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Departments
3
Students
1,484
Laboratories
22
(As of May 2021)

Cultivate Human Resources Who Have Acquired Advanced, Specialized Knowledge On Top of Sufficient Basic Scholastic Ability, and Who Possess a Strong Sense of Ethics and Abundant Human Qualities

The basic philosophy of the Faculty of Science Division II is the "advancement of science," which has been the spirit of the university ever since its foundation, and meritocracy, which is an educational policy for enabling only students who have acquired true merit to graduate. The university has a history of over 130 years, going back to education based on evening classes at the time of its establishment as the Tokyo Butsurigaku Koshujo (Tokyo Academy of Physics). This represents the history itself of the Faculty of Science Division II, and this mentality is still carried on today. In Japan, which has adopted the slogan of being a "science and technology-oriented country" and orients the development of the country and global contribution as its targets, science which is the foundation of science and technology, is taking an increasingly important position.

The meaning of the spirit behind the "advancement of science" still stands today. What makes the Faculty of Science Division II different from Division I is simply the fact that classes are held in mainly in the evenings. Accordingly, the educational goal of this faculty is the same as that of Division I, which is "cultivation of human resources who have acquired advanced specialized knowledge on top of sufficient fundamental scholastic ability, and who possess a strong sense of ethics and abundant human qualities that are backed by an enriched education."

Message from the Dean

Japan’s only nighttime Faculty of Science. A diverse student body in an environment of friendly competition

The Faculty of Science Division II is Japan’s only nighttime faculty of science. Class content is equivalent to that of Division I, with the only difference being that the classes run from evening until nighttime. The Division II instructors responsible for these classes include researchers who are working on the leading edge in their fields. This allows for truly in-depth instruction as well as fosters a closer sense of rapport between teachers and students.

Further, unlike the typical image associated with “night schools,” the Division II campus is a truly bright and vibrant environment. In addition to general students, there are many students working during the daytime, such as private sector product development professionals and seniors who manage companies, and therefore students of different generations gather and offer a variety of valuable and stimulating perspectives.

There are also students who have not been in the workforce or higher education during the intervening time between high school graduation and enrollment in Division II, and thus the more basic content is provided that helps them make the transition between high school-level and university-level instruction. Recent years have even seen growing enrollment of fire-fighters, members of the Self Defense Forces and others whose daily duties require them to have a certain amount of scientific knowledge. They are some of the more serious and motivated students in Division II. There are also an extremely large number of students who want to become junior and senior high school teachers, and amongst them exists quite a vibrant community of employment examination-related information exchange. It is from this great diversity found in the student body that the Faculty of Science Division II derives its strength.

SASAKI Takeo

Dean, Faculty of Science Division II
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