Educational Objectives of the Academic Foundation Programs

In keeping with the demands of today's society for diversified abilities, these programs aim to help students establish good study habits and self-management skills, and to improve the basic academic skills that will lead to professional skills. Students will study in groups, improve their communication skills, logical thinking, and ability to take action. They will also learn about technological management, and acquire a sense of ethics in order to have successful professional careers in the future. We will produce human resources with "intellect", "sensitivity" and "moral quality".

Program Objectives
Humanities and Social Sciences Program

This program aims to produce human resources with "intellect", "sensitivity" and "moral quality", who have a wide range of general abilities required of engineers (Japanese-language ability, engineers" ethics, knowledge of Japanese culture and history, and of international society, health and physical strength), "KIT IDEALS" (code of conduct) and "KIT Human Power" (adaptability to society). Students will learn basic study rules and acquire basic skills, and then adopt "voluntary, continuous study habits", and improve their self-management skills by means of their "study/career portfolio". We will encourage students to be constantly aware of the plan-do-check-act cycle and their career design.

Keywords: a wide range of general abilities, KIT IDEALS, KIT Human Power, portfolio, career design


English Language Program

We use materials that involve the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and improve students" English ability comprehensively. We aim to improve students" basic English communication skills that are required in daily life, work and research. We also use materials related to today"s business and industry to widen students" perspectives and raise their awareness as members of international society. Students learn how to use dictionaries, analyze sentences and read extensively, thus becoming autonomous English-language learners.

Keywords: academic English, business English, English communication skills, autonomous learners, international society


 Mathematics and Science for Engineering

In order to improve their basic academic skills, which are necessary for "engineers who think and act for themselves," and proceed smoothly to professional fields of study, students learn basic science and mathematics (mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology) and their applications in engineering, science and informatics. Thus, students learn how to use their knowledge, think, reason and create. Also, they learn to be proactive, willing students by studying in advance and reviewing what they have been taught. We help them improve their self-study and self-management skills.

Keywords: basic ability in science and mathematics, logical thinking, self-study, application to professional fields of study


Practical Engineering Education Program

In order to produce "engineers who think and act for themselves", we teach basic knowledge and skills that are common to all fields of study in engineering, so that students will be able to use them in problem solving. Students acquire knowledge and skills with regard to experiments, plan and implement experiments, and improve their observation and thinking skills. They collect information and work collaboratively in groups to present solutions to problems in society, and then verify their effectiveness through experimental methods.

Keywords: problem identification and resolution, self-study, thinking skills, communication