Located on the southern island of Japan, the Kyushu Institute of Technology focuses on education and research in scientific and technological fields.
The island itself is one of a captivating beauty in its mountainous surroundings. There are hot springs across the island, and Japan’s most active volcano Mt Aso, is in the Aso Kujū National Park on Kyushu.
Chosen after a student contest in 1931, the traditional emblem of Kyutech was a phoenix dragon on a red and black background, symbolising knowledge and harmony. As part of centenary celebrations in 2009 a logo with the letters "AVK" were chosen, standing for Action, Value, and Kyutech.
Undergraduate courses offered at Kyutech are within the School of Engineering and Computer Science. There is a greater focus on graduate study at Kyutech, with courses also available at Systems Engineering and the Institute of Liberal Arts.
The university has one of the strongest international connections in Japan. This includes exchange partnerships with over one hundred universities in four continents, stretching from the University of Surrey in the UK to the University of Wollongong in Australia. As part of these exchange programmes, foreign students in partner universities can attend Kyutech for up to two semesters and earn credits while studying their specialist subject or major.
Kyutech also teaches two doctoral programmes in English: space engineering and advanced assistive robotics.
The most well known alumnus of Kyutech is Ted Fujita, who earned the moniker "Mr Tornado" for his meteorological research into the phenomenon. To this day the damage of tornados are ranked on the "Fujita scale" and its variations.