Opened in 1976, Nagaoka University of Technology is one of two specialist universities of technology in Japan, with the other being Toyohashi University of Technology in Aichi.
The small public university is located in the city of Nagaoka, in the Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The university campus is situated in a suburban area of the city, close to the Echigo Hillside Park, one of Japan’s national parks. There are a number of accommodation options for potential students, including a complex for international students, while all those attending are able to make use of the on-campus store, cafeterias, barbershop, and modern sports facilities.
The university’s aim is to become indispensable within the fields of science and technology, both in Japan and internationally, by continuing to contribute to global research and by producing engineers capable of becoming heads of industry in future generations.
International relations remain key to the philosophy of Nagaoka University of Technology and the university has a high percentage of foreign students in comparison with other Japanese universities. The institution has also developed around 100 cooperative agreements, as well as establishing twinning programs with universities in Vietnam, Malaysia, Mexico, China and Mongolia.
There are eight major programs of study available to undergraduates, ten for master’s students and four doctoral degree courses as well as a five-year integrated doctoral program.
To mark the university’s 30th anniversary a museum was established in June 2007, known as TechoMuseum Tekumyu, in order to showcase the university’s research and achievements. As well as inviting visitors to see the university's accomplishments past and present, the museum also gives an insight into the university’s future research projects.