. This faculty is going to make importance on education and research relating to both theoretical and practical ways to deal with the planet earth and environmental problems. Some features of the Faculty are as follows:
|(1)||The faculty takes the integration of fundamental and technical education as its goal.|
|(2)||Some subjects are taught by the e-learning system developed by our university.|
|(3)||Required research tasks in specialized fields are provided for fourth-year students.|
The faculty has established master and doctoral courses in our post graduate school and these courses provide high level education, including many research projects. Some of these projects are at globally high levels and other projects are joined to some world organizations.
This faculty consists of three departments as follows:
In the Department of Civil, Environmental and Applied System Engineering's ”Infrastructure Design” and ”Civil and Environmental Planning” courses, we provide education approved by the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE), which is a participant in the Washington Accord.
Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture was established in 1967. Since then, the department has played an important role as a leading department in this field in the Kansai district. The location of the department, on the Senriyama campus, means that many buildings and sites in and around the former Japanese capitals of Kyoto and Nara are easily accessible, and this geographical advantage helps students to understand both traditional and modern Japanese culture from the viewpoint of architecture.
Architecture, as both an art and a science, comprises aesthetic, social, and economical aspects as well as technical ones. The department accordingly offers many interdisciplinary subjects, so as to equip students to meet the requirements of qualification as a professional architect, urban planners, architectural engineers, and architectural researchers. These subjects are grouped into three categories: the Planning and History Group, which deals with planning, design, history, and theory, the Structural Engineering Group, covering structural principles, analysis, and construction technology, and the Environmental Engineering Group, which deals with such environmental sciences as lighting, acoustics, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning.
The department maintains close links with the Architectural Institute of Japan, through a variety of academic research and practical work. The department also encourages students to enter design competitions and to take part in jointresearch programs with other institutions.
Department of Civil, Environmental and Applied Systems Engineering
Civil, environmental and applied system engineering is essential to civilization, and helps to create an affluent society. Lifelines, such as waterworks, sewerage, electricity distribution systems and gas pipelines, and also such urban and regional public transportation systems as highways, superhighways and railways, are constructed and managed by civil engineers. In recent years, most of these systems have involved computers and communication networks, which are implemented by system engineers. Then the aim of the Department is to tackle the problems of the global environment, overpopulated cities, traffic, natural disaster and information systems. The Department has outstanding staff whose research interests cover these fields, and substantial facilities for advanced studies.
The Department has three major courses: the Infrastructure Design Course, the Civil and Environmental Planning Course and the Applied Information System Course in Environmental and Urban Engineering. The mission of the Infrastructure Design Course is to introduce and advance various techniques to create comprehensive cities. The mission of the Civil and Environmental Planning Course is to establish the methods and concepts to design cities and their surroundings to be environmentally sound and comfortable. The Applied Information System Course in Environmental and Urban Engineering aims at improving computer and communication technology to implement information systems for operating and managing lifelines, factories and so on. Thus, students of the Department learn technologies and ways of thinking necessary for the future.
Department of Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering
The efficient utilization of energy, the recycling of useful resources, and the treatment of wastewater and solid wastes are essential for the protection and conservation of the global environment. In chemical industries, it is essential that all the chemical processes should be designed and operated to minimize the damage of the global environment.
The Department of Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering aims to educate researchers and engineers who are able to work at the cutting-edge of development of advanced and sophisticated production systems for various products, as well as that of waste treatment and resource recycling systems, with full regard for the need for environmental conservation. In accordance with a global standard of education, during their first two years, the students learn basic chemistry, physics, and mathematics and the principles of the design and operation of various chemical unit processes, conduct laboratory experiments, and pursue exercises in engineering calculation and communication. In their third year, the students select one of two educational courses: the Energy Engineering Course or the Environmental Chemistry Course. The former covers education on the development of advanced technologies of resource recycling and efficient energy conversion. The latter covers education on the advanced technologies of environmental conservation and process sophistication.
Fourth-year students are required to submit graduation theses concerning specialized fields after studying in the eight laboratories whose research topics are focused on the production of new materials related to nanotechnologies, surface and colloid chemistry, catalytic processing, separation process technologies, chemical, electrochemical and biochemical reactors, solvent extraction technology, heat pumps, mass transfer operations, coal conversion and fuel cell technologies, computer-aided process design and operation, and hazardous waste emission control.
The Department of Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering also provides MSc and PhD programs for graduate students desiring further education.