Message from president

  • President:Kiyotaka MORISAKOPresident:Kiyotaka MORISAKO

Kyoto Institute of Technology is an international engineering and design university in Kyoto, Japan. It is important to note that our city’s history and culture are known worldwide and that while Kyoto is the birthplace of the essence of Japanese culture, it is also a center of manufacturing. Kyoto’s “technicians” have a long history of producing and refining many “things.” Traditional craftsmanship is not only passed down from one generation to the next, it has been further honed and refined through the constant creation of new techniques and innovations, gaining credibility both at home and abroad. Kyoto pride as a former miyako (capital) has made this possible. People in this city consistently strive to enrich their lives through social innovation. This is also our mission at Kyoto Institute of Technology. We apply the Kyoto approach to our engineering research and education, and nurture innovation, calling this, “Kyoto Thinking.”
We are cultivating more than just engineers. Our alumni are highly specialized technicians who graduate with knowledge and skill in science and engineering at a level that enables them to successfully lead a range of projects aimed at resolving global socio-industrial issues. We refer to these people-oriented specialists as “Tech Leaders.” To assure that our graduates meet this high standard, they must master the four competencies of professional skills, leadership, foreign language skills, and cultural identity. In addition, our educational programs reinforce these competencies in all six majors of the undergraduate School of Science and Technology, as well as in the fourteen master’s degree and eight doctoral degree majors of our Graduate School of Science and Technology.
We are practicing “Design Thinking.” In emphasizing collaborative research and education through industry-academia cooperation and cooperation among academic disciplines, we define design in the broad sense of “that which leads to the solution of a problem.” Design thinking at KIT encompasses the entire process from planning a solution to proposing a prototype. Our orientation toward social innovation and resolutions to related technological development issues cannot be achieved through specialized research alone. Collaboration among a wide range of disciplines is essential. To fulfill this need we established the Kyoto Design Lab as a base for collaborative activities with such actors as the world’s leading designers, researchers from foreign universities, and R&D engineers from business and industry. Of course, students also participate in these projects. Already, a number of projects have been developed and solutions achieved. In addition, we offer a Design-centric Engineering Program (dCEP). This cross-disciplinary graduate program includes industry-university collaboration and fosters advanced level Tech Leaders by focusing on industry-university collaboration. Our New Materials Innovation Lab and Green Innovation Lab promote and develop research involving industry-university, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
We are contributing to regional communities through a cross-disciplinary Regional Revitalization Tech Program developed at our northern Kyoto Fukuchiyama Campus. Our Kyotango Campus and Ayabe Community Cooperation Center in Ayabe City in northwest Kyoto prefecture are also contributing to global connections and regional revitalization.
We welcome you to join us and participate in the new wave of design and engineering innovation we are sending from Kyoto to the world.

1952 Born in Onomichi city, Hiroshima prefecture
Graduated Kyoto Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of
Graduated Kyoto Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Engineering and Design, Architecture Course
Kyoto University, Faculty of Engineering, Research student
Kyoto University, Ph.D. in Engineering
2000 Kyoto Institute of Technology, Professor
2012 Kyoto Institute of Technology, Trustee & Vice President
2018 Kyoto Institute of Technology, President