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

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.

History

April 1, 1962 National Institute of Technology Suzuka College is established (Starting with three Departments of Mechanical engineering, Electrical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry).
April 1, 1966 The Department of Metallurgical Engineering is established.
April 1, 1986 The Department of Metallurgical Engineering is reorganized as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
April 1, 1989 The Department of Electronic and Information Engineering is established.
June 5, 1990 International Academic Exchange Agreement is concluded with Ohio State University (USA).
October 9, 1991 International Academic Exchange Agreement concluded with the Georgian College (Canada).
April 1, 1993 The Advanced Courses (Advanced Electronic and Mechanical Engineering Course and Advanced Applied Chemistry and Material Engineering Course) are established.
April 1, 1997 The Department of Industrial Chemistry is reorganized as the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, starting with two courses of Bio Chemistry and Applied Chemistry.
April 1, 2002 The Joint Research & Development Promotion Center starts.
April 1, 2003 The Department of Electric Engineering is reorganized as the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
April 1, 2004 The transfer of jurisdiction takes place from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to the National Institute of Technology.
May 10, 2004 The engineer educational program “Complex Production System Engineering” is accredited by the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE).
March 20, 2006 The standard for evaluating the National Institute of Technology is accredited by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education.
April 18, 2006 International Academic Exchange Agreement concluded with Changzhou College of Information Technology (China).
April 1, 2007 The General Education Courses are reorganized as Culture Refinement Education.
November 3, 2012 The 50th Anniversary Ceremony is held.
November 26, 2012 A memorandum is signed with the School/ Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University regarding the agreement for exchange of education and study and assignment of trainees.
March 27, 2013 The standard for evaluating the National Institute of Technology is accredited by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education.
April 1, 2017 The Advanced Courses (Advanced Electronic and Mechanical Engineering Course and Advanced Applied Chemistry and Material Engineering Course) are reorganized into one Advanced Course (Advanced Engineering Course of Science and Technology for Innovation).