The International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE) event started in 2007 as an international academic exchange between ten engineering colleges (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 Kosen institutions of 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. 

ISATE 2021 will be the first ISATE to be organized outside Asia.


ISATE 2007 – Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

ISATE 2008 – National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kumamoto College, Japan

ISATE 2009 – Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore

ISATE 2010 – NIT Kagoshima College, Japan

ISATE 2011 – Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

ISATE 2012 – NIT Kitakyushu College, Japan

ISATE 2013 – NIT Nara College, Japan

ISATE 2014 – Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore

ISATE 2015 – NIT Nagaoka College, Japan

ISATE 2016 – NIT Sendai College, Japan

ISATE 2017 – Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

ISATE 2018 – IVE Engineering Discipline, Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong

ISATE 2019 – NIT Tokuyama College, Japan

ISATE 2020  No event due to the COVID-19 pandemic