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Ceremony, Lecture and Celebration of 50th Anniversary of KCG and 10th Anniversary of KCGI held on June 1

The 50th anniversary of Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG) and the 10th anniversary of Kyoto Graduate Institute of Information (KCGI) were celebrated on June 1, 2013 at the Kyoto International Conference Hall in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto.About 2,000 people from industry, government, academia, alumni, and current students from Japan and abroad filled the hall.In addition to looking back on the progress of the KCG Group over the past half century, we renewed our determination to be at the forefront of IT education for the next 50 years.

The commemoration ceremony opened with a song "We're Not Alone/Jupiter" by world music singer-songwriter Nizza Melas and a video recounting the 50-year history of the event.Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KCGI and KCG, then made a ceremonial speech.After tracing the history of the KCG Group to date, the President introduced the future initiatives of the KCG Group, including the geographic name top-level domain ".kyoto" (dot KYOTO), which will be operated from next year with Tohoku University as the managing entity, and thanked those who attended the meeting for their support over the past 50 years.

祝辞は,KCGI設立発起人で株式会社堀場製作所最高顧問の堀場雅夫様を皮切りに,本学が海外コンピュータ教育支援活動(IDCE)でパソコン寄贈,IT教育支援を実施した3カ国の,ボスニア・ヘルツェゴビナ特命全権大使のペロ・マティッチ閣下,キルギス共和国特命全権大使のリスベク・モルドガジエフ閣下,パプアニューギニア独立国特命全権大使のガブリエル・ジョン・クレロ・ドゥサバ閣下,続いて京都府副知事の山下晃正様,京都市長の門川大作様,本学と関係が深い韓国・大統領直属情報保護委員会コミッショナーで韓国CSO協会会長の李弘燮様,京都大学総長の松本紘様,ロチェスター工科大学プロボスト(筆頭副学長・副総長)のジェレミー・ヘフナー様,天津科技大学副学長(学長代理)の張愛華様よりいただきました。Video messages from H.E. Dr. Belmiro José Marathe, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Mozambique, and H.E. Mr. William Destler, President of Rochester Institute of Technology, who were unable to attend due to other commitments, were also shown.

At the commemorative lecture, Dr. Mino spoke on the theme of "Creating 'Kyoto' in the Cyber-Physical World - A Proposal for Utilizing the Top Level Domain .kyoto (dot Kyoto)".Dr. Mino emphasized the need for industry, government and academia to work together to develop this domain to a large extent, introducing the great potential of ".kyoto" in terms of raising the international profile and brand power of Kyoto as a whole and creating new businesses.

After an address by Ms. Yasuko Hasegawa, the founder and president of Kyoto Computer Gakuin, Mr. Hidefumi Koide, Secretary General of the Japan Association of Private Colleges and Universities, gave a congratulatory speech, and Mr. Makoto Nagao, former President of Kyoto University and former Director of the National Diet Library, gave a toast.The attendees enjoyed chatting with each other over food and drink.There were celebratory dances "Kimi ni Ogi" and "Gion Kouta" by Kyoto's maiko and geiko, and a live performance by Nizza Melas.Mr. Toshihide Ibaraki, President of KCGI, gave the closing remarks.

Thank you very much for your attendance.

50th Anniversary Celebration

Nitza Melas ( )

A singer-songwriter born in Montreal, Canada, who has fascinated audiences all over the world with his multilingual skills. She is one of the three main vocalists of "Cirque du Soleil" an entertainment group that performs circuses and musicals in various countries. Among them, she was the only one whose lyrics and music were chosen for the Cirque du Soleil show, and she can be said to be the de facto top singer in the group. She does not belong to any record company label, and performs songs and songwriting and also does graphic design, promotion, and sales. Since 2013 she has been a professor at Kyoto Computer Gakuin and The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics.