First year: All new students of the School of Fundamental Science and Engineering study under a common curriculum
Second year: Students choose their department upon advancing to the second year
Collective Entrance Examination System
The school’s collective entrance examination system and one-year common curriculum, help students find the department they really want to join.
Reason behind adopting across-the-board admissions
The School of / Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering has introduced an “across-the-board admission system.” Similar to that implemented by other universities, across-the-board admission refers to a system whereby new students are recruited as a group by a faculty and then sorted into departments at a certain school year. This is the first time this has been tried in the history of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The School of / Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering is aiming to foster human resources able to contribute to the creation of science and technology essential to a new era. This aim led to the proposal of a coherent educational policy and entrance selection system motivated by the following reasons. We hope you can familiarize yourself with this system as it is unique to the School of / Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering.
- Importance of basic education = emphasizing basic education and studying dynamics and information related subjects in the first year.
- What we learn at university needs to be questioned. While experiencing leading edge research in a laboratory has great appeal, a large number of graduates have gone on to take up careers in areas different to their university major. This is dictated by the realities of working in the real world and an era of incessantly changing social requirements. Such times demand engineers to possess sufficient fundamental academic abilities, however, this is not something that can be gained through introductory education only available in the first year. Adopting an approach that focuses on the basics even when taking specialized courses is vital. While consistently maintaining such an approach, the School of / Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering will provide you, as researchers on the front line, with instruction in specialist education and research.
- Vertical link = ability to choose appropriate subjects following enrolment.
- It is important for high-school students to consider which subjects they like and which department they want to enter, and being able to enter their preferred department and fulfill that dream is very gratifying. However, there is no shortage of students of readily revising those dreams and preferences after entering university, and changing their initial choice departments. At the School of / Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, students study through a joint curriculum in the first year, and during that period are able to assess their own aptitude while receiving information from specialist subject teachers. This “unhurried education” policy is considered to be extremely effective at helping students to be fully aware of their own capabilities when electing a specialist field. While not being able to enter one’s preferred faculty may be a concern, 50% of faculty places are chosen in line with students’ preferences and 50% are chosen based on grades. Therefore, most students are assigned to their place of choice.
- Horizontal link = gives an idea of which of your peers may one day work in the same or different fields.
- The School of / Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering has the strongest track-record among Faculty of Science and Engineering departments in terms of graduates’ job placement results. Students graduating from or completing a specialized Master’s program at the School of / Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering can be expected to go on to flourish in either a major field of industry or a public research institute, and to take part in personal exchange beyond the realms of their area of specialization. Students can get a head start in such exchange at the School of / Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering by making many inter-faculty friends and contacts. This will prove to be a valuable asset following graduation, so taking full advantage of networks with Waseda University alumni and alumnae will help many graduates participate actively in society.