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Dear colleagues,

We express cordial gratitude for your contribution to the 7th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE2013), held from September 25 to 27, 2013 in Nara, Japan.

We are pleased to announce that the symposium has closed successfully with 152 participants from 9 countries: Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, and Japan.  During the 2 days’ technical sessions, 52 oral presentations, 2 invited speeches, 3 workshops, 35 poster presentations, and 3 booth presentations were conducted throughout 4 rooms.

The next year, the 8th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE2014), will be hosted by Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore and will be held from September 23 to 26, 2014 at their campus.  For further information, we kindly ask you to visit their website at

We sincerely beg you all to participate in ISATE2014 and to publicize this symposium to all who are interested in engineering and technology education.  Finally, we truly hope excellent success to following ISATE and we are looking forward to seeing you all again at ISATE2014.

We thank you again for your thoughtful support.

Yours faithfully,

Kenji Taniguchi
General Chair of ISATE2013

  ObjectivesISATE, the International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education, provides an opportunity for educators to share their experiences in practice-based engineering and technology education.  ISATE 2013 will be held in Nara of Japan.  The theme for ISATE 2013 is “Engineering Education for Technological Innovation -Globalization, Collaboration, and Succession-”.  For the past 6 years, Polytechnics in Singapore and National Colleges of Technology in Japan have held ISATE every year in either Singapore or Japan.  This symposium invites colleagues of the Polytechnics, the Colleges of Technology, and Educational Institutions from all over the world, to examine the important roles in the economic, social and education fabric of Singapore, Japan, and many other countries.

The brief history of ISATE is as follows:
ISATE started in 2007 as an international academic exchange between ten colleges of technology (known as Kosen in Japan) in the Kyushu and Okinawa district, Japan and three polytechnics in Singapore aiming to enhance the quality of engineering education of each participating school.  In 2010 all the other Japanese Kosens joined the Symposium under the initiative of INCT.  Then two more polytechnics from Singapore further jointed the international exchange effort in 2011 that has expanded the scope of ISATE as it is today.  Moreover, Nagaoka University of Technology and Toyohashi University of Technology which are Japanese national universities established mainly for the graduates of KOSENs have been welcomed as part of the symposium organizers in 2013.  All the KOSENs, all the polytechnics and the two universities are part of it now.

ISATE 2007 – Temasek, Singapore
ISATE 2008 – Kumamoto, Japan
ISATE 2009 – Singapore, Singapore
ISATE 2010 – Kagoshima, Japan
ISATE 2011 – Republic, Singapore
ISATE 2012 – Kitakyusyu, Japan