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
Centennial SIT Action (an action plan for the 100th anniversary of SIT’s founding); 2018 survey on university reputations among high school students
How is SIT positioned?; international outlook highly evaluated; figures showing SIT’s progress on becoming more global; multifaceted programs
Changes in numbers of female teachers and students from 2014 to 2018
SIT Research Vision; helping develop ability of science and engineering teachers; guarantee on education quality; evaluation of recent educational and research reform
Achievements (ranking for actual job placement rate to 400 renowned companies and changes in this rate over recent years); media coverage of SIT; overseas internship programs
Research done at SIT; promotional video; laboratories in seven branches of study
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.
“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)
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
|4||Shibaura Institute of Technology|
International outlook ranking of Asian engineering universities
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
Ranking of Japanese universities that dispatched students overseas under partnership agreements and other exchanges in 2017 academic year
|2||Kansai Gaidai University||1,525|
|4||Kwansei Gakuin University||1,449|
|5||Shibaura Institute of Technology||1,025|
|6||University of Tokyo||1,021|
|9||Josai International University||858|
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. "
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.
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.
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.
SIT promotes gender equality as part of its efforts to facilitate diversity and inclusion because we firmly believe that diversity drives innovation.
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.
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.
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.
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 Vision
- Promotion of industry-academia joint research
- Improve the research hub’s environment
- Expand volume of research results
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
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.
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
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.
|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
SIT’s past job placement record
Changes in job placement rate by fiscal year (undergraduate, graduate and total)
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|
|9||TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION||9||1|
|TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT||9||3|
Data on employment and other paths of FY2018 graduates
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 approach
Ranked 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 approach
Ranked 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.