Special graduate program [Infrastructure]



Civil engineering has been contributed to the social infrastructure development, pursuing the creation of advanced civilization and rich, affluent daily life. Highways, high speed railways, and airport facilities dramatically shortened time and distance in most of the developed countries. Furthermore, check dams (Sabo dams), embankments, breakwaters have been making people’s life safer and more secure. On the other hand, with prompt Internet communication nowadays, internationalization, fluctuation of population, and increasing demand for ecology and safety are greatly changing social structure. Under this current of the times, the role of civil engineering is more extending in international community.

The department of Civil Engineering in Yokohama National University adapts to the current situation and has been contributing to the society through a wide range of research on developing social infrastructure, operation and maintenance, disaster prevention, nature conservation, co-existence with environment and the several support for projects in developing countries.

In the educational field, based on the study of civil engineering and environmental engineering, we are aiming to develop the human resources who highly possess ability of logical thinking and management which are required in the society. Students will also study civil engineering-related fields such as sociology, political science, public administration, international development studies, and area studies. In this way, we are training engineers, planners and researchers who can lead their home countries from a broad perspective regarding hardware and software.

Especially for international students, we are offering meaningful learning opportunities through ‘Co-education of Japanese students’ and ‘Practical Education in Studio’, and ‘Extensive English curriculum’.

History of our department

The Department of Civil Engineering was established in 1978 and has since awarded approximately 600 bachelor's degrees. The majority of the graduates have played leading roles in various fields of civil engineering. The faculty members of the Department were officially reorganized into the Institute of Urban Innovation. The Institute has currently forty faculty members in total. The faculty staffs in our Institute also includes research associates, technicians, practical engineers, and architects. The Institute provides independent educational courses corresponding to each department. A total of about 700 undergraduate students are enrolled in the Institute.