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2010 Applicant Guidelines for International Master's Program in Mechanical Engineering and Hydrogen Energy Systems the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University (Academic Year from October, 2010)

2010/05/08

Admission Policy of Graduate School of Engineering

Engineering is the study and investigation, based on fundamental scientific principles such as physics and chemistry, for the sustained development of human civilization. The Graduate School of Engineering aims to cultivate researchers, engineers, and educators who can contribute to the sustained development of human civilization through engineering.
Students who wish to study in the Graduate School are expected to have the following:
* A desire to undertake applied research based on fundamental knowledge
* A positive attitude towards learning new fields of study
* A steadfast ability to advance the pursuit of truth
* A strong sense of engineering ethics

Curricula Policy of Graduate School of Engineering

The Graduate School of Engineering has been organized into the following advanced departments: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Materials Process Engineering, Materials Physics and Chemistry, Chemical Systems and Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering, Urban and Environmental Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Earth Resources Engineering, Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Hydrogen Energy Systems, and Aeronautics and Astronautics. The aim of each department is the promotion of a deep expertise and creative ability concerning energy, materials, the environment, and systems, as well as the systematic training of researchers, engineers, and educators with high ethics and internationalism.
To achieve these aims, the Graduate School provides education on the following topics:
* Systematic and advanced specialized knowledge, ranging from fundamental principles to applications
* Broad knowledge concerning philosophy, ethics, politics, economics, international relations, and so on
* Development of a creative and well-rounded human nature, and the ability to search for and solve problems

Department of Mechanical Engineering, International Master's Program in Mechanical Engineering

Graduation Policy

The Mechanical Engineering Departments in the Graduate School of Engineering at Kyushu University used to be comprised of two departments called the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science and the Department of Intelligent Machinery and Systems. However, it was reorganized into the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems in April, 2010.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering aims to provide students with the widest opportunity to gain a wide and substantial expertise and comprehensive skills in mechanical engineering, and also fundamental knowledge of interdisciplinary areas that meet with up-to-date needs so that the graduates go on to work as leading engineers and researchers.

Education and Research Fields

Education and research fields in the Department of Mechanical Engineering cover broad areas in mechanical engineering. These include solid mechanics, the mechanical properties of engineering materials, flow control systems, fluids engineering science, heat and mass transfer, thermal energy conversion, reactive gas dynamics, engine systems, vibration and acoustics, mechanical vibration, structural dynamics, machinery analysis, systems mathematics and engineering, systems control, computational mechanics, precision machining, deformation processing, machine design systems and bionic design.

Curriculum Policy

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers subjects called 'advanced expertise subjects' to master fundamental knowledge ranging from elemental technologies to system technologies, and subjects called 'advanced specific subjects' to master more specific specialized knowledge. Furthermore, students will improve their communication skills through subjects called 'ability development subjects,' and ultimately acquire various comprehensive skills by writing their dissertation. The characteristics of the curriculum are as follows:
1. to educate generalists in mechanical engineering with the master of wide knowledge ranging from elemental technologies to system technologies through the selective and required system of the 'advanced expertise subjects'.
2. to educate students to master the basic knowledge related to cutting-edge knowledge of interdisciplinary areas for the needs of the age by the 'advanced specific subjects' and collaborative subjects with the Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems
3. to cultivate individuals who can take a leading role internationally in the field of mechanical engineering through English lectures in the International Master's Program (Global Course).

Admission Policy

The Master's program seeks students who completed a bachelor program in mechanical engineering or relevant fields and wish to be leading engineers in the field of manufacturing industries or researchers for mechanical engineering. The International Master's Program conducts entrance exams in English and seeks students who wish to establish an international career in the field of mechanical engineering.

After Completion of the Program

After completion of the program, the majority of graduates become advanced professionals working in private companies in manufacturing industries, and also become researchers or academic staff in private companies, governmental research institutions, and universities, at home and abroad.

Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems, International Master's Program in Hydrogen Energy Systems

Graduation Policy

The Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems, one of the Mechanical Engineering Departments, aims to provide students with the widest opportunity to gain a fundamental knowledge of science and engineering in hydrogen energy technology and relevant technologies for human and environmental symbiosis so that the graduates lead, as engineers and researchers, the way toward building a low-carbon society.

Education and Research Fields

Education and research fields in the Department of Hydrogen Systems extend from various fields in mechanical engineering to materials and process engineering related to hydrogen energy systems. These include hydrogen manufacturing systems, hydrogen storage systems, hydrogen utilization processes, fuel cell systems, fatigue and fracture of materials, mechanical properties of engineering materials, tribology, thermo fluid physics, reactive gas dynamics, functional materials for hydrogen, and molecular science for hydrogen energy.

Curriculum Policy

The educational goal of the Master's program in the Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems is to lead students to gain abilities to understand materials, processes, and safety engineering, which are the basic elements of hydrogen energy technology, on the basis of mechanical engineering fundamentals, and to be able to understand and design machines and devices for hydrogen energy as systems. To achieve this goal, the program provides the following opportunities through researches for master theses, 'advanced expertise subjects', 'advanced specific subjects', 'ability development subjects:
1. to provide education to produce mechanical engineers and researchers who understand materials and process engineering.
2. to provide education to gain knowledge of fundamental science and engineering in hydrogen energy technology and relevant technologies for human and environmental symbiosis.
3. to provide education to improve international capabilities, and to provide education to emphasize practices in cooperation with industries.
4. to provide primary subjects in mechanical engineering, in cooperation with the Department of Mechanical Engineering (for students who are not from mechanical engineering departments)

Admission Policy

The Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems seeks applicants with a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering as well as those from other relevant science and engineering departments who wish to become an engineer or researcher in the fields of energy technologies for human and environmental symbiosis. The International Master's Program conducts entrance exams in English.

After Completion of the Program

After completion of the program, the majority of graduates become professional engineers working for private companies, or a researcher or academic staff in private companies, governmental research institutions, and universities in the fields of energy and environment including hydrogen energy, at home and abroad.
* The Admission Policy and Curricula Policy of each department are shown at the URL of the Graduate School of Engineering. (http://www.eng.kyushu-u.ac.jp/)

  1. Qualifications for Application
    Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:
    Applicant must be a graduate from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate. A person will be deemed to have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate, if he/she
    (1) has completed 16 years of academic education outside of Japan or will complete it by September 30, 2010.
    (2) has completed 15 years of formal education outside of Japan, and are recognized by our Graduate School to have received all the necessary credits with an excellent record.
    (3) has been recognized by our Graduate School, based on an individual screening of requirements for admission , as having an academic ability equal to or surpassing that of a Japanese university graduate, and who will be at least 22 years of age by the entrance date.
    (4) Aside from the above, those who have satisfied or will satisfy qualification for admission to a Japanese graduate school can be considered eligible for application.
    (Notes concerning application)
    Those who are staff in governmental offices and municipal offices of private companies, etc. or who hope for entrance by application qualification (2), (3), or (4) must consult Information desk (Section 13) before submitting the application form.
    Applicants who intend to apply in accordance with qualification (2), (3), or (4) must take an individual evaluation of their scientific abilities in relation to the requirements for admission before application.

  2. Admission Capacity
    Some number to each department

  3. Documents to be submitted
    (1) Application Form for Admission (Prescribed form)
    (2) Collation Card/Examination Card (Prescribed form, passport-grade photograph must be attached)
    (3) Official Academic Transcript issued by the university from which you will graduate or graduated most recently.
    (4) Graduation Certificate or Statement that confirms expected graduation to be issued by the university from which you will graduate or graduated most recently.
    (5) *Any certificate about English skill (if the applicant has): e.g. a photocopy of score certificate of TOEIC or TOEFL, the transcript of results of IELTS, or the certifying statement of results of Cambridge ESOL Examination (FCE, CAE or CPE).
    (6) Screening fee payment receipt (30,000 yen)
    (7) Application for Recognition of Academic Requirements : Applicants who intend to apply in accordance with qualification (2), (3), or (4) must submit. Fill out the prescribed application form.
    *Only persons who took the examination within two years before applying may submit the certificate.
    The kinds of examination results that can be submitted are as follows:
    1. The examination of TOEIC TEST, 2. TOEFL-iBT,TOEFL-CBT,or TOEFL-PBT
    The "score certificate" means the Official Score Certificate of TOEIC or Examinee Score Record of TOEFL.
    Bring the original of each certificate on the day of the subject examination. At that time you may bring a more recent score certificate (original), if applicable.

    MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) Scholarship Students are able to apply using the documents they submitted through MEXT, instead of the prescribed documents (excluding the application form). Moreover, Research Students of the Graduate School of Engineering can use the documents previously submitted to the Academic Affairs Division, Faculty of Engineering.

  4. Screening Fee 30,000 yen
    Applicants are requested to transfer the screening fee to the following bank account with the bank transfer form. Please fill in your desired department, Code:2TE and your name in the box marked "name" after May 17, 2010.
    (1) Please transfer in Japanese yen.
    (2) Please bear all the commission costs when you make the transfer.

    Beneficiary:
    Name: Setsuo Arikawa, President, Kyushu University
    Address: 6-10-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581
    Nationality: JAPAN

    Beneficiary's Bank:
    Name: SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION
    Branch Name: FUKUOKA BRANCH
    Address: 1-1-1 Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0011, JAPAN
    A/C No.: 7119240
    Swift Code: SMBCJPJT

  5. Application Procedure
    (1) Applicants should contact the chairperson of the Department with e-mail or facsimile before Thursday, May 13, 2010, informing that he/she intends to apply to the Department.

    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Chairperson: Prof. Toshiaki Kitagawa
    E-mail: k-senkocho@mech.kyushu-u.ac.jp
    Fax: +81-92-802-0001

    Department: Hydrogen Energy Systems
    Chairperson: Prof. Joichi Sugimura
    E-mail: k-senkocho@mech.kyushu-u.ac.jp
    Fax: +81-92-802-0001

    (2) Applicants should submit all the necessary documents listed in Section 3 to the Academic Affairs Division of the Faculty of Engineering etc. through the chairperson of the department of your first choice from Thursday, May 27 to Thursday, June 3, 2010.

    Academic Affairs Division,
    Administrative Office for the Faculty of Engineering etc, Kyushu University
    744, Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    819-0395, JAPAN
    TEL: +81-92-802-2735

    (3) The documents for application should be sent by registered special delivery mail, or otherwise be brought in to the office described above. "Application form for admission to Master Course of the Graduate School of Engineering" should be written in red on the envelope.

  6. Individual Evaluation of Academic Requirements
    Those who intend to apply in accordance with qualifications for application (2), (3), or (4) are required to submit to an individual evaluation of their scientific ability in relation to the Requirements for Admission before application. In this case, the necessary documents (1) to (5) and (7) explained in Section 3 should be submitted by the applicant to Academic Affairs Division, Administrative Office for the Faculty of Engineering etc, Kyushu University from Thursday, May 6 to Thursday, May 13, 2010..
    The chairperson of the Department will inform the applicants of the results of the evaluation by mail by Thursday, May 27, 2010.
    After the screening fee is accepted, the documents for application submitted by the successful applicants are automatically accepted.

  7. Date and Place of Examination
    (1) Date of Examination: Thursday, June 17, 2010
    (2) Place of Examination: Inquire to chairperson of department
    (3) The examination will be postponed to Friday, June 18, 2010, in the case when it cannot be held under unexpected conditions due to e.g. typhoon.

  8. Examination Subjects
    (1) Engineering subjects
    Department Subjects
    Mechanical Engineering Mechanics of materials, Dynamics of Machinery, Thermal Engineering, Fluid Mechanicsg
    Hydrogen Energy Systems Take one of the following subject groups:
    Group A: Mechanics of materials, Dynamics of Machinery, Thermal Engineering, Fluid Mechanics
    Group B: Mechanics of materials, "Mechanics and Materials Science", "Thermal Engineering" OR "Physical Chemistry", "Fluid Mechanics" OR "Electrochemistry"
    (2) Mathematics
    (3) English
    (4) Oral examination
    Please visit http://www.mech.kyushu-u.ac.jp/e/exam.html for details of the subjects.

  9. Announcement of the Result
    The result will be posted on the public notice board (in Educational Affairs Section hall), Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University at 9 am, Thursday, June 24, 2010.
    The result will also be sent by mail to the applicants.
    Inquiries regarding the results by telephone cannot be accepted.

  10. Entrance Date
    Friday, October 1, 2010

  11. Enrollment Procedures
    The successful applicants should complete the enrollment procedures by the following date after receiving the necessary forms around July 12 (Mon), 2010.
    1 Registration period : From September 11 (Mon) 2010 to September 22 (Wed) 2010.
    2 Payments
    1) Admission fee : 282,000 yen (Expected)
    2) Tuition fee : 267,900 yen for the fall semester (from October 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011).
    (Notes) If the admission fee and tuition fee are revised, the new amounts of these fees are applied to all students.

  12. Notes
    (1) Requests for information and application forms by the postal mail should be sent to the address shown in Section 5 . A self-addressed envelope, (332mm X 240mm) should be sent with the request. "Application form for Master Course (International Master's Programs)" should be written clearly in red on the envelope
    (2) Even if there are any reasons, it is not admitted that all documents are replaced and Screening fee is returned after the application form is accepted.
    (3) Persons who didn't receive the examination card may ask to Academic Affairs Office of Educational Affairs Division, Administrative Office for Faculty of Engineering etc. by the very date of the examination.
    (4) The change in the entrance exam schedule etc. are notified on the following web site. Please confirm it by each applicant. URL http://www.eng.kyushu-u.ac.jp/
    (Inquire of +81-92-802-2735 by telephone when the Internet is inaccessible.)

  13. Information Desk
    The Academic Affairs Division of the Faculty of Engineering etc., Kyushu University
    744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 812-0395, Japan
    Tel +81-92-802-2735
    E-mail koggakus@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp

May,2010
Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University
URL http://www.eng.kyushu-u.ac.jp/
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