Founded in 1976, Toyohashi University of Technology is a public engineering university in the city of Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan. It offers degrees in mechanical, electrical, electronic engineering, computer science, architecture and environmental and life sciences.
Its research institutes include the Research Institute for Science and Technology Innovation, the Incubation Centre for Venture Business, Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute, Centre for Human-Robot Symbiosis Research, Research Centre for Future Vehicle City and the Research Centre for Agrotechnology and Biotechnology. In addition, the university has an Institute of Liberal Arts and Science which is meant to broaden its students’ education and ability to adapt to social change.
Since 2014, Toyohashi University of Technology has been a part of Japan’s national Top Global University Project aiming to internationalise the institution both by creating a bilingual campus to increase its number of international students and by joining international research networks. The university also researches disaster prevention and mitigation, and is located in an area of high risks of earthquakes.
The teaching is structures in a “spiral-up curriculum”, which means that students come back to subjects studied in the first years to look at them in more detail. Students are also obliged to do long-term internships during their fourth year of university in order to expand their work experience and exposure to the world of work. The university also does joint research with local businesses.
Some of the university’s most distinguished alumni are computer scientist Daisuke Takahashi, chemist Tomoyoshi Soga, journalist Masayuki Ishii, novelist Otsuichi and six of the university’s heads.