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The Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering, comprising 7 divisions  and 15 research laboratories, was formed in 2003 in a reorganization that involved the integration of the former Department of Civil Engineering, engineering science and other research areas of the former Department of Global Environment Engineering, and the former Department of Earth Resources Engineering and the addition of cooperating divisions in the Disaster Prevention Research Institute and Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies. Subsequently, the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies cooperating division was split off in 2005 and endowed chairs were added in 2007 and 2008, resulting in a departmental structure of eight divisions in sixteen research areas.

The former Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Civil System Engineering were the successors of the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Kyoto Science and Technology, Kyoto Imperial University, founded in 1897. At the beginning, the Department of Civil Engineering consisted of three divisions. After the establishment, its academic content has gradually widespread and expanded to eight in 1956 and twelve divisions in 1974. The Department of Transportation Engineering, forerunning research in Japan, comprising six divisions, was founded in 1963. In 1996, the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Transportation Engineering were reorganized and the Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Civil System Engineering were founded. In 2003, the Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering was formed into the present form after the reorganization of the Departments of Civil, Civil System, Global Environmental, and Earth Resources Engineering.

The former Department of Earth Resources Engineering was the successor of the Department of Mining and Metallurgy, founded with four divisions in 1898, a year after the establishment of the Department of Civil Engineering. In 1942 the Department of Mining and Metallurgy, which had expanded to nine divisions for responding to the needs of the times, was split into two independent departments,  the Department of Mining and Department of Metallurgy, and the Department of Mining (the predecessor of the Department of Resources Engineering), comprising six divisions. The Department of Mining was renamed the Department of Mineral Sciences and Engineering in 1964 and, in 1996, was reorganized as five research divisions of the Department of Earth Resources Engineering and three research divisions in the newly established Graduate School of Energy Science.

Chronology

1897

Kyoto Imperial University, the College of Science and Technology,Department of Civil Engineering is founded, comprising three Divisions.

1898

Kyoto Imperial University, the College of Science and Technology, Department of Mining and Metallurgy is founded, comprising four Divisions.

1914

The College of Science and Technology is split into the Colledge of Science and the College of Engineering.

1919

The College of Engineering is reorganized into the Faculty of Engineering of Kyoto Imperial University.

1942

The Department of Mining and Metallurgy is reorganized.

The Department of Mining and Metallurgy is split into the Department of Mining (the predecessor of the Department of Earth Resources Engineering, comprising six Divisions) and the Department of Metallurgy.

1956

The Department of Civil Engineering expands to comprise eight Divisions.

1964

The name of the Department of Mining is changed to the Department of Mineral Sciences and Engineering.

1974

The Department of Civil Engineering expands to comprise twelve Divisions.

1991

The Department of Global Environment Engineering is newly established within the Graduate School of Engineering.

1996

A reorganization involving the establishment of graduate schools takes place and the Department of Civil Engineering is reformed.

The Department of Mineral Sciences and Engineering becomes the Graduate School of Engineering Department of Earth Resources Engineering, comprising three Divisions active in five research areas. (part of the Department of Mineral Sciences and Engineering becomes the Graduate School of Energy Science.)

2003

In a reorganization, the Department of Civil Engineering, the Department of Global Environment Engineering, part of the Department of Earth Resources Engineering, and cooperating chairs from the Disaster Prevention Research Institute and the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies are combined and the Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering is founded, comprising seven Divisions and fifteen active research areas.

2005

The Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering changes to a structure of six Divisions active in fourteen research areas.

2007

The JAPEX Energy Resources Engineering Chair (endowed division) is established, and the organization is expanded to seven Divisions in fifteen active research areas.

2008

The Infrastructure Safety Engineering (JR West) Divisions (endowed division) is established, and the organization is expanded to eight Divisions in sixteen active research areas.

2009

Cooperating chairs from the Academic Center for Compuuting and Media Studies (Computational Engineering division) are combined, and the organization is expanded to ninth Divisions in seventeen active research areas.

2010

The organization is expanded to eleven Divisions in twenty-five active research areas.