Q & A at Asahikawa National College of Technology

1. Involvement in general

Q1-1 What kind of school is Asahikawa National College of Technology?
National College of Technology was established in 1953 as a five-year higher education institution for the purpose of training technicians for junior high school graduates in order to resolve the shortage of engineers due to Japan's rapid growth. It is school. (As of FY2018, 51 national schools, 3 public schools, 3 private schools) Asahikawa National College of Technology was established in 1962 as a first term school. Since then, many human resources have been sent to industry as one of the bases of engineering education in Hokkaido. The school rules are a free school style based on self-study, but conversely, they require learning habits and lifestyle habits that discipline themselves, think and act independently.
Q1-2 What is the difference from high school?
The training period for high school is 3 years, and for technical college 5 years. Colleges of technology are located in the same higher education institutions as universities and junior colleges, and after graduation from colleges of technology, they can be called associate associates.
Asahikawa National College of Technology is a technical college, so I study specialized subjects in mathematics, physics and engineering more deeply than high school.
Q1-3 What courses are available at Asahikawa National College of Technology?

Asahikawa National College of Technology has four departments: Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Department of Systems and Control Engineering, and Department of Materials and Chemical Engineering. A brief description of what you will learn in each department is as follows.

  • Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering ... Learn how machines and machines work
  • Department of Electrical and Information Engineering ・ ・ Learn electrical circuits and how to manipulate electricity as information
  • Department of System Control and Information Engineering ・ ・ Learn how to build a computer-based system
  • Materials and Chemical Engineering ・ ・ Learn the basic chemistry and biology supporting modern society
For details on the characteristics of each subject, please see the school's "School Information".
Q1-4 How do you study at Asahikawa National College of Technology?
At Asahikawa National College of Technology, there are two main types of study: general subjects and specialized subjects. General subjects include language, society, English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, physical education, information, and art. Specialized subjects are subjects in specialized fields, such as machining engineering, basic electrical circuits, control engineering, and analytical chemistry.
At this school, taking advantage of the characteristics of integrated education for five years, the general and specialized subjects are arranged in a wedge-shaped manner, and the content of education is enhanced from the level of lower secondary education to the level of higher education according to the student's developmental stage. I am. In lower grades, the proportion of general subjects is higher, and as the grade progresses, the proportion of specialized subjects increases.
Q1-5 Does a third-year college graduate qualify for college?
A college graduate who graduated from college for three years is one of the qualifications for admission to a university, and is a "person who has completed a 12-year course in a normal course."
Q1-6 What kind of person is suitable for college of technology?

Asahikawa National College of Technology is an industrial college of technology, so I am interested in science and technology and manufacturing, and it is desirable to be able to work hard without giving up until the realization of a dream.
The content of study is mathematics and science (especially physics and chemistry), and specialized subjects based on them will increase, so those who are good at mathematics and science are suitable, but in view of the age of internationalization, Asahikawa National College of Technology We are also focusing on English education.
In addition, the training period of the college of technology is five years, so the ability to make steady efforts on your own and the strength of your will are also important factors.
Please see here for Asahikawa National College of Technology's admission policy.

Q1-7 What is the percentage of female students?

Among the students enrolled in 2017, the percentage of female students in the total number of students from grades 1 to 5 is as follows for each subject.

Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering 5%
Department of Electrical and Information Engineering 11%
Department of Systems, Control and Information Engineering 9%
Department of Materials and Chemical Engineering 37%
Q1-8 Do you have uniforms?
Asahikawa National College of Technology does not have uniforms, but some departments wear work clothes and white coats during training and experiments.
Q1-9 How much do you need to pay for admission?

Expenses required for admission are as follows.

Enrollment fee: 84,600 yen
Training fee:> 117,300 yen (234,600 yen per year will be paid in April and October)
Textbooks and materials: Approximately 80,000 yen (depending on the department)
Student fee: th 8,000 yen (annual fee, including enrollment fee of 1,000 yen)
Supporting fee: 95,000 yen (for 5 years, including the 10,000 yen enrollment fee)
If you enter a student dormitory, additional expenses will be charged. (See "Q5-6")
Q1-10 What kind of scholarships are available?
  • Enrollment fee exemption
    If it is deemed difficult to pay the admission fee due to special circumstances, such as if the student has died within one year prior to enrollment, or has suffered a storm or flood disaster, the admission fee will be determined based on the selection. Full or half exemption may be provided.
  • School Aid (1st to 3rd grade)
    First-year to third-year students are eligible for High School and Other Attendance Support Fees. (118,800 yen per year)
    In addition, additional payment may be made according to the income of the student who pays the tuition, and for colleges of technology, the maximum amount to be paid is 234,600 yen per year.
    The college admission fee is not directly received by the National College of Technology, as it will be accepted by the government and will be used to cover part of the tuition fees that students should pay.
  • Exemption from tuition (4th and 5th grades, 1st and 2nd grades)
    If it is difficult to pay the tuition due to financial reasons, and if both the student and the student are excellent, the full or half tuition may be waived upon selection. Currently, about 50 people are covered by this system.
  • Scholarship loan (all grades)
    Based on the rules of the Japan Student Services Organization, if a student is deemed to have difficulty in studying due to financial or academic difficulties, a scholarship will be provided after selection. Currently, about 100 students are receiving scholarship loans.

2. Regarding entrance examination

Q2-1 What is the required rank for passing a scholarship?
The pass /fail judgment of the academic achievement selection is based on the comprehensive judgment of the results of the academic achievement test, the personal survey, and the enrollment confirmation letter. However, looking at the status of enrollees who have passed the scholarship screening in recent years, the ratio of C rank and D rank seems to be high.
Q2-2 What are the eligibility requirements for selection?

All of the following conditions must be satisfied. (From 2017 recruitment guidelines)

  • Those who are expected to graduate from junior high school in March 2019, who are expected to complete the first half of the secondary school, and who are deemed to have the same or higher academic ability as graduates of junior high school (Persons who fall under each item of Article 95 of the School Education Law Enforcement Regulations)
  • Academic grade must be 105 or higher for 9 subjects in junior high school for 3 years and 5 grades for 5 major subjects (Japanese language, society, mathematics, science, English) A total of 60 or more grades. Or, the total of the five grades of the nine subjects in the third grade is 35 or more, and the total of the five grades of the five major subjects (Japanese, social, mathematics, science, and English) is 20 or more.
  • Strong intention to enter the school.
  • The person is excellent and the principal can recommend it responsibly.
Q2-3 What is a letter of acceptance?
Asahikawa National College of Technology can apply concurrently with public high schools, so many applicants will decline admission even if they pass our school. Therefore, as a means to secure an appropriate number of enrolled students, applicants who are going to our school as their first choice are asked to submit a confirmation of admission intention, which is used as a reference for deciding who has passed.
Although we do not score the application form, it may work for applicants who are on the last line of pass /fail.
The number of successful applicants is determined based on the premise that applicants will be required to enroll, so withdrawal from admission will affect other applicants. If your school is your first choice and you pass, be sure to submit only those who are willing to enter.
Q2-4 Is it possible to get past entrance exam questions?
You can download the entrance examination questions and answers for the past three years from the website of the National College of Technology. http://www.kosen-k.go.jp/examination.html
In addition, publishers have published a collection of past entrance examination questions, and some of them include past technical college questions, so there is also a way to purchase them.
Q2-5 Which subject is better for Robocon?
Asahikawa National College of Technology is a powerful school of Robocon, which has twice won the National Robocon and once won the Robocon Grand Prize.
If you want to do a robot control, it is desirable that there are many opportunities for the mechanical engineering departments, mechanical system engineering department, electrical information engineering department, and system control information engineering department to take classes related to robot production. However, ROBOCON is a part of extracurricular activities, so even if you are interested in material science and engineering, you can participate.
Q2-6 Is it possible to apply together with Hokkaido Public High School?
Asahikawa National College of Technology has a deadline of 2 pm on the day of announcing the passing of the Hokkaido Public High School, and you can apply for the application after confirming the acceptance of the Hokkaido Public High School.
For other prefectures, please check the entrance examination schedule for public high schools in each prefecture.

3. About class relations

Q3-1 What textbooks do you use?
As for general classes taught in lower grades (1 to 3 years), we use mainly the same test textbooks used in high schools.
In addition, for specialized subject classes, specialized books sold as general books may become textbooks.
Q3-2 What are the requirements for promotion?
Asahikawa National College of Technology, like many high schools, has a grade system. If your grades are poor or you are absent for many days, you will not be able to advance to the upper grades.
In order to advance, it is a rule that all subjects of the school year must be completed (with a grade of 60 or higher), but there is a system for provisional advancement under certain conditions.
Provisionally advanced students must complete the unacquired subjects the next year.
The same grade cannot be repeated twice.
Q3-3 Do you sometimes repeat?
Unfortunately, there are those who retire due to poor grades. Many of the reasons for this are that they have lost their motivation to study because of the poor sense of purpose they had originally enrolled in at colleges of technology, and they were too obsessed with games and hobbies to keep up with classes. This is not limited to colleges of technology, but it is necessary to have a firm sense of purpose and make every effort to make daily preparations and reviews.
Unfortunately, during the three years from 2015 to 2017, an average of 2.0% of students retired in grades 1 to 5.
Q3-4 What happens if there are many absences?
To certify for each course, you must have attended at least 4/5 of the total class hours for each course. If the number of attendance hours is less than 4/5, the course will not be recognized and the grade will be 0.
In addition, if at least one subject does not attend more than two-thirds of the total class hours, all subjects of that grade will be rejected and cannot be promoted.
Q3-5 Is the content of the class difficult?
It is easy to think that colleges of technology are studying very difficult, but they do not suddenly learn difficult things, but begin with elementary contents from junior high school graduation and gradually become difficult. There is no fear if you keep your daily preparation and review in mind.
In addition to the lessons, there is a system where teachers and seniors in the majors teach their studies and provide consultation on learning, so they can receive learning support as needed.
Q3-6 What are the semesters and holidays?
Asahikawa National College of Technology has two semesters. The first semester is from April 1 to September 30, and the second semester is from October 1 to March 31 of the following year.
The school is open five days a week, and it is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays unless school events are held.
The specific schedule of holidays varies from year to year, but summer holidays are from late July to late August, winter holidays are from late December to early January, and spring and school holidays are from mid-March to April 4. Until the beginning of the month is a rough guide.
Q3-7 What are the school events?
April ・ ・ Entrance ceremony, face-to-face ceremony, freshman camp training (first grade)
May ... School Athletic Meet
June ・ ・ Middle exam, Accommodation training (second grade)
July ... Hokkaido National College of Technology athletic meet, summer vacation
August ・ ・ National College of Technology athletic meet, internship (4th grade)
September ・ ・ Study at the end of first semester
October ... Robocon Hokkaido Regional Conference, College of Technology, Tour (4th grade)
November ... Robocon National Convention
December ・ ・ Late midterm examination, winter holidays
January ... General Assembly of Students, Achievement Test (3rd grade)
February ・ ・ Academic year-end exam, Graduation research presentation (5th grade)
March ... Graduation ceremony, send-off party, school year-end closure
Q3-8 Is transfer between departments possible?
After enrollment, if there are unavoidable circumstances, you may be allowed to change courses.
However, there are conditions such as that the applicant for the transfer should have excellent grades and that there is a sufficient number of students in the host school, and it is not possible to transfer at the request of the individual.

4. About student life

Q4-1 What are your club activities?

Many students engage in club activities during after-school hours, crossing the boundaries of departments and grades, and working hard toward their common goals with fellow students. Asahikawa National College of Technology is also a member of the Hokkaido High School Athletic Federation (Michikotairen) and the Hokkaido High School Baseball Federation (Michitakanoren) (Michikotairen is an associate member). You can participate in the tournament.
The clubs at our school are: (As of FY2018)

Sports Club Baseball Club, Track and Field Club, Table Tennis Club, Basketball Club, Volleyball Club, Soft Tennis Club, Hard Tennis Club, Soccer Club, Rugby Club, Judo Club, Kendo Club, Badminton Club, Archery Club
Cultural Department ・ ・ Brassist Club, Chakado Club, Light Music Club, Personal Computer Club, Invention Study Group
Other ... Robot Laboratory
Q4-2 How do I get to school by public transport?
To go to school during the public transportation period, take No. 29 (via Omachi) or No. 30 of the "Dohoku Bus", get off at the "Kosen-mae" stop, and walk 1 minute. The bus required from JR Asahikawa Station is about 25 minutes.
Depending on the area of ​​residence, "Dohoku Bus" No. 28 (via Suehiro) may be convenient.
Q4-3 Can I get a car license while attending school?
It is possible, but after obtaining the license, ask the school to notify you of the acquisition.
In addition, students of the main course (1st to 5th grade) cannot drive to school by car or motorcycle by themselves.
Q4-4 Is it possible to work part-time while at school?
Of course, the real thing of the student is to study. However, if there are unavoidable circumstances, such as supplementing part of the financial resources, a part-time job is permitted.
In addition, weekdays are not accepted in principle.
In addition, part-time jobs in places with danger, places where entrance is restricted, etc., and part-time jobs after 9 PM are prohibited.

5. Student dormitory

Q5-1 What are the criteria for admission to student dormitories?
Admission to dormitories is limited to students who have difficulty attending school due to admission from a remote location.
However, dormitories are subject to screening, and depending on the place of residence and the number of dormitory applicants, we may not be able to accommodate your request. As a rule, admission to the dormitory is limited to April, but if it is difficult to go to school due to a family transfer, you may be admitted to the dormitory even during the year.
Q5-2 What do you need to live in a dormitory?

The dormitory rooms are equipped with desks, chairs, bookshelves, beds, lockers, and trash cans, which can be rented free of charge. You.
The items prepared by individuals are generally as follows.

Personal items such as "bedding", "toiletries", "clothing", "shoes", etc.
"Electric heating appliances (stove, stove, electromagnetic cooker, toaster, iron, etc.)", "things with large power consumption such as refrigerators", and "TV (up to the third grade)" are prohibited. I am.
Q5-3 How many rooms are in the dormitory?
The men's dormitory is a shared room for 2 or 3 students in the first and second grade, and becomes a private room from the third grade.
(Depending on the dormitory status of senior students, some third-year students may be shared.)
The women's dormitory is a shared room for two people in the lower grades and a private room in the upper grades.
(Depending on the dormitory situation, it may be a triple room.)
Q5-4 What about the dormitory facilities?
The men's dormitory and women's dormitory each have a dining room, bathroom, and laundry room (fully automatic washing machine and gas dryer), and a lounge and eating room (with cool storage) are provided on each floor of each building. You.
At the entrance of the women's dormitory, a fingerprint authentication auto-lock system is adopted, and the dormitory students cannot enter the dormitory except for their registered fingerprints.
Q5-5 What is the internet connection environment of the dormitory?
There is a permanent PC room in each of the men's and women's dormitories, where you can use the internet for free.
However, the number of personal computers is small for both male and female dormitories, and the usage time is fixed. Some dormitory students purchase and contract data communication cards at private expense, and connect to the Internet with personal computers. Some students are there.
Q5-6 How much does it cost to live in a dormitory?
Although it varies depending on the year, the boarding fee, meal cost, annual fee for parent's association, etc. are about 45,000 yen per month.

6. About career path

Q6-1 What is your career after graduating?
The graduates of Asahikawa National College of Technology vary by year and subject, but about 60% of graduates find employment and about 40% go on to study.
Employers are more likely to find employment in Honshu companies, but some find employment in Hokkaido. The recruitment ratio in fiscal 2016 was 24-28 times (depending on the department), and the employment rate of applicants was about 100%.
In addition, most of those who go on to university transfer to the third year of an engineering national university (or the second year depending on the university), or go on to a college of technology.
Q6-2 Can I transfer to college after graduating from college?
After graduating from a college of technology, those who are even more educated are enrolled in colleges of technology or transfer to engineering universities (primarily in their third year) to study. Universities can take multiple public and private universities, so one of the advantages is that there are many opportunities to take the exam. Nagaoka University of Technology and Toyohashi University of Technology are mainly schools for graduates of technical colleges, and many students go to both universities every year.
In FY2016, 40% (64) of graduates chose to go to Asahikawa National College of Technology or Hokkaido University in addition to both universities.
Q6-3 What is a major?
The major is a two-year specialized course that was established after graduation from a technical college five-year program (called the main course) to further deepen the knowledge of engineering. There are two major departments at Asahikawa National College of Technology: Production Systems Engineering for Mechanical, Electrical and Control Systems and Applied Chemistry for Chemicals. You must pass the entrance exam to enter the major.
Once you complete the major and pass the exam, you will be awarded a bachelor's degree equivalent to that of a university graduate, and you will be eligible to enter the graduate school.
After completing the major, many people went to graduate school in addition to employment in a company. In the case of 2016 graduates, nine went to Hokkaido University Graduate School.
Q6-4 Are there any qualifications or licenses that can be obtained simply by graduating from college of technology?
In the case of Asahikawa National College of Technology, there are no qualifications or licenses that can be obtained just by graduating.

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