Earth System Engineering Course

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Earth System Engineering Course

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In this course students receive lectures and tuition into various aspects of engineering, including the composition of underground resources (minerals, energy), exploration, development, processing and environment restoration. They deepen their understanding of the subject through experiments and exercises both under laboratory conditions and through field work. Another program in the course is a group holiday over a number of days in the two semesters of the second year, where students examine ground quality and visit mines and factories for themselves. This is followed by a two-week summer internship in the third year, when students are dispatched to extraction sites for petroleum, coal, iron ore or limestone, or to environmental and recycling-related companies or geothermal power stations. This kind of practical experience is not limited to Japan and students are actively encouraged to go on placements overseas. Every year approximately 10 students experience internships in other countries.

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Practical experience at Batu Hijau mine in Indonesia.

In the fourth year students engage in research for their graduation thesis, which includes application of theory, experimentation and field work. There are seven specialized areas from which students can choose. These are: applied geology, geophysical exploration, geothermic systems, resources development engineering, rock engineering and mining systems development, resource processing and environmental restoration, and energy resources engineering. Within these seven areas, graduation theses can focus on such topics as mineral and energy resources, underground water, environment and safety/disaster prevention, and resources recycling, etc. Every year more than 70% of students progress to graduate school where they further advance their research topics. The results of research projects are then announced through academic associations in Japan and overseas. Career paths for alumni with both bachelor and masters degrees are many and varied, such as resources and energy-related companies, including petroleum, coal, geothermal or metal resources, cement, and power generation; environment and recycling-related companies; geological consulting companies; trading companies; and the public sector.
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