Collaborating with Japanese and overseas researchers in private industry

Collaborating with Japanese and overseas researchers in private industry

The International Fiber Engineering Research Institute, which houses four departments (Frontier Fiber, Bio and Medical Fiber, Smart Textiles, and Kansei and Fashion Engineering) as well as the International Fiber Engineering and Education Center, carries out educational and research programs through close interactions between students and full-time faculty members, guest researchers from overseas, Japanese and overseas researchers, and researchers from private industry. The program pursues exchanges through such means as double-degree programs, overseas internships, and guest faculty members in partnership with the more than 50 overseas textile universities, research institutions, and corporations with which we have entered into exchange agreements; North Carolina State University, the University of Manchester, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with which we have entered into comprehensive agreements; and organizations such as the Association of Universities for Textiles (AUTEX), of which the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology is an associate member. We also collaborate closely with more than 10 research facilities and more than 100 partner corporations in Japan, and we will continue to develop facilities in the future.

Institute for Fiber Engineering, Shinshu University

Institute for Fiber Engineering, Shinshu University
01. Domestic research facilities

Students can come into contact with world-class research into textiles and fiber that is being carried out in a variety of fields without ever leaving Japan. The program maintains a research and educational organization that is characterized by organic linkages with other universities and research organizations.

University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Fukui, Kyoto University, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Nara Women's University, Kobe University, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

02. Overseas research facilities

In the area of international collaboration, Shinshu University has entered into academic exchange agreements with 62 of the world's leading textile-related universities and institutions, allowing it to pursue educational and research partnerships that include double-degree programs, short-term study abroad opportunities, and researcher exchanges. (Number of agreements is current as of September 1, 2015.) The University has also established structures for facilitating educational and research collaboration with the University of North Carolina, the University of Manchester, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and this group of institutions is pursuing a range of exchange activities, including by establishing branch offices on one another's campuses. The University also joined the Association of Universities for Textiles (AUTEX), whose membership currently includes 35 universities in 28 countries, as an Associate Member in 2012. (Information current as of September 1, 2015.)

Institution Country
The German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) Germany
Hochschule Mannheim, University of Applied Sciences Germany
Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology, Technische Universitat Dresden Germany
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University Germany
l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles (ENSAIT) France
l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs Sud Alsace (ENSISA) de l'Université de Haute Alsace France
l'Institut Textile et Chimique de Lyon (ITECH) France
Dipartimento di Chimica Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Milano Italy
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) Austria
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor Slovenia
Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of Ljubljana Slovenia
Faculty of Textile Engineering, Technical University of Liberec Czech
School of Design,University of Leeds U.K.
School of Materials,University of Manchester U.K.
Ecole Superieure des Industries du Textile et de l'Habillement (ESITH) Morocco
The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Boras Sweden
Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Ghent University Belgium
Association of Universities for Textiles
Institution Country
Soochow University China
Donghua University China
Southwest University China
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University China
Tianjin Polytechnic University China
College of Animal Sciences, Zhejiang University China
Chongqing Normal University China
School of Textile Science and Engineering, Wuhan Textile University China
School of Textile and Clothing, Nantong University China
Institute of Textile and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University China
Graduate Institute of Textile Engineering, Feng Chia University Taiwan
Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI) Taiwan
College of Engineering, Chinese Culture University Taiwan
Kasetsart University Thailand
Chulalongkorn University Thailand
Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology Thailand
Agricultural Research Development Agency (ARDA) Thailand
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
Udayana University Indonesia
Mongolian University of Science and Technology Mongolia
Department of Textile Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Pakistan
School of Science & Engineering, Southeast University Bangladesh
Hanyang University South Korea
Yeungnam University South Korea
Konkuk University South Korea
Soongsil University South Korea
College of Engineering, Chonbuk National University South Korea
Chungnam National University South Korea
College of Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kyungpook National University South Korea
Dankook University South Korea
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Seoul National University South Korea
College of Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
Korea Institute of Industrial Technology South Korea
Korea Textile Development Institute South Korea
Korea Dyeing Technology Center South Korea
Kolon Fashion Material, Inc. South Korea
HYOSUNG Corporation South Korea
SAMSUNG Electro-Mechanics Corporation South Korea
TOPTEC Co., Ltd. South Korea
Institute for Technology and Innovation, Deakin University Australia
North America
Institution Country
College of Textiles, North Carolina State University U.S.A.
College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, Philadelphia University U.S.A.
Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University U.S.A.
CTT Group Canada
03. Industry

Partner institutions and agencies in industry, academia, and government (stakeholders) In order to serve as global leaders in industry, students need more than just research and education in the university setting. To enable them to make an immediate contribution as a professionals in the field, students must have the ability to gather information about minute changes in society by remaining finely attuned to economic, industrial, and other trends. The same is true of the program's organization. As a result, we have enlisted several textile industry organizations to serve as stakeholders by watching over the program's activities and evaluating its efforts.

Textile and Clothing Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Japan Chemical Fibers Association; Japan Textile Finishers' Association; All Nippon Nonwovens Association; The Japan Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Association (Japan Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Association Committee of the Japan Chemical Fibers Association); Japan Textile Consultants Center; The Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan

Inviting researchers from private industry to participate in the program The program's curriculum incorporates guest lecturers from companies throughout Japan. In addition, we work to improve the program's vision for graduates and its educational content while communicating regularly with private-sector companies.

Communication with companies via Fii In addition to being the only faculty dedicated to the study of textiles in Japan, the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology is a globally oriented base for fiber engineering in Japan. The Fiber Innovation Incubator (Fii) was established in 2011 with the objective of facilitating renewed innovation in state-of-the-art industry. By providing core equipment for research and development conducted through collaboration among industry, academia, and government as well as evaluation and testing equipment and supplying coordinators with marketing expertise, the facility promises to spur multifaceted technological innovation. It also enables students to experience corporate internships without leaving the university's campus, deepening their connections with private-sector companies.