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Information about KOSEN-AT

An operating system that supports a inclusive society and grows, step-by-step.

This project is operated by the national college of technology network.
AT-HUBs will be set up at the base schools of each block through the network of national technical colleges to support the formation of a inclusive society.

About the network of national colleges of technology

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KOSEN-AT Participating Schools Block 1
  • Hakodate National College of Technology (1st block AT-HUB)

  • Kushiro National College of Technology

  • Sendai National College of Technology

  • Tomakomai National College of Technology

  • ​Tsuruoka National College of Technology

KOSEN-AT Participating Schools 3rd Block
  • Toyama National College of Technology (3rd block AT-HUB)

  • ​​Fukui National College of Technology

  • Toba National College of Merchant Marine

  • Akashi National College of Technology

KOSEN-AT Participating Schools 5th Block
  • Kumamoto National College of Technology (5th block AT-HUB)

  • Kitakyushu National College of Technology

  • Okinawa National College of Technology

  • Sasebo National College of Technology

  • Oita National College of Technology

KOSEN-AT Participating Schools 2nd Block
  • Nagano National College of Technology (Second Block AT-HUB)

  • Tokyo National College of Technology

  • Kisarazu National College of Technology

Schools Participating in KOSEN-AT Block 4
  • Tokuyama National College of Technology (4th block AT-HUB)

  • Niihama National College of Technology



Would you like to be part of KOSEN-AT?

Would you like to work on regional and social issues by utilizing the technical college network to build a inclusive society?
KOSEN-AT is promoting collaborative research that integrates diverse fields.
We look forward to the participation of researchers from various fields.
If you have any questions or inquiries about participating in KOSEN-AT, please contact Block AT-HUB (GEAR-AT base school).

About the national colleges of technology

(National College of Technology)

Higher education institutions that train practical engineers.

History of establishment

In the latter half of the 1950s, Japan's economic growth was remarkable, and there was a strong demand for the training of engineers who could respond to the further progress of the science and technology that supported it. In 1962, the first national technical colleges (hereinafter referred to as "technical colleges") were established in response to such requests from the industrial world.

Undergraduate and Advanced Courses

Unlike the educational system of universities, technical colleges accept junior high school graduates and provide integrated education for five years (commercial marine technical colleges are five and a half years) in order to cultivate engineers needed by society. , there are 51 national colleges of technology. National colleges of technology have five years of regular courses followed by two years of specialized education.

Education and research

At technical colleges, we aim to provide a broad and rich human education, and provide a well-balanced study of general subjects such as mathematics, English, and Japanese, as well as specialized subjects. It is characterized by providing specialized education that emphasizes experiments and practical training, and is devised so that students can acquire specialized knowledge and skills that are almost equivalent to those at universities. Graduation research, in particular, is aimed at cultivating application skills so that students can be independent as engineers, and has produced high-level research that can be presented at academic conferences.

Operating body/scale

In order to establish and operate national colleges of technology (technical colleges), the Institute of National Colleges of Technology, which is the operating body of national colleges of technology, complies with the Act on General Rules for Independent Administrative Agencies and the Act on the Organization of National Colleges of Technology. was established in 2004 based on ​

  • ​Overview data (as of May 1, 2017)

    • There are 51 national technical colleges and 55 campuses nationwide under the Organization of National Colleges of Technology.

    • Number of students (51,586)

    • Number of administrative staff (1,743)

    • Number of technical staff (704)​

    • Number of faculty members (3,778)

  • Consistent professional education for 5 years (5 and a half years for the Department of Merchant Marine) from the early stage after graduating from junior high school

  • Practical technical education emphasizing experiments, practical training, and practical skills based on theoretical foundations

  • Small classes and detailed educational guidance by educational staff such as professors and associate professors

  • Approximately 10 to 20 times the job offer ratio for graduates, and the employment rate of those who wish to work is almost 100%

  • Approximately 40% of graduates go on to advanced courses at technical colleges or transfer to the third year of university.

Entrance system
  1. Students who have graduated from junior high school enter

  2. High school graduates are eligible to transfer to technical colleges

  3. Technical college graduates are eligible to transfer to universities

  4. Technical college graduates are eligible to advance to advanced courses at technical colleges

  5. Those who have completed an advanced course and obtained a bachelor's degree are eligible to enter a graduate school.

About the regular and advanced courses at technical colleges

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