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School System of Japan

KOSEN (Colleges of Technology)

  • KOSEN ? five-year engineering education from 15 years old - were established in 1961, in response to a strong demand from the industrial sector to foster engineers who sustained the high Japanese economic growth at that time.
  • The first 12 national colleges were founded in 1962, and the number increased to 43 by 1965.
  • A two-year advanced course system was introduced in 1991.
  • In 2004, the Institute of National Colleges of Technology was inaugurated to manage 55 national KOSEN throughout Japan.
  • Approximately 300,000 students have graduated so far, contributing actively not only in the industrial world but also in the academic sector, as engineers, researchers, managers and so on.

Advanced Course

  • A two-year course where higher education in engineering is conducted.
  • Most graduates in the course receive bachelor’s degrees from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE).
  • We accept approximately 1,500 students every year and students number are approximately 3,000 in total.
  • Approximately 2/3 of the graduates obtain employment.
  • The ratio of job openings to job seekers is approximately 4:5 (2009.3).
  • Approximately 1/3 of them go to postgraduate schools.