Outline of History President Greeting Philosophy and Policy of Education The Aims of Learning and Education Admission Policy Engineering Education Program

President Greeting


Dr. Eng.
MARUYAMA Shigenao

The National Institute of Technology, Hachinohe College was established as a national higher education institution in Aomori prefecture in 1963 in Hachinohe City, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Through our unique 5-year education style, we aim to produce practical engineers through consistent education, and have nurtured many excellent engineers, researchers and graduates who have gone on to work in industry, national / local governments, educational institutions, even overseas. We are highly evaluated by the local community.

Since 2002, the Advanced Course has been established as well as a corresponding dormitory, so it is possible to obtain a bachelor's degree at a very reasonable cost.

Our schoolfs graduates have been recruited not only by many excellent and large companies in the area, but also employed in companies in the Kanto and the Kansai area, maintaining a high employment rate of (almost 100%). Recently, many students have decided to continue their studies by transferring to universities after graduating from the 5-year program. The advancement rate is about 42%. Most of them are transfer studies to national universities, and some students have advanced to such prestigious schools as Tokyo University. The number of students entering graduate schools of prominent national universities such as Tohoku University also has increased, and in the past three years the student's advancement rate has increased from 48 to 56%.

Since FY2015, our school has reorganized our departments to nurture talented people who are suited to the local industry, and it has become a four-course system within one department. In addition, we introduced the four-semester system at the same time. The background of introducing the four-semester system, is that a major educational reform is being carried out in Japan. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is shifting their entrance examination focus when judging studentfs abilities to include "subjectivity, diversity, cooperativeness" and "thinking ability, judgment, expressive power".  Until now the entrance examination tendency was biased towards only "knowledge" and "skill"  but from now the two will be considered. In order to foster such human resources, we decided to strengthen our own educational program by becoming the first college out of 51 schools to introduce the four-semester system. At the same time, we decided to incorporate active learning by utilizing such tools as independent exploration learning.


In extracurricular (club) activities, we have also achieved top results many different fields, such as in robot contests, programming contests, design competitions, eco-mileage challenges and English presentation contests. In addition, we have witnessed great achievements in activities of numerous sports clubs, cultural clubs and others. Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, as well as a wonderful campus environment, we are able to offer the best education, professional knowledge to help our students achieve their dreams of becoming engineers.

In preparation for the global age, short-term study abroad programs are also enriching all of our students from the first grade through our advanced studies students. There are exchanges with Edgren high school in Misawa, short-term study abroad to Singapore etc., and study abroad for 3 months to France for our advanced course students. Many students of our school have experienced international exchange and are honing their skills as an engineer who can be active in the world. In fiscal year 2016, we dispatched 65 of our students abroad and accepted 43 students from overseas. Reflecting theses results, about half of the students presented their graduation thesis in English.

National Institute of Technology, Hachinohe College is an educational institution that trains technicians who will be useful immediately once they join society, as a lesson of "honesty, advancement, and collaboration" after their five years in their departments. Just like in junior college, graduates receive the title of "Associate Degree".

A major department was established in 2002, and about 20 or more students go on to continue their education at our school and are awarded a "bachelor" degree upon graduation. Many of our graduates go on to even further education, masterfs programs and doctorate programs from such prestigious schools such as Tokyo University, Tohoku University, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Although it may be misunderstood that our college of technology is the same as high school, the National Institute of Technology is more akin to a college or university, an institute of higher education. Many of our graduates who continued to the advanced course, and then transferred to other institutions of higher learning are active as professors and teachers of colleges and universities throughout Japan.

Unlike senior high schools and vocational schools, most of the faculty at the National Institute of Technology, Hachinohe College have doctoral degrees and are doing important research, much of which has been reported in newspapers and on television. We are conducting research based on collaborative research with companies and national research funds, with the results contributing to local companies in the form of patents and product development.

At National Institute of Technology, Hachinohe College we aim to provide a thorough and varied education, including professional basic knowledge and technology to help achieve our studentfs future dreams as engineers. All the while doing so in a wonderful natural environment surrounded by a beautiful cluster of buildings, we are sending our students to a happy and bright future.