Institute for Global Network Innovation in Technology Education


Greetings from the Directors

Greeting from the director of ICCEED

The International Cooperation Center for Engineering Education Development (ICCEED) was originally planned to act as a key research center for engineering education and was designed to facilitate Japan's international cooperation with developing countries. The center was eventually established at Toyohashi University of Technology (Toyohashi Tech) in April 2001, following the establishments of the center for education development, which was founded at Hiroshima University in the 1997 fiscal year (FY); the center for agricultural education, which was founded at Nagoya University in the 1999 FY; and the center for medical education, which was founded at the University of Tokyo in the 2000 FY. Thanks to Japan's national universities becoming corporatized in 2004, ICCEED has been collaborating with local and overseas researchers to form and manage international cooperation projects that focus on engineering education.

ICCEED was transformed in October 2013, and partnered with the Institute for Global Network Innovation in Technology Education (IGNITE). ICCEED was given the following missions:

  1. Form and manage international cooperation activities primarily with aid agencies
  2. Enhance cooperation with international education and research institutes/organizations and explore the new partners
  3. Facilitate exchange agreements
  4. Enhance education by cooperating with overseas institutions/organizations,
  5. Formulate and foster the university's' strategy of internationalization.

To explore the university internationally, ICCEED collaborates with the Core of International Relations (CIR) and Core of International Education (CIE) to form IGNITE.

As the countries of Asia show rapid growth, international cooperation will become more of a reciprocal relation. Japan's need for internationalizing its students has increased, igniting the desire to enhance partnerships with other universities in developing and developed countries.

We organized the ICCEED Steering Committee to discuss the central policy of our center and manage other important issues. The committee members include representatives from related government ministries and agencies that focus on international cooperation and higher education.

We express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for your kind support and cooperation with the center. We plan to continue meeting your expectations.

Hiroyuki Daimon

Greeting from the director of CIR

In 2012, the National University Reform Enhancement Promotion Project was launched. As part of this, in October 2013 Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) established the Institute for Global Network Innovation in Technology and Education (IGNITE) in order to co-ordinate and strengthen its contribution to global education. Working under the umbrella of IGNITE, the mission of TUT's Core of International Relations (CIR) is to advance the international activities of the university by promoting further student exchange. We not only provide support for international students on campus such as by language training, but we also promote opportunities for Japanese students to study and work abroad. In addition, the CIR itself will contribute to the internationalization of the campus by becoming a meeting place for students of various backgrounds.

Hiroyuki Daimon

Greeting from the director of CIE

The Institute for Global Network Innovation in Technology Education (IGNITE) was established in October 2013 to enhance and explore educational globalization, which is enforced by the "National University Reform Enhancement Promotion Project" organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. Core of International Education (CIE) was established under IGNITE to accomplish the following missions:

  1. Establish and manage Toyohashi Tech Overseas Education Base (TUT-USM Penang)
  2. Plan and provide special global-education programs at TUT-USM Penang
  3. Offer and apply industrial training structured with Management of Technology (MOT)
  4. Offer and apply e-learning for global education
  5. Plan and implement global faculty-development (FD) and staff-development (SD) programs

In particular, CIE will send Toyohashi Tech students as "International Students" to activate our TUT-USM Penang. By enforcing this internship training, we will cultivate engineers with global mindsets. We desire for our students to obtain global mindsets through the TUT-USM Penang activities, to collaborate with industries to acquire manufacturing in international context, and to rediscover Japanese culture while simultaneously absorbing multinational culture. In addition, we hope that through assimilating dynamics and by developing deep friendships at Penang, students can be motivated to carve out a strong path for their future.

In conclusion, we are sincerely grateful for your kind support and cooperation to accelerate our activities.

Lim Pang Boey

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