Kyoto Institute of Technology
We are becoming a core engineering school that attracts leading researchers, business people and engineers. These persons are coming from around Japan and from countries all over the world to engage in engineering research, industry and education. On our campus, they can make use of our Open Resources (intellectual, human and physical resources). Together we are developing innovations and forming an Asian Hub of a global network. We are training sophisticated engineers (Tech Leaders) who can lead and contribute to the globalization of the industrial infrastructure in all countries, and in Japanese communities.
Two Keystone Visions
Training "Tech Leaders"
In order to perform as a leader of globalization, in addition to specialized knowledge and skills, Tech Leaders must further enhance the three abilities of leadership, the willingness, communication skills and aptitude to lead, a solid Japanese identity; the grounds for originality and the command of a foreign language. With this vision, we define personnel who have all these abilities as "Tech Leaders" and work to produce human resources with these ideal qualities.
The formation of an Asian Hub
KIT is implementing strategic globalization in the areas of design and architecture, fibrous materials and macromolecular science, and green innovation; our characteristic strengths. By further promoting university-wide globalization strategies, we aim to gain global recognition as a top university in Asia in the above areas by 2024 and to become an Asian Hub international research network.
Our goals up to 2023
Enhancing our Curriculum
We have begun the implementation of a Joint Degree Program with Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
We are implementing an English training program and aim to have 50% of undergraduate students and 80% of graduate students achieving TOEIC® scores of 730 or more.
We are conducting classes to train Tech Leaders in expertise, leadership, foreign language, management ability, and intercultural awareness.
We are sending students on global internships. Our goal is to send 40% of graduate students abroad under this program.
We are creating global courses that allow students to graduate by studying solely in a non-Japanese language.
In order to enable students to study abroad more easily, we are implementing a six-year comprehensive education program consisting of a 3-year bachelor's degree and a 3-year master's degree. We are also expanding our quarter system.
Producing globally active human resources
We developed a program to dispatch our faculty and staff overseas to improve Japanese professors' ability to teach in English and strengthen cooperation with overseas universities.
We are inviting international overseas researcher units and providing educational opportunities for students to come in contact with the world's most advanced research results by holding joint workshops and other activities.
We are promoting the internationalization of administrative staff and aim to have 30% of staff achieve TOEIC® scores of 730 or more.
Strengthening our Asian Hub Presence, Facilities and Diversity
We have established a Global Commons, an area for multilingual and multicultural learning where any topic may be discussed. Overseas and Japanese students interact regularly.
We have created a "Tech Salon" space for personnel exchange with researchers worldwide, lecturers, regional companies and more, to make intellectual resources available to the community.
We are establishing overseas offices.
(Photo: Kyoto Institute of Technology Chiang Mai University Office)