The progress of Japanese postwar industry has been so dramatic that the demand for highly educated technological experts has been increasing. Currently in Japan there are three types of higher education institutions:
universities, junior colleges, and colleges of technology. The colleges of technology, which were first established in 1962, accept junior high school graduates so that they may have more time to make progress in their research field. National Institute of Technology (KOSEN), Kure College was established in 1964. We educate those students for five years so that they may become research or design engineers who will contribute to the development of industrial technology.

In order to achieve our goal, we have created our own unique academic programs, which are made up of programs from both senior high schools and universities.

To keep pace with the advancement of scientific technology, a part of the school education law was revised in 1991 for college of technology students who wish to continue their studies after graduation. Consequently, a new advanced engineering faculty system was created within the college of technology system for the purpose of instructing special courses, and guiding students’ research to deeper and more specialized levels. A two-year advanced engineering program was made available at National Institute of Technology (KOSEN), Kure College in 1998.


Founded :1962
Opened : 1964
Features : National Institute of Technology (KOSEN), Kure College ( “Kure KOSEN” in Japanese) has a unique component: a 5-year engineering course starting in the 10th grade, with a subsequent 2-year advanced
Degrees Granted :
- Associate degree for 5-year course
- Bachelor degree for 2-year advanced course

KOSEN School System

General Education

The general education provides students with necessary knowledge as well as fundamental student skills in preparation for their more specialized study. As students move to a higher grade, the number of general subjects decreases while the students are required to take more specialized subjects. Moreover, elective subjects are provided (Japanese Literature I, Economics, Mathematics Lectures, Biotechnology and Oral Communication II for 4th year students; Japanese Literature II, History Lectures, International Relations, Psychology and Management for 5th year students). The students are allowed to take a course in one of these subjects, reflecting on current trends in modern society, according to their interests. Moreover, fourth and fifth year students can take one of the following foreign languages: German, Chinese, Korean, or English.

Technical Education

Mechanical Engineering
The objectives of the Department of Mechanical Engineering are to train mechanical engineers who can succeed in industries of various kinds, and to inspire ambition to contribute to the progress of society as well as to achieve their own dreams.
Students in the lower grades are required to pursue fundamental education related to machinery, although students in the upper grades study specialized subjects such as information processing, robotics, and computer aided design (CAD). We also offer many creative subjects to foster students’ ability to think innovatively. Our consecutive curriculum from the fourth year through the advanced course meets the international standard. It is also accredited by the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE).

Electrical Engineering and Information Science
Since recent industrial innovations have been developed by technological integration of electronic information and its related engineering fields, expectations are running high for engineers with technical abilities not only in electrical engineering, but also in information sciences. From the fourth grade, the Energy Control course and Information Communication course are provided to foster research and development skills through lectures on special subjects, advanced exercises, and a graduation thesis.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering is “engineering for people” and is essential to building the social infrastructure necessary for people to live comfortably and safely together with nature.
The purpose of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to bring up engineers who have the advanced skills and broader vision to handle environmental problems.
This department has two courses. In the "Construction System" course, students study the maintenance skills of infrastructure, such as bridges, tunnels, and roads. In the "Environmental System" course, students study atmospheric air, water quality, and soil. This system of courses provides training for specialists in each field by studying the foundations of civil and environmental engineering in the lower grade, followed by specialized knowledge and the most recent skills in the higher grade.

Architecture and Structural Engineering
Architecture and structural engineering consist mainly of four fields: structure, environment, planning, and designing. Students therefore need a diverse education, not only in natural sciences such as mathematics and physics, but also in the humanities such as history and arts.
In the Department of Architecture and Structural Engineering, students acquire technical knowledge and skills to plan and design safe and comfortable living spaces, ranging from small private homes to large cities. The curriculum includes building construction, construction environment, computer drawing, computer graphics, and architectural model production. Graduates find jobs at architectural design offices, housing contracting firms, and construction companies; many graduates have acquired a license as a first-class architect and have been active in this field.
The Department of Architecture and Structural Engineering has been accepting international students from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Iran, Brazil, Gabon, Laos, and other countries. While studying here, international students enjoy elements of the Japanese lifestyle such as taking off their shoes before entering a home, and sitting on the floor, instead of a chair. In Hiroshima, we have some notable architecture including the A-bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine, each of which is designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site. This environment is well suited to studying architecture. After graduating from National Institute of Technology (KOSEN), Kure College, most international students choose to attend other universities and graduate schools and serve in active roles as architectural engineers.

Advanced Course

Project Design Engineering
In order to nurture human resources capable of responding to the turbulence of our society where globalization and innovations are constantly advancing, in 2016 we unified two courses Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Architecture and Civil Engineering to establish the current one, Project Design Engineering course. Increasing the quota of advanced course to 40, which is the 25% of that of the associate degree program, along with this reorganization, we have successfully reinforced the 7-year integrated education system that continues from the 5-year associated degree program to the 2-year advanced course.
Students in this advanced course are supposed to achieve the following three purposes. The first one is to deepen that they learned in the associated degree program so that they will get equipped with more multiple knowledge. The second one is to find their own questions by themselves and design the entire projects to deal with such questions. The last one is to foster rich humanities and to let themselves internationalized so that they can respect others, which should be the base of the formers. To this end, its curriculum is carefully selected.