nagaoka university of technology phd admission

Nagaoka University of Technology (長岡技術科学大学, Nagaoka Gijutsu Kagaku Daigaku), abbreviated as Nagaoka Gidai, is a national technology university founded in 1976 in Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan. It is one of only two Universities of Technology, a form of university in Japan, the other being Toyohashi University of Technology in Aichi. Many students from colleges of technology, a 5-year college called “kosen” in Japan have enrolled. The university requires 4th year students to spend up to five months on-the-job experience (internship) in private enterprises, government agencies, and elsewhere. Having a high employment rate in the national universities in Japan.

Organization

Faculty

  • School of Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical, Electronics and Information Engineering
    • Materials Science and Technology
    • Civil Engineering
    • Environmental Systems Engineering
    • Bioengineering
    • Management and Information Systems Engineering

Graduate School of Engineering

  • Master’s Program
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical, Electronics and Information Engineering
    • Material Science & Technology
    • Civil Engineering
    • Environmental System Engineering
    • Bio-engineering
    • Management and Information Systems Engineering
    • Nuclear System Safety Engineering
  • Doctoral Program
    • Information Science and Control Engineering
    • Materials Science
    • Energy and Environment Science
    • Integrated Bio-science and Technology
  • 5-years Doctoral Program
    • Science of Technology Innovation

Graduate School of Management of Technology

  • Professional Degree Course
    • System Safety

Research and Faculty Programs

  • The 21st Century Center Of Excellence Program (MEXT)
    • Creation of Hybridized Materials with Super-Functions and Formation of International Research & Education Center (2002–2006)
    • Global Renaissance by Green Energy Revolution (2003–2007)
  • Support Program for Contemporary Educational Needs (MEXT)
    • Development of cyclical education that incorporates Geen Technology practices
  • Program for Promoting High-Quality University Education (MEXT)
    • Practical Meister system of technological education
    • Restructuring of Fundamental Engineering Education based on Universal Design Concept

History

  • 1976 Nagaoka University of Technology was opened
  • 1978 Matriculation ceremony of the first undergraduate class was held
  • 1980 Graduate School (Master’s program) was established
  • 1986 Graduate School of Engineering (Doctoral program) was established
  • 2000 Course was reorganized
  • 2006 Integrated Bioscience and Technology course (Doctoral program) and System Safety (Professional Degree Course) was established
  • 2012 Nuclear System Safety Engineering course (Master’s program) was established
  • 2015 Science of Technology Innovation (5-years Doctoral program) was established

Research and Instructional Centers

  • Center for Faculty Development
  • Center for General Education
  • Language Center
  • Physical Education and Health Care Center
  • Analysis and Instrumentation Center
  • Technology Development Center
  • Center for Machining Technology Development
  • Extreme Energy-Density Research Institute
  • Center for International Exchange and Education
  • Center for e-Learning Research and Application
  • Information Processing Center
  • Radioisotope Center
  • Sound and Vibration Engineering Center
  • Center for Science and Mathematics
  • Center for Multimedia System
  • Techno-Incubation Center
  • Research Center for Advanced Magnesium Technology
  • Center for Green-Tech Development in Asia
  • Research Center for Safe and Secure Society
  • Advanced Methane-Utilization Research Center
  • Gigaku Innovation Promotion Center
  • Intellectual Property Center
  • Top Runner Incubation Center for Academia-Industry Fusion
  • Center for Integrated Technology Support (CITS)

Nagaoka University of Technology (National)

Graduate School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Program nameDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, International Graduate Program for Human Resource DevelopmentDegrees:Master of EngineeringCredit and years needed for graduation:30 credits, 2 years


International Students

Objectives of the University
The remarkable strides made in Japanese science and technology over the last few decades have been accompanied by no less outstanding achievements by Japanese industry. The time has already arrived in which there is the need for a new approach to science and technology, one that can facilitate the formation of a positive, balanced, and supportive relationship between human’s environment and the progress and needs of industry.
This vital goal requires the training of a new generation of engineers, steeped in practical expertise and a creative approach to the tasks they are faced with Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT) was founded for the purpose of this important undertaking.

Basic Philosophy
NUT aims to establish itself as an indispensable member of global society, a university which creates GIGAKU with a proactive approach to societal change, produces engineers with practical, creative capabilities and a spirit of service who will lead society into the future, and places emphasis on graduate-level education.

Development of Leading Engineers
NUT provides common classes to every student in order to foster their management skills and establish cultural, social, and international knowledge. This is consistent with the university’s goal of graduating talented people who are not only highly competent in their respective fields but also capable of undertaking effective organizational leadership.
(The Phoenix at Nagaoka Fireworks)

NUT has been pursuing international exchanges with universities and research institutes all over the world. The university has concluded about 100 Academic and Educational Cooperation Agreements and developed various international collaborative education programs including twinning programs. Currently about 320 international students from about 30 countries and regions are studying at the university. This corresponds to about 13 % of all the students at the university, which is a considerably high ratio among Japanese universities.
NUT joins Top Global University Project and improves the study environment for foreign students proactively.
(Ski Tour for International Students)

Nagaoka City
As Nagaoka is the second biggest city in Niigata Prefecture, JDS fellow will enjoy urban life here. As it is a hub city of high speed transportation system: Jouetsu Shinkansen, Kanetsu Expressway, and Hokuriku Expressway, and it is easy to go to other big cities: it takes only one and half hour to go to Tokyo by the Shinkansen. In summer you will be impressed to see the best fires works in the world on August 2nd and 3rd.In winter, you will join ski tour for International Students.

(Cherry Blossoms in NUT)

The school of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE) aims to throw up practical engineers who can plan, design, construct and maintain infrastructure. NUT has been actively accepting international students who are working professionals including government officers for about 30 years. The JDS fellow also follows this principle and studies for 2 years. The JDS fellow can be supervised by sub supervisors as well as main one. One salaried tutor supports the fellow with related to start-up of private life as well as academic work for first 3 months.

SCEE has eleven professors, thirteen associate professors, eight assistant professors and one research associate. Fifteen professors and associate professors offer their classes in English and the rests offer their classes in both English and Japanese. The JDS fellow can obtain all credits for his graduation without any recognition of Japanese language. Most of staff have international research network with mainly Asian countries. SCEE has two foreign professors, two professors who have experience to teach at Asian Institute of Technology for two or three years as JICA experts, and nine professors who stayed abroad more than one year.
The number of professors who study Transportation Planning, Infrastructure Planning and Management, City Planning, and Road Engineering with related to this development issue was ten. These professors who have strong relationship with this development issue can supervise the JDS fellow.

Features of the Program


(Metro station construction site in HCMC)

Development of transportation infrastructure and human resource who can plan, operate and maintain them comprehensively are necessary in order to obtain sustainable economic development. As it is very difficult to study all fields for only two years, the JDS fellow studies “Mathematical Programing”, “Cost Benefit Analysis” and “Statistics and Multivariate Analysis” at first. These subjects are basic subjects in infrastructure planning and management field but cover wide application range.
Next, he studies “Transportation Demand Forecast”, “Supply Chain Management”, “Urban Planning and Development”, and/or “Infrastructure Maintenance” according to his research topic. He has also opportunities to learn disaster management both in classrooms and on fields. Niigata prefecture experienced frequent floods and landslides so that lessons are stored historically at administrative and community level. He can take a course relevant to this topic.
Furthermore, he can study the basis of infrastructure management from the viewpoint of infrastructure planning by analyzing how to minimize life-cycle costs of an infrastructure. One of the possibilities is to consider its easiness for maintenance works after the service commencement. He can research related topics, too.

NUT has MOU with International University of Japan at Urasa in Niigata, which has one of the highest reputation for MBA program. The JDS fellow can take some courses such as “Public Policy Process” and “Policy Modeling” to improve his skill as a government officer. The JDS fellow participates in long-term internship to improve his practical ability for political design or so. Finally, he write master thesis that deals with practical problems in Vietnam.
Other features are described below:

Special lecture of outside experts: We will invite experts who has intimate knowledge of transportation infrastructure development in Asia. We plan to invite prosessors at University of Tokyo and at Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
Intercommunion with Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT): Our school has frame agreement with Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau of MLIT. The JDS fellow learns the Japanese experience about administration of transportation through site visit and opinion-exchanging meeting, and develops the ability of policy design and administrative capability.
Attendance at international student seminar: In order to obtain the information about the newest technology of transportation infrastructure planning and management, the JDS fellow has an opportunity to join international student seminar, such as “Shinkansen Summer Seminar for International Students” organized by The University of Tokyo, Japan Railway Technical Service, JR EAST and JR Central.
Internship opportunity: NUT has long experience of long-term internship since its establishment and obtains high appreciation. Students study practical issues at private companies or public office for 5 months. The JDS fellow is also dispatched to a private company or public office and obtains the ability.
Attendance at Conference of Infrastructure Planning and Management: As many international students and experts attend the conference from all over Japan, it is very helpful to have human network with them.
Attendance at seminar in Vietnam after graduation: We plan to hold seminar about development of transportation infrastructure with Vietnam-Japan University and The University of Tokyo (e.g. Prof. Hironori KATO) in order to follow up the JDS fellow after his graduation.

Necessary Curriculum to Obtain the Degrees

For all students who belong to the Master’s Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering, the basic requirement for course work is to take 30 credits or more, including 9 credits from compulsory courses. Most of the compulsory courses are directly relevant to thesis completion, which is also required to complete the degree.

Compulsory Courses (Master’s Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering) (9 credits)
  • (a) Seminar:
    Seminar on Civil and Environmental Engineering 1 (1 credit)
    Seminar on Civil and Environmental Engineering 2 (1 credit)
    Seminar on Civil and Environmental Engineering 3 (1 credit)
    Seminar on Civil and Environmental Engineering 4 (1 credit)
  • (b) Research Work:
    Research work of Civil and Environmental Engineering 1 (2 credits)
    Research work of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2 (2 credits)
  • (c) Lecture:
    Research Integrity (1 credit)
Elective Courses (Master’s Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering) (21 credits from below)

Elective courses are categorized into two subjects: general academic subjects and specialized subjects. 6 credits and more are taken from general academic subjects and 15 credits and more are taken from specialized subjects.

  • (a) General Academic Subjects (6 credits)
    (1) International Relations; (2) Japanese Industrial Development Experience; (3) Technology and Public Policy; (4) Gigaku Innovation and Creativity; (5) Academic Presentation; (6) Academic Argument; (7) Advanced Japanese Language I; (8) Advanced Japanese Language II.
  • (b) Specialized Subjects (15 credits)
    (1) Advanced Transportation Planning I; (2) Advanced Transportation Planning II; (3) Advanced Infrastructure Planning and Management; (4) Supply Chain Management; (5) Advanced Urban Planning I; (6) Advanced Urban Planning II; (7) Advanced Road Engineering; (8) Advanced Disaster Management Engineering; (9) Energy Economics*; (10)Decision Behavior Theory*; (11)Business Strategy*; (12)Technological Innovation and human Beings*; (13) Public Policy Process**;(14) Policy Modeling**; (15) Advanced Geotechnical Engineering I ;.(16) Advanced Geotechnical Engineering II; (17) Advanced Environment and Disaster Prevention Engineering; (18) Advanced Noise Control Engineering; (19) Advanced Fluid Mechanics; (20) Advanced Topic on Atmospheric and Hydrosphere Science; (21) Advanced Concrete Engineering; (22) Advanced Structural Engineering; (23) Advanced Water Environmental Engineering I; (24) Advanced Water Environmental Engineering II; (25) Advanced Environmental Protection Engineering.
    *offered by the Master’s Program in Information and Management Systems Engineering
    ** offered by International University of Japan (in process)

Number of International Students

We are actively working to accept international students. Now we have 268 international students from 20 countries and regions.
(as of May 1, 2021)

CountriesUnder
graduate
Students
Graduate StudentsNon-degree StudentsTotal
Master’s ProgramDoctoral Program5-year Integrated
Doctoral
Program
Vietnam2921109 69
China1823192264
Mongolia25221 30
Mexico19711 28
Malaysia12421 19
Thailand1 86 15
Indonesia1531 10
Sri Lanka 361 10
India 6   6
Cambodia12   3
Bangladesh  3  3
Myanmar 11  2
Pakistan 2   2
France  1  1
Tunisia 1   1
Korea1    1
Spain 1   1
Venezuela  1  1
Senegal 1   1
Lao1    1
Total1087957222268

Support for International Students

Nagaoka University of Technology has established various support systems for foreign students to enjoy life smoothly as students and residents.

1 Educational Support Programs

Mastering Japanese language is necessary for life and study in Japan. It is not uncommon that differences in educational methods from students’ mother countries or technical vocabularies in a course of study become an obstacle to understand class contents even in the basic subjects of study at the Faculty of Engineering. These problems are dealt with mainly by the Center for International Exchange and Education. Analyzing international students’ needs and levels of Japanese language, the division of Japanese language education offers widely various Japanese language subjects according to their needs and levels of proficiency. The division of specialized education provides educational support by, for example, giving advice on make-up lessons related to basic specialized subjects.

2 Student Life Support Programs

International students, all of whom have come from different countries and cultures, might have various anxieties about life and study in Japan. To alleviate those concerns even a little, Nagaoka University of Technology strives continually to improve its support programs. It actively uses the following systems and opportunities for consultation.

1. Center for International Exchange and Education

This consultation center addresses the needs of international students. In addition to educational support programs, it is in charge of daily life guidance and the promotion of exchange with the local community.

2. Student Consultation System

For all NUT students, we provide advice related to various problems of health care, school attendance, etc. Particularly after entering NUT, we allocate advisory teachers for students who have not yet been assigned to a laboratory and provide consolations more closely.
[Regarding consultations on LGBT+ matters]
Nagaoka University of Technology has established the “Guidelines for Serving LGBT+ Students in Nagaoka University of Technology(PDF:342KB)” to ensure respect for sexual diversity; to prevent discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or identity; and to enable all students to experience a fair and equal university life. The Student Support Center’s “Student General Consultation Window” provides consultations on LGBT+ matters. Student with any problems shold feel free to contact them.

3. Institutional Guarantee System

This system becomes useful on the occasion of procedures for renting an apartment, NUT guarantees, as an institute, international students who have difficulty in finding joint surety on their own. The Division of International Affairs is in charge of the system.

4. Scholarships

There are systems by which international students can apply for scholarships and which are specialized for international students. The Division of International Affairs takes charge of all such systems.

5. Mutsumi-kai

This volunteer group of local residents was launched to support international students of Nagaoka University of Technology. It plans and implements life counseling and various exchange events.

Postal code940-2188
Address1603-1 Kamitomioka-machi, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata
Department to contactSection 1 of Admissions Office
Phone0258-47-9271, 9273
Fax0258-47-9070
International Students ExaminationThere is special selection.
Admission capacitya few (for the 2022 school year)
Applicants9 (for the 2021 school year)
Successful candidates3 (for the 2021 school year)
Number of international students108 (for the 2021 school year)
Number of privately financed international students67 (for the 2021 school year)
Application fee17,000 yen (for the 2021 school year)
Admission fee282,000 yen (for the 2021 school year)
Tuition per year535,800 yen (for the 2021 school year)
Application to delay payment or receive a refundNot available.
RemarksExpenses vary depending on the year of enrollment.
The admission fee, tuition fee etc. for 2022 are not decided.
Department(s)Mechanical Engineering, Electrical, Electronics and Information Engineering, Materials Science and Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bioengineering, Information and Management Systems Engineering
Distribution of application formsEnd of July
Availability of previous examsNo previous exams available.
Entry (Spring)April, 2022 entry
Application categoryExamination for privately financed international students
Starting date for application submissionDecember 7, 2021
Deadline of applicationDecember 10, 2021 (must arrive by this date)
Notification of examination resultJanuary 20, 2022
Admission procedures – Application from outside JapanAvailable.
Admission procedures – Visiting Japan for entrance examNot necessary.
Sections of exam prepared by the college or universityApplication screening process, EJU, Score of TOEIC or TOEFL
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) – Designated subjectsJapanese as a Foreign Language, Mathematics 2, Select 2 subjects from Physics, Chemistry or Biology.
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) – Referred examExams from November, 2020 onwards
English examinationTOEIC or TOEFL
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)Not necessary.
RemarksYou must take TOEIC (SP [open test]) or TOEFL (PBT [paper version] or iBT [internet version]) since January of the last year. You must submit the score as an application document.

Addmission Schedule

Admission Schedule (As of March 23, 2021)

Undergraduate Program

FY2022

Privately-Financed International Students(April Enrollment)
Application PeriodDecember 7 – 10, 2021
Screening ProcedurePaper screening
Notification of AdmissionJanuary 20, 2022

Master’s Program

FY2021

International Students(September Enrollment)
Application PeriodApril 19 – 22, 2021
Date of ExaminationMay 18, 2021
Notification of AdmissionJune 10, 2021

Note:Examination is held at Nagaoka University of Technology. Applicants from overseas may be exempted from coming to the university for the examination, subject to the approval of our graduate school.

International Students recommended by Academic Cooperation Agreement Universities(September Enrollment)
Application PeriodApril 19 – 22, 2021
Screening ProcedurePaper screening
Notification of AdmissionJune 10, 2021

FY2022

International Students(April Enrollment I)
Application PeriodMay 31 – June 3, 2021
Date of ExaminationJuly 1, 2021
Notification of AdmissionJuly 15, 2021
International Students(April Enrollment II)
Application PeriodOctober 27 – November 1, 2021
Date of ExaminationNovember 16, 2021
Notification of AdmissionDecember 2, 2021
International Students(April Enrollment III)
Application PeriodJanuary 17 – 20, 2022
Date of ExaminationJanuary 31, 2022
Notification of AdmissionFebruary 17, 2022

Note1:Examination is held at Nagaoka University of Technology. Applicants from overseas may be exempted from coming to the university for the examination, subject to the approval of our graduate school.

Note2:Some majors don’t carry out a “April Enrollment III”, depending on the application situation as of the “April Enrollment II”.

SDG Professional Course (September Enrollment)
Application DeadlineSeptember 30, 2021
Screening ProcedureEvaluation of the application documents and an interview (including ones through an electronic media)
Notification of AdmissionJanuary 20, 2022

Doctoral Program

FY2021

September Enrollment
Application PeriodApril 19 – 22, 2021
Date of ExaminationMay 18 – 19, 2021
Notification of AdmissionJune 10, 2021

Note:Examination is held at Nagaoka University of Technology. Applicants from overseas may be exempted from coming to the university for the examination, subject to the approval of our graduate school.

FY2022

April Enrollment I
Application PeriodAugust 16 – 19, 2021
Date of ExaminationSeptember 15 – 16, 2021
Notification of AdmissionOctober 7, 2021
April Enrollment II
Application PeriodJanuary 17 – 20, 2022
Date of ExaminationJanuary 31 – February 1, 2022
Notification of AdmissionFebruary 17, 2022

Note:Examination is held at Nagaoka University of Technology. Applicants from overseas may be exempted from coming to the university for the examination, subject to the approval of our graduate school.

SDG Professional Course (September Enrollment)
Application DeadlineSeptember 30, 2021
Screening ProcedureEvaluation of the application documents and an interview (including ones through an electronic media)
Notification of AdmissionJanuary 20, 2022

5-Year Integrated Doctoral Program

FY2021

September Enrollment
Application PeriodApril 19 – 22, 2021
Date of ExaminationMay 18, 2021
Notification of AdmissionJune 10, 2021

Note:Examination is held at Nagaoka University of Technology. Applicants from overseas may be exempted from coming to the university for the examination, subject to the approval of our graduate school.

FY2022

April Enrollment I
Application PeriodMay 31 – June 3, 2021
Date of ExaminationJuly 1, 2021
Notification of AdmissionJuly 15, 2021
April Enrollment II
Application PeriodAugust 16 – 19, 2021
Date of ExaminationSeptember 15, 2021
Notification of AdmissionOctober 7, 2021
April Enrollment III
Application PeriodJanuary 17 – 20, 2022
Date of ExaminationJanuary 31, 2022
Notification of AdmissionFebruary 17, 2022

Note1:Examination is held at Nagaoka University of Technology. Applicants from overseas may be exempted from coming to the university for the examination, subject to the approval of our graduate school.

Note2:“April Enrollment III” will be carried out in case depending on the application situation as of the “April Enrollment II”.

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Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate55%
Admissions RequirementsGraduation from high school and entrance examination
Academic CalendarApril to March (April – August; September-December; January-March)
Enrollment2,500
Full time employee250
Student:staff ratio10:1
Engineering7,340 / 95,155
Chemistry5,824 / 90,041
Physics5,545 / 68,967
Materials Science4,908 / 63,041
Automation and Control engineering1,010 / 17,185
Computer Science958 / 8,258
Biology924 / 28,454
Optical Engineering834 / 8,555
Metallurgical Engineering790 / 17,177
Environmental Science629 / 8,610
Chemical Engineering610 / 8,827
Artificial Intelligence (AI)479 / 3,635
Inorganic Chemistry394 / 12,469

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