Basic Philosophy / Characteristics of TUT
The mission of Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) is to conduct research and education in technological science, developing new technologies through scientific inquiry.
Based on this mission, TUT targets new graduates from technical colleges and high schools for enrollment, and with its graduate school emphasis, TUT conducts research in technological science, fostering practical, creative, and leading engineers and researchers as it forges a path toward a new era.
While focusing on science, TUT nevertheless emphasizes the importance of social context. Accordingly TUT strives to promote social diversity and works to enhance collaboration with the local community. Through these efforts, TUT strives to be a top-class engineering university that is open to the world.
Fostering advanced engineers and innovative human resources
While students from technical colleges are the university's primary target recruitment pool, Toyohashi University of Technology also accepts freshmen from both regular and industrial high schools. Through a unified undergraduate to graduate education, TUT trains advanced engineers equipped with the outstanding skills in technological development needed to drive industry in Japan, as well as innovative human resources equipped with the broad perspectives, flexible thinking, and wealth of scholarship needed to conduct the research and development that will blaze a trail to the global era.
Upgraded and refocused as a new, future-oriented education and research organization fit to respond to societal and industrial changes in the era of globalization
The Faculty of Engineering and the Graduate School of Engineering were reorganized in academic year 2010 around the two pillars of cutting-edge technology fields that can support key industries and those that can support sustainable social development. Furthermore, TUT established the Institute of Liberal Arts and Science to incorporate liberal arts education so that the university can train engineers who not only are highly specialized, but also have a broad perspective and can flexibly respond to social changes.
Distinctive education (Spiral-up curriculum, Mandatory internships)
A major feature of TUT's education is its "spiral-up curriculum". In this curriculum, students who received specific technical instruction (basic and specialized) in their first and second years of undergraduate education and technical college will repeat the subjects from their third year with more advanced approaches in order to accumulate further competence in their basic and specialized education, creating a spiral-like education.
In their fourth undergraduate year (before advancing to graduate school), students will undertake long-term internships in the business sector, and through their experiences in dealing with problems as a working engineer, they will come to understand the meaning of their education, and how the master's program is meant to create practical, creative, and innovative engineers.
In this way, TUT is able to nurture students who understand science and have a deep interest in technology due to their repetition of basic and specialized education and their practical training in the work place.
An educational system focused on postgraduate education and research
The business sector is moving towards a focus on hiring engineering students who have completed their master's degrees. Toyohashi University of Technology, with its integrated undergraduate and postgraduate education, has a large capacity for students in its graduate school's master's program, and provides a path of advancement to the master's program for those students who have suitable abilities. Additionally, there is enough faculty to meet the needs of postgraduate education, so the student-faculty ratio is considerably smaller when compared to other universities, which allows TUT to offer highly intensive and productive small-group instruction.
Research university (Foundational research and research in cutting-edge fields)
In academic year 2013 TUT, was selected to receive special funding by the Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities in recognition of its status as a university that performs world-class, outstanding research.
TUT aims to promote creative fields of advanced interdisciplinary research based on electrical engineering and informatics, practical technological fields such as mechanical and materials engineering to support key industries, and cutting-edge research in fields related to life and the environment. In doing so, TUT aspires to become a hub for the promotion of innovative, boundary-breaking interdisciplinary research that turns traditional problem-solving engineering into value-creating engineering that can produce new social worth.
Collaboration with Kosen (National Institute of Technology) colleges
While promoting educational and research exchanges for Kosen instructors, TUT also conducts experience-based training for fourth and fifth year Kosen students and graduates. TUT also maintains a joint curriculum with technical colleges so as to provide a seamless education for transfer students starting from their matriculation to their studies, on to graduate school, and until they secure employment and become leading engineers.
Active international relations
As a globally focused university, Toyohashi University of Technology sends Japanese students abroad, accepts international students, and promotes joint international research and personnel exchanges through collaborations with its overseas education base established in Penang State, Malaysia and other affiliated exchange schools. These activities are mainly centered on the area of Southeast Asia, where we have a flourishing record of exchange projects.
Varied industry-academia-government collaboration and cooperation with the local community
One of the missions of Toyohashi University of Technology since its opening is to form a base for industry-academia collaboration through joint research with corporations. TUT's successful cooperation with the Japanese government and the local business sector can be seen in the high ratio of patent applications to academic staff as well as the income derived from patent rights.
TUT promotes projects to tackle problems faced by Aichi Prefecture and the surrounding region using the collective intellect of the entire university, as well as projects where working people return to school to take advantage of the successes of programs such as the "Integrated Circuit (LSI) Technology Lectures" and the "Advanced Plant Factory Management Training Program".
University's Seal, Communication Mark
As part of the 20th anniversary commemoration, a contest open to the public was held to select the design for a new university seal. Using our University initials (T.U.T.) as a motif, this seal energetically expresses the vitality and freshness of our students' efforts in research and practical innovation in the form of cresting waves.
This logo was designed in such a way as to capture the philosophy and goals of our university. It is used in a variety of formats as a core element of our visual communications.
The concept of the logo's design is "Striving together to provide an education that supports global industry". The shape is comprised of two interlocking 'Ts' in red and black, which stand for Toyohashi and Technology. The red expresses "foundation" and "humanity" and the black represents "expertise" and "technical capability". The overlapping design of the Ts is intended to express the way in which the nurturing of excellent human resources will support world industry. The Logo also conveys sincerity toward education as well as dependability.