Foundation Background and History of National Institute of Technology, Suzuka College

 NITTA Yasutsugu, President
NITTA Yasutsugu, President

The system of National Colleges of Technology was established in April 1962 to foster promising engineers who will contribute to the development of Japanese industry. The Colleges of Technology are among Japan's higher educational institutions and conduct practical and professional engineering education based on a five-year integrated system with the general learning and specialized learning organized systematically. The National Institute of Technology,Suzuka College (NIT,Suzuka College) was one of the first 12 colleges of technology established in Japan. It initially consisted of 3 departments: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering (currently Electrical and Electronic Engineering), and Industrial Chemistry (currently Chemistry and Biochemistry). Now, with the establishment of two additional departments, Metal Engineering (currently Materials Science and Engineering) and Electronic and Information Engineering, it has been expanded to 5 departments. The number of students is 40 people in each grade of each department. Graduates play important roles in society as engineers, researchers and business managers, and have achieved outstanding reputations in both the educational and industrial worlds.

To remain competitive in the ever-advancing field of technology, The NSCT, the "Advanced Engineering Faculty", was established in 1993 in order to provide a five-year program with an additional 2 years of professional education. Students are cultivated to be creative and practical engineers in broader fields who thereby acquire expertise in technology development. After completing the five-year associate degree course, students can go on to a two-year advanced course, or transfer to a university and receive a bachelor’s degree. That is why the Colleges of Technology are recognized as institutions that are equal to engineering colleges.

In April 2004, Colleges of Technology underwent an organizational change. They are no longer under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology; the "Institute of National Colleges of Technology, Japan." was established as a single legal entity to organize them.