A special ski event was held to international students of KIT at Northern Arc Ski Resort on 13th of January. Over 25 students from many different countries gathered at the university entrance early in the morning, boarded a specially prepared bus with teachers and drove to the Ski Resort. Upon arrival the students were handed their equipment and introduced to the instructors. Despite little experience in skiing, new skiers were dashing through the tracks and having lots of fun with help of instructors. Thanks to warm sunlight, friendly atmosphere and well-prepared ski suits, the whole event went well through the entire day and the group returned safely when the night was already setting.
They were very happy with having a new experience!
(article and picture : Dmitrii Tkachev)
International students listen to instructors
International students seeamachine cut and sort woods.
Okhotsk Subprefecture and The International Center held a forestry training course on 16th December 2022. 2 international students including me have participated in it.
In the morning, we first held a forestry briefing in the conference room. The lecturer introduced the future development of forestry in Hokkaido, daily work and technological development. In the afternoon, we drove to the forest in Rubeshibe for on-site learning. As soon as we arrived at the site, I saw a worker drive the machine to cut down the tall trees and cut them into several pieces of wood. The surrounding environment is also stacked with neatly cut wood, which will be sent to different factories for processing of different final products. I also entered the cab for practical experience.
Student from Indonesia said,"although it is cold in the forest in December, it is very interesting to see the process of wood treatment." In my opinion , this is a rare experience.
Ordinary people will only learn about the relics and history in the museum. But having experience on the site made us understand this industry and game me an unforgettable memory. I am very grateful to the staff for their hard work in introducing and arranging it.
(article and picture : Hsiang Wei-Jia)
On December 19th 2022, International Center held a curling event at Kitami Curling Hall and our instructor of this event was Teacher Kubo Hiromi. 6 students including me attended to this event to play curling. At first, we practiced the basics of curling, such as how to push the stone correctly. Then, we split our group in half, and we played a few matches against each other. Our team didn’t get any score. I found it a very hard sport to master. Miss. Kimei, from Malaysia, one of students attending the event, described her curling experience, “at first, I thought that it would be boring, because you only throw the stones. After the first try, I found that it was actually very interesting. It was harder than I thought, because you must control your power precisely. Now, I find it very fun“. Overall, we had a very fun time playing curling.
(Text by Aslan Lara, photo by Kubo-Hiromi)
students who participated in the event
Shiba performs music
The International Center held an event called “C hour” during the lunch break on December 7th,2022. In this event, Ms. Megumi Shiba, violinist and Okhotsk music representative, performed her favorite songs and some Christmas classics for the viewers.
She has been in the music industry for a long time,having started playing it since she was 3 years old. Shiba’s hometown is Kanagawa Prefecture, and in 2019 she moved to Kitami City, where she currently works as a music teacher.
In an interview after the event, Ms. Shiba said that she loved to see people being moved by performing her favorite songs. One of our teachers who participated in the event said as a comment after the event “live music is more moving and special than studio recordings”.
As for my personal impression, I was very happy that Ms. Shiba performed my favorite songs such as Beauty and the Beast and the Christmas music Silent Night at this event. She managed to bring many emotions to the viewers by performing a very skillful performance. (Arslan Javkhlan)
International students from KIT and Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine held an online meeting on 1st November. Three international students from each university participated in this meeting, explaining their schools and regions, followed by some discussions about their daily lives as international students.
Prof. Watanabe, Vice President of KIT, opened the meeting by saying, "I hope you will expand your circle of friends despite the epidemic of COVID-19”. The presentations by the international students followed, with Mr.Dashdondog Odkhuu (Mongolian) introducing his research and personal life, saying his "studying in Kitami has been very fulfilling”. Miss. Tan Pei Yu (Malaysian) explained Kitami's history and its barbeque culture, and Miss. Ngo Thi Thu Thao (Vietnamese) talked about the average living expenses of international students and how they spend their leisure time. International students of Obihiro asked questions such as "where can I find fashionable stores in Kitami?”.
Mr. Odkhuu explains KIT to Obihiro students
Ms.Fürst introduces a supermarket of Germany which does not use wrapping paper to reduce waste
Ms. Bianca Fürst, born in Germany and a representative of the NPO HakkenzanEcoCatering in Sapporo, gave an online lecture under the theme "Why not travel to Germany? on October 24 It is a part of the "Series of understanding different culture” organized by International Center. Ms. Fürst introduced Germany's efforts to address environmental issues.
Originally from Ulm in southern Germany, Mr. Fürst moved to Sapporo because of her interest in Japan and is now working on environmental issues. After showing wonderful scenery of her hometown with many photos, she explained some efforts in Germany to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by using public transportation and reducing car driving, as well as reducing waste by not using wrapping paper in supermarkets. Ms. Fürst said, "The environment in southern Germany and Hokkaido is similar. We would like to learn each other and create an energy-efficient society together”. Participants of this lecture asked her questions such as, "do they provide environmental education in German schools ?”
A project to improve living roads in Mongolia has begun on 4th October in Mongolia. It is overseen by Professor Dai Nakamura, a specialist of geotechnical engineering, and aims to make recommendations for appropriate countermeasures based on the assumption that the road damage is brought about by frost heaving of soils under the paved road.
This project was proposed by Kitami City and adopted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a "grassroots cooperation project" in 2020. Although it had been postponed due to the COVID-19, the implementation of the project was decided in August 2022, as the spread of infection has eased. The project will be carried out by the Kitami Council for the Promotion of International Technical Cooperation (KCPITC) until 2025.
In Mongolia, the average lowest temperature in winter is below minus 20 degrees Celsius, causing the soils under the paved road to freeze, which is considered the cause of uneven roads and cracks. However, due to the lack of experts in this field, inconvenient roads are left without any countermeasures. This project aims to verify the mechanism of frost heaving of soils under the paved roads and to propose countermeasures to engineers involved in road construction in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, In September and October 2022, Professor Nakamura and KCPITC representatives held the first face-to-face discussions with officials of the Ulaanbaatar City Road Development Department (UBRDD) and the Mongolian Institute of Geography and Geoecology (IGG) at the JICA Mongolia office in Ulaanbaatar. There was a lively discussion about the contents and direction of the project. "We would like to solve the frost heaving problem by making use of the research results and educational achievements of cold regions engineering that Kitami Institute of Technology has accumulated so far” said Professor Nakamura.
Inspection of laboratory at the Ulaanbaatar City Road Development Department
President Suzuki and President Furuta (left), after signing the agreement
Kitami Institute of Technology and Vietnam Japan University, Vietnam, concluded an academic cooperation agreement on October 15. This is the second agreement among Vietnamese universities for KIT. Both universities will promote exchange of students and faculty members in education and research.
Established in 2014 with Japanese cooperation, Vietnam Japan University has about 200 Vietnamese students studying specialized fields such as public policy and environmental engineering as well as Japanese language under Japanese curriculum and faculty. The agreement signing ceremony was held at the Japan-Vietnam University in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where President Suzuki Soichiro, signed the agreement and made a speech, "We hope to solve various problems together”. President Furuta Motoo, Japan Vietnam University, also called for cooperation between the two universities.
After the ceremony, an entrance ceremony was held, where President Suzuki addressed the new students, saying, "I hope you make many new friends during your student life”.
Kitami Institute of Technology (KIT) and Ha Long University in Vietnam signed a cooperation agreement on education and research on October 13th. This is the first agreement for KIT with a Vietnamese university. Two universities intend to increase academic exchanges of teachers and students in the future. Located in Quang Ninh Province in northern Vietnam, Ha Long University is a public university established in 2014 through the merger of two universities. The level of education and research in the field of tourism, environment, and foreign language is considered quite high in Vietnam. The signing ceremony of this agreement was held at the auditorium of Ha Long University, where President Suzuki Soichiro and Vice President Tran Trung Vi of Ha Long University each signed the agreement. In his address afterwards, President Suzuki expressed his aspiration to "contribute to the improvement of academic cooperation between Japan and Vietnam through the development of personnel exchange and joint research. After the ceremony, practical discussion was held, during which Vice President Vi proposed, "We would like to invite KIT professor to the Faculty of Environment. We would also like to promote student exchange".
President Suzuki and Vice President Vi (right) after signing at the signing ceremony
International students see a salmon just landed on the port in Syari
A training session to learn fish industry of Okhotsk region was held at the First Fisheries Cooperative Union in Shari Town in the morning of September 27th. Nine international students participated in this session and were amazed to see salmon being landed one after another at the port. Mr. Tadahito Sato, executive director of the 1st fishery cooperative of Syari, accompanied students and explained the process of sorting fishes at the port and how to catch fishes with nets in the sea. International students eagerly asked questions such as "how do you sort these salmons ?" and "how are the nets secured in the sea ?”.
A delegation from Quang Ninh Province in northern Vietnam visited Kitami Institute of Technology on September 11, They attended to a welcome ceremony and toured a laboratory of international students. It is unusual for a senior officials of Vietnamese provincial government to visit KIT.
The delegation was composed of 10-members, including Ms. Nguyen Thi Hain, deputy governor of the province, and Mr. Tran Trung Vi, vice president of Ha Long University, which is located in the province. Mr. Yasuharu Watanabe, Vice President of KIT, who hosted the welcome ceremony, introduced the university to the delegation, followed by the welcome of bouquets of flowers by international students. Vice Governor Hàinh, Vice President Vi, and Tsutomu Takebe, President of the Hokkaido Association for Relations with Vietnam also made a speech for further cooperation between 2 provinces.
After the ceremony, the participants visited the laboratory of Ms. Ngo Thi Thu Thao (2nd year, Master's course), an international student from Vietnam. Ms. Thao is conducting her research to reduce the toxicity of fungicidal components of pesticides left in the soil to prevent them from running off into rivers and harming fish. The tour group listened to Mr. Tao's explanation.
After the laboratory visit, the group moved to the Okhotsk Regional Innovation Research Park in Wakamatsu district, where Vice President Watanabe gave a briefing on the facilities.
On Thursday, July 28, from 1:00 p.m., a completion ceremony was held for Wonuk Seo, a short-term exchange student from South Korea.
Mr. Seo was originally scheduled to come to Kitami from October 2021, but due to the effects of COVID‑19, he was finally able to come to Japan in April of this year. Although his stay in Japan was shorter than planned, many of his friends attended today's graduation ceremony, which turned out to be a very lively event.
In the early part of the ceremony, Director Homma presented the student with the certificate of completion under the chairmanship of Lecturer Kubo.
After that, the Director of the Center and other Center for International Exchange staff gave their congratulatory speeches to Mr. Seo. Also, all the friends who were present at the ceremony gave their own one-word messages about their memories of Mr. Seo. From these messages, we could see that Mr. Seo had a good time with many friends.
Finally, a photo was taken in the courtyard. Everyone had big smiles on their faces, even though they were wearing masks. It was a very nice commemorative photo.
Mr. Seo will be leaving Kitami this month, but we hope he will come back to Hokkaido to visit again. Of course, we look forward to seeing him again when he goes on to higher education or finds a job!
Ms. Megumi Haga, a specialist of Korean movie and soap opera, made a conference speech in the lecture room of KIT on July 14th 2022. This is an event of "Learning Cross-Culture Series”, co-organized by International Centre and Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Sapporo. Not only KIT students but local residents attended to this conference with great interest.
Ms. Haga graduated from Hokkaido University and worked in Korea for several years. She teaches now Koeran at Hokusei Gakuen University. In the conference, she explained the difference between Korean soap opera and Japanese as well as how it was affected by Korean politics.
Ms. Cho Hye-sun of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Sapporo said, "I hope this event serves as an opportunity to increase understanding and interest in both Korea and Japan."
On July 6th, an activity report and concert by violist Ms. Shiba Megumi was held in the Institute. It is a part of event of International C-Hour during lunch break. International students and local residents listened to her experience of teaching music in Colombia and enjoyed the cello concert.
Ms. Shiba graduated from Tokyo National University of Music and since then has performed and taught domestically and internationally. Now she mainly teaches violin and viola lessons at Okhotsk Area.
She said, "I wanted to talk about areas outside of Hokkaido through music." Regarding the performance, she mentioned, "I tried to play the performance so that it wouldn't be hard”. Miss. Kimei, an international student from Malaysia, said, "It was fun to hear various stories through music. If I have a chance next time, I would like to participate again."
The university festival was held on the campus of ＫＩＴ on 25th and 26th June. Amid the excitement of various events such as club activities and laboratory experiments, the International Center held a kimono wearing and flower arrangement for international students on the 25th. Its aim is to deepen interest and understanding in Japanese culture for those students.
A Mongolian student who participated in that event said, "It was a strange feeling to be able to wear kimono directly that I had only seen before. Even if it's not a special day, I want to wear it at least once." He also mentioned about flower arrangement, "I was able to understand Japan's restrained beauty,".
In addition, dance parades and bingo contests were held at the atrium, and beautiful fireworks were also set off on the evening of the 25th.
Mr. Maxwell Stibbard Hawkes, a British CIR (Coordinator for International Relations) at the Hokkaido Government, gave an online conference during lunch time on 18th May. Around 20 people, mainly students, participated in this event and listened to his presentation about British towns and culture. Mr. Hawkes used to work as a language teacher in Shiranuka town and now works as a CIR for English-speaking countries and regions. Mr. Hawkes talked about the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom, its population and its culture using PowerPoint slides. After his speech, there were a couple of questions from participants, in which a student asked how he can study in the UK.
4-year undergraduate programs at one of two schools.
Students choose from 8 course programs.
While studying the basics, students deepen their knowledge in their fields of choice by creating their own study plan.
High level student support through the individual academic counselor system.
Small-group learning system with 4 (respectively 5) course programs in the two schools.
A dual career support system with a career advisor and the career support office.
Application Period： January 16-20, 2023
Admission Notification： February 15, 2023
Master's Program & Doctoral Program
Application Period for April 2023 Enrollment I： June 13-23, 2022
Application Period for April 2023 Enrollment II： January 16-20, 2023
Application Period for April 2023 Enrollment ： June 13-23, 2022
Notification of Admission：
Application Period for April 2023 Enrollment I： August 31, 2022
Application Period for April 2023 Enrollment II：February 15, 2023
Application Period for April 2023 Enrollment ： August 31, 2022
Check the KIT website for further application and program details.
1）Japanese as a Foreign Language
2）Mathematics : Course 2
3）Science: Physics , Chemistry
・Examination Language：Japanese or English (optional)
・SELECTION PROCESS：EJU Score, Letter of Recommendation, Academic Transcript
1）「Japanese as a Foreign Language」: a score of 200 points or higher
2）「Science (Physics, Chemistry)」and 「Mathematics (Course 2)」: A total score of 220 points or higher (for both subjects together)
Many international students of KIT receive scholarship from different type of programs as below.
Tuition waivers are also available for students with outstanding academic performance.
|Name||Stipends(JPY)||Number of recipients per year||Qualifications|
|1||KIT Benefits for Doctor Course Student||Free of total or half tuition fee||(not applicable for those getting through the screening)||・Doctoral students|
|2||KIT Benefits for Master Course Student who make promise to go to Doctor Course||Free of total or half tuition fee||(not applicable for those getting through the screening)||・Master's students|
|3||KIT Scholarship for Doctor Course Students||30,000JPY/month||(not applicable)||・Doctoral students|
|4||KIT Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students||Students who learn at KIT for:
・more than 3 months: 10,000JPY/month
・maximum amount to be paid is 120,000JPY/year
*This scholarship will be given only one time.
|(not applicable)||・Privately financed international student|
|5||JASSO Honors Scholarships||48,000JPY/month||・1 undergraduate student
・1 postgraduate student
|6||Japan Educational Exchanges and Services||30,000JPY/month
(Up to 2 years)
|・1 postgraduate student||・Undergraduate students from second to fourth grade
|7||Hokkaido International Exchange & Cooperation Center Foreign Student Scholarship||15,000JPY/month||・2 postgraduate students||・Postgraduate students|
|8||Kitami City Foreign Student Support Fund||200,000JPY/year||・15 students||・Regular students|
|9||The Korean Scholarship Foundation||Undergraduate: 25,000JPY/month Master: 40,000JPY/month Doctor: 70,000JPY/month||(not applicable)||Regular students from South Korea who are: ・under 30 years old and are learning at undergraduate school (over second grade) ・under 40 years old and are learning at postgraduate school|
|10||Rotary Yoneyama||Undergraduate: 100,000JPY/month Postgraduate: 140,000JPY/month (until completion and maximum 2 years)||・1 undergraduate student ・3 postgraduate students||・Regular students who are able to communicate in Japanese
*Following students have priority with the selection:
・those who had entered in April
・those who are at final grade
*This scholarship considers the nationality balance of each students.
|11||Sato Yo International Scholarship Foundation（Autumn Recruitment）||Undergraduate: 120,000JPY/month
|(not applicable)||・Regular students from ASEAN or Southwest Asian countries who are learning at undergraduate school
*Students must be over second grade when they win this scholarship.
Around JPY 50,000 (monthly)
JPY 35,000 +utility cost (JPY 10,000-）（monthly）
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