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About UEC

From the President

Takashi FUKUDA

The origins of the university go back to 1918, when the Technical Institute for Wireless-Communications was founded by Wireless Association to train wireless communications engineers. In 1949, under the new system of education established by the National School Establishment Act, the institute was transformed into the University of Electro-Communications. This name is the only name of a national university with an undergraduate department that does not include the university's location. The lack of a location in the name is the result of the founders' aspiration to create a university that would be open to all of Japan.

Because of the purpose of the university's founding and its name, one might think that the university narrowly specializes in electricity and communication, but the university expanded its areas of specialization in the midst of Japan's rapid economic growth and the development of an advanced information society that occurred at the same time as that growth. Now, while the university still maintains information, electricity, and communication as its core areas of study, it also engages in a wide range of education and research that covers the fundamentals and application of areas such as physical engineering, materials science, life science, optical science, electronics, robotics, mechanical engineering, media, and the like.

The university's fundamental mission is to create and apply knowledge and technology that will contribute to the sustained development of humanity. Our vision for how we intend to pursue this mission and the type of university that we want to be in 2018, 100 years after the university's founding, is laid out in UEC Vision 2018—Centennial Challenges. This vision is rooted in the understanding that the sustained development of humanity depends on our ability to break free from the material civilization of the 20th century and achieve a society in which everyone can live fulfilling, purposeful lives, and innovation that prioritizes person-to-person, person-to-nature, person-to-society, and person-to-artifact communication is essential for the achievement of this society. The university refers to the wide range of integrated scientific and technological systems that will create this innovation as “comprehensive communications sciences,” because these systems will seek to understand a wide variety of phenomenon from the perspective of communication, in the broad sense of the term, and solve problems through the comprehensive application of related individual academic disciplines and component technologies. The university intends to use the comprehensive communications sciences as a foundation for engaging in research, training, and social service that will contribute to the society of the 21st century.

Guided by UEC Vision 2018 and the strategies that have been developed for its achievement (borderless knowledge, alliances and cooperation, and openness and transparency), the university is currently engaging in campuswide reforms that include faculty, students, and graduates. We are proud to say that one of the results of these reforms has been our selection by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as one of 19 universities to receive assistance from the ministry as part of its Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities, which seeks to enhance the research capabilities of Japan as a whole by strengthening world-class research universities. However, this selection is also an indication of how much is expected of us and of the fact that we have a responsibility to make even more progress in the years to come. Thus, we will endeavor to further enhance our research and education capabilities.

The university that we have dedicated ourselves to becoming in UEC Vision 2018 is encapsulated in the motto “Unique and Exciting Campus.” We aspire to make the University of Electro-Communications (UEC) a campus where unique students and researchers gather from around the world and are trained to be global leaders in the creation of exciting new knowledge.

About UEC