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Greetings from the President


President:
ITOMURA, Shosuke

Japan entered a so-called high growth period in the latter half of 1950's, and birthed out of that was a remarkable economic development and advancement in the science and technology field. Therefore, the system of the colleges of technology was created in 1962 since a strong demand for highly trained engineers that supported the economic growth corresponding to the advancement of the science and technology originated from the industrial world. The unique feature of the colleges of technology is the acceptance of graduates from lower secondary schools into a five year program for consistent education to obtain highly trained engineers.

At the turning point of 40 years since the system was developed, Okinawa National College of Technology opened as the 55th national college of technology. In April 2004, the new college built on the hills of Henoko, Nago City, accepted the first year students in the four departments of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Information and Communication Systems Engineering, Media Information Engineering and Bioresourses Engineering. We are at the cutting edge of progress while this April, we started our 2nd year with 73 faculty members (112 by the completion year of 2008).

Engineers who have high standards, special qualities and overflow with creativity are being requested by the various circles, and great expectations are drawn to Okinawa National College of Technology in this prefecture which aims at developing an independent economy.

Promoting to establish a college, rooted in the local society, where each student has solid skills as an engineer and their future dreams can become true, the college aims for goals at contributing to the promotion and development of Okinawa through education and research with the idea of human resources development of working internationally, and accomplishing the following educational philosophy and goal.

Colleges of Technology System

The colleges of technology were first established in 1962 to meet a strong request from industry for engineers who were able to deal with the advanced industrial technology resulting from Japan's remarkable progress in science and technology and high rate of economic growth in the mid-1950's.

At present there are a total of sixty-three colleges of technology throughout Japan: fifty-five national (forty-seven industrial, three radio wave, five maritime), five public and three private. From April 1st, 2004, the fifty-five national colleges of technology are now under the establishment of the Institute of National Colleges of Technology, Japan.

The colleges of technology, a unique type of high-level educational facilities, accept graduates of lower secondary schools and provide five years of consistent technical education, equivalent to three years in high school and two years in college. The emphasis of the educational program is on carrying out experiments and practical training along with the theoretical basis in a small-size class with more personal instruction to get the creative engineering ability, which is highly evaluated from industry.

 Students are granted the title of associate degree upon graduation. Graduates of the colleges find their job in industry or government and other public offices with the employment rate of almost 100%. Graduates are also eligible to enroll in a two-year advanced course at colleges of technology or transfer to other universities. Students who have completed studies in the advanced course and who have also fulfilled specific requirements set by the National Institution for Academic Degrees are eligible to receive a bachelor's degree by applying to the institute.

History

Okinawa National College of Technology, strongly requested by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, concerning local government offices, and industries, was established in October, 2002. After the completion of the first stage construction on January 28, 2004, the college accepted 175 students holding its first entrance ceremony on April 10, 2004.

1997
January 22Request for establishment of a national college of technology from the Okinawa Prefectural Government by a project team conference on Okinawa policies that was held in Okinawa
1999
August 11Request letter submitted on early establishment of a national college of technology by Governor Inamine
September 27Henoko District, Nago, recommended and requested the candidate site for establishment of a national college of technology by Governor Inamine
December 28"Policies on Promotion of Northern Area of Okinawa Prefecture," including certain realization of establishment of a national college of technology decided by cabinet
2000
March 1Preparation survey office on founding a national college of technology (Okinawa) established at the University of the Ryukyus
March 17Survey committee on founding a national college of technology (Okinawa) established
April 1Preparation committee on founding a national college of technology (Okinawa) established
August 10Submission of Interim Report to the Ministry of Education on founding a National College of Technology (Okinawa) submitted
2001
April 20Education method and curriculum subcommittee under preparation committee on founding a National College of Technology (Okinawa) established
July 27Necessary land acquisition for establishing a National College of Technology (Okinawa) requested
2002
January 24Faculty selection subcommittee under the preparation committee on founding a National College of Technology (Okinawa) established
April 10Act for the incorporation for national schools revised
June 5Final repot to the Ministry of Education on founding a national college of technology (Okinawa) submitted
October 1Okinawa National College of Technology officially founded (Dept. of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Dept. of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, Dept. of Media Information Engineering. Dep. of Bioresources Engineering)
October 24Symposium for the commemoration of the foundation held
2003
February 27Ground-breaking ceremony held
March 10Entrance briefing for first class of students at Nago Civic Hall held
March 31Office moved to NTT Nago annex in Ohigashi, Nago
2004
January 10Recommended applicants entrance examination held
January 28First stage of construction completed
February 22Regular applicants entrance examination held
March 22Office moved to new building in Henoko
April 10First entrance ceremony accepting 175 students held
April 21Okinawa National College of Technology and cooperation between academic and business circles meeting held
August 2Student council officially started
September 30Final stage construction completed
October 31General assembly of establishing parent-support association with Okinawa National College of Technology held
November 5Commemorative ceremony for completion of construction of Okinawa National College of Technology held
2005
February 2Relief design project dedication held
April 9Second entrance ceremony accepting 164 freshmen held

Policies and Features of Education

Basic Policies of Education

  1. To promote individual characteristics as well as competence and to foster independent-minded spirits and attitudes with cultural enrichment, prompting character formation to become a member of the international society.
  2. To put emphasis on self-learning ability and well-rounded knowledge and technology. As the students develop this development of technology and the industrial structure.

Features

  1. To let students systematically grasp academic concepts based on one hundred minute classes. The students are encouraged to combine the lecture portion and experiments for the development of independent thinking and to actively participate in class.
  2. To put emphasis on English education. Through variety of materials such as utilization of the CALL lab and the new teaching method of extensive reading and listening, students aim to score 400 points on the TOEIC test upon graduating from the college.
  3. To introduce one of the following three PBL methods in every subject for students to actively participate in class. Through this method students will develop problem-solving, self-learning, communication, presentation, individual or team-work, and leadership abilities.
    1. PBL 1 (Process-based Learning): To foster the ability to link understanding of basic knowledge and to apply that ability to other concepts.
    2. PBL 2 (Problem-based Learning) : To foster problem-solving and integrating abilities in a wide capacity.
    3. PBL 3 (Project-based Learning) : To foster creative ability.
  4. To promote active business-academia collaboration both in education and research the college will have visiting instructors from various industries for the Industry Creation Seminar course and students will take field trips and complete internships at those various industries.
  5. To promote effective education students from all four departments will have combined classes in the first and second years.
  6. To have a dormitory where peer counseling and advising takes place to learn basic attitudes and develop socializing skills. It is mandatory to live in the dormitory for first and second-year students with the third-year and up being optional.

Departments

Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering

Mechanical engineering is important in the education and research field to produce all industrial products like robots, automobiles and aircrafts. Mechanical engineers have played an important role in the manufacturing of products in the all industrial fields. The Department aims to cultivate students as engineers and researchers, who have creative abilities and practical competence to resolve the problems in the various fields of engineering. For this purpose, our department places great importance on educating basic theories in design, manufacturing, development and creation in mechanical engineering, and training each student to have independent learning skills.

More details...

See website (only in Japanese) and catalog (p.3-4)[PDFPDF 101KB]

Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering

The rapid development and the widespread popularization of computers, the Internet, and cellular phones exert a great influence on social life. The computer hardware and software technology become the foundation of every industry. Students are trained to become engineers with creative and practical skills in the field of information and communication. To accomplish the department goal students study: (1) hardware and software design technology for computers (2) communication and network technology for the Internet and cellular phones (3) integrated circuit design technology.

More details...

See website (only in Japanese) and catalog (p.5-6)[PDFPDF 233KB]

Department of Media Information Engineering

Information like energy is essential for today's society. We transfer information to others through various media such as voice, characters, pictures and so on. The rapid development and integration of information processing and communication technologies have enabled us to treat different types of media en masse and to hold enormous amounts of information in common on a global scale through digitizing information. Aiming at bringing up engineers in multimedia-related industries, the department provides the following education: (1) Multi-media representation and digitally processing of information, (2) Software and hardware technology supporting computer systems which process multimedia information, and (3) Structures and security of the Internet, and broadband that is ubiquitous communication technology.

More details...

See website (only in Japanese) and catalog (p.7-8)[PDFPDF 243KB]

Department of Bioresources Engineering

Situated in Okinawa, an oceanic, subtropical climate, the Department aims to cultivate a mind for life science and technology, which also extends and conserves the geographical advantage. Our curriculum is constructed to develop a faculty for practical utilization of bioresources, especially regional ones, including recycling in consideration for the ecology. The subjects in our curriculum cover the three main fields, (1) biotechnology, (2) ecology/microbiology, and (3) food technology.

  1. The biotechnology field is designed to build up the foundation of biology and chemistry as the essentials of life science (physical organic chemistry, bio-organic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical biochemistry, etc.), and to develop the skills for biotechnology, genetic engineering (gene technology, molecular biology, biotechnology, and cytotechnology, etc.).
  2. The ecology/microbiology field is designed for education of theory and practice of microorganism utilization (microbiology and microbial technology). This field also includes such subjects as environmental analysis, environmental science, environmental management, and resource recycling, etc., to educate essentials and practical skills of environmental technology and ecology.
  3. The food technology field is concerned with chemistry, analysis and biological function of food components and their application (foods and physiology), development of food product and food production in industrial scales (functional food technology, food production, and process engineering, etc.).

More details...

See website (only in Japanese) and catalog (p.9-10)[PDFPDF 411KB]

Department of Integrated Arts and Science

In the Department of Integrated Arts and Science students learn in the general subjects through five-year curriculum necessary knowledge and culture as a member of the society. In closely accordance with specialized subjects they are also required to learn scholastic basics common to each department as engineers to cope with rapid changes of the society. For that purpose the spiral curriculums in high schools and universities are avoided and the progressive differentiation and hierarchical curriculums through five years are selected. Foreign language education is emphasized in consideration of global society. In English education extensive reading and listening lessons are done based on SSS (Start with Simple Stories) to acquire steady basic English skills. In Japanese language education students learn to logically analyze sentences and express themselves. They are also required to learn communication ability necessary to engineers who work internationally. In natural science and mathematicsstudents learn to apply basic theories to specialized subjects.

More details...

See website and catalog (p.11-12)[PDFPDF, 209KB]