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Characteristics of The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics

develop practical social skills

Curriculum design in response to the needs of the IT industry and the evolution of IT

In order to promote education that meets the needs of industry, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics develops curriculum, course design, and instructional design with the advice of experts both inside and outside the organization. In addition, in order to respond to the rapid changes in IT (ICT), we are importing and jointly developing the latest IT education curriculum in cooperation with Rochester Institute of Technology in the United States.

Comprehensive and Practical Curriculum Structure

In order to develop human resources with IT (ICT) and management skills, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics considers allowing students to take not only IT-related courses but also many business-related courses, such as those related to management and economics. In their graduation year, students acquire advanced skills to plan and execute a Master Project, as an alternative to the typical master's thesis at a conventional graduate school, to establish their career.

Three class formats allow students to take classes from anywhere in the world.

Since the opening of the university, we have introduced the latest e-learning system, and have been providing real-time online lectures through satellites in Sapporo and Tokyo, and by connecting overseas universities with the Kyoto campus.Currently, we have three types of classes: 1) traditional face-to-face classes in the classroom, 2) synchronous (real-time online) classes using online conference tools and e-learning systems, or asynchronous (on-demand) classes. (3) Hybrid classes, in which the instructor teaches in the classroom while students can choose where they want to take the class, either in the classroom or at home.In order to take all possible measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, we have taken measures such as adjusting classrooms when social distance cannot be maintained due to the large number of students wishing to join in the classroom.We will continue to monitor the status of infection in Japan, the spread of vaccination, and other social conditions, and implement appropriate teaching methods.

Development of education based on the world's most advanced educational theories

Since the mid-1990s, when the Internet became widespread and online distance learning appeared in the United States, there have been many surveys and studies on the differences in educational effectiveness between e-learning and face-to-face classes.Research has shown that for highly motivated learners, the difference between online and face-to-face is merely a difference in the means of communication and does not change the educational effect. While studying at Columbia University in the United States, one of the world's foremost universities in the field of education, Professor Wataru Hasegawa was selected as one of the few members of a project team to build a new department of e-learning for 800 students, and participated in advanced research on e-learning implementation.Our education, both online and face-to-face, is designed and operated based on the world's most advanced and cutting-edge educational theories.

Adoption of an effective educational method by combining e-learning and face-to-face teaching

We have a long history of leading-edge knowledge and experience in online classes, and these classes are designed to be as effective as traditional face-to-face classes.In the past, and in the future, even in situations such as pandemics of various infectious diseases, students will be able to choose the class format of their choice and deepen their studies safely and securely.

Good balance between IT (ICT) and management

We aim to train professionals in multiple specialized fields, including information and management

In today's business scene, there is a need for human resources who have both IT (ICT) skills based on web technology and management skills such as business strategy formulation. At the Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, we train professionals in several specialized fields, including information and management. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a good balance of information and management courses according to their individual backgrounds.

We recruit many teachers with practical experience in IT strategy planning for companies

At the Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, we have many faculty members in practical fields, including those who have served as CIOs in companies. Each faculty member fosters the practical skills of students through classes based on their own practical experience.Students acquire comprehensive professional skills while deepening their understanding of the latest theories and technologies directly linked to practical work.

Make a career change and work in the IT field.

It is possible to advance from a wide range of fields regardless of liberal arts or science.

The goal of The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics is to develop human resources with diverse backgrounds as highly specialized professionals in the IT field. In recruiting students, there are no restrictions on previous study majors, and a wide variety of students are accepted from a wide range of fields, including liberal arts and science. Elective courses tailored to the knowledge, skills, and needs of students with a wide range of backgrounds are available. We also support a variety of courses for working students. The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics has created "career change opportunity" that Japanese graduate schools have not been able to provide sufficiently.

Students can take courses according to their level of knowledge at the time of admission.

 At this university, students of various IT skill levels are studying, from those who have little knowledge of computers to those who have graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, to working adults who are active in the IT industry as SEs.We will provide the best course patterns for each student depending on their IT skills and future goals. This makes it easy for students without prior knowledge to reach their goals in stages. While a master's degree can be obtained with 32 credits from a typical graduate school, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics offers a master's degree with 44 credits, which is 12 more credits. The purpose of this is for students to not only acquire and strengthen IT skills and knowledge, but also to develop human resources who can apply them practically by acquiring deep and broad specialized knowledge in their chosen fields in order to meet the needs of diverse industries.At this university, you can choose a specialized field where you can study subjects from basic to applied in a specific field, and you can choose subjects that correspond to a wide range of industries. We offer a wide variety of learning methods.In addition, the Master of Information Technology (professional) awarded by the University is called a terminal degree because there is no higher degree.This means it is the highest degree in ICT applications. If a student wishes to pursue a higher degree (Ph.D.), even if the field of study for that higher degree is different, the diversity of study at this university will be helpful in the future.

Strive to achieve global success

Classes by leading experts in the IT field from around the world

The IT business is a field that expands globally across borders. In order to help students, acquire an international perspective, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics invites top quality teachers from various regions, including Europe, the United States, and Asia. We have concluded academic exchange agreements and business agreements with universities and companies around the world, including Rochester Institute of Technology, Columbia University in the United States, and Korea University Graduate School of Information Protection, which boasts the world's highest level of information security.

Study abroad and Overseas Classes

We are affiliated with many universities in many countries, including the Rochester Institute of Technology in the United States. You can try to study at an affiliated school or present at an international conference. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in classes offered at overseas partner schools as a TA, and can also take advantage of the overseas internship system.

Enhanced English mode classes cultivate "cosmopolitans"

We offer a number of classes in English mode so that students can complete the university's courses in English only and obtain a Master's degree. These classes include first-class teachers invited from overseas. Currently, there are international students from 17 countries and regions (including those who graduated in March 2020), and many of them choose to study in English.Japanese students can take classes in English mode as long as their English ability is at the required level. This international environment will help them not only improve their English skills while studying IT, but also acquire an international sense.

Environment that is easy for adults to learn

Long-term study program and flex-access program

The term of study is two years, but with the prescribed procedures, it is possible to take long-term courses up to four years. Working people can schedule their courses while balancing their work. In addition, students can take only the courses they want to study using the course registration system. Credits acquired through the flex-access system can be used as credits required for completion after admission.

*There is an upper limit to the number of units that can be applied.

Satellite Campuses in various locations

In addition to the Kyoto Main Campus, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics has established the Kyoto Ekimae Satellite, Sapporo Satellite, and Tokyo Satellite campuses. For example, when a working student is on a business trip, it is possible to take classes at a nearby satellite.In addition, the classes are recorded, so even if a student was unable to attend on the day of the class, he or she can watch the recording on holidays.

*We are considering opening satellites in other regions in Japan and overseas.

*Some courses are not supported by satellite courses or video recording.

We hope students can take advantage of what is learned to play an active role in society

Achieving ideal employment through Individual guidance

We aim to realize employment for all students at the time of completion. The faculty member in charge will make use of his experience and personal connections in the industrial world, etc., and make recommendations to companies through individual interviews with students in order to realize the ideal employment.For students who wish to start a business, we will provide various support such as teaching them how to set up a company and how to manage it.

Building a business network among graduates

Our school has a variety of graduates with IT as their common interest, and we are focusing on building a business network among graduates. By providing opportunities for group work while still in school, we aim to enable alumni to make use of their respective skills and develop business while cooperating with each other even after graduating and entering society.

IT (ICT) for all applications

In order to foster professionals who can apply IT (ICT) in the fields of fintech, agriculture, marine, medical and health care, contents marketing, and education, the university has established a group of industrial subjects and offers courses related to these fields.We aim to develop human resources who can provide solutions needed in each field by developing knowledge and skills in all fields in a thorough, practical curriculum.

Widen the range of possibilities

We participate in global content-related events.

Every year, we participate in the "Japan Expo", a comprehensive exhibition of Japanese culture held in France, and we also co-host the "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (Kyoto Mafu)", a comprehensive exhibition related to manga and anime.

We are responsible for the secretariat of the Japan Society for Applied Informatics and the Kyoto Society of Manga and Anime.

We have established academic societies in various genres related to IT (ICT) and are working on research and development activities and networking.

As the administrator and operator of the new top-level domain ". Kyoto", which represents "Kyoto", we transmit the Kyoto brand to the world.

With the support of Kyoto Prefecture and approval from the worldwide domain management organization, we are the only educational institution in the world to manage top-level domains with geographical names.

If you have high-level IT skills, the average annual salary is over 9.37 million yen.

Level 4 and 5 of the "High Level" in the IPA IT Skill Standards V3 are positioned as "those who have established specialized areas of skills as a professional and are able to use their knowledge and application skills to train future generations.According to the "Results of the Survey on Salaries in IT-Related Industries" released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in August 2017, the average annual salary exceeds 9.37 million yen at Level 5.In order to realize such a career advancement, it is not only a matter of gaining work experience in a company, but also a powerful option to learn practically about the area of business and IT at a professional graduate school of IT like ours.