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Industry-University Collaboration with Furuno Electric to Promote Education and Research in the Marine IT Field

The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG Group) and Furuno Denki Co., Ltd. (head office: 9-52 Hagiwaramachi, Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, President Yukio Furuno, listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange) From Thursday, January 29, 4:00 pm, Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. headquarters will conclude an agreement on industry-academia collaboration.

IT has become a core part of various industries, and its widespread use is especially demanded in the primary industry, which is the foundation for the development of our country, and research and development is urgently needed.In the marine and fisheries sector, in addition to the development of fish finder, the introduction of a data collection system for marine resources and the environment with traceability functions using satellites is being explored to realize efficient and sustainable fisheries.In addition, the use of information technology for ships is also being pressed for energy saving, safe operation, reduction of greenhouse gases, prevention of marine pollution, and use of natural energy from the sea.

With the signing of this agreement, both parties will work hand in hand to promote research, development and education in the marine field.The agreement includes: o Exchange of faculty, students and researchers o Conducting joint research and study groups o Exchange of academic information, publications and materials

The KCG Group has been promoting a variety of initiatives for the broad use of IT, starting with the establishment of Japan's first Department of Automobile Control at Kyoto Computer Gakuin in 2005, which linked automobiles and IT, and then focusing on Japan's world-class pop culture, establishing the Contents Business Course at Kyoto Institute of Information Science, and the IT Voice Actor Course (established in 2014) and Manga/Anime Course (newly established in 2015) at Kyoto Computer Gakuin.