Kyushu Institute of Technology (KiT)

Kyutech, 九州工業大学

Kyushu Institute of Technology is one of the 87 national universities in Japan. Located in Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, it is dedicated to education and research in the fields of science and technology. It is often abbreviated to KIT and sometimes to Kyutech.

The first president of KIT, Yamakawa Kenjir? who studied at Yale University declared that the aim of the school was to produce “gentlemen well versed in technological skills” (gijutsu ni tann? naru shikunshi). Nowadays the university aims to produce both ladies and gentlemen with these skills, and enjoys a high reputation with employers.

Founder’s day is May 28. It coincides deliberately with the Battle of Tsushima of May 27-May 28, 1905 – the decisive naval battle in the Russo-Japanese War. Admiral Tougou Heihachirou once visited KIT, and his visit is commemorated in the school’s archives, as is that of Okuma Shigenobu.