Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech or KIT), a Japanese national university opened in 1909 in the city of Kitakyushu, will launch a new post-graduate program, the Space Engineering International Course (SEIC), in April 2013. The purpose of the program is to develop global engineers who have profound inter-cultural communication skills and systems engineering thinking with a broad perspective. The program offers a series of lectures on space engineering, project based learning on space development in collaboration with Japanese students, and on-the-job training on space environment testing. The program provides the hands-on experience necessary to build capabilities in basic space technology, especially infrastructure building through testing of nano-satellites to further worldwide nano-satellite development efforts. Through the program, Kyutech intends to answer the call for long-time educational opportunities for capacity building of basic space technologies made by United Nation Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and to contribute to the promotion of the peaceful and innovative use of outer space with the participation of a larger number of countries for the benefit of humanity.

Space Engineering Education and Research at Kyutech

 Since 1993, Kyutech has provided space engineering education to a class of approximately 30 students at undergraduate and graduate levels under the Department of Mechanical and Control Engineering. In 2004, Kyutech established a new research center, the Laboratory of Spacecraft Environmental Interaction Engineering (LaSEINE). LaSEINE is dedicated to research on spacecraft charging, hypervelocity impact, material degradation and nanosatellites testing. Currently, LaSEINE is supported by 9 academic staff with an annual research budget of over 1 million US$. In 2010, a new research division, the Centre for Nanosatellite Testing (CeNT) was added to LaSEINE. With the exception of radiation testing, CeNT provides all the environmental tests necessary for the development of small satellites, and satellite components with size and weight up to 50cmx50cmx50cm and 50kg. In 2011 Kyutech became a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the first among Japanese universities.
 Kyutech has various student-run space projects, nano-satellite, winged-body rocket, Mars airplane, etc. The projects are being operated as a part of official graduate courses to learn systems engineering through project based learning. The nano-satellite project has been developing a 7kg 30cm nano-satellite, HORYU-II, since 2010. HORYU-II was tested exclusively using the facilities of CeNT. On May 18, 2012, HORYU-II was successfully launched into orbit via a H2A rocket and has been carrying out various spacecraft environment related experiments in orbit since then.


 SEIC is open to any student, Japanese or non-Japanese, who registers as a full-time graduate student at the Graduate School of Engineering. A student who registers for SEIC belongs to one of five departments in the Graduate School of Engineering as follows: Mechanical and Control Engineering, Civil and Architectural Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Materials Science, Applied Science for Integrated System Engineering. Under supervision of a faculty member who belongs to one of the five departments, the student carries out research work for a Masters or Doctoral thesis.
 The general requirements, such as the number of credits, thesis work, etc., to be met by the SEIC students are the same as the other students who register for ordinary courses. The SEIC students shall satisfy the course requirement by selecting from the subjects listed in Table 1. The requirements for the Masters course are to obtain 30 or more credits from 1 to 22 and the requirements for the Doctoral course are to obtain 10 or more credits from 1 to 18, 24 to 31. Upon writing and successfully defending a Masters or Doctoral thesis, the student will be awarded a Master of Engineering or a Doctor of Engineering degree.
 The subjects from 1 to 14, and 16 are given as lectures. The subject 15, "Space Environment Testing Workshop", is given as a laboratory workshop utilizing facilities of the Center for Nano-satellite Testing (CeNT). The subject 17, "Practical System Engineering - Design" is a project based learning subject where students participate in a space-related project such as nano-satellite design, winged-body rocket or Mars airplane, etc. The subjects 20 and 21 are mostly intended for Japanese students.
 Kyutech employs a semester system. The first semester starts on April 1st and the second semester starts on October 1st. Most foreign students start their study from the second semester.

Admission process

 Foreign students who wish to study at SEIC shall follow the application procedure described on the Kyutech Official Website. Each year, two examinations are scheduled in July and January. The application periods are May and December respectively.

Fellowship opportunity

 In October 2012, SEIC in collaboration with UNOOSA was selected as a "Special Program for Priority Allocation of Japanese Government(MEXT)Scholarship(Research Students)". Each year from 2013 to 2017, six students (two in the Master and four in the Doctor course) can obtain the MEXT scholarship. This scholarship is managed under the framework of United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme "Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST)". The application package for the fellowship programme will be available at the UNOOSA website. It should be noted that the application deadline for the fellowship is 28 February 2013 for those who start in October 2013. Additional information is available on the CeNT website.


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Table 1 Space Engineering International Course Subjects

TitleCreditLecturerKeyword & Note
1 Space Systems Engineering Ⅰ,Ⅱ 1 each Kuniaki Shiraki* Mission analysis and Design, System Design Approach, Systems Engineering Process and Methodology, Management
2 Introduction to Satellite Engineering 2 Mengu Cho Satellite Mission, Satelllite Subsystems, Assemby, Integrationa and Verification, Ground Segment
3 Space Environment Testing 2 Mengu Cho Space Environment, Vibration, Shock, Thermal Vacuum, Outgass, Thermal Cycle, Radiation
4 Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering 2 Kazuhiro Toyoda, Mengu Cho, Hideki Koshiishi*, Yugo Kimoto*, Yasuhiro Akahoshi Spacecraft Charging, Space Weather, Space Debris, Radiation Damage, Space Tether
5 Satellite Power System Ⅰ,Ⅱ 1 each Yukishige Nozaki**,
Shiro Kawakita*,
Mitsuru Imaizumi*,
Hitoshi Naito*,
Hiroaki Kusawake*,
Mengu Cho
Mengu Cho
Power System Options, Power System Design, Solar Cell, Battery, Environmnet Effect, Solar Array, Power Control, Reliability
6 Energy Conversion and Plasma Physics 2 Kazuhiro Toyoda Plasma Physics, Particle Collision, Electrical Dishcarge, Energy Conversion
7 Spacecraft Structure and Material Ⅰ,Ⅱ 1 each Keiichi Okuyama Strucutre Dynamics, Material Strength, CFRP, Composite Material, Environment Effect
8 Advanced Space Dynamics 2 Kojyu Hiraki Orbital Mechanics, Orbit Prediction, Interplanetary Exploration, Earth Reentry
9 High-speed Gas Dynamics 2 Nobuyuki Tsuboi Compressed flow, Hypersonic Gas Dynamics, Rarefied Gas Dyanamics
10 Space Propulsion 2 Takeshi Tachibana Principles of rocket propulsion, Rocket engines, Electric propulsion, Advanced space propulsion, Propellants, Combustion
11 Advanced Course of Aerospace Guidance and Control 2 Koichi Yonemoto Guidance and Control of Aircraft, Launch Vehicle and Satellite
12 Advanced High Velocity Impact Engineering 2 Yasuhiro Akahoshi Stress Waves in Solids, Low Velocity Impact, Elastic-Plastic Stress Waves, Hypervelocity Impact Mechanics, Image Forming Instruments, Dynamics Fracture,Numerical Simulation of Impact Phenomena
13 Semiconductor Power Devices 2 Ichiro Omura Basic Equations of Semi-conductor, Power Electronics, Power Semi-conductor, PN Diode, Power MOSFET, Reliability, Space Radiation
14 Heat Transfer 2 Koji Miyazaki Convection, Conduction, Radiation, Thermo-electric Conversion
15 Space Environment Testing Workshop 1 Mengu Cho Mandatory for Master course
Vibration Test, Shock Test, EMC test, Thermal Vacuum Test, Thermal Cycle Test
16 Advanced Mechanics of Materials Ⅰ,Ⅱ 1 each Eiki Yamaguchi Material Behavior, Plasticity, Stress-Strain Relationship
17 Practical System Engineering Design Ⅰ,Ⅱ 2 each Teachers in charge Development Project Mandatory for Master course Mission and Systems Requirements, Work Breakdown Structure, Risk Analysis, Verification Matrix
18 Japanese for Beginners Ⅰ,Ⅱ 0.5 each Tomoko Ishikawa Foreign students only (mandatory)
Beginner's Japanese, Japanese Culture
19 English III 1 Ian Ruxton Japanese students only (mandatory)
Discussion, Presentation, Debate
20 Practical experience in companies or organizations Max 2 Supervisor Master course only
21 Lectures arranged by external organizations Max 2 Supervisor Master course only
22 Thesis Research for Degree 2 Supervisor Master thesis work
23 Engineering Special Experiment 2 Supervisor Master thesis work
24 Interdisciplinary Seminar of EngineeringⅠ~Ⅴ 1 each Supervisor Doctor course only
25 Interdisciplinary Seminar of EngineeringⅥ,Ⅶ 1 each Supervisor Doctor course only
26 Project Research Ⅰ(Specialty-deepening type) 1 Supervisor Doctor course only
27 Project Research Ⅱ~Ⅳ(Specialty-broadening type) 1 Supervisor Doctor course only
28 Internship(Overseas type) 2 Supervisor Doctor course only
29 Internship(Company type) 2 Supervisor Doctor course only
30 Field Research Project 2 Supervisor Doctor course only
31 Special Studies 2 Supervisor Doctor course only

Note: The subject titles are as of October 2015. They may change later.