1. Introduction

Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Saga University, Japan, consists of five (5) specializing areas: structural, geotechnical, water and city planning engineering, and architecture. The department offers two education courses, namely Environmental and Infrastructure Course and Architecture and Urban Design Course. Environmental and Infrastructure Course aims to educate specialists for designing, building and managing roads, bridges, airports, harbors, dams and sewerage systems considering the harmony with natural environment. Architecture and Urban Design Course aims to train the specialists for planning and designing buildings, communities and cities.

These two courses will provide you with a sound understanding of basic knowledge of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and current engineering practice and architecture design. Students will develop skills through design projects, internships and researches for graduation thesis.

2.History

The Department of Civil Engineering had been established in 1970. In 1980s, Japanese economy rapidly expanded and developed, and there was a demand of more civil engineers at that time. Under this kind of circumstance, a sister department named Department of Construction Engineering had been created, and the number of students had been double with a total number of yearly enrollment of 80 students (now it is 90). In 1997, the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Construction Engineering had been combined to form a new Department of Civil Engineering. In 2006, two educational courses, namely Environmental and Infrastructure Course and Architecture and Urban Design Course, had been introduced.

Another historical event of the department is the establishment of the Institute of Lowland Technology (ILT) in 1991. Saga University locates on a typical lowland area with an elevation of about 2 m. ILT had been established for developing techniques to solve the civil engineering problems under lowland environment. Initially, ILT had 3 staffs and it expanded to 5 staffs in 2001. Although officially, ILT is not under the Department of Civil Engineering, all staffs of ILT fully participant the education and research activities of the department.


3.Education Principles

(1) Education and research areas
(a)Infrastructure designing, constructing and managing.
(b)Community and city planning and environment managing.
(c) Building and community designing, living space designing.
To be a specialist in above three areas, the basic knowledge of mathematics, information technology, structural, soil and hydraulic mechanics, specific knowledge of structural, geotechnical, water and city planning engineering and architecture as well as the understanding of earth environment are required. Furthermore, since the most civil engineering and architecture projects need term-works, the abilities of communication and presentation, and high level of culture are essential.

(2) Specialists will be educated
(a) Environmental and Infrastructure Course:
Professional engineers for designing, constructing and managing of infrastructure projects, and specialists for environment preservations.
(b) Architecture and Urban Design Course:
Professional architects and community and city designers (planner).