NEW March 12, 2018
Our Kyoto location is vital to the design, science and engineering programs at Kyoto Institute of Technology. This thousand-year capital of Japan lead many developments in Japanese culture and the production and refinement of traditional craft. The inherited traditions and techniques, and the culture that enabled Kyoto’s artisans to rise to high levels of expertise are contributing to novel technological innovation today. At KIT, we benefit from this heritage of Kyoto wisdom and tradition as we innovate for positive social and environmental change by being acutely attuned to feedback. We consistently verify the influences and consequences of the technology we make available to the public and the products we create and develop to improve people’s lives. Our mission is to model our research and education on the accumulated wisdom and influence of Kyoto, a city that has passed the test of time.
What kind of human resources are required to achieve this? At KIT, it is not enough to train experts and technicians. Our graduates become “Tech Leaders” who demonstrate leadership built on a solid grounding in the fundamental knowledge and skills of their area. They are required to acquire the ability to lead various projects to success. To that end, all students complete four educational programs to insure they develop a solid cultural identity, a competency in specialized skills, leadership skills and the ability to lead and manage a project in a foreign language. We reliably graduate Tech Leaders from our six undergraduate, fourteen master’s and eight doctoral programs.
We also encourage students in all programs to practice design thinking. Social innovation cannot be realized only through specialized research. Students must breach the borders of their academic discipline and communicate across majors. A multidisciplinary approach is essential to addressing the issues that face the world today. However, simply blending majors will not provide solutions in itself. We must consider how this fusion can best spur innovation. We must introduce design, in its broadest sense, as a means to derive solutions. To put this into practice, we have established the KYOTO Design Lab, a center for collaboration among KIT and top world designers and architects. Here, ideas are already being developed and successfully applied to issues. This methodology is being adopted university wide as we introduce design thinking into textile and polymer research, green innovation research, advanced insect research, and other areas.
Collaboration is essential to the expansion of university-wide design thinking. At KYOTO Design Lab, international collaboration has already produced a number of significant achievements. Collaboration at the local level is underway as well. As regards community and business, KIT now has a cross-sectoral Regional Revitalization Tech Program at our northern Kyoto Fukuchiyama campus where organic collaboration among KIT, Kyotango, and Ayabe is making promising headway.
From Kyoto to the world! The ripple effect of Kyoto Institute of Technology is about to be felt in the realm of novel science and engineering innovation. We are driven to achieve our goals.
|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|