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  Welcome to the official web site of Gifu National College of Technology.
In April, 2004, 55 national colleges of technology out of 63 colleges of technology nationwide were brought together to form the Independent Administrative Institute of National Colleges of Technology Japan.  Now 51 national colleges of technology having about 5,300 students are rebuilt nationwide Since Colleges of Technology are abbreviated as "Kosen", our college is the only "Kosen" in Gifu Prefecture. Consequently, Gifu Kosen has been re-established as a member of this newly formed Institution.
A "Kosen" is an institution of higher education, including colleges and universities. It accepts junior high-school graduates, and provides a five-year education in one of the technological concentrations. At a Kosen, students can concentrate on the study area that they major in, as they do not need to prepare for college entrance examinations. After the completion of the program, Kosen graduates may choose to begin a career as an engineer and play an active role in the fields of Industry and Engineering. They can also choose to continue their education at our "Senko-ka (Advanced Courses)" for two more years in pursuit of their bachelor's degree. Furthermore, they can also take examinations for admission as a third-year transfer student to an undergraduate program of the University of their choice.
At Gifu National College of Technology, the aim of "the product design" is at the core of our engineering studies. Through our intensive curriculum, students acquire the advanced technical skills in order to enrich their education. While it is vital for Japan to continue to contribute to the world in the areas of high technology and information technology, international training of those who acquire advanced technical skills will become ever more critical as well. Gifu National College of Technology is the only school in Gifu prefecture to be authorized under the evaluation of JABEE, which conducts authorization in view of the world standard for tertiary level education system.
Our college has five departments: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electronic Control Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture. Concerning the specific characteristics of each department, please refer to the guidance section of this homepage. Each department attaches as much importance to computerization as to fundamental knowledge. Computer literacy and practical English, in addition to the special technological concentrations offered during the five-year education term, are the necessary passports to the highly-developed, information-oriented society of the twenty-first century.
Gifu Kosen's wide campus and well-designed buildings and facilities provide the perfect setting for a number of programs, including small-group instruction, a variety of club activities, All-Japan Inter-Collegiate Athletic Competition, Robot Contest and Programming Contest. More importantly, students can devote their time to studying in a very stimulating environment, while enjoying the necessary freedoms along the road to realizing their respective educational and professional dreams. We are sincerely looking forward to seeing motivated individuals who are interested in Gifu Kosen's "the product design" model of education.


Entrance Ceremony Speech (2017) National Institute of Technology, Gifu College

Welcome to National Institute of Technology, Gifu College (Gifu Kosen). We have fully blooming cherry blossom to celebrate today. I congratulate and welcome you and your family to be here in Gifu Kosen as a representative of faculty and staff members. We are happy to have you as new members of our college.
Today, 209 students entered to the five regular courses. 42 students entered at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electronic Control Engineering, and Department of Civil Engineering, and 41 students entered Architecture. In addition, 36 advanced course students including 4 international students entered today. We have total of 249 new students entered our college today. Again, we all faculty and staff members welcome all new students.
The regular course students had just graduated from junior high-school and entered to Gifu Kosen. You became Kosen students. If you entered high school, you will be called “seito.” However, we call you “gakusei” here in Gifu Kosen that is same as university students. The reason is you carry out practical technical education and general education at the same time, and we expect you to act responsively and awareness as Gifu Kosen students.
At Gifu Kosen, you will learn general education and technical education as well as ability of academic and engineering areas by professors’ supports. A sound student life is very important to you. Health is the most important factor of the sound student life. It is very simple to live healthy. You should keep ordered campus life, such as sleep well, having a well-balanced breakfast, and attend from the first class in the morning. I am quite sure that if you continue this simple daily routine until your graduation, you will live healthy and keep the sound student life.
I have become the president of Gifu Kosen in the first of April last year. I had experienced a lot last year as a president, and I would continue making effort to improve education, research, and social contribution. Moreover, I exert to improve club activities and extracurricular activities. When you graduate from Gifu Kosen, I sincerely hope you find it worth to study here in Gifu Kosen. I will request you to create new tradition of Gifu Kosen with us and to add another history to previous 55 years tradition.
I advise and request you several things based on my earlier student experience and my 40 years of researcher and professor experience.

First of all, please endeavor to greet people properly. Greeting is an introduction to communication. Students have to greet everybody not only faculty and staff members and guests but also other students. Please greet to everybody spontaneously.

Secondly, since you are in the impressionable student age, I recommend you to be interested in everything and try positively both study and other activities. You will study engineering, but it is important to expose to sports, arts and nature. One of my interests is bird watching and I am a member of Wild Bird Society of Japan. I found about 20 kinds of birds, such as oriental greenfinch, bulbul, dusky thrush, white wagtail, Japanese wagtail, titmouse, Japanese white-eye, shrike, Japanese pygmy woodpecker, egretta garzetta, ardea cinerea, and phoenicurus auroreus around Gifu Kosen last year. I can distinguish about 100 kinds of birds now, but when I entered high-school, I only could recognize a crow, a pigeon, and a sparrow. You may enjoy bird watching if you can distinguish birds singing during breeding season, this sounds called “song” in English, and different way of birds’ voice which is called “call” in English as well as visual aspect. Exposing to nature and arts would help you enrich your humanity.

Thirdly, I recommend you to read books other than school texts or technical books to educate yourself. Culture is not just a knowledge but it gives you zest for living. I had worked as director at Nagoya University Library for nine years, and more than 30 percent of students answered a survey that they did not read books which were not related to their study. The same result appeared at Tokyo University and other several universities. You can re-experience what authors go through and obtain knowledge by reading books. Moreover, book helps you broaden your mind and acquire ability to think.

Fourthly, I encourage you to meet many good friends whole you are a student so that you find friends who can share feelings of values and become your lifelong friends. I have many friends from high-school, undergraduate and graduate school. These friends are very important lifelong friends. It is different that you may meet friends after you graduated from school. If you face to a problem, you should organize yourself and think deeply. Then, you had better to talk to your friends as well as your faculty members, counselors and parents. Friends will be very precious to you.

At the end, I will explain the meaning of active learning, which has introduced at Gifu Kosen. Word “active learning” does not have particular definition, yet it is not just teachers lecture to students but students actively participate in learning. Students participate to classes independently and study interactively and deeply. Students acquire abilities to find problems as well as earn knowledge; moreover, they should develop corresponding to new social changes.
We all faculty and staff members will support your comfortable and healthy student life. I will repeat again, I will try hard for you to enjoy your student life here, and I hope you will find it worth to study here in Gifu Kosen.
Congratulations on your admission to Gifu Kosen today.

April 6, 2017/02/27
National Institute of Technology, Gifu College
President Yoshito Itoh


Graduation Ceremony Speech (March, 2017) National Institute of Technology, Gifu College

This beautiful early spring day, we all faculty and staff members are pleased to have the graduation ceremony of Gifu Kosen with guests, parents, and all the parties concerned. I congratulate graduating or completing students and their family on their graduation behalf of faculty and staff members of Gifu Kosen. We are happy that you graduate from Gifu Kosen. It is 50th graduation ceremony for regular course this year.

190 regular course students graduate and 19 advanced course students receive diploma today. 42 students from Department of Mechanical Engineering, 34 students from Electrical and Computer Engineering, 39 students from Electronic Control Engineering, 34 students from Department of Civil Engineering, 41 students from Architecture will graduate including 2 international students today.

All graduating students would had precious experiences such as extracurricular activities as well as general and technical education in Gifu Kosen for 5 or 7 years. I became a president of Gifu Kosen in April 1st last year from Nagoya University. I have many precious experiences during one year. I proud of all students initiatively manage Kosen-sai. The exhibitions and presentation of five regular courses were excellent. National tournament of Kosen sports festival was held in Tokai area, and Gifu Kosen became in charge of the festival in tennis and volleyball. Gifu Kosen was designed as global Kosen from National Institute of Technology this year. Many short-term exchange students had studied at Gifu Kosen and some students studied abroad to have valuable experiences. I had been to Vietnam to conclude academic exchange agreement with Hanoi Architectural University and Vietnam Central Civil Engineering University.

You will start working or continue studying at advanced course, other university or graduate school. You may have many alternatives in the future. At that moment, the conception of your life, in other words, you should think how you want to concept your life. Your life is only once, so you have to think how you live. In the U.S., essay, “sho ron bun” in Japanese, about life concept is often asked for college entrance exam.

People consider that they find it easy to choose their choices of life when they get older because they have grown mentally. However, it is said that people decide their core ideas around their 20’s and they do not change them very much. You consider yourself deeply and make your dream or aim.
I have been participating nature observation meeting once a month for 15 years, and I have issued books of logs every year. I was indicated “opportunity cost,” which was an economics word by one of my friends who read nature observation log book. Opportunity cost means that the real cost of doing something is including the cost of things that you cannot do because of the choice you have made. The friend advised me I should have issued a book which related to my specification rather than nature observation book.
Let me give you a simple example. As a rule man is included to be lazy. As you watch TV or play video games for a long time, you lose more opportunity cost.
Opportunity cost arises when people choose one of many choices at the same time they cannot choose all of their choices. Opportunity cost is one of important approach for decision making. Nevertheless, I personally focus on role of each choices as well as economical point of view when I plan my life. I like to expose nature and feel four seasons, and I select to report observation logs to share participants and people who may be interested in nature. You may make your decision by considering if the choice follows your life plan. Moreover you may consider if the choice helps you to improve yourself. You should think what you want to do for the future clearly before you make your decision.

Gifu Kosen has been adopted Acceleration Program for Education Rebuilding (AP) by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan for 6 years since 2014. We have created ICT educational environment, propelled active-learning, and visualized the educational achievement. That is students acquire how to learn initiatively and actively as well as acquire knowledge from professors. This means students acquire adaption to the change of time or solve problems by themselves. That is the ability to be able to accomplish a thing. You already have this ability.
You are always welcome to visit Gifu Kosen to discuss with faculty members if you have to make a big decision. You will have well human network by valuing friends or alumni from Kosen. Gifu Kosen is your spiritual home forever and you are always welcome.

I strongly hope you have your dream or aim high and make effort to achieve your aim. Furthermore, I wish your life would be fruitful and contribute to society. I celebrate that a great future is reserved for graduating or completing students and I pray for your success. Congratulations on your graduation today.

March, 17, 2017
National Institute of Technology, Gifu college
President Yoshito Itoh

 
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