In the 1950s, Japan experienced a surge in demand for qualified and competent engineers after it saw a significant expansion in the country’s industry. This prompted the Japanese government to set up an institution, specifically geared towards technology in order to meet the growing demand.
On April 1,1965, the Kitakyushu National College of Technology or KCT was founded.
As an institution that was created to educate students on a wide range of science and technology, KCT is composed mainly of five departments: the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronics & Control Engineering, Control & Information Systems Engineering, and the Department of Electrical Engineering. Soon other schools were also established in order to meet the demand for further studies and other specialized courses.
KCT is also home to various labs, research centers and facilities which are aimed to further provide students and researchers with vital know-how and sufficient training, allowing them to be successful in their chosen fields. In the world of robotics, this Japanese institution is just as notable as other universities worldwide.
KCT was highly credited for the development of two robots that can detect bad breath and foot odor. These robots are called Kaori-chan, which is a disembodied female head, and a robotic dog, Shuntaro-kun.