Outline and Features

When the Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT) was founded in 1922, the focus was on civil engineering. Since then, the Faculty of Engineering has spurred the growth of OIT to its present group of 10 departments. The philosophy of this faculty is to educate students to become well-trained practical engineers to meet industrial needs and to contribute to the benefits of society. Each department provides a well-organized curriculum and carries out highly advanced and practical research and education. The Faculty of Engineering emphasizes introductory education as well as technically focused education to suit the requirements of each department. The industrial world today has an increased need for teamwork and individuals who have superior communication capabilities, so the Faculty of Engineering includes PBL (Project Based Learning), manufacturing experience, and project team activities in its educational curriculum. As members of society are increasingly concentrating on ways to reduce energy and resource consumption, to live environmentally conscious lives, OIT is vigorously carrying out the Eco Campus project that aims to create a recycle-based society. The combination of our aims and our achievements has boosted our reputation as an organization that trains students to become first-class engineers.

Organization

The Faculty of Robotics and Design consists of the following 3 departments:

1) Robotics,
2) System Design,
3) Design and Architecture,

Robots are evolving at a rapid pace all around us these days. The term “robot” as used here covers everything that uses artificial intelligence, or is connected to the IoT. This includes all of the devices that we use on a daily basis, including automobiles, cellphones, household appliances and the machinery used on production lines. In other words, Japan’s manufacturing industry, as well as society as we know it, is changing at a drastic rate.

However, it requires more than simple technical skills to cater to this change in the times. For example, although many of the parts used in smartphones are made in Japan with high levels of quality, the largest share of completed products that appear on the world’s markets are made overseas. This same situation also applies to the household appliance sector, which is backing Japanese companies into a corner in the global marketplace. Although it goes without saying that technology is important, what is in greater demand at the moment is the creative skills to produce innovative designs that integrates parts into attractive products and systems.

Amid this environment, the Osaka Institute of Technology believes that it is necessary to nurture human resources with the creative skills required to produce innovative system designs at the same time as nurturing engineers and technicians. Superior levels of technology and sensitivity have the ability to support manufacturing and societal growth in the new age. And, the institute capable of nurturing human resources with these skills is the Faculty of Robotics and Design Engineering.