Imperial College of Engineering

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Imperial College of Engineering

The Imperial College of Engineering (ICE or Kobu Daigakko (工部大学校?)) was founded by Yamao Yōzō as a university at Tokyo in 1873, though its predecessor the Kogakuryo (工学寮?) existed from 1871. The name "Kobu Daigakko" dates from 1877. In modern-day parlance it would have been called an institute of technology.

Henry Dyer was appointed in charge and wrote the syllabus for the first year of the college whilst travelling by ship from his native Scotland to Japan. The first staff were:[1]

The ICE was under the Ministry of Industry (Japan) (工部省 Kobusho?) which was abolished in 1885. Control was then transferred to the Ministry of Education (文部省 Monbusho?) and the ICE became part of the Tokyo Imperial University (later the University of Tokyo) when it was created by the Ministry of Education in 1886. The ICE was thenceforth the Faculty of Engineering of the Imperial University.

The ICE had the following schools: architecture, chemistry, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, mining, shipbuilding, and telegraphy.

Students were required to write notes and graduation theses in English. Some of these survive and are on display at the National Science Museum (国立科学博物館 Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan?) in Ueno Park, Tokyo (New Building, 2F (second floor)).


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  1. ^ Dyer, Henry (2002). Dai Nippon, the Britain of the East: A study in national evolution. Adamant Media Corporation. ISBN 978-1-4021-8920-3.