Strength of SIT

Since being selected as the only private science and engineering university for the Top Global University Project in 2014, Shibaura Institute of Technology has implemented a wide range of reforms to prepare our school for the future.

We are dedicated to providing SIT students with the skills they need to unlock their full ability, and we have a proven track record of achieving this.

This website provides information about SIT’s efforts to become more internationalized and boost gender equality, education and research, and job placements for SIT graduates. 

SIT’s expertise built on experience

SIT is implementing a range of measures under “Centennial SIT Action,” an action plan compiled in preparation for the 100th anniversary of SIT’s founding in 1927.


University Mission
“Fostering human resources with science and engineering backgrounds who can learn from and contribute to the world


SIT has become an increasingly attractive higher-education option, according to a survey on university reputations among high school students in the 212th issue of “College Management” published in September 2018 by Recruit Co., Ltd.

Preferred university ranking (figures from “College Management”) 

 Ranked 5th among overall science-major applicants (up from 15th in 2017) 

Ranked 14th among female science-major applicants (up from 43rd in 2017) 

Ranked 19th overall (up from 29th in 2017)
Centennial SIT Action

Global outlook

SIT is the only private science and engineering university selected for the Top Global University Project sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and receiving support from the ministry for 10 years from the 2014 academic year. We are implementing multifaceted activities to boost the internationalization of SIT, which aims to foster engineers capable of playing pivotal roles on the global stage.

Efforts to become more internationalized highly evaluated

SIT ranked 4th among Japanese private universities, 14th among engineering universities in Asia

The improvement in SIT’s internationalization has been a major factor pushing SIT up the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. SIT ranked 4th among Japanese private universities for internationalization and 14th among engineering universities in Asia. SIT logged the top growth rate for internationalization among 50 engineering universities in Asia.
SIT is close to its goal of being one of the top 10 engineering universities in Asia based on internationalization.

Internationalization ranking of Japanese private universities

RANK NAME
1 Sophia University
2 Rikkyo University
3 Waseda University
4 Shibaura Institute of Technology
5 Toyo University

International outlook ranking of Asian engineering universities

RANK NAME COUNTRY
1 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
2 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
3 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
4 Israel Institute of Technology Israel
5 Jordan University of Science and Technology Jordan
6 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Malaysia
7 Comsats Institute of Information Technology Pakistan
8 Tsinghua University China
9 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
10 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Taiwan
11 Institut Teknologi Bandung Indonesia
12 National University of Science and Technology Pakistan
13 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology South Korea
14 Shibaura Institute of Technology Japan
15 Harbin Institute of Technology China
(External link) Click here for the English website of the THE World University Rankings 2019

How is SIT positioned?

Ranked 44th in THE Japan University Rankings 2019

To attain a global-minded approach in a true sense, our past performance also must be objectively assessed. SIT ranked 44th in the THE Japan University Rankings 2019 released in March 2019 by Times Higher Education, a British weekly magazine specifically covering higher education. SIT ranked 48th in 2018 and 58th in 2017.

Ranked 44th in THE Japan University Rankings 2019

Internationalization data at a glance

Quantifying how globalized an entity has become can be difficult, but the number of students SIT dispatched abroad and that of international students it accepted – two key indicators of the level of internationalization – is rising sharply. These figures have increased since the 2013 academic year, a year before SIT was selected for the Top Global University Project.
Number of SIT students dispatched abroad from 2007 to 2018Number of SIT students dispatched abroad from 2007 to 2018
Number of international students accepted from 2011 to 2018Number of international students accepted from 2011 to 2018

Ranking of Japanese universities that dispatched students overseas under partnership agreements and other exchanges in 2017 academic year

Ranking University Students dispatched
1 Ritsumeikan University 1,543
2 Kansai Gaidai University 1,525
3 Waseda University 1,478
4 Kwansei Gakuin University 1,449
5 Shibaura Institute of Technology 1,025
6 University of Tokyo 1,021
7 Rikkyo University 922
8 Doshisha University 883
9 Josai International University 858
10 Meiji University 852
Source: Japan Student Services Organization survey on Japanese students studying abroad in 2017 academic year (results released in January 2019)

Multifaceted programs

SIT offers highly specialized, global project-based learning and language training programs in engineering

"SIT offers global project-based learning (PBL) in Japan and abroad in cooperation with companies and overseas partner universities as part of so-called active learning, in which students actively get involved in classes and learn collaboratively.

In global PBL, SIT students form project groups with students from various backgrounds at overseas partner universities and participate in workshops to explore and solve problems found in their specialist science and engineering fields. In addition, SIT offers more specialized programs that require students to write a paper.

Participation in PBL and language training programs helps students acquire four abilities essential for becoming globally competent human resources: communication skills; the ability to identify and solve problems; the ability to understand diversity and act globally; and technology management. "
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A master’s program taught completely in English

Establishment of Global Course of Engineering and Science

SIT established the Global Course of Engineering and Science as a master’s program at its Graduate School of Engineering and Science in the 2017 academic year. Lectures in this course are given completely in English. Japanese students enrolled in this course are required to study abroad for at least one quarter and deliver a presentation on their master’s thesis in English. International students must participate in an internship program in Japan, among other requirements. As of April 2019, 12 students were enrolled in this course. The first class of nine students graduated in the 2018 academic year.
Multifaceted programs

Learning specialized subjects in English

Global Program established at the College of Systems Engineering and Science

In the 2017 academic year, the Global Program – in which students must take specialized subjects taught in English, study abroad for at least one semester and conduct graduation research in English – was established at three departments of the College of Systems Engineering and Science. Sixteen students are currently enrolled in this program, and the first class of nine students graduated in the 2018 academic year. In the 2019 academic year, the program was extended to all five of the college’s departments.
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Collaboration with other universities and companies

SIT has promoted projects not only for its own development but also to become an entity that leads other universities, companies and society as a whole.
Global Technology Initiatives (GTI) Consortium

SEATUC(South East Asian Technical University Consortium)

This organization was formed in 2006 with partner universities in Southeast Asia. SIT, which is a central member of this consortium, is deepening ties with Southeast Asian nations.By leading and promoting such activities and getting other organizations involved, SIT is carrying out the kind of reforms that cannot be done by one university alone and boosting efforts to foster globally minded human resources with science and engineering backgrounds.
SEATUC シンポジウム

Related links

Global PBL at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (dispatch program, 2 minutes 1 second)
Global PBL at SIT (student acceptance program, 3 minutes 24 seconds)

Gender equality

SIT promotes gender equality as part of its efforts to facilitate diversity and inclusion because we firmly believe that diversity drives innovation.
工学女子を育てよう!プロジェクトFemale SIT students teach computer programming to female elementary and junior high school students in what we call the “project to foster engineer girls.”

Five years of solid progress

SIT has proactively hired female teachers; assigned assistants to female researchers whose research time is constrained by childbirth, childcare and nursing care; and held various events for female elementary and junior high school students. As a result, the number of female teachers and students at SIT has increased.
Five years of solid progress1
Five years of solid progress2
These undertakings earned SIT the top prize in the education category of the Women’s Social Participation Awards presented by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in fiscal 2015. SIT also was the only institute to receive the highest rating of “S” among 13 institutions in the fiscal 2015 Program to Support Research Activities of Female Researchers (general type), which is a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology initiative to develop human resources in science and technology.
女子中高生特設ブース

Education and Research

SIT is dedicated to providing students with a top-class education and conducting outstanding research. These efforts are steadily coming to fruition. This is evident numerically in our achievements and also in external evaluations.
Education and Research1
Education and Research2

Research

SIT Research Vision

SIT has developed SIT Research Vision, a plan to boost research output, to build a “center for generating knowledge and regional cooperation.” SIT will pursue the two goals of establishing a world-class research hub through joint international projects and contributing to society through joint research with local governments.
Three key measures for SIT Research 
  • VisionPromotion of industry-academia joint research
  • Improve the research hub’s environment
  • Expand volume of research results

Related links

Research projects entrusted by companies and other entities, and joint projects and those adopted for grant-in-aid programs for scientific research sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

projects1Joint research projects
projects2Entrusted projects

Techno Plaza

SIT brings together the latest experiment devices at the Techno Plaza facility (the Common Equipment Center) on our Toyosu campus, where teachers, students, international students and researchers from various industries can freely use the equipment. This shared experiment facility helps researchers conduct research that transcends the boundaries of their respective fields.
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Education

Guaranteeing a high-quality education

Rated “S,” the highest mark in a midterm evaluation of the Acceleration Program for University Education Rebuilding (AP)

The “S” evaluation was given to four programs that combine Theme I (active learning) and Theme II (visualization of learning results), or 19 percent of all 21 programs offering the combined themes, as well as 14 projects, or 18.2 percent, of the 77 projects in the overall AP project.

Reform to realize a four-year systematic active learning program to encourage student-initiated learning Visualization of students’ learning results and securing time for study outside the class (preparation and review, etc.), which is essential for accreditation Strengthen project implementation system
Introduction of an internationally used course numbering system and active learning to large classes through a two-way communication system Revising the learning portfolio, presenting a syllabus that indicates time required for studying outside of class, and launching the learning management system that has functions including recording the time spent studying. Continuously conducting surveys, getting feedback on SIT reform efforts, setting up an active learning and assessment office, dispatching teachers and staff members in charge of the AP, and holding educational reform workshops through cooperative work among teachers, university staff and students.

Evaluations of recent educational and research reform

SIT is the only private university selected for four categories of the Comprehensive Support Program for Private University Reform for six consecutive years

Teachers, university staff and students have worked hand in hand to push educational and research reform, an endeavor highly evaluated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Japan has about 700 private universities, but only SIT was selected in the following four categories of the Comprehensive Support Program for Private University Reform for six consecutive years.

Undertakings for the fiscal 2019 program

Category 1 Qualitative change in education 

Support for a qualitative change in education under a university-wide system (including more active learning by students at their own initiative) 

SIT is crafting an educational management system involving teachers, university employees and students to realize education goals under the leadership of the university president. It also is systemizing active learning that encourages student-initiated study and implementing faculty and staff development programs with the aim of guaranteeing and enhancing the quality of education by caring deeply about “what students have learned.”

Category 2 Community development 

Support endeavors that contribute to community development, admission of adult students and lifelong learning 

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has selected SIT for the Center of Community Project. As such a center, SIT works with local governments where its campuses are located to enable students and laboratories to proactively tackle problems in these communities.

Category 3 Collaboration with industry and other universities 

Support a high level of education and research in collaboration with industry and other universities 

Students conduct joint research with companies or entities entrusted by companies, producing numerous results through this industry-academia collaboration. As a center of science and engineering education, SIT holds seminars for faculty and staff development projects for other universities, and fosters human resources together with over 170 Japanese and overseas companies and universities that form the GTI Consortium.

Category 4 Globalization

Support diverse projects to develop a global-minded approach, such as improving the environment for facilitating internationalization at the university as well as in the community 

SIT, the sole private science and engineering university selected for the Top Global University Project, has increased the number of students it dispatches overseas and that of international students it accepts. It fosters engineers capable of playing an active role on the global stage by honing their language skills and improving support systems available to them.

Developing the capabilities of science and engineering teachers and staff members

Re-designation as a “center of science and engineering education for joint use” by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister


SIT’s Center for Promotion of Educational Innovation has been designated as a “center of science and engineering education for joint use,” which serves as a hub for education-related cooperative work. This designation of the center, which also will be the venue for organizational seminars for university staff, including faculty members, runs from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2024.

The designation system is aimed at realizing diverse, high-level education across the entire university education system by enabling university facilities and institutes to be used by other universities. SIT is the only private science and engineering university to be designated as such.

Since it was first designated for three years in 2016, SIT has implemented programs in science and engineering fields for itself and other universities, and welcomed lecture requests and consultations from other universities. SIT’s nationwide undertakings as a model for science and engineering education and its outstanding record were highly evaluated during the re-designation process.

Job placement record

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Job placement record2
Job placement rate is one indicator that shapes a university’s reputation. SIT is one of Japan’s highest-ranked universities when it comes to graduating students landing good jobs – 69.8 percent of students who graduated in the 2018 academic year were employed by large corporations with more than 500 employees. These companies regard the practical skills and problem-solving abilities graduates nurtured while they were SIT students as assets that could be used immediately in society, and our new graduates perform well in jobs in various fields. Media outlets have reported SIT’s eye-catching job placement record at 400 renowned companies and the high regard in which company officials in charge of personnel affairs hold our students. Some of these stories are listed below.

High percentage of SIT students get jobs at 400 renowned companies

A high percentage of new SIT graduates get a job at 400 major companies that are listed on the Nikkei Stock Average and are widely known and popular among university students. SIT’s ranking among private universities with more than 1,000 new graduates climbed from seventh in 2017 to fourth in 2018.

2017 2018
Ranking University Job placement rate (%) Ranking University Job placement rate (%)
1 Keio University 46.5 1 Meiji University 37.2
2 Sophia University 38.3 2 Tokyo University of Science 36.8
3 Waseda University 37.7 3 Sophia University 33.5
4 Tokyo University of Science 34.6 4 Shibaura Institute of Technology 31.2
5 Doshisha University 31.2 5 Aoyama Gakuin University 30.9
6 Gakushuin University 30.6 6 Doshisha University 30.5
7 Shibaura Institute of Technology 30.5 7 Meiji University 28.4
8 Aoyama Gakuin University 29.0 8 Gakushuin University 27.5
9 Kwansei Gakuin University 28.4 9 Kwansei Gakuin University 26.7
10 Meiji University 28.2 10 Rikkyo University 25.8
Source: “Ranking of universities with high ‘job placement rates at renowned companies,’” released on September 14, 2018, by Daigaku Tsushin (report by Shigeru Izawa).

Changes in SIT’s rate from 2014 to 2018
FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
22.9% 23.8% 28.3% 30.5% 31.2%

SIT’s past job placement record

Changes in job placement rate by fiscal year (undergraduate, graduate and total)

SIT’s past job placement record

Major employers of graduates (FY2018)


Company name Number of people Number of women
1 East Japan Railway Company 29 3
2 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 26 4
3 Central Japan Railway Company 24 2
4 Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. 15 1
5 Canon Inc. 10
SHIMIZU CORPORATION 10 2
TODA CORPORATION 10
Azbil Corporation 10 5
9 TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION 9 1
Takenaka Corporation 9 1
TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT 9 3

Data on employment and other paths of FY2018 graduates


Media coverage

Toyo Keizai Online 

Actual job placement rate by university
SIT ranks No. 1 among universities with more than 2,000 new graduates for fifth straight year
5th in 2015,  41st in 2016,  28th in 2017,  10th in 2018,  8th in 2019   among all universities)

Source: Toyo Keizai Online/Daigaku Tsushin
“Latest! Top 150 universities that have strong job placement figures” (by Shigeru Izawa, published on July 26, 2019)
“Latest issue! Ranking of ‘really strong universities’” (by Shigeru Izawa, published on July 14, 2018)
“Latest! Top 300 universities that have strong job placement figures” (by Kenji Yasuda, published on August 4, 2017)
“Ranking of ‘really strong universities’ based on job placement rate” (by Kenji Yasuda, published on August 5, 2016)
“Latest! Top 300 universities that have strong job placement figures” (by Toyo Keizai, published on March 3, 2016)
Toyo Keizai Weekly special issue: Universities that are really strong in 2019 

Universities that stand out for their education, research, financial base and global-minded approachRanked 6th among private universities (20th ranked in all Japanese universities)

Toyo Keizai Weekly special issue: Universities that are really strong in 2018 (Toyo Keizai Inc., published on May 23, 2018)
Toyo Keizai Weekly special issue: Universities that are really strong in 2018 

Universities that stand out for their education, research, financial base and global-minded approachRanked 11th among private universities (23th ranked in all Japanese universities)

Toyo Keizai Weekly special issue: Universities that are really strong in 2018 (Toyo Keizai Inc., published on May 23, 2018)
Nikkei Career Magazine special feature: Job placement power ranking – the 2019 edition of high-achieving universities 

Survey of university perceptions held by company personnel affairs officials
Ranked 7th among private universities
Ranking by item
Ranked 6th in creativity

Nikkei Career Magazine special feature: Job placement power ranking – the 2019 edition of high-achieving universities (Nikkei HR, Inc., published on June 6, 2018)

Overseas internship programs

As universities become increasingly globalized, students have more opportunities to work around the world after graduation. Many SIT students gain work experience abroad before they graduate and acquire the knowledge needed to become global engineers.
Ms. Ayane Sato, a third-year student (at the time) at the Department of Architecture and Building Engineering, College of Engineering

  • Internship provider: Singapore Branch Office of Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Internship period: August 27–September 7, 2018


I did two weeks of practical training. I accompanied Penta-Ocean Construction employees to a construction site in the first week and spent most of the second week checking interior working drawings at the office. I am studying building information modeling (BIM) at university, so I requested an explanation about how Penta-Ocean Construction actually uses this modeling. A BIM Promotion Department employee explained in detail about how the company uses this modeling.

Only about 10 Japanese were among the hundreds of workers at the Singapore construction site. As I watched people communicating in English there, I could visualize myself using English while working abroad in the future.

I have always wanted to work in a construction-related field. This internship clearly showed how what I am learning at university will be useful in my career, which made me even more interested in continuing my studies.
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Video Library

Introduction to research by SIT (6 minutes 30 seconds, English)
Promotional video (3 minutes 31 seconds, English)
Venture into the world with technology – 01 Mechanical engineering branch – Laboratory introduction (4 minutes 31 seconds, Japanese)
Venture into the world with technology – 02 Life science branch – Laboratory introduction (2 minutes 59 seconds, Japanese)
Venture into the world with technology – 03 Material science/chemistry branch – Laboratory introduction (4 minutes 38 seconds, Japanese)
Venture into the world with technology – 04 Electricity, electronics and information branch – Laboratory introduction (3 minutes 10 seconds, Japanese)
Venture into the world with technology – 05 Mathematical science branch – Laboratory introduction (2 minutes 57 seconds, Japanese)
Venture into the world with technology – 06 Construction branch – Laboratory introduction (6 minutes 01 second, Japanese)
Venture into the world with technology – 07 Design branch – Laboratory introduction (4 minutes 49 seconds, Japanese)
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