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History

 The Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) was originally founded as a private institution called the Meiji College of Technology (MCT) in 1907, in the northern area of the island of Kyushu in Japan, where Tobata Campus resides now. The founders, Mr. Keiichiro Yasukawa and Mr. Kenjiro Matsumoto, were managers of the Meiji Mining Company and they held the strong belief that they should not personally profi t from the company, because there were only a few Japanese technological and educational facilities at the time, which caused Japan a disadvantage with other countries.

 In 1909, the fi rst students entered MCT, and academic activities began. In 1921, MCT’s management was transferred to the government, and its name was changed to the Meiji College of Industrial Technology. In 1949, it became a national university and was renamed the Kyushu Institute of Technology. The new Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering (1986, Iizuka Campus) and Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering (2001, Wakamatsu Campus) were founded in addition to the already established Faculty of Engineering. In 2009, Kyutech celebrated its 100th anniversary and is already looking forward towards the next century.


The Meiji College of Technology

Keiichiro Yasukawa, Founder

Dr. Kenjiro Yamakawa, First president


Chronology


1907 The Meiji College of Technology was founded as a private institution.
1909 The Meiji College of Technology was opened to its first students. Its three departments were the Department of Mining, the Department of Metallurgy, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
1921 The Meiji College of Technology became a 4-year course national institution.
1949 Under the National School Establishment Law, the Meiji College of Technology became the Kyushu Institute of Technology.
1965 The Graduate School of Engineering (Master’s Program) was established.
1986 The Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering was established.
1988 A doctoral program was launched in the Graduate School of Engineering.
1991 The Graduate School of Computer Science and Systems Engineering (Master’s Program) was established.
1993 A doctoral program was launched in the Graduate School of Computer Science and Systems Engineering.
2000 The Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering (an independent postgraduate school) was established.
2004 All National Universities were transformed into National University Corporations. The Kyushu Institute of Technology was incorporated as a National University Corporation.
2009 The school’s 100th Anniversary was celebrated.
2013 MSSC (Research and Education Facilities in Malaysia) was established.
2014 Reorganization of 3 graduate schools.

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