Shizuoka University

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Not to be confused with University of Shizuoka.
Shizuoka University
静岡大学; Shizuoka Daigaku
Shizuoka University.jpg
Motto Freedom and Enlightenment, Creation of the Future
Established 1949
Type National
President Yukihiro Itō
Location Shizuoka and Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Campus Urban
Mascot Shizuppi
Website www.shizuoka.ac.jp

Shizuoka University (静岡大学 Shizuoka Daigaku?, abbreviated to Shizudai (静大?)) is a national university in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Shizuoka University/Universidade de Shizuoka
Father of Japanese television, Kenjiro Takayanagi

Shizuoka University is well known in the field of engineering, in creative innovation, and in the invention of next generation technology. One of the notable persons is the father of Japanese television, Kenjiro Takayanagi. Soichiro Honda, the founding president of the global corporation Honda Motor Co. Ltd., studied in Hamamatsu College of Technology (now Shizuoka University School of Engineering).[1] Heihachiro Horiuchi, founder of Hamamatsu Photonics, is an alumnus of the Hamamatsu Kōtō Kōgyō Gakkō (today’s Electronics Institute of Shizuoka University) and a disciple of Prof. Kenjiro Takayanagi.[2] Shizuoka University also enters into partnership agreement with various corporations, such as Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.[3] Various performances and inventions of students and graduates are cited in TV mass media.[4]

Graduates and fellows of Shizuoka University become successful leaders in different areas. Nakasone Yasuhiro, who was a Prime Minister of Japan and a world leader, studied in the prestigious Shizuoka High School (now part of Shizuoka University).[5] Gayu Uesugi, Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors North America, has a Masters Degree in Engineering from Shizuoka University.[6] Moreover, Osamu Suzuki, the Chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation, was conferred with an honorary doctorate. Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee, Nobel Prize awardee in Chemistry, was awarded with Doctor (Honoris Causa) degree.[7]

The Environmental Leaders Program (ELSU) was launched to foster "Environmental Leader Meisters" for advancing the protection of the ecosystem and coexistence of human society.[8] ELSU focuses on resolving issues to rejuvenate the environment in Asian and African regions.

Shizuoka University has very high (VH) research intensity and belongs to the top 200 Asian universities according to various university ranking schemes, such as Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP).[9] In Thomson Reuters Science Watch Report (2005-2009),[10] Shizuoka University is a high-impact institution in materials science. Furthermore, the Research and Education Center of Nanovision Science is part of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program. The Faculty of Informatics is recognized as a distinctive university educational program by the Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

The university consists of six faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Informatics, Science, Engineering, and Agriculture. It consists of two main campuses, in the cities of Shizuoka and Hamamatsu (Engineering and Informatics faculties). National universities in Japan tend to be held in higher regard in higher education than private or public universities. National universities are highly selective in student admissions. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Japanese Government assures quality of higher education in national universities.[11]

Shizuoka University, Shizuoka Campus

History[edit]

The university was founded on May 31, 1949 as an incorporation of several local educational institutions: Shizuoka High School, Shizuoka Teacher Training Institutes I & II, a Young Teacher Training Institute, and Hamamatsu College of Technology. At this initial stage, only the Education and Engineering faculties existed.

In 1951, the Shizuoka Prefectural Agricultural College was amalgamated into the fold, resulting in the creation of a new Agriculture faculty. 1965 brought on a structural rearrangement, combining several smaller schools within other faculties to initiate separate Science and Humanities faculties. With the coming of the digital age in 1995, an Informatics Faculty was added.

In 2006, the university conducted research once more on its internal structure and looked at making large changes including reorganisation of the humanities and education faculties and an increase of student places in the legal graduate school.

Organization for Innovation and Social Collaboration

Symbols[edit]

The campus mascot first appeared on the university's home page in the fall of 2003. To facilitate more active use of this mascot, suggestions for a name were taken, and "Shizuppi" was chosen.

Emblem design and concept:

The emblem design depicts the vast natural stage upon which the university is situated. In the background rises the massive Mt. Fuji and the smaller Mt. Hoei as visible from the university campus, while in the foreground are the billowing waves of the Sea of Enshu and Suruga Bay.

  • Mt. Fuji - This signature mountain of Shizuoka Prefecture and Japan as a whole symbolizes lofty dignity and solemnity.
  • Billowing waves - The billowing waves of the Sea of Enshu and Suruga Bay represent the ocean, origin of all life, and symbolize ceaseless creation and progress.
  • Circular form - The circular form of the emblem symbolizes the hope for harmonious human and academic progress within a bountiful natural environment.

Faculties[edit]

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Department of Social and Human Studies (anthropology, sociology, psychology, cultural anthropology, and history)
    • Department of Language and Literature (Japanese and Asian languages and literature, European and American languages and literature, and comparative linguistics and culture)
    • Department of Law (also has international law, business law, legal science, and politics)
    • Department of Economics (also has corporate economics and political economy)
  • Faculty of Education
    • Teacher Training Course
    • Lifelong Education Course
    • Integrated Sciences and Technology Education Course
    • Art and Culture Course
  • Faculty of Informatics
    • Department of Computer Science
    • Department of Information Arts
  • Faculty of Sciences
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Biological Science
    • Department of Geo-sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Department of Electronics and Materials Science
    • Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering
    • Department of Mathematical and Systems Engineering
    • Department of Management of Business Development
    • Center for Creative Engineers
  • Faculty of Agriculture
    • Department of Biological and Environmental Science
    • Department of Environment and Forest Resources Science
    • Department of Applied Biological Chemistry

Graduate School[edit]

  • Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Graduate School of Education (with Doctor's Programs and Professional Degree Programs)
  • Graduate School of Informatics
  • Graduate School of Science
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Agriculture
The Doctoral Course in the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science is co-offered by Gifu University.
  • Shizuoka Law School
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology[12] (with Doctor's Programs and courses in English[13])
    • Department of Nanovision Technology
    • Department of Optoelectronics and Nanostructure Science
    • Department of Information Science and Technology
    • Department of Environment and Energy System
    • Department of Bioscience
Shizuoka University offers Double Degree Program through the Inter-Academia Community.[14] The Doctoral Program under the Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST), in cooperation with European and Asian universities, is designated by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as part of the International Priority Graduate Programs (PGP) - Advanced Graduate Courses for International Students.[15] GSST has academic agreements with various universities, such as Meiji University.[16]

Research Institutes[edit]

  • Research Institute of Electronics
    • International Nanovision Research Center
    • Nanodevices and Nanomaterials Division
    • Interdisciplinary Science Division
The Research Institute of Electronics, established in 1965, is the first affiliated scientific research institute of its type to be established by a university under the postwar education system. The Institute receives world-wide recognition for its research activities. In 2004, the Institute launched its Research and Education Center of Nanovision Science as part of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science's 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program, and is playing a central role in the development of the new nanotechnology-based imaging science. This "Nanovision Science" implies the science as a base for new technology to innovate vision technology based on nanotechnology.
The Institute played an important role in the "Intellectual Cluster in Hamamatsu Region (Optronics Cluster)" project. The results in the Optronics Cluster I were ranked as No. 2, resulting in Shoji Kawahito's receiving the "Award of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology". The Optronics Cluster II has started since 2007. Moreover, Hamamatsu is a famous city where many venture business companies, which the Institute contributed to, were born.[17]
  • Research Institute of Green Science and Technology

Affiliated schools[edit]

  • Shizuoka Elementary School
  • Hamamatsu Elementary School
  • Shizuoka Junior High School
  • Shimada Junior High School
  • Hamamatsu Junior High School
  • School for students with special needs
  • Kindergarten

Institute for Joint Research and Education[edit]

  • Shizuoka University Education Development Center
  • Student Support Center
  • Center for Research and Development in Admissions
  • International Center[18]
  • Institute for Genetic Research and Biotechnology
  • Center for Instrumental Analysis
  • Center for Information Infrastructure
  • Center for Integrated Research and Education of Natural Hazards
  • Hamamatsu Campus Center for Instrumental Analysis

Shizuoka University also has a Psychological Service Center which provides mental health-related consultations to the community, and Campus Museum which is utilized to curate and preserve Shizuoka University's research-related materials and to promote their use.

Campuses[edit]

Shizuoka Campus[edit]

Shizuoka University overlooking Shizuoka City

Address: 836 Ōya, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture.[19]

Shizuoka campus overlooks Shizuoka City and Suruga Bay.

Hamamatsu Campus panorama

Hamamatsu Campus[edit]

Address: 3-5-1 Johoku, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture.[20]

Shizuoka University's Hamamatsu Campus is situated amid the urban environment of Hamamatsu City, a major center of manufacturing technology.

Studying in Shizuoka University[edit]

There are approximately 9,000 students in 6 faculties and 1,600 students in 8 graduate schools in Shizuoka Daigaku (as of May 1, 2010). Various student organizations, circles and clubs are active in the university, such as the Shizuoka University Motors.[21] Shizuoka University also has international residence and dormitories for students.[22]

Some of the partner universities[edit]

Shizuoka University has exchange agreements with various universities in Asia, North America and Europe (37 universities from 18 countries as of April 15, 2013).[23][24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.inhamamatsu.com/art/soichiro-honda-craftsmanship-center.php
  2. ^ http://www.hamamatsu-books.jp/en/category/detail/4c8db569d4f49.html
  3. ^ http://global.yamaha-motor.com/global/news/2008/1009/shizuoka.html
  4. ^ http://www.eng.shizuoka.ac.jp/en_outlines/p01/
  5. ^ http://biography.yourdictionary.com/yasuhiro-nakasone
  6. ^ http://media.mitsubishicars.com/releases/fd2d187d-b90d-4fdb-9459-574484ffa7fb
  7. ^ http://www.sinica.edu.tw/as/person/ytlee/index_e.html
  8. ^ http://environmental-leader.ipc.shizuoka.ac.jp/eng/ Environmental Leaders Program - scholarships available, all subjects are taught in English
  9. ^ http://www.urapcenter.org/2012/region.php?rcode=AS
  10. ^ http://archive.sciencewatch.com/dr/cou/2010/10julJapan/ Thomson Reuters Science Watch Report (2005-2009)
  11. ^ http://www.mext.go.jp/english/highered/1302653.htm MEXT:Higher Education in Japan
  12. ^ http://gsst.shizuoka.ac.jp/en/
  13. ^ http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/documents/degree_english.pdf University degree courses offered in English
  14. ^ http://ia.icsu.shizuoka.ac.jp/eng/what_ia/index.html Inter-Academia Community and Double Degree Program
  15. ^ http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/koutou/ryugaku/kokuhi/tokubetu/07032702.htm
  16. ^ http://www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/english/schools/graduate/pdf/Graduate_pamphlet.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.spdlab.com/english.html An example of "Venture Enterprise" originated from Shizuoka University
  18. ^ http://www.icsu.shizuoka.ac.jp/english/ International Center
  19. ^ http://www.shizuoka.ac.jp/v/shizuoka/flash/s.html Virtual Campus (Shizuoka)
  20. ^ http://www.shizuoka.ac.jp/v/hamamatsu/flash/h.html Virtual Campus (Hamamatsu)
  21. ^ http://www.shizuoka.ac.jp/english/campuslife/club/club/
  22. ^ http://www.icsu.shizuoka.ac.jp/english/0304.htm Shizuoka University International Residence and Dormitories, and Apartments
  23. ^ http://www.icsu.shizuoka.ac.jp/english/0601.htm Exchange Agreements-University
  24. ^ http://www.icsu.shizuoka.ac.jp/english/new_contents_page_324.htm Exchange Agreements-Faculties

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°57′51″N 138°25′55″E / 34.96417°N 138.43194°E / 34.96417; 138.43194