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Nautical and Maritime Engineering Training, and Maritime Systems Education in Toba

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Established in 1881, National Institute of Technology Toba College is the oldest continuously-operated and one of five maritime colleges in Japan. The aim of the college is to bring up proficient technical experts. Besides, they are expected to acquire the autonomous and cooperative quality with rich creativity and high sense of culture as well as the techniques on specialized fields.

Toba College is located the center of Ise-Shima National Park. The campus faces a calm inlet of Ikenoura. Behind the campus rises Mt. Asama (555 meters above the sea) with a toll road named Ise-Shima Sky Line. The location of the campus is good with ease of access. Toba is one of the famous sightseeing spots as well as Ise-Grand Shrines and Futami-Ga-Ura and lots of holidaymakers visit here throughout the year.

After the academic course for four and half years students of Maritime Technology Department spend one-year practical training as apprentices on large sized training ships by the Institute for Sea Training of Independent Administrative Institution. Apprentices will make a long distance navigation practice under the instructors of the Institute.

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Note: Most of the programs are conducted in Japanese.

Training Programs

Maritime Technology Programs


  • Nautical Program: Nautical program is for Deck Officers and Captains. They are inevitably responsible for lives on board, vessels, and safe and economical conveyance of very valuable cargo to its destination. The course offers programs to meet such responsibilities sufficiently.
  • Marine Engineering Program: Marine Engineering Course offers programs for Engineering Officers and Chief Engineers. They must be skillful marine engineers with a thorough knowledge of main engine and auxiliaries and other engineering plants.

Advanced program

  • Advanced Program (Maritime Systems Major): The Advanced Course at the college is a continuation of the five or five and a half years’ curriculum, and it aims to provide a highly professional education for the students’ future careers. The Advanced course consists of the Maritime Technology department-based Maritime System Major and the Information Control and the Mechatronics-based Production System Engineering Major. 
  • Students who complete the requisite course credits are recognized as being equivalent to those who have finished 4 years of university education, and are awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Maritime Technology or Engineering. After graduation, further research in a master’s course at another university, or the obtainment of a position in a company is possible future career paths.

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