Message from the President

Akira Higuchi, President

~Give “learning” a “shape”~

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Our college opened in 1965 (Showa 40), and with a history of more than half a century, we have cultivated creative engineers who are active in various engineering fields such as mechanical, electrical, electronic, information, and material engineering. The graduates we have sent out have made valuable contributions to society.

A college of technology is a five-year institution of higher education which students enter after graduating from junior high school, in other words, it is the same type of institution as a university. Its most distinctive feature is specialized and practical education from an early stage, with students beginning specialized subjects in their first year, engaging in complex experiments, conducting their own research, and engaging in “manufacturing” and “creating things.” However, students will also thoroughly study general subjects until graduation. Since general subjects and specialized subjects are closely linked over the course of five years, it is possible to provide an education that continues to give shape to “learning” and to train creative engineers with a fundamental knowledge in their field of engineering.

Above all, our college values “social implementation.” All students investigate  real issues faced by companies and the local communities by themselves, use all the knowledge and skills they have learned at their college of technology to create and improve prototypes as a team, and create projects that are actually used in society and receive genuine evaluation from outside. As a core program of the National Institute of Technology related to social implementation education, our college hosts a national contest called the “Social Implementation Education Forum.” It also serves as an educational research center (comprehensive type), equipped with the latest equipment, for the National Institute of Technology. We have established the Education Research Center to promote research and education related to social implementation.

Students who engage in this kind of education at our college are highly valued by society, and this is evidenced by the high job offer ratio of about 20 job openings for each job seeker. Currently, about half of the graduates of our college’s main course are employed in various companies such as machinery, automobiles, IT, and pharmaceuticals, and about half of them transfer to national and public universities or go on to the advanced course at our college.

In addition, our students actively participate in various competitions and show remarkable success. We participate in the College of Technology Robocon (Robot Contest) every year, and we boast the highest number of wins at the College of Technology Procon (Programming Contest) among the colleges of technology. In addition, in 2023, we won 2nd place in the National College of Technology English Presentation Contest, 2nd place in the colleges of technology category (3rd overall) in the NEC Security Skills Challenge for Students 2023, and 3rd place in the Future Convenience Store Contest 2023.  We actively support these and various other contests.

In the future, society will see rapid advances in science and technology, with innovative ideas and technologies creating new worth and industries. In particular, with the remarkable evolution of digital technology, various types of “AI” (artificial intelligence) will be used in society. On the other hand, today’s world faces complex challenges that are difficult to predict, such as climate change, natural disasters, the risk of the spread of infectious diseases, escalating conflicts, changing social order, and widening social and economic disparities. It can be said that we are entering a new era. There is a term called “Deep Tech,” but innovative ideas to solve social issues are all around us, and the protagonists of these innovations are “humans,” not “AI.”

Set your own goals, assemble the knowledge and information necessary to achieve them, appeal to people’s hearts, and act together, rather than relying on what is given to you by “other people” or “AI.” To this end, our students repeatedly give shape to their learning through various opportunities such as experiments, research, projects, and contests. Through this initiative, their learning style will evolve from “giving shape to what they have learned” to “learning on their own in order to give shape to it.”

Our college aims to cultivate outstanding engineers who will carry the future of our country, and all of our faculty and staff will do their best to support our students. We also hope to continue to be a college of technology that is connected to the local community. We ask from parents, local residents, and all concerned, including for the continued understanding and support of the National Institute of Technology, Tokyo College.