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KCG Group celebrates its 55th anniversary!

The 55th Founding Anniversary Ceremony held at the Kyoto Station Satellite Main Hall of Kyoto Institute of Information, April 27, 2018.
The 55th Founding Anniversary Ceremony held at the Kyoto Station Satellite Main Hall of Kyoto Institute of Information, April 27, 2018.

May 1, 2018 is the 55th anniversary of KCG Group.Prior to the ceremony, a ceremony to commemorate the founding of the KCG Group was held on April 27 at the Kyoto Station Satellite Hall of the Kyoto Institute of Information Graduate University, where students and faculty members celebrated the achievements of the KCG Group's education and research over the past half century and pledged the further development of the Group.

At the beginning of the ceremony, all participants affirmed the Pioneer Spirit, the founding spirit of the school.The KCG Group was founded on May 1, 1963, by a group of students from the Department of Astrophysics at Kyoto University, who established the FORTRAN Research Group.KCG was founded by Mr. Shigeo Hasegawa, the first president of KCG, and Ms. Yasuko Hasegawa, the current president of KCG, who believed in the potential of computers and fostered information processing engineers at a time when the word "IT" did not even exist.All the students and faculty members of the KCG Group were reminded of this pioneering spirit of challenging unknown fields and making contributions for the benefit of mankind, and were reminded of the weight of the 55 years of history supported by this spirit.

Then, Prof. Kazuki Maenoh, the head of KCG Computer Science Department, gave a lecture titled "Significance of Studying at KCG".Mr. Maenoh, who entered KCG after graduating from Ryukoku University to study IT, looked back on his own study at KCG and said that he enjoyed learning programming very much and that it made him jump at new things quickly.He also shared his experience of joint development of applications with Microsoft Corporation while he was still in school. Although he had a lot of difficulties, the joy of creating something and the sense of accomplishment attracted him to IT work, and he decided to return to his alma mater KCG to become a teacher.He also encouraged the students in the audience that IT is a technology that enriches the lives of human beings and makes the world more enjoyable, and that by learning the basics of IT at KCG, they will be able to be involved in the development of cutting-edge technologies such as automated car driving, virtual currency, drones, and VR in the future.Finally, he said, "KCG is a school where people who want to learn IT can learn as much as they want.Don't be afraid to fail, and take on any challenge.Even if you make a mistake, you can get over it with a smile if you are with your friends.I hope you will inherit the 55-year history of KCG built by our seniors and create the future.

Over the past 55 years, more than 40,000 graduates have left Kyoto Computer Gakuin.In April 2004, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI), Japan's first IT professional graduate school, was founded and joined the KCG group. In 2013, Kyoto Automobile Specialist, the oldest automobile mechanic training school in Kyoto The school (KCGM) also joined the group. The 55th anniversary celebration is scheduled for Nov. 1.

Prof. Kazuki Maenoh giving a lecture on
Prof. Kazuki Maenoh giving a lecture on "Significance of Studying at KCG

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