National Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu College

Outline of History

 Japan saw a remarkable expansion of industry in the late 1950's, which created a growing demand for qualified engineers.
 In 1962 the government decided to establish five-year institutes of technology to meet the demand. National Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu  College  (NIT,Kitakyushu College) was founded in Kitakyushu City, one of the largest industrial cities in Japan, on April 1, 1965. The aim was to educate students on a wide range of science and technology and to provide them with sufficient training so that they will become skillful engineers and make lasting contributions to industry and society.

 The College has five departments: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering (1965), Department of Chemical Engineering (1970), Department of Electronics & Control Engineering (1987), and Department of Control & Information Systems Engineering (which stemmed from  one of the two Mechanical Engineering classes in 1989).
 A special two-year Advanced Engineering School was founded in 1996, which consists of three courses: Production Engineering Advanced Course, Control Engineering Advanced Course, and Chemical Engineering Advanced Course. The Department of Chemical Engineering was reorganized into the Department of Materials Science & Chemical Engineering in 1998. The Department of Electrical Engineering was renamed the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 2002. The Department of Chemical Engineering Advanced Course was renamed the Department of Materials Science & Chemical Engineering Advanced Course in 2004.
 By the Law concerning the National Institute of Technology that Japan enacted in 2003, National Institute of Technology,Kitakyushu College(NIT,Kitakyushu College) was established in April, 2004 as a part of National Institute of Technology, Japan.
 The General Engineering program, the educational program of the advanced course, was accredited by Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education(JABEE) in 2006.
 In 2006, the accreditation (Ninsyo-hyouka) was carried out by NIAD-QE and certificated.
 In 2011, the same JABEE accredited NIT,Kitakyushu College for another six years.
 The five Departments were reorganized into the Department of Creative Engineering(, Annual admission: 200)on April 1, 2015. The new Department consists of five technical courses: Machine Systems Engineering Course, Robotics and Mechatronics Course, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Course, Information and Systems Engineering Course, and Materials Chemistry Course. After the general education in the first two years, the students, from the 3rd year, will receive advanced technological education to meet the needs of the community and to make contributions to the development of the local industry.
 At the same time, the three Courses in the Advanced Engineering School were reorganized into the Advanced School of Creative Engineering. The new Course consists of three advanced engineering fields: Environmental Resources and Materials Engineering Field, Energy Application Engineering Field, Functional Design and Information Engineering Field.

Apr.  1, 1965 National Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu College(NIT,Kitakyushu College) was established with two departments : the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and the Dept. of Electrical Engineering. KATO Tunetaro, Dr. Eng., Professor Emeritus of Kyushu University, took office as the 1st President.
Apr. 24, 1965 The College started enrollment. NIT,Kitakyushu College celebrated the first entrance ceremony.
May. 28, 1968 The College Song composed by the lyricist KURANO Kenji, the composer MORIWAKI kenzo.
Apr.  1, 1970 The Dept. of Chemical Engineering was established.
Apr.  1, 1974 SAKAI Wataru, Dr. Eng., Professor of Kyushu University, took office as the 2nd President.
Nov.  8, 1975 The 10th anniversary of the founding of NIT,Kitakyushu College was celebrated.
May   7, 1976 TAGUCHI Tanezo, Dr. Pharm, Professor Emeritus of Kyushu University, took office as the 3rd President.
Apr.  1, 1985 MATAKE Tomokazu, Dr. Eng, an ex-dean of Faculty of Engineering, Nagasaki University, took office as the 4th President.
Nov. 25, 1985 The 20th anniversary lecture of the founding of NIT,Kitakyushu College was delivered.
Apr.  1, 1987 The Dept. of Electronics & Control Engineering was established.
Apr.  1, 1989 UEDA Yasuaki, Dr. Eng., Professor of Kyushu Institute of Technology, took office as the 5th President.
The Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (2 classes) was reorganized into the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (1 class) and the Dept. of Control & Information Systems Engineering (1 class).
Nov. 16, 1990 The 25th anniversary of the founding of NIT,Kitakyushu College was celebrated.
Jan. 14, 1994 The academic international exchange agreement (sister college) was signed with IKSAN. National College (Prior to March, 1999, called Iri National College of Agriculture and Technology) in the Republic of Korea.

May. 16, 1994 The academic international exchange agreement (sister college) was signed with YANGZHQU UNIVERSITY Institute of Technology (Prior to September, 1996, called Yangzhou Institute of Technology) in the People's Republic of China.
Apr.  1, 1995 SAKAMOTO Masafumi Dr. Eng., Professor of Kyushu Institute of Technology, took office as the 6th President.
Oct. 21, 1995 The 30th anniversary of the founding of NIT,Kitakyushu College was celebrated.
Apr.  1, 1996 Advanced Engineering School (Production Engineering Advanced Course, Control Engineering Advanced Course, Chemical Engineering Advanced Course) was established.
Apr.  1, 1998 The Dept. of Chemical Engineering was reorganized into the Dept. of Materials Science & Chemical Engineering.
Apr.  1, 2002 JINNOUCHI Yasusuke, Dr. Eng., Professor of Kyushu Institute of Technology, took office as the 7th President.
The Dept. of Electrical Engineering was renamed the Dept. of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Nov.  27, 2003

The education program titled  “General Engineering”  was established.

Apr.  1, 2004

In accordance with the National Institute of Technology Japan Act, NIT,Kitakyushu College was re-established as the Independent Administrative Institute of National Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu College.
The Dept. of Chemical Engineering Advanced Course was renamed the Department of Materials Science & Chemical Engineering Advanced Course.

May.  8, 2006 The education program titled "General Engineering" was accredited by JABEE.
Aug.  3, 2006 The Memorandum of Understanding between The Federation of National Institute of Technology in Kyushu-Okinawa and Polytechnics in Singapore was signed.
Mar. 28, 2007 The accreditation (Ninsyo-hyouka) in FY2006 was carried out by NIAD-QE and certificated.
Apr.  1, 2009 TSUKAMOTO Hiroshi, Dr. Eng., Professor of Kyushu Institute of Technology, took office as the 8th President.
Nov.  9, 2010 An academic exchange agreement was signed with Chonbuk National University in the Republic of Korea.
Nov.  29, 2010 An academic exchange agreement was signed with Chonbuk National Mechanical & Technical High School.
May 16, 2011 The education program of General Engineering was re-accredited by JABEE.
Mar.  26, 2014 The education program was re-accredited by the NIAD-QE.
Apr.  1, 2015 The five Departments were reorganized into the Department of Creative Engineering (5 courses: Machine Systems Engineering Course, Robotics and Mechatronics Course, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Course, Information and Systems Engineering Course, and Materials Chemistry Course). From the third year, the students belong to one of the five technical courses.
The three Courses in the Advanced Engineering School were also reorganized into the Advanced School of Creative Engineering. The new Course consists of Environmental Resources and Materials Engineering Field, Energy Application Engineering Field, Functional Design and Information Engineering Field.
Dec.  5, 2015 The 50th anniversary of the founding of NIT, Kitakyushu College was celebrated.
Feb.  23, 2016 An academic exchange agreement was signed with Nanyang Polytechnic in the Republic of Singapore.