Message from the President
Goals for KIT
In April 2016, Satoshi Osawa became the university president. He set a goal for the realization of “co-creation education capable of producing innovative design that spans generations, disciplines and cultures". Currently, he has plans to re-implement various policies.
Co-creation education that spans generations, disciplines and cultures
KIT practices co-creation education centered on project design that spans generations, disciplines and cultures.
Our active, open campus is capable of competing on the world stage. It's a place where students realize their dreams and visions, actively tackling intellectual creation activities.
Co-creation education that spans generations
Engineers' activities in society are performed in cooperation with various generations. Due to this, KIT will expand co-creation learning with working adults from FY2016, and will promote exchange that spans generations.
For our project design education, we will develop social cooperation programs that span generations through cooperation with the local region and collaborative research within and outside of the university.
We will collaborate with the local region through our Design Project III (4th-year graduation research) and graduate school research and we will further deepen our cooperation with the education-focused University COC Project and the COI Project, which, as a central base for national innovate creation, focuses on the application of composite materials to social infrastructure.
Various people from the local region and company engineers will participate in education and research, and our students will mix with many people, regardless of generation, gaining deep knowledge and increasing their communication and innovative creation skills.
Co-creation education spanning disciplines
In society there are many instances where issues, from technical tasks to science ethics, stretch across many disciplines, and efforts beyond one's field of study are demanded. KIT is strengthening the fusion of differing disciplines of study and enhancing the integration of foundation research and product development research, building an academic tradition and system of constant innovative creation.
Establishment of cluster research offices
Unlike individual office layouts, we will establish integrated cluster research offices centered on project design education, from undergraduate to graduate level. In these offices, collaboration on various social issues will take place. Furthermore, the establishment of cross-discipline graduate schools and research offices is also advancing, and we will promote our industry-academic collaborative research.
Full-scale application of an E-syllabus specifying relevance between the regular curriculum and multi-discipline extracurricular projects
From FY2016, an E-syllabus that specifies the relevance between regular curriculum subjects and over 100 extracurricular projects will be put into full operation. Due to the ability to combine a great variety of regular curriculum and extracurricular projects, optimal curriculums for each and every student can be made a reality.
Fellow students teaching each other
Students' knowledge and skills form the foundation of innovative creation. At KIT, in addition to flipped classrooms and ICT education, a KIT-unique active learning initiative, in which fellow students teach each other, will be established and introduced to all courses starting with new students of FY2016.
Construction of an innovation creation model in collaboration with SRI, the world's peak research and development institution
From FY2014, KIT has implemented Innovation Strength education in collaboration with SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) in the USA, a world leader in innovation. An innovation creation model adopting SRI's practical theory of creating innovation with high customer-value was constructed, and is being used in graduate school education.
Co-creation education spanning cultures
From FY2016 KIT will run parts of its basic subjects in the Professional Program and Design Project subjects in English, and in FY2020 approximately 50% of all subjects will be administered in technical English. We will enrich our overseas internships, while advancing the development of courses for joint degrees with our partner institution, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA).
We have been advancing our cooperation with Asian universities since FY2014, and are aiming to become a global base for the social innovation program "Learning Express", in which students form multi-national teams with students from overseas, and work together to solve real regional issues.
Furthermore, by advancing the overseas dissemination of our project design education, we will transform from a campus that accomplishes globalization by going abroad, to one where many people from around the world who seek value through collaboration and co-creation will gather, and where dreams and visions are realized. People from differing cultures will deepen their mutual understanding, and we will build an educational research system that cultivates strength through cooperation.