With “the Fourth Industrial Revolution” causing socio-economic changes and rapid implementation of globalization, coupled with the arrival of society faced with substantial population decrease, universities are now being asked to play an even more important role as core institutions for cultivating human resources and as centers of activities for intellectual creation.
Having been selected as one of the universities with “A Program for Enhancing Research Universities” and “The 13 Type A (Top Type) universities under the FY2014 Top Global University Project,” Hiroshima University has been committing itself to become a research university to be ranked in top 100 Universities in the World University Rankings within the next ten years, by promoting thorough “university reform” and “globalization.”
Faced with such circumstances, Hiroshima University intends to re-examine the undergraduate education with a view to enhancing the function as a national center institution representing Japan and leading the world and as a regional center institution in the Chugoku-Shikoku District. By re-allocating existing resources, we are going to newly establish the School of Informatics and Data Science & the Department of Integrated Global Studies at the School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, and to reorganize the School of Engineering.
School of Informatics and Data Science (in the process of filing)
Hiroshima University is going to establish the School of Informatics and Data Science (admission quota: 80 students) to cultivate human resources who are equipped with higher knowledge in systematic and comprehensive manner and well-acquainted with each specific agenda from various fields. The School of Informatics and Data Science will set up two courses within a single department: Data Science and Informatics.
The Course of Data Science focuses on data analysis based on Statistics, aiming to cultivate information data analysts who can properly analyze high-dimensional data as well as a large amount of data. The Course of Informatics aims to cultivate information service engineers who will acquire knowledge and skills of Informatics which entails exhaustively integrating overall fields of Informatics including Computing, Information Processing, Information System, Mathematical Information, and also who can support highly networked information society.
All the subjects taught at the School of Informatics and Data Science will be made available across all the Schools at Hiroshima University as a core center for the Data Science and Informatics education at the University, expected to enhance the functions of the whole University.
The Department of Integrated Global Studies at the School of Integrated Arts and Sciences (under contemplation)
The Department of Global Studies (admission quota for the first-year students: 40 students) aims to provide “integrated” style of education where subjects of Arts and Sciences are both taught, with a view to clarify and solve those issues or problems which international communities are facing. The new department intends cultivate global-minded individuals who can work with other individuals as a team by enhancing their communicative abilities and debating skills.
It is expected that home students whose mother tongue is Japanese and international students whose mother tongue is not Japanese study together. The official language used at the Department is English, while all the classes are also conducted in English. Home students are to learn English, international students Japanese respectively.
As the center of promoting globalization, Hiroshima University intends to cultivate “peace-pursuing, cultured individuals with international mindset and a challenging spirit” and to lead the globalization of its campuses.
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Re-organization of the School of Engineering (under contemplation)
By integrating the program for Mechanical System in Cluster 1（Mechanical System Engineering）with the program for Vehicle & Environmental Systems in Cluster 4 (Civil/Environment), it aims to foster individuals who have acquired both Element Technology and System Integration Technology because such individuals are high in demand in the business community.
Cluster 2 (Electrical, Electronics, System and Information Engineering) intends to cultivate individuals who are equipped with comprehensive knowledge about Electrical, Electronics, System and Information Engineering as well as who can apply the acquired knowledge to any solutions.
The current admission quota for the School of Engineering is to be changed into 455 students (currently it is 490 students), while we will allocate 10% of the current quota to “en masse entrance examination” to be introduced in future.
*These plans on this page are either in the process of filing or under contemplation, and therefore may be subject to change in the future.
For any Inquiries, please contact the following:
- About the opening of the School Of Informatics and Data Science
Mr. Jiro Kodama
Preparatory Committee for the opening of the School of Informatics and Data Science, Hiroshima University
- About the opening of the Department of Integrated Global Studies, the School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Mr. Kenji Kawanishi
Vice Office Director, Management Support Office for the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University
- About the re-organization of the School of Engineering
Mr. Toshiaki Morikawa
Vice Office Director, Management Support Office for the Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University