The students on the "Global Technology Architects Course" belong to one of the five departments. This course is a 6-year educational program for both B.A. and M.A. degrees.
Five departments in Toyohashi University of Technology:
- ① Mechanical Engineering
- ② Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering
- ③ Computer Science and Engineering
- ④ Environmental and Life Sciences
- ⑤ Architecture and Civil Engineering
In this course, we encourage students to develop intercultural communication ability through bilingual lectures (English and Japanese). It is a unique course with various made available to improve English language skills for Japanese students, strengthen Japanese language skills of international students and develop problem-solving skills under diverse value sets as well as global industrial training internship.
When does the Global Technology Architects Course start?
This course starts on April 2017 for third-year students, and on April 2018 for first-year students.
How many students can take the course?
The course is open to 15 students each in the 1st and the 2nd years, 65 students each in the 3rd and the 4th years, and 65 students each in the 1st and the 2nd year of the master's course. A total of 290 students will take this course.
For students enrolling in their 1st year, 15 students are entitled to take this course. International students for this course starts mainly from ASEAN nations and expand world wide base.
For students enrolling in their 3rd year, 50 students are entitled to take this course. Out of 50, 35 students are Japanese students from technical colleges in Japan (KOSEN) and the other 15 are international KOSEN students. There is also room for non-KOSEN students with the experience of living overseas.
The total number of students on this course is 290 students (140 Japanese and 150 International students). This accounts for 15 % of the total students at our university.
What language is the medium of teaching/learning?
Both English and Japanese are used, and we call this a bilingual lecture. A typical bilingual lecture uses English textbooks, slides, and blackboard notes and accepts both English and Japanese for term exams and communication between teachers and students.
1st and 2nd year international students study liberal arts and basic specialized subjects mainly in English. At the same time, they receive Japanese language instruction to ensure that they understand bilingual lectures. Their compulsory subjects include Japanese culture, Japan-specific technology , and global business theories.
In order to complete this course, the students need to meet the following language ability criterial:
|Japanese students||a score equivalent to TOEIC 730 or higher|
|International students||the Japanese language proficiency test N1|
The students are expected to develop their language ability through both language classes and extracurricular activities including language learning mentors and university events.
What are the advantages for this course?
This course offers the students the opportunity to experience six-month internship training. For the internship training, the students are sent to foreign countries for them in order to provide them with the practical opportunity to gain important skills and experiences in collaborating with people with different cultural backgrounds.
It is possible that the students on the Global Technology Architects course transfer to the normal course depending on their desire and grade. Students on the normal course, in turn, may be qualified to take the Global Technology Architects course.
Is there a chance to develop global skills in other countries?
By actively utilizing the overseas education base which was founded in Penang, Malaysia in 2012, global industrial training internship, lectures cooperated with local universities and mid-to-long term overseas internships will be implemented. Penang, where people from China, India, and other countries from ASEAN countries live together in a multicultural environment, is the ideal setting for this course to foster Global Technology Architects. Moreover, with the establishment and enhancement of joint degree programs and double degree programs with partner schools and connecting this with strong overseas alumni networks, the university will aim to strategically gain superior international students from ASEAN countries and developed countries and boost its regular courses both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Additionally, we aim to expand our alumni's career path as well as global industrial training internship for students at this course by utilizing the strong network of our alumni from around the world.