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From Curiosity About the Earth’s Dynamics to a Global Career

国際資源学部  学部長  佐藤 時幸

Akita University’s tradition of education and research in resource sciences dates back to March 1910, when the Akita Mining College was established to train engineers in the exploration of underground resources. Over the subsequent 100 years, Akita University has played a leading role in Japan’s resource industry, producing many top engineers and researchers in the fields of metals, non-metals, and petroleum resources.
The new Faculty of International Resource Sciences was established to provide a stronger international platform for research and education.
It will function as a national center for resource sciences, fostering global specialists to work at the forefront of this field.
The basic education program incorporates general education courses, as well as a suite of special classes that are designed to equip students with a professional working proficiency in the English language. The specialized courses, offered beginning at the second year-level, are all taught in English by world-class professors who are keen on sharing their knowledge and cutting-edge research with students.
The curriculum includes many distinctive features to foster high levels of specialization, such as the Resource Sciences Fieldwork Abroad program, in which students gain hands-on experience in the best practices in resource exploration and development outside Japan.
Akita is an ideal area for research in the resource sciences, with its abundance of petroleum oil fields and metal mines. A classic Japanese Cenozoic sequence is exposed on the Oga Peninsula, where one can observe geologic history that dates from 20 million years ago, marking the beginning of the opening of the Japan Sea, to the recent.
We look forward to welcoming students to Akita who are curious about learning more about our planet.

Tokiyuki Sato
Dean, Faculty of International Resource Sciences