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  Message from the Dean to prospective Graduate Students
 
  Natural science, which originates from mathematics and other ancient knowledge, has developed over time thanks to the accumulation of logical thinking by human beings.
 
  In the modern era, human beings have created machines and tools through “Engineering”, starting from the invention of the steam locomotive during the industrial revolution to high speed transportation equipment such as linear motor cars and airplanes and finally to smartphones in recent years which have all contributed to the improvement of the quality of life at an extraordinary speed. This trend is still continuing, opening up for you access to unexplored frontiers. On the other hand, excessive productivity improvement and pursuit of convenience result in environmental problems including air and water pollution. Engineers should regard the protection of our beautiful and invaluable earth and the prevention of these issues as one of their main missions.
 
  “Engineering” is a discipline aiming to explore things based on the basic principles of natural science and to create new materials and systems which are advantageous to our society.
 
  In the curriculum for the graduate school, most courses focus on already established theory, but the research towards your Master graduation will explore territory which nobody has ever stepped into. It is an intellectual activity fraught with difficulty and needing special concentration. Because in most cases, scientific phenomena do not act as might be expected, it usually requires a great amount of time and effort. Here is a good example at Nagoya University. The discovery of blue light emitting diode by Dr. Akasaki Isamu was a great achievement in academic and practical terms. His principle towards academic research engraved on the monument beside Akasaki Institute is “There is no royal road to learning”. He had faced the challenges in research for a long period of time with this principle and finally was able to discover the blue light material.
 
  The Graduate education in Japan consists of two programs; two-year Master and three-year Doctoral programs. In research, even though the goal might be clear, the way to achieve it is not easy to find and the time spent can be enormous. You will find that the two-year for your Master course is not quite long enough. The Doctoral program is provided for those who wish to further their research work. It is there for you to devote yourself to research and for us to encourage you through research to go beyond what we have achieved. Nagoya University regards it as one of our primary missions to promote the Doctoral program in which education and research are woven together to contribute to your success.
 
  As I mentioned above, thanks to the acceleration in transportation and the astonishing development in related technology, our world has become relatively smaller. Accordingly, the research scope and interaction in the engineering field has expanded to a global scale and naturally, your sphere of action cannot be limited to within one country. Even though there are some differences among fields, the school of engineering provides variety of oversea study programs in order to nurture students who can play an active role globally.
 
  Finally, if you choose Japan over other countries, I strongly urge you all to find time to learn the Japanese language and culture. Even though this might be a difficult task, I believe it will make your stay here more fruitful.   I look forward to helping you fly out high from our broad campus located on this green hilly area of Higashiyama in the eastern part of Nagoya city.
 
Prof. & Dr. Tomohide Niimi
Dean, Graduate School of Engineering

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