AboutTTI MessagesNew Campus Organization & Scale Chronology of TTI History and Mission of TTI

Message from Masatami Takimoto, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

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One of our aims in establishing Toyota Technological Institute (TTI) was to provide good educational and research opportunities with low financial burden to those who, though eager to study, entered the workforce without experiencing higher education. Such opportunities help to cultivate people who will contribute to society. We have been fortunate to receive employees from many companies who recognize the significance of being a student and the importance of learning through first-hand practice.

In 1993, we accept general high school graduates with no work experience. TTI's main objective is provide high-quality education to prospective students with a mix of those with and without experience in the workforce, by which truly innovative engineers and scientists with rich sense of humanity be cultivated through close collaboration with industry.

After the establishment of the doctoral program in 1995, we developed high-quality cutting-edge research fields and, as a result, received support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for the establishment of large-scale research projects such as the Special Funds for the Creation of Strategic Research Infrastructure. This has led to TTI's proactive interaction with industries and other institutions and the high evaluation of our research.

In this way, we continue to improve TTI as a unique institution with great significance in the 21st century and aspire towards the development of practical research and cultivation of people who, through involvement with TTI, continue to have great ambitions and provide momentum to the world.

Message from Hiroyuki Sakaki, President

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Toyota Technological Institute (TTI) is the smallest, but perhaps, the most unique college of technology ever built in Japan. It was born in 1981 as one of the social contributions of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), following the will of TMC's founder, the late Kiichiro Toyoda; he had a hope of setting up a college when TMC reached some stage of success, as he believed that the promotion of high-level education and research would be essential in building advanced technology and industry in Japan.

At TTI, some 50 faculty members conduct top-level research and provide quality education to about 500 students, following our motto: "Respect the spirit of research and creativity, and always strive to stay ahead of the times." The motto is the words of Sakichi Toyoda, an outstanding inventor, who laid the basis of the Toyota group about a century ago by his invention of automated weaving machines. This spirit of creativity has been passed onto his son, Kiichiro, and further down to TTI, where it serves now as the guiding principle of our daily educational and research activities.

Students of TTI attend first a set of core lectures not only to master the common basis of engineering disciplines but also to learn the fundamentals of human beings and our social systems. Then, each student chooses a specific field, where deeper studies are made to establish his/her specialty with multi-disciplinary perspectives. TTI students also go through extensive hands-on experiential studies on campus as well as off-campus internships in industry and oversea research institutions. In addition, both the undergraduate and graduate students get high-level research experiences in well equipped laboratories to nurture their ingenuity and creativity.

We truly hope that through these unique educational programs every TTI student develops superb professional competence of both academic depth and width so that he/she can contribute for the betterment of society in future as a techno-industrial leader in the global environment.

In addition to our endeavors for leading engineering education, every possible effort is being made to make TTI one of high-level research universities. For this objective, TTI provides each faculty a supportive environment to accelerate quality research of respective discipline; at the same time, TTI coordinates a set of such research works to promote several multi-disciplinary research programs by using the framework of research centers and by arranging internal and external supports. Smart Vehicle Research Center and Smart Energy Technology Center are two of such examples, where outstanding research activities on autonomous vehicles and high-efficiency solar cells are conducted through academia-industry collaborations.

In closing this message, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Government of Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation, and all other organizations that have generously provided various forms of support to TTI.

 

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