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KCGI's 10th anniversary ceremony was a great success!Donation of PCs to Malawi

The The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) 10th Anniversary Ceremony was held on November 1, 2013, at the The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics Kyoto Ekimae Satellite Hall.Inheriting the tradition and achievements of Kyoto Computer Institute, the first computer education institution in Japan, KCGI opened in 2004 as Japan's first IT professional graduate school.All of the current students, graduates, and faculty members pledged to take this milestone year as the first step toward further development, aiming for new horizons in order to meet the expectations of various fields.At the same time, there was a ceremony to present computers to the Republic of Malawi as part of the Overseas Computer Education Support Activities (IDCE ) that the KCG Group has been involved in for many years.

At the 10th anniversary ceremony, Mr . Wataru Hasegawa, President, made a ceremonial speech.He also talked about the future prospects of KCGI, including the geographic name top-level domain ".kyoto," which will be managed by KCGI from next year.Mr . Toshihide Ibaraki, President of KCGI, referring to the rapid development of information technology (ICT), stressed the need for human resources who can create new business models by connecting ICT and other fields. He also confirmed and pledged that KCGI will continue to be a center for creating such new human resources.Ms. Rosemary Kanyuka, Deputy Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi in Japan delivered the congratulatory address.

Then, congratulatory telegrams from Mr. Hirofumi Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Dr. Susan Furman, President of Teachers College, Columbia University, USA, were presented.

KCGI declared its opening on November 1, 2003, the day of KCG's 40th anniversary celebration, following the implementation of the professional graduate school system (April 2003).The following year, in January 2004, we received the first approval from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to establish the school, and in April of the same year, we welcomed our first students.KCGI designates November 1, the day on which the opening of the university was announced, as the anniversary of its founding.Since its establishment, KCGI has been striving to develop human resources who can become top leaders in the field of IT applications, and students who have completed the program have left for all over Asia as CIOs (Chief Information Officers), project managers, consultants, and system architects.In a special issue of the Toyo Keizai Weekly published in October 2012, the university was ranked top out of 619 private universities in Japan in the field of "degree of growth" in the special feature "Truly Strong Universities: Private University Financial Strength Ranking.We have doubled the number of students since 2012, and opened satellite campuses in Sapporo in April 2012 and in Tokyo in October 2012, and are continuing to grow and expand.

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At the computer presentation ceremony, the KCG Group introduced IDCE and the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi in Japan introduced the country.As a representative of the student volunteers who were involved in the preparation of the computer donation, Ms. Xiaolin Zhang, a KCGI student, reported on the cleaning and packing work with pictures.Ms. Yasuko Hasegawa, Dean of KCG, who has been playing a central role in the IDCE, handed over a catalogue of 50 desktop computers to Mr. Rosemary and shook hands with him.

This is the third computer donation to the Republic of Malawi, following the donation of 222 desktop and notebook computers in 1998 and 15 desktops in 2009.Mr. Rosemary said, "Malawi has a serious shortage of computers, and IT education is not sufficiently advanced.The donation is not only expected to advance IT education in our country, but will also enable young people to learn about events around the world through the Internet.I would like to thank KCG once again and hope that we can continue our cooperation in the future," he said.

IDCE is a project started by the KCG Group in 1989 to support computer education in developing countries.This is a voluntary activity to donate computers used in the school to developing countries and to use them to develop and spread computer literacy education in developing countries in cooperation with the local Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology.To date, more than 3,000 computers have been donated.A total of 23 countries were supported, including Thailand, Ghana, Poland, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Peru, Sri Lanka, China, Brunei, Malawi, Nigeria, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eritrea, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea.In 2006, President Yasuko Hasegawa received the "Special Award for International Cooperation" from the ITU Association Japan (International Telecommunication Union), one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations, in recognition of these activities.

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