||Mr. Koh Katayanagi,
director of the Katayanagi Institute, was born in Tochigi Prefecture in
1920. He established a private vocational school, Sohbi Gakuen, in Kamata,
Tokyo, in 1947 to help reconstruct Japan’s industry by building up
a solid workforce of highly competent engineers and technicians. In 1953,
he converted Sohbi Gakuen into Nippon Electronic Engineering College (NEEC),
which continues to operate today. In 1986, he established TUT in the Hachioji
district of Tokyo to expand NEEC’s educational activities. In the
relatively short span of 20 years, the university has grown to be one of
the nation’s leaders in high-tech education.
Mr. Katayanagi maintains a longstanding interest in art and architecture.
He personally designed the buildings for TUT and provided much of its artwork.
Since 1981, his works have been frequently selected by “Nitten,”
recognized as the most authoritative Japanese exhibition of fine arts. In
keeping with his goal to create “an ideal environment for an ideal
education,” he plans to establish a major additional TUT campus in
the Kamata district of central Tokyo.
The Katayanagi Institute encompasses three vocational technical schools
and Tokyo University of Technology.