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About the Kashiwa Campus

Background of the Kashiwa Campus

As the third campus after the Hongo campus and the Komaba campus, the Kashiwa campus is undertaking construction with a view to new development in the 21st Century in accordance with the University of Tokyo’s “tripolar structure” concept.
The Hongo campus, which formed the university’s disciplinary pole in traditional academic fields during the 120 years since its founding, and the Komaba campus, which formed a new inter-disciplinary pole combining those individual disciplines over the 50 years since WWII, have inherited and deepened their respective academic traditions. Now the Kashiwa campus will be newly added as a transdisciplinary pole aimed at the fundamental reorganization of disciplinary structures going all the way back to the framework of knowledge.

Aiming for “adventures in knowledge”, the Kashiwa campus has started a range of new initiatives. In this century, creating new knowledge is the most important issue facing the world. In order to renovate the structure of knowledge creation in Japan and to lead the world in academic research, Japan’s universities must undertake adventures in knowledge, or to put it another way, we must create new academic fields.

The Kashiwa campus has already begun gathering departments with a view to creating new academic fields. The Graduate School of Frontier Sciences will develop the six new academic domains of materials, information, energy, complexity, life science, and environment, while the Institute for Solid State Physics will pursue basic research into the solid-state devices that form the basis of today’s electronics society, looking more profoundly into the various properties of a range of materials. The Institute for Cosmic Ray Research and the Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering will pursue the origins of space and physical matter through the research of cosmic rays. Other departments include the Center for Spatial Information Science, the High Temperature Plasma Center, the Center for Climate System Research, the Kashiwa Branch of the Environmental Science Center, and the Kashiwa Library.

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