Dean's Message


Dean of the School of Science

OHKOSHI Shin-ichi

Dean of the School of ScienceProfessor

Shin-ichi Ohkoshi has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry in the School of Science at the University of Tokyo since 2006. He has served as visiting professors at the Université de Paris VI and the Université de Bordeaux in France, and at Durham University in England, and as a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. He currently serves as the project officer of the Japan Science and Technology Agency SPRING GX project, director of the International Research Laboratory of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, and as a visiting professor at the University of Manchester in England. He received his undergraduate degree from Sophia University in 1989 and completed his doctoral studies in science at Tohoku University in 1995.

Elucidating the Laws of Nature

The goal of science is to elucidate the laws of nature. It seeks to unravel the mysteries of nature that remain unsolved and to provide satisfactory answers. It is an epic adventure with endless challenges and joys. Here in the School of Science, we provide a venue for you to satisfy your intellectual curiosity and spirit of inquiry, and to share your discoveries with the world.

Science is also the cornerstone of civilization’s prosperity. Scientists observe the far reaches of space and ponder the origin of the universe to explore the mysteries of life. They derive the unknown physical laws of nature and create never-before-seen new materials. It is truly an exciting field of endeavor, and scientific discoveries and ingenuity have greatly enriched our lives.

The logical thinking skills you develop in the School of Science will give you the ability to solve the problems facing humanity. A scientific approach will be effective for addressing the challenging problems we face today, such as the urgent issue of global warming. Your studies in the School of Science will provide you with the ability to make a significant contribution to society.

Exploration of science  

※Year of 2023
​Photography: Junichi Kaizuka
Illustration revised: Azsusa Suzuki