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About HIT

HIT's Vision , Mission & Policies

Milestones in HIT's History

JABEE and Faculty Development

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About HIT

The Hachinohe Institute of Technology (HIT) promotes technological advances and environmental and energy sustainability in the northern Tohoku region through its provision of higher-education programs, its research programs, and its outreach programs.
Since its establishment in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture, in 1972, HIT has promoted technological innovation and cutting-edge design through its well-organized education system and its advanced research achievements, thereby becoming one of Japan's leading undergraduate and postgraduate institutions.
In close cooperation with some of the world's top universities and our regional community partners, including local governmental organizations, we will continue to contribute to the development of technology and design.

Origins

HIT traces its history back to the establishment of a technical high school in Hachinohe in 1956. Since the Hachinohe fishing port is a major fishery base, the high school was established to produce maritime radio operators for pelagic fishery. Fifteen years after its establishment, the school's board of trustees decided to make the school an institute for higher education so as to enhance its contribution to the region.

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HIT's Vision, Mission & Policies

Vision

Outstanding engineering technologies created by engineers of outstanding character. The educational philosophy of the Hachinohe Institute of Technology (HIT) is based on this motto, and we strive to produce ethical engineers who have a keen sense of judgment and a highly specialized knowledge of science and technology. In order to realize our educational and research goals, we have implemented the three educational policies described below.

Mission

Based on the above-mentioned vision and an unwavering commitment to integrity, HIT sees its mission as a center of excellence as being to provide students with a superior education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge in the academic fields it specializes in; to contribute to the Tohoku region through the education it provides and the research it conducts; and to promote happiness for all through the promotion of science and technology.

Admission Policy

We welcome all students who share our vision, are interested in our mission, have a desire to improve themselves at our institution, and have a basic knowledge of the main subjects offered at their high schools. International students are also more than welcome.

Curriculum Policy

The curriculum at HIT has been developed to offer students a sound grounding in not only systematic and appropriate technical subjects, but also liberal arts such as the study of foreign languages to better equip students to cope with globalization. This curriculum provides the latest in-depth information about issues facing modern society, with students required to conduct experiments, attend practical classes, and conduct thesis research projects so as to give them the opportunity to learn through experience.

Diploma Policy

An undergraduate degree is awarded if the required number of credits is attained within the designated number of years for the relevant degree course.


Milestones in HIT's History

The Hachinohe Institute of Technology (HIT) has served as a center for development of human resources and knowledge since it was established in 1972.

1972 Following the approval of its founding charter on January 29, 1972, the Hachinohe Institute of Technology (HIT) opened on April 1. An independent, coeducational institution that is privately endowed, HIT started out with a Faculty of Engineering composed of three departments: the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Industrial Engineering, and the Department of Electrical Engineering.
1976 The Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Architectural Engineering were opened.
1982 The Department of Energy Engineering was opened. The Department of Industrial Engineering stopped accepting admissions.
1994 The Liberal Arts Education Organization was reformed into the Center for Liberal Arts and Technology.
1995 The Graduate School of Engineering (offering master's degrees) was opened. It was composed of three departments: the Department of Mechanical Engineering Systems, the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the Department of Civil Engineering.
1997 The Graduate School of Engineering's three departments began offering doctoral degrees.
1998 A new Department of Architectural Engineering (offering master's degrees) was opened in the Graduate School of Engineering.
1999 The Department of Electrical Engineering was reorganized to become the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the Department of System and Information Engineering was opened. The Department of Architectural Engineering in the Graduate School of Engineering began offering doctoral degrees.
2001 The Department of Civil Engineering was renamed the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
2002 The Department of Chemical Engineering on Biological Environment was opened, restructuring the Department of Energy Engineering and related engineering fields. The Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science was established.
2003 The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering were reorganized to form the Department of Mechanical Systems on Information Technology and the Department of Electronic Intelligence and Systems, respectively.
2005 The Faculty of Kansei Design was opened. The faculty consists of one department, the Department of Kansei Design.
2009 The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Architectural Engineering were merged to form the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The Department of Chemical Engineering on Biological Environment was renamed the Department of Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering.
2010 The Department of Electronic Intelligence and Systems was renamed the Department of Electric and Electronic Systems. The Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science was renamed the Laboratory for Energy, Environment and Systems.
2011 HIT established the Research Center for Technology in Disaster Reduction and Construction of Social System based on the idea that it is necessary to gather knowledge of the world for restoration and rehabilitation from the disaster of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

JABEE and Faculty Development

JABEE

One of the major educational features of HIT is that four of the five departments of the Faculty of Engineering JABEE-accredited programs. (JABEE stands for the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education). The remaining one, i.e., Department of Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering, is now preparing to apply for JABEE accreditation for its program.

A non-governmental organization established in 1999, the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE) examines and accredits engineering-related educational programs in close cooperation with various engineering associations and societies. It evaluates whether educational programs in this field conducted by institutions of higher education, such as universities or colleges, meet the high standards expected by the international community. Accreditation is given only to those programs that meet JABEE standards and criteria.

The educational program provided by HIT's Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering received JABEE accreditation in 2003. It was the first time an educational institute in Japan had received accreditation in the field of civil engineering. In 2004, two other HIT departments were accredited: the Department of Mechanical Systems on Information Technology and the Department of Electronic Intelligence and Systems. The Department of Systems and Information Engineering was accredited in 2005. We firmly believe that this reflects the high esteem in which our education systems and programs are held.

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JIHEE

HIT has taken third-party evaluation as specified by law once every seven years in order to help improve the level of education and research. The Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation (JIHEE) has been approved by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to accredited and evaluate colleges and universities. HIT took its evaluation in FY2006 and accredited that HIT "has demonstrated satisfactory compliance with the standards of the Japan Institute for Higher Education Evaluation" as of March 29, 2007.

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