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- History of the School of Engineering
- Educational Features of the School of Engineering
- Reorganization of the Departments
- General Education Courses

History of the School of Engineering -A proud tradition of education and research-

The School of Engineering has its origins in Hyogo Prefectural Technical School, which was founded in April 1944, and soon thereafter renamed Hyogo Prefectural Technical College. In April 1949, the College was upgraded to university status and renamed Himeji Institute of Technology. As a single-discipline college offering degree courses in engineering, Himeji Institute of Technology initially had three departments: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. In order to keep pace with growth in the Japanese economy and commensurate academic needs, the Institute added new departments, the number increasing to eight by April 1993 (Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical and Intelligent Engineering, Applied Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering). With the establishment of the Faculty of Science and the School of Humanities for Environmental Policy and Technology in 1990 and 1998, respectively, the Institute became a multi-discipline university with three schools, two research institutions and an attached high school, and has produced some 12,200 graduates. In 2004, the Institute was integrated into the University of Hyogo and became the School of Engineering.

From basic science to manufacturing

We provide comprehensive education and research programs, from basic science to manufacturing (hardware and software aspects), manufacturing technology, and advanced technologies that support a highly information-based society.

Well-designed freshman education/support programs

We provide well-designed freshman education and support programs, including the Pilot Seminar, in which one faculty member is assigned to several freshmen as a "mentor" to provide advice regarding studies, university life and "all-round education."

Unsurpassed career counseling

Faculty members in charge of career services provide sincere guidance and assistance. They seek new companies and organizations where graduates can be hired, recommend qualified students to companies and provide a variety of support until the students obtain jobs. The employment rate of our graduates is outstanding, nearly 100% every year. Many graduates play leading roles in the academic, industrial and government sectors. Our tradition of high-quality academic and practical skills is highly regarded by society.

Active promotion of international exchange

We offer various international exchange programs, to provide students with opportunities for visiting partner universities in the United States, Australia, China and other countries. Participants can also study as exchange students, or take part in language courses at those universities. Another program is the "Hyogo Joint Summer Session at Sea" (30-day trip on the Pacific Ocean) during the summer holiday. Many graduate students are learning and conducting research at universities in England, Australia and other countries. We also actively accept foreign students.