We turn out globally minded professionals with the aim of promoting interaction with overseas universities and research institutions, fostering cross-cultural communication, and supporting study abroad programs.
At the Aichi Institute of Technology, we are actively working to promote a variety of international exchange programs that help foster professionals ready to take their place in our rapidly globalizing 21st-century world, guided by our educational motto Creation and Humanity. In order to bring our level of our academics and research up to world-class standards, we are teaming up with foreign universities and research institutes to stimulate the back-and-forth flow of both students and scientific ideas. We are also offering AIT students a variety of study abroad and overseas training programs that give them more opportunities to deepen their cross-cultural understanding, while at the same time going out of our way to provide more extensive support for international students living and studying here in Japan. Our founding spirit of Freedom, Love, and Justice is the driving force behind our commitment to fostering global interaction throughout all of our university programs.
Exchange between AIT and China began in 1971 when our first university president, Koji Goto, visited China to meet with Premier Zhou Enlai—first to engage in what is known as Ping-Pong diplomacy and then continuing on for many years. In 1980, AIT established sister school ties with the Nanjing Institute of Technology (now Southeast University) in Nanjing, and the two institutions have enjoyed a lively exchange to the present day. Key initiatives include faculty exchange and special courses, joint research projects, student exchange programs, sending Japanese students over to study Chinese, accepting Chinese students to do Japanese cultural research, joint degree programs, and more.
The first president of AIT, Koji Goto, first met with Premier Zhau Enlai at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, People's Republic of China, in January of 1971. Here, at a time when Japan and China had no diplomatic ties, the Chinese team, then the strongest in the world, received an invitation to participate in the 31st World Table Tennis Championships, held that year in Nagoya. The event marked a great shift that paved the way for better relations between the US and China and for President Nixon to later visit China, as well as open the door to the restoration of diplomacy between China and Japan. It is remembered as “Ping-Pong diplomacy” to this day.