History, Affiliations and Rankings
The Tokyo Institute of Technology, also known as Tokyo Tech, is a Japanese national university. The institution dates back to 1881 when it was originally established as the Tokyo Vocational School. Tokyo Institute of Technology is a national research university in Greater Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo Tech is Japan's largest university of science and technology, one of the top five National Designated Universities and selected as a Top Type University of Top Global University Project by the Japanese government. It is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. The institute is officially accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. As one of the top universities in Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology aims to contribute to civilization, peace and prosperity in the world, and develop fundamental human skills in science and technology, including industrial and social management, through pioneering research and education. It is at #342 in Best Global Universities, at #56 in Best Global Universities in Asia and at #7 in Best Global Universities in Japan.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The science and technology-oriented university is spread over three campuses, Ookayama, Suzukakedai and Tamachi. The Ookayama Campus, the main campus, is located in the Meguro City district of Tokyo. It has six schools, Science, Engineering, Materials, and Chemical Technology, Informatics, Life Sciences and Technology, and Environment and Society. There is also the Institute of Liberal Arts, which offers Foreign language, Humanities and other subjects to supplement the academic training of students. The Ookayama Campus Sports Centre includes a large outdoor sports field, an indoor sports arena, a heated swimming pool, a martial arts hall and a weight training room. Hisao and Hiroko Taki Plaza, a large international exchange centre slated to open in the heart of the Ookayama campus in the academic year 2020, will provide students with more space for group work, events and other fun. There are also tennis courts, Japanese archery classes, and other activity areas scattered around the campus. Some courses offered here are Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Economics, Information Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Life Science and Technology, Chemical Science, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Materials Science.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The institute’s master's and doctoral students are also affiliated with the university's labs. Some of the university's laboratories are the Chemical Resources Laboratory, the Precision and Intelligence Laboratory, and the Nuclear Reactor Research Laboratory. It runs intensive programs leading to a Masters or Ph.D. to lead. The programs, named Tokyo Tech International Graduate Program, are aimed at international students with high academic potential who do not speak Japanese. Lectures and seminars are primarily held in English by Tokyo Tech faculty members. Program start dates are October or April. Public funds are also available for these courses; those students who have academic excellence can apply for scholarships by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Some of the notable alumni are Yasuharu Suematsu (Researcher), Julia Nesheiwat (Former United States Homeland Security Advisor), Norio Adachi (Mathematician).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
There are 9,835 students, of which 1,433 are international students. The total number of academic staff is 1,021, the number of international staff is 105. The number of undergraduate degrees awarded are 1,096, number of master's degrees awarded are 1,864 and number of doctoral degrees awarded are 313. The number of research only staff is 203. The number of new undergraduate students is 1,131, number of new master's students is 1,935 and number of new doctoral students is 420.