Chiba Institute of Technology was founded by a Japanese prince in Tokyo in 1942 as the Koa Institute of Technology. A private university, it moved to the city of Narashino, Chiba prefecture, from where it took its current name.
Chiba prefecture is located on the eastern side of Tokyo bay, and the city of Narashino is close to Chiba’s border with Tokyo. As such, the university is within easy travelling distance of the Japanese capital, one of the largest cities in the world.
Narashino’s residents mainly work in Tokyo and commute, so the city can be surprisingly quiet at times given its proximity to such a major industrial area. It’s this proximity to Tokyo that provides the bulk of CIT’s student’s recreational and retail facilities. The wider prefecture of Chiba has a huge number of universities and a subsequently high student population.
In terms of academic offerings, the university arranges its degrees into five faculties, namely Social Science, Advanced Engineering, Information and Computer Science, Creative Engineering, and Engineering. Each of these is divided up into smaller departments with a more specific focus.
Whilst the bulk of the university’s departments focus on science and engineering, there are courses available in subjects such as management and finance, as well as various postgraduate options.
Given CIT’s engineering heritage, it’s not surprising that the university’s best known alumnus is Masayuki Uemura, an electrical engineer who designed the Nintendo Entertainment System games console.