Did you know that there’s an education system in Japan that caters for young engineers exists? The National College of Technology (国立高等専門学校), or the highly preferable abbreviation, Kōsen (高専) is rumored to have backed the Japanese Restoration after World War II, which in my terms sounds so amazing.
Jittery young enthusiasts are recruited every year indiscrimately after graduating from Junior High School. A little backstory to this, “Japan was in ruins after the big war and it needed a handful of engineers. Kōsen was drafted to raise young engineers as the country’s main workforce regardless of personal backgrounds. So, each and every prefecture has its own national college.” The college has been kicking around for decades, but the infamous robot contests (ロボコン) have recently defossiled this dinosaur back from the Jurassic era.
The college is entirely well equipped with the-state-of-the-art futuristic technology. Toying with the machineries and fiddling with your hands are the two top highlights of the college. After completing the fourth year, students can opt to work or furthering their studies to any public university in Japan. Which in case, roughly translates to taking countless transfer exams (編入試験) and then enrolling in a university of your liking as a third year student.
Much grandeur is given to the Kōsen students and flattery is often subjected first in every conversation starter in the Japanese Engineering Empire. Furthermore, classes are divided in conformity with the engineering fields, that is to say, everyone will be in the same class for five years. Japanese students form the majority of the college, so mingling in and befriending awesome Japanese friends adds another weight to why Kōsen is so awesome at all angles.
In a non-ending quest of globalization, the Japanese government has opened its doors of enrollment for privately funded students. Opportunists jump in on the big deal, like a cat wresting away a fish from a fish vendor. It’s a bandwagon of excitement and a wondrous bait to take, that is bound to turn your expectations of Japan even more tasteful.