Yozo Yamao together with four other men of the Choshu domain were smuggled out of Japan to travel to the UK in order to study at University College London. After his time in London, In 1866, Yamao traveled to Glasgow and studied shipbuilding for two years. He was an apprentice at Napier Shipyard during the day and attended Anderson College (now University of Strathclyde) at night.
Upon his return to Japan, he became a high-flying civil servant in the new Meiji Government, and contributed towards, among others, the establishment of the Imperial College of Engineering, which later became Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. He is now called the Father of Japanese Engineering. The newly established College’s curriculum was largely based on the ideas of Macquarn Rankine, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Glasgow, and Rankine recommend one of his students, Henry Dyer, who had studied Anderson College and University of Glasgow, as the Head of Japan’s first College of Engineering.