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Mission of NIT

Message from the Chairman of the Board

 

With 100 years of tradition,
NIT makes The Future

Akira Yanagisawa
Akira Yanagisawa
These days not only are technologies rapidly changing, but also politics, the economy, and culture are rapidly changing too. As changes in one field affect other fields interactively, it is not easy to predict how society will be shaped in the future. This is especially true in the technology field. Today’s students will need to learn skills that will be applicable for the future.What engineering skills do students need to learn to have a productive life as an engineer? Needless to say, you need to acquire an advanced knowledge of engineering to become a skilled engineer, espe-cially as our technological society is becoming more advanced and complicated. However, it is also important to get practical skills and communication skills to be able to adjust to new changes in society.We aim to educate engineers who have those skills through jitsukogaku,

meaning the dual system of practice and theory. At Nippon Institute Technology we have great facilities to satisfy your enthusiasm.For engineers, communication skills are one of the most important skills to enable cooperation with colleagues in a workplace. In many cases, you need to cooperate with others to complete projects. Also, it is extremely difficult to achieve goals individually. To help you acquire communication skills, we provide particular projects such as kobo projects (workshop educational program) in undergraduate courses, and Project Based Learning in post-graduate courses. We will help you to acquire the necessary skills for you to work in our rapidly transforming technological society.

Message from the President

Developing Engineers for the Future

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President Ken-ichi Narita

Nippon Institute of Technology (NIT) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In 1964, in the midst of the rapid economic growth period of our country, NIT started as the first university in Japan that a technical high school student could enter university via a recommendation system. The spirit of establishing NIT was “to develop talented people that could contribute to the advancement of industrial technology in Japan”. Technical high school graduates took specialized subjects with experiments, practical training, and drafting from their first year, and with learning by this school’s original philosophy of jitsukogaku (practical engineering) where they could use their knowledge from technical high school. We are proud of our many facilities for experiments and practical training, for example, the machine tool group in the Educational Center for Experienced Mechanical Engineers. Nowadays, many universities accept technical high school students. The number of technical high schools are decreasing with changes in social conditions. Therefore, students entering NIT are increasingly from general high schools, and now the ratio is almost half from each.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is pushing forward with the university reform, “practical learning”, so the “practical engineering” policy of NIT has been boosted by it. However, when I consider that society will change rapidly in the future, we cannot survive only with the strength of technical expertise alone. “Practical learning” is understood as “useful learning”, but to begin with the word “useful” includes large ambiguity. In judging whether practical learning is useful or not, a “judgment value” of what to prioritize always accompanies it. The judgment is: How useful is it?; Who is it useful for?; How long is it evaluated for?; Are all aspects evaluated?; Are there any unintended effects?

Where and how will the abilities of students be useful in the future? They will be increasingly required to be engineers who can understand both time (history) and place (cultural place).
It is from such a background that we are trying to put more emphasis on a holistic education, while still maintaining our high standard of technical specialties.

We are quickly pushing forward with education reform. From 2014 we have added a subject called ‘First Year Experience’, covering areas such as writing for first year students. In technical high schools, the number of class hours for mathematics and English are decreasing in order to concentrate on practical learning. Therefore, we think there are areas where student knowledge is insufficient for the understanding of their basic subjects, so the curriculum of NIT has been made to compensate for that. Our belief is “they could not do it, because they had no opportunity to learn”. Currently as students entering NIT diversify, we are evolving the curriculum depending on the achievement level of each student. Our program clearly shows the appropriate goals according to student level giving the students the opportunity to keep learning until they understand. Through such programs, we add value for the students, which leads to quality assurance of the graduates.

The greatest purpose of the education reform is to change the students into an autonomous learners, voluntarily learning according to their own curiosity. At NIT, our classes have active learning and Project Based Learning at NIT, but education does not have an “all-around prescription”. The moment when a switch is turned on is different for each person. It is key for our university to promote educational reform appropriately, not only by educational reforms adhering to methodology, but also by identifying what is necessary for each and every student in front of us. It is also essential for all our teachers to have good teaching abilities. Therefore, in the background the university is working on further improving the quality of the faculty members.

Currently, we are promoting the “Sainokuni Renkeiryoku Ikusei Project” to work on regional medical welfare in cooperation with universities in Saitama Prefecture. Students who are learning architecture go to medical welfare facilities and learn what kind of contribution can be made with their skills. The fact that the engineering field is involved in the field of the medical welfare is rare throughout Japan. The person who can’t understand the pain of others cannot create true innovation in the true sense of the meaning. The role of engineering still has infinite possibilities towards an ageing society.

NIT will continue its evolution of further deepening students’ practical engineering skills, which educates engineers who have become accustomed to studying autonomously, thus becoming “engineers who are life-long learners ” who can propose original ideas in their specialized fields.

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Dr. Eng. Hiroshima University, Environmental Engineering
Urban climatology

History

 
 
100 years of practical learning: a history of joy in manufacturing

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