College History

1951

Japan Technology Association was founded.
The Nippon Radio Technical School was founded.

Nippon Radio Technical School

1953 Name changed to Nippon Advanced Television Technical School.
1961 Name changed to Japan Electric College. 10th anniversary.
1963 Authorized as a Denshi Gakuen (Electronic School).
Established the Computer Course (began offering computer education).
1966 The Department of Electric Engineering received accreditation from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
1967 The Department of Electronics received accreditation from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Received an experimental radio station permit from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Department of Computer Studies established.
1968

Main Building completed.

Main Building

1969 The Department of Information Processing established. Installed 2 more computers for the Department of Computer Science. Building 2 completed.
1971 The Department of Electrical Engineering received certification from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry
20th anniversary.
1972 The Department of Electronic Engineering received certification from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
1973 Installed a fully-equipped recording studio for the Department of Broadcasting.
Installed HITAC8150 and HITAC-10 systems for the Department of Computer Science.
1974 The Department of the Broadcasting Arts established. First began providing education in the creative arts.
Building 3 completed.
1975 Building 4 completed.
1976 Vocational Education Policy began, JEC became an authorized vocational education institution (for technical courses).
Began "Practical Lecture Courses" for working adults to learn new skills.
The Tokyo Foregn Language College, a JEC sister school, was founded.
1977 The Department of Electronic Data Processing was established. Building 5 completed.
1978 First vocational school to introduce an online system.
1979

The Department of the Audio Arts was established.
The Microcomputer Education System (MES-II) was developed as a joint project with NEC. The MES-II was shown at the International Computer Conference in Washington and attracted lots of attention.
Began offering CG classes in the Department of Media Design

1980

Installed a recording studio.

The recording studio in Building 6.

Installed a TV studio.
Completed Buildings 6 and 8.

TV studio

1981

Installed an animation studio.
Installed a computer center in the Main Building.
Installed and Education Main Frame Computer HITAC M160H.
Held the School Exhibition to celebrate the 30th anniverary.

30th anniversary commemorative event, School Exhibition

1982 Installed a YHP-1000 system for CG, CAD, and automatic controls.
Created a department to develop educational software.
Completed Buildings 10 and 11, with an Experiment Center.
1983 The Department of Computer Graphics was established. Buildings 12 and 13 completed.
Installed Studio 24, a studio with recording and vidoe editing equipment.
Installed 33 YIS systems for CG. Also installed an AED-5 system for CG.
Installed 105 drafting tables.
1984 The Nasu Kenkyujo Ooshima Forum was established.
Installed the New Media Satellite Studio.
Installed electronic filing system for the Employment Center.
1985
Building 9, also called the Ooshima Media Center, was completed.
(Houses a large lecture hall with seating for 300 and dual 120-inch screens.)
Held the 2nd International CG Symposium.
Buildings 14 and 15 completed. Installed a general-purpose research lab.

Media Center

1986 Held the Artificial Intelligence Seminar, and invited 7 pioneers in AI research to speak, including Professor Marvin Minsky from MIT.
Building 17 completed. Began developing an algorythmic educational system.
Installed a car electronics lab. Completed Building 21.
1987 The Department of Information System Development and the Department of Artificial Intelligence are established. JEC is the only educational institution to attend the AI Show (Tokyo Ryutsu Center), attracting attention from foreign organizations.
The PAL Business Vocational College (a JEC sister school) was founded.
Established a department to oversee foreign student affairs.
1988 Acquired 120 state-of-the-art laptop model computers for study purposes.
Held the Atlanta-Shinjuku Co-Graph '88, a Japan-US CG work exchange event, at the Atlanta College of Arts, with the cooperation of Fuji Television.
Professor Marvin Minsky returned to the school to give a forum about neural computers.
1989 The Kichijouji Intelligent School opened.
The Department of Senior Data Processing (now the Department of Advanced Data Processing) was established.
Installed a CG Workstation Center.
One of the schools selected by the Ministry of Education as an institution for the development of advanced learning. Building 19 completed.
1990 Began offering game development classes in the Department of Electronic Information.
Installed PC-9801 portable computers.
1991

Members from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry visited the school for a tour.
Inspectors from the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research (England) visited the school for a tour.
Inspectional tour by the Japan-United States Education Commission (Fulbright Japan)
40th anniversary

Inspectional tour by the Japan-United States Education Commission (Fulbright Japan)

1992 The Department of Computer Music was established.
1993 Student exhibit at the 1993 Multimedia expo. Multimedia studio installed.
1994 The Department of Computer Entertainment (now the Department of Game Development) was established.
1995
Began giving "Specialist" degrees.
Began full-scale intregration of the internet.
The Department of Computer Networking and the Department of CG Movie Production were established.
Student exhibit at the 1995 Macworld Expo
Student exhibit at the 1995 Digital Contents Festival

World Solar Challenge

1996

Students participated in Australia's World Solar Challenge and complete the 3,000 km race, coming 24th.
First student exhibit at the Tokyo Game Show (have put out an exhibit every year since)

First exhibit at Tokyo Game Show

1997 The Department of Computer Design (now the Department of Graphic Design and the Department of Web Design) was established.
1998 The Department of Advanced Computer Entertainment (now the Department of Advanced Game Development) was established.
The Department of Advanced Computer Graphics was established, put out an exhibit for the 1998 MIDI World event.
1999 The Department of CG Anime (now the Department of Animation) was established.
2000 Held an event for the upcoming 50th anniversary.
(The JR Okubo Station Wall Mural Project)
2001

The School Exhibition event, celebrating the school's 50th anniversary, was held at the Shinjuku NS Building.

50th anniversary event School Exhibition

2002 JEC students won an award in Hitachi's Good for the Earth Poster Contest
JEC students won an award in the Konika QP Digital Photo Contest
JEC students won an award for hardware excellence in the 11th National Vocational School Robot Competition
2003

Construction of the new Building 7 was completed.

Building 7

2004 The Department of Network Security was established.
Began a series of public IT lectures for high school teachers. The IT Seminar and Creator Seminar have been held yearly ever since.
2005
The Department of Advanced Animation was established.
Construction of the new Building 4 was completed.

Building 4

2006
The Department of Advanced Computer Graphics was established.
The Department of Network Security (evening program) was established.
JEC students were invited to SIGGRAPH 2006, the world's largest CG event.

SIGGRAPH 2006

2007

The Department of Game Planning was established.
A new logo was unveiled. The logo represents determination and facing new challenges.

2008

The school received passing marks from a third party accreditation group in 47 categories, such as educational environment, educational results, and student support.
JEC students won silver and bronze medals at the 46th National WorldSkills Competition.
JEC students won the bipedal robot contest in the 17th National Vocational School Robot Competition.
JEC students won the Hygeia Large Christmas Banner Contest.

Winning the Hygeia Large Christmas Banner Contest

2009 JEC students won an award for excellence at the 5th Public Advertising Student Competition.
JEC students won gold, silver, and honorable mention at the Young Persons' Craftsmanship Competition.
JEC students won gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention, taking every prize in the 47th National WorldSkills Competition.
The Japan Electronics College booth at the Tokyo Game Show received more than 10,000 visitors, more than ever before.
JEC students participate in Siggraph and Siggraph Asia, events that gather people in the CG industry from all over the world.
JEC students won the Award of Excellence, the Hygeia Award, and the CEO Award at the Hygeia Large Christmas Banner Contest.
JEC students won the Fukuoka Mayor's Award at the 3rd Fukuoka Game Contest.
2010

The Department of Mobile Phones and Applications was established.
The Department of Character Design (evening) was established.
JEC students won gold, bronze, and honorable mention at the 48th National WorldSkills Competition.
Japan Electronics College received accreditation from SoftBank Mobile.
Developed courses as a SoftBank Solution Provider (SSP).

3rd Fukuoka Game Contest

2011

The Department of Web Systems was established.
Construction of the new Main Building was completed.
JEC students won gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 49th National WorldSkills Competition.
JEC Students won honorable mention at the 41st International WorldSkills Competition.

The 41st International WorldSkills Competition

JEC students won highest prize in the Germany-Japan Student Cloth Wrap Design Contest, held to celebrate 150 years of Japan-Germany relations.
JEC students won a merit prize in the Game Poster category of the 5th Fukuoka Game Contest.
Joint development of the first solar power system construction curriculum in an institution of higher education at JEC.
60th anniversary.

Germany-Japan Student Cloth Wrap Design Contest

2012

The Department of IT / Business License was established.
JEC students received an award at the 2012 Shinjuku Creator's Festival
JEC was selected as the most recommended school in the for foreign students in the vocational school category by Japanese Language School faculty.

2012 Shinjuku Creator's Festival
Winning work

Exhibited at the 2012 NEC Video Solutions Fair
JEC was the first institution of higher education in Japan to become an LPI-Japan OSS-DB Academic Accredited school
Began holding a sports festival at the Tokyo Dome.

2012 NEC Video Solutions Fair

2013
JEC students won an award at the U-20 Programming Contest sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.
Won the vocational school category at the 2013 Nihon Ryugaku Awards for the second year in a row.
Cleared every single requirement in the third party private vocational school accrediting institution for the second time in a row.

U-20 Programming Contest
(Sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry)

Students of the Department of Graphic Design work on the joint project "Manekko Camera," which is released on the App Store and becomes a popular item in the Educational category.

2014
Business and Trade Specialist Training accreditation program started by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.
Students from the Department of Web Design, the Department of Graphic Design, and the Department of Electonics participate in the Young Persons' Craftsmanship Competition and win each of their respective categories.

JEC students win an award at the 2nd ICT Network Troubleshooting Contest (Dwango Cup)

Young Persons' Craftsmanship Competition

JEC students win the NetRiders CCNA Japan 2014 Competition, and go on to represent Japan.

NetRiders CCNA Japan 2014 Competition

JEC students take the gold, silver, bronze medals as well as the honorable mention at the 52nd National WorldSkills Competition.
Go on to compete in the international competition.
JEC wins the vocational school category in the 2014 Nihon Ryugaku Awards for the third year in a row.