The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) has established “Open University Kyoto,” which promotes collaborative education with universities around the world using e-learning and business development using the geographical name top-level domain “.kyoto” born this year "Cyber Kyoto Research Institute" with the theme of "Kyoto Open Innovation Center" (KICK, formerly: My Work Building, Seika Town / Kizugawa City) will be opened in 2014. On September 4th, we received approval from Kyoto Prefecture as a research and utilization plan for the center.In April this year, the prefectural government transferred to KCGI the "My Work Hall," which had ceased operations due to sluggish business. The prefectural government changed the name of the building and called for business plans suitable for research institutes and academic research facilities to move in.The prefectural government highly evaluates the "Cyber Kyoto Institute" project, saying, "We have high expectations for it as a base from which research and development on ICT and education can be transmitted from Kyoto to the world.
Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of KCG Group, received the certificate from Mr. Keiji Yamada, Governor of Kyoto Prefecture, and attended a joint press conference.
At the beginning of the press conference, Governor Yamada made a speech and said, "I hope that KICK will be a facility that supports not only Kyoto but also the future of Japan.I would like to thank The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics for making great proposals, less than six months after the call for plans.The development and progress of ICT and education is a theme suitable for Kyoto Prefecture.The prefecture will do its utmost to promote the project," he said.After Mr. Hasegawa introduced the KCGI group and the plan approved this time, Mr. Makoto Nagao, Advisor to the Kyoto Prefectural Government (former President of Kyoto University), explained how the KCGI plan was approved, saying, "The plan corresponds to ICT and education among the four research areas specified in the development policy for efficient and effective use of KICK.It is a very attractive project, and the members of the selection committee unanimously decided to approve it," he explained.
In explaining the plan in detail, Chancellor Hasegawa said, "We have been working here in Kyoto for more than 50 years since we launched Japan's first computer education institution.While maintaining our position as an educational institution, we would like to transmit the 'Kyoto of the world' and make efforts to revitalize the region," he said.
The "Cyber Kyoto Research Institute" project has the following pillars: (1) to improve the brand power of "Kyoto," (2) to strengthen the transmission of information on the real Kyoto and (3) to revitalize the region through the use of ".kyoto," for which KCGI serves as a registry operator, and (3) to develop an "Open University Kyoto" project to develop an educational system through cooperation between universities in Asia and those based in Kyoto on the Internet.The institute is scheduled to open in August 2015.
Specific projects related to .kyoto include: holding seminars and workshops to promote the spread of the domain name; establishing a Kyoto brand certification system; establishing a school-wide safety and security network access system; and establishing and operating a clean domain check system.In the "Open University Kyoto" project, we will design and implement a platform, design and implement an educational content creation platform, and design a cyber study abroad system.In order to promote the project and revitalize the region, which is our ultimate goal, we plan to work together with Kyoto Prefecture and local people under an "all-Kyoto" system.
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