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Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering

Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering aims at training "monozukuri architects" who integrate design and function to achieve innovation

  The industrial sector seeks engineers who can undertake creative activities. Professional schools are required to train students to have the ability to organize specialists in the manufacture of products, listen attentively for the latent expectations held by customers, maximize their sensitivity to design, create structures that realize functions, and provide people with the embodiment of a new set of values. In other words, we must train students to creatively and rationally develop products and services that can maximize benefits for customers.

 Conventionally, these types of engineers have been broadly divided into the following two categories:

1. Product planning managers in charge of planning products and proposing the development of these products. These engineers can identify the latent expectations of the market, present the future vision to customers, and envision the ideal characteristics of products and services of next generations.

2. Product development managers who, after a proposed production plan is to be launched, can manage all processes from optimal design to manufacturing while actively using their expertise in sensitive design and in functional design. People blessed with these two job skills, who can integrate and manage the entire production cycles from the proposal of product planning to the design of products, to the manufacture of products (supervise all processes in product manufacturing) are called "monozukuri architects" in the Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering which offers programs that aim at providing practical education to students to train them to acquire the knowledge and skills required to become monozukuri architects. The core of the curricula is the synthesis of functional design and sensitive design.

  Monozukuri architects trained in the Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering are required to acquire the basic knowledge essential both for mastering advanced knowledge in product innovation, industrial design, digital technology and industrial science, and for accomplishing tasks. They are also required to develop the ability to accomplish tasks to actively and appropriately use the expertise that has been mastered.

 The first-year curriculum introduces a cluster of basic subjects that are prerequisites for mastering advanced knowledge and the ability to perform tasks. The curriculum also provides opportunities for students to learn the basic concepts of monozukuri architects. The second-year curriculum is designed to train students to acquire the ability to perform tasks through PBL-style lectures such as Innovation for Design and Engineering Special Seminar I, II, and III.