The Graduate School of Science and Technology Research Division is comprised of the Hamamatsu Research Center (Hamamatsu Campus) and the Shizuoka Research Center (Shizuoka Campus). Each research Center houses divisions that specialize in specific fields of research and conduct pioneering research projects stimulated by recent scientific and technological advances.

Efforts have been made to review and restructure the organizations with which professors are affiliated, allowing the department to flexibly and promptly adapt to changes as they occur over time.

Each division works to strengthen the activities of the research department by inviting other university professors whose work is international in scope, as well as outstanding researchers from local companies and other institutions, to serve as guest lecturers. They also strive to engage in flexible organizational management and to conduct timely research activities.

Structure of the Science and Technology Research Division

Hamamatsu Research Center
(Hamamatsu Campus)
Shizuoka Research Center
(Shizuoka Campus)
Nanovision Science Section
Optoelectronic Science Section
Informatics Section
Nanomaterials Section
Energy System Section
Integrated Bioscience Section
Environmental Science Section
Basic Research Section

Features of the Research Centers

Hamamatsu Research Center

The Hamamatsu region is the birthplace of Japanese venture companies such as Honda and Hamamatsu Photonics; these companies and the university have thrived together because of strong industry-academia partnerships. Today Hamamatsu is recognized as a designated region for promoting the optical technology industry, and as the starting point for innovative industrial activities in the field of optics.

Shizuoka University has strengthened its highly productive industry-academia partnerships and contributed to the local community by establishing a joint innovative research center that integrates those organizations that have engaged in joint research in the past. It has also developed the Hamamatsu Optronics Cluster as part of the intellectual cluster formation project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The decision to have the new graduate school specialize in the field of nanovision science was intended to draw attention to the specific industrial character of the Hamamatsu region and to further strengthen ties between local industry and the education and research activities conducted by the university.

Shizuoka Research Center

An industrial cluster comprising companies involved in food product manufacture, pharmaceuticals, and the agricultural and fishing industries has developed from the central to the eastern part of this region, attracting many large companies to the area. The combination of its well developed transportation infrastructure (facilitated by proximity to the capital) and its natural environment has resulted in Shizuoka Prefecture’s becoming a center for health-related industries, and the Pharma Valley Center and other industrial support systems are an important part of this development.

At Shizuoka Campus, the focus placed on research fields related to the environment, bioscience, and biology has enabled the university, based on its ties with local industries, to serve as a base for promoting the creation of cutting-edge bio-industries and as an international center for biosciences. The goal of establishing this focus for the campus was to contribute to efforts to promote local industrial activities.