ISATE 2023 in Matsue

16th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education

for Engineering Education After Corona

September 12-15, 2023, Matsue City, Japan

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Link: Preface

Link: Call for Papers Information

Link: Call for Papers Submission Site


ISATE started in 2007 as an international academic exchange between ten institutions (known as Kosen in Japan) in the Kyushu and Okinawa districts of Japan, and three polytechnics in Singapore. Its aim was to enhance the quality of engineering education in each participating institution. In 2010, all the other institutions of Kosen Japan joined the symposium under the initiative of National Institute of Technology (NIT). In 2011, two more polytechnics from Singapore joined this international exchange effort as organisers. In 2013, Nagaoka University of Technology and Toyohashi University of Technology also joined the symposium. Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) of Vocational Training Council (VTC) officially joined to become one of the ISATE Organisers in 2017, helping to expand the scope of ISATE to its present state.



National Institute of Technology, Matsue College was founded in 1964, as one of a network of 51 national technology colleges in Japan. Currently, this institution offers a five-year general course, consisting of five faculty departments. Additionally, upon graduation from the general course, students may further their studies in a specialized, two-year course offering two majors in higher education.

The aim of the national colleges of technology is to develop human resources with practical knowledge necessary for business enterprise and life skills, as well as technical proficiency and creativity. The following are distinctive characteristics of this institution’s education:

This institution aims to develop students with an ability to learn, utilize creativity and gain practical skills, while at the same being internationally minded engineers in the future. Each student enters this school with their own dreams and wishes for their future, and with these goals in mind, shape the unique character of student life. As students put forth a great effort, so too, do our staff to help them achieve their goals. Another distinguishing feature of this institution is our cooperation with regional companies and the industrial sector to develop various industries and research endeavors.  We appreciate your kind understanding, and hope that many talented students, who share our educational goals, will be admitted to our college.

Website of National Institute of Technology, Matsue College


Matsue was founded in 1611, and is the capital of Shimane Prefecture. It is in the middle of the San-in region, which faces the Sea of Japan in the area north of the Chugoku mountain range in the Chugoku block of Japan’s main island, Honshu. Matsue is about 180km away from Hiroshima, and about 370km away from Osaka by train. 

A) Basic information about Matsue

In 1951, Matsue was designated as a City of Culture and International Tourism, along with Kyoto and Nara.

In March 2012, Matsue was designated as a special city (tokureishi), after it had merged with several other small cities and villages in the surrounding area and increased in size and population. A special city is a city with a population of at least 200,000, and is delegated a subset of the functions delegated to a core city, and there are currently 40 other such special cities throughout Japan.

B) Do you know Ruby?

Ruby is a software programming language designed by Yukihiro Matsumoto, a native of Matsue. The Ruby City project refers to efforts being made by Matsue to promote use of the Ruby programming language.

C) Eco Matsue

・No My-Car Days

One of the ways Matsue goes green is to host a “No My-Car Week,” during which time people are encouraged to use public transportation to cut down on CO2 emissions.

・Community bus

There is community bus service in order to provide a means of transportation for the elderly and handicapped, increase activity in the city center, and decrease the burden on the environment. It is provided at a minimal charge, and serves as one means of welfare service.

・Green Curtains

A Green Curtain is a curtain on the wall of a building made of plants. In summer they cut down on heat from the rays of the sun to make it easier to avoid using air conditioning. The City of Matsue also uses Green Curtains to cut down on Co2 in summer.

・Ramsar Convention

Lake Shinji, located around central Matsue, is abundant with nature. The fish and other creatures that live in it help sustain the people, and it is a crucial part of the local ecosystem. In 2005 Lake Shinji was registered as a Ramsar Site, in order to have the cooperation of the world in order to prevent its degradation and preserve it as a home to migratory birds and other species that depend on it. The list is formally called the List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Website of Matsue Convention Bureau


Matsue Terrsa

478-18 Asahicho, Matsue, Shimane 690-0003 Japan

〒690-0003 島根県松江市朝日町478-18


1 minute walk from Matsue Station

Matsue Terrsa Homepage Access Link

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