KOSEN-AT management system

Operating system


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


KOSEN-AT Participating School 1st Block

  • 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 School 3rd Block

  • Toyama National College of Technology (3rd block AT-HUB)

  • Fukui National College of Technology

  • Toba National College of Maritime Technology

  • Akashi National College of Technology

KOSEN-AT Participating School 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 School 2nd Block

  • Nagano National College of Technology (2nd block AT-HUB)

  • Tokyo National College of Technology

  • Kisarazu National College of Technology

KOSEN-AT Participating School 4th Block

  • 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 growing demand for the training of engineers who could respond to the further advances in science and technology to support it. In response to industry demands, national colleges of technology (hereafter referred to as "technical colleges") were established for the first time in 1962.

Regular and advanced courses

There are currently 51 such technical colleges in Japan.Unlike the university education system, technical colleges are higher education institutions that accept junior high school graduates and provide integrated education for five years (five and a half years for commercial shipping) in order to train engineers needed by society. National colleges of technology also have advanced courses that provide two years of specialized education after the five-year regular course.

Education and research

At technical colleges, we aim for a wide range of rich education. For this reason, students study general subjects such as mathematics, English, and Japanese in a well-balanced manner. Technical colleges are characterized by their provision of specialized education with an emphasis on experimentation and practical training, and they devise ways to develop specialized knowledge and skills almost equivalent to those a student might acquire at university. In particular, graduation research aims to develop applied abilities so that students can become independent as engineers. High-level research that can be presented at academic conferences has also been conducted.

Management body

The Institute of National Colleges of Technology is the management body of the national colleges of technology. It was established in 2004, subject to the Institute of National Colleges of Technology Law.

Summary data (as of May 1, 2017)
There are 51 national colleges of technology and 55 campuses nationwide under the Institute of National Colleges of Technology.
Number of students (51,586)
Number of clerical staff (1,743)
Number of technical staff (704)
Number of faculty members (3,778)


  • Consistent specialized education for five years (five and a half years for courses in the Department of Commercial Shipping) after graduating from junior high school.

  • Practical technical education with an emphasis on experiments, practical training, and practical skills based on theoretical foundations.

  • Small classes and detailed educational guidance by professors, associate professors, and other educational staff.

  • The ratio of job offers to graduates is about ten to twenty times, and the employment rate of applicants for employment is almost 100%.

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

Advancement system
  1. Junior high school graduation students enroll.

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

  3. College graduates are eligible for transfer to university.

  4. College graduates are eligible to go on to a college course.

  5. Those who have completed a major and obtained a "Bachelor's degree" are eligible for admission to graduate school.

About the regular and advanced courses at technical colleges