Considerable change is certain to come to engineering education and research in the next 30 years. It is already apparent that multidisciplinary thinking is urgently needed to muster human resources to respond to the needs of the globalized world. Further, the nature of engineering research and education has changed substantially in recent years due to these cross disciplinary trends. Thus it is now crucial that traditional disciplinary engineering education be augmented with multidisciplinary studies, without compromising depth.
However, we recognize the limitation in addressing these challenges by individual nations or regions. Focused actions of international cooperation, alliances, productive competition, and funding have been and will continue to be essential. In addition, we are witnessing increasing mobility of talent in academia and technology development across the world. In view of these global trends and needs, the next generation of engineering and scientific leaders must be capable of innovative and inductive leaps of thinking across disciplines and geographies.
Thus it was agreed at the Deans Forum on Engineering 2011, Tokyo, that now is the right time to build institutional networks amongst the top universities. To meet new challenges, and to address the advanced human resource development issues, related to the implementation of the mission of engineering in the 21st century, members agreed to promote:
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|University of California Berkeley|
|Imperial College London|
|Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich|
|KTH Royal Institute of Technology|
French Group of Grandes Ecole
Ecole Centrale Paris, Ecole des Mines de Nante, Ecole des Mines ParisTech, Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
The first forum was held on November 7 and 8, 2011, at the University of Tokyo and was attended by representatives from each of the alliance universities/institutions.
The Resilience Engineering Workshop was held on November 12, 2012 at the School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. This was the first of the Deans Forum Workshop Series, which aims to promote collaboration in interdisciplinary research and education among participating institutions.
The earthquake of March 11, 2011 is a disaster that will forever remain in the history books. Due to this unprecedented calamity and the national crisis Japan now faces, we here at the School of Engineering have rethought the role that engineering should play and have thereby set out on a new course of action. The outline of this vision can be accessed via the link below. We hope to go into even further detail in the near future.
Basic knowledge is necessary for pursuing multi-disciplinary research in order to tackle the complex problems of modern society. We publish textbooks- UT Engineering Series- for students and professors of our school to learn and teach the base of engineering knowledge passed down over the centuries. This series helps develop a comprehensive vision while providing new standards in engineering education.