Background,Key Concepts

Background: Taking the Long View

The history of artifacts reflects that of humankind. In Japan the history of production stretches back more than ten thousand years. During that time the Japanese people imbibed various influences from China, Korea, and the other countries even as they nourished their own ways of production. Their efforts have resulted in highly developed skills and technologies.

At the same time, it must be acknowledged that not all the products of such a long history of human creation have contributed to peaceful cohabitation. Some, in fact, have done just the opposite. Additionally, we now recognize the threat to the survival of life on earth that resulted from the habit of carelessly producing and discarding anything that may be momentarily useful.

Our immediate future therefore requires specialists who can go beyond the application of scientific knowledge and technological skills to production. Humanity needs people who are also fully skilled in economics, management, and ethics, and who are able to go beyond mere utility in making sound and just decisions Such individuals, to whom we entrust our future production, shall be called technologists.

In the city of Gyoda, in Saitama Prefecture, not far from Japan’s capital city of Tokyo, an institute has been operating since 2001 for the purpose of educating and training such technologists. It is known as the Monotsukuri Institute of Technologists.* The Institute endeavors to guide students toward a new age of production.

“Institute of Technologists” is the official English descriptor bestowed on this institution by Prof. Peter F. Drucker, social ecologist and renowned professor at Claremont Graduate School in California.

Key Concepts behind the Establishment of Institute of Technologists

The prosperity of our country depends on industrial development based on Monotsukuri–Production. To realize this goal, it is essential to nurture and expand educational environments in which ext-generation aspirants can dedicate their creative passion and ideals to creating products. With the support of the central government, local governments and industrial circles, “Institute of echnologists” was founded in April, 2001 to realize the ideal of nurturing aspiring creators with “skills”, “wisdom” and “spirit” for technologist and developing the industry.

Structure of IOT

Faculty of Technologists
Total number of students:1200
Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering
Number of students:150/year
• The Machine Design Program
• The Robot System Program
• AI/Information Systems Course
• The Production System Program
Department of Building Technologists
Number of students: 150/year
• The Timber Construction Program
• The Structure Construction Program
• The Finishing and Interior Program
• The Architecture Design Program

Basic Ideals

  1. Practical education that directly helps industry and craftsmanship
  2. Education and research that facilitate a combination of skills, science, technology, art, economy
    and environment
  3. Education that can respond to the needs of the time and society
  4. Education of human resources abounding with spontaneity, originality and cooperativeness
  5. Management education for on-site leadership and entrepreneurship
  6. International flexibility for globalization tides on skill, science technology and social economy


Based on the six basic ideals, “The Institute’s goal is to promote education and research concerning practical industrial art with a combination of high-level skills and techniques and to nurture technologists with rich social skills and strong ethical standards. In addition, the Institute’s mission is to contribute to increasing public evaluation of the industry and to world development".