Our Vision 校長メッセージ
To foster creative innovartors who can collaborate with others to positively contribute to today's global world.
International College of Technology Kanazawa President
Innovation for a Fast-Changing World
As the pace of change in society, industry, and the workplace continues to increase, as science (understanding of the world) and technology (ability to change the world) rapidly advance, and as opportunities and needs of society constantly shift, we can never know in advance exactly what specific skills, attitudes, and knowledge today’s young people will need in order to function effectively in the future world. We no longer live in a world where we can graduate a student with a body of knowledge and a set of skills and expect that knowledge and those skills to be sufficient, or applicable, throughout an entire career. For today’s world, graduates must be able to learn and adapt, to seek opportunities, to meet and overcome challenges, and to see the big picture of the society they live in and their role in it. For this, young people must be empowered to take control of their own continuing life-long learning and growth.
As in society as a whole, in the workplace the need for innovative ways to meet new, often unexpected, challenges also increases. To successfully function in and contribute to society, our graduates will need to be able to find original and innovative solutions, based on sound analysis of problems and needs. In a world of constant change, the need for innovation will be constant. Innovation is both a set of attitudes and a set of skills. Innovation requires an open and inquiring mind, the inclination to think critically, and the fortitude to learn from setbacks. It also requires the ability to identify and analyze problems, to research and learn, to share and collaborate, and to create. At ICT, our aim is to graduate innovators who can constantly learn from and respond to change while making the best of opportunities to bring about positive change.
In educating innovators, our focus is on three key areas: Creativity, Global Competence, and Motivation.
Technology, a fundamental aspect of our lives, is creativity. It is an important way in which we interact with our environment to build our society and live our lives. It is part of what makes us human. Insight into the fundamental processes of engineering, and of the interaction of engineering with other aspects of society, is essential for all citizens, and an increasingly crucial part of preparation for contributing to society and leading an active, fulfilling life.
At ICT, we emphasize the design process of engineering in order to foster creativity and a sense of the values of monozukuri. Our framework for this is the CDIO Initiative…
2. Global Competence
The world economy is now integrated to the extent that almost every workplace has links with other workplaces around the world. No one today can afford to limit their vision to a particular locality, or to ignore opportunities afforded by interaction and collaboration with industry in other countries. To prepare our graduates for such opportunities, ICT offers a strong and motivating English language program, backed up by valuable opportunities for experiencing living abroad, and integrated with the technical and professional training.
Learning anything worthwhile takes time and effort. It is therefore essential for the learner to have a strong personal commitment to learning. Such commitment comes from understanding the usefulness of the knowledge and skills to be learned, from a sense of moving forward toward a worthwhile goal, and from an ongoing sense of accomplishment. At ICT we take care to foster and maintain learner motivation. We do this on a variety of fronts. We ensure that the level of instruction matches each student’s current abilities. We provide a rich learning experience that goes far beyond books, blackboards, and lectures to include goal-oriented projects, hands-on learning experiences, collaborative learning, community and international service learning.
Innovation is quickly changing today’s world into tomorrow’s world, the world in which today’s young people will strive and flourish as innovators who continuously grow and develop in their skills and knowledge. ICT itself is ready to meet the rapidly-approaching challenges of tomorrow through continuous innovation.