Tokyo Institute of Technology, otherwise known as Tokyo Tech, is a national leading science and technology university in Japan. Tokyo Tech comprises undergraduate and graduate programs spread out across its three campuses – Ookayama, Suzukakedai, and Tamachi Campuses. The campuses are all located in and around the dynamic metropolis of Tokyo, and all feature easy access to all the excitement Tokyo and the nearby city of Yokohama have to offer.
With aspirations to be a global leader in the fields of science and technology, Tokyo Tech has cultivated an academic and holistic environment that can support all of its research activities. The university has equipped itself with some of the best supercomputers and cutting-edge laboratory equipment, as well as a comprehensive library well-stocked with science and technology-related literature. To encourage both individual and group studies, Tokyo Tech further supports its students by offering the use of a number of classrooms as free study spaces after lectures are over.
Tokyo Tech also has numerous facilities to support international students, especially those who have come to Japan for the first time. For example, the Student Guidance Room offers all sorts of guidance and counselling in English for non-Japanese-speaking students, all of which is kept in strict confidence. There is also a Health Service Center, where students can obtain support for their physical and mental health. Finally, there is also the HUB-ICS (International Communications Space) where students and staff of Tokyo Tech can engage in cross-cultural exchanges in English, Japanese, and other languages. The space is equipped with materials and fixtures such as a television and computers to facilitate such interactions.
The Ookayama Campus is nestled in the center of Tokyo a mere minute walk from Ookayama Station and close to major stations like Shibuya and Shinjuku. Most of Tokyo Tech’s undergraduate students conduct their studies on this campus, giving Ookayama Campus a young and vibrant community. A highlight of Ookayama Campus is its Main Building – a landmark structure of Tokyo Tech as well as a cultural and historical example of early Showa modern architecture. Another interesting feature is the Mount Fuji View Slope – a spot located in front of the Healthcare Center where students can obtain a spectacular view of Mount Fuji on bright and sunny days.
Also located in the heart of Tokyo, in Minato City, is the Tamachi Campus. This Campus houses institutions such as the Tokyo Tech High School of Science and Technology (Tokyo Tech’s affiliated high school), the Tokyo Tech Campus Innovation Center, and the Graduate School of Innovation Management among others. Consequently, the Tamachi Campus has an interesting mix of high-school students, graduate students, and working adults – a great representation of Tokyo Tech’s aspiration for lifelong learning.
The Suzukakedai Campus is situated between the major cities of Tokyo and Yokohama and therefore offers easy access to either exciting cities. This campus is home to Tokyo Tech’s many research centers, laboratories, and exhibitions spaces. For example, the Peripatos Gallery is an art gallery featuring paintings and sculptures by students from the Joshibi University of Art and Design in collaboration with Tokyo Tech. Another fascinating aspect is the Exhibition Space, which exhibits the results of Tokyo Tech’s pioneering research in fields such as earth sciences, information science and biotechnology.
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