Japan's first computer educational institution Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG) 55th anniversary, Japan's first IT professional graduate school The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) 15th anniversary commemorative ceremony November 1, 2018, Kyoto Computer Gakuin Kyoto Station (The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics Kyoto Station Satellite) It was held in a large hall.Many people from industry, government, and academia, as well as alumni and current students from Japan and abroad, attended the event.In addition to looking back on the progress of the KCG Group over the past 55 years, we have renewed our determination to be at the forefront of IT education even more than before by setting "driving Society 5.0," "fostering global human resources" and "expanding and enhancing industry-academia collaboration" as the pillars of our activity policy for the next 100th anniversary.Following the ceremony, a celebration party was held at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto, which was filled with food, drink, and live performances.
The commemoration ceremony opened with a video reviewing the 55-year history of the KCG Group.Then, Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KCG Group, made a ceremonial speech.After reviewing the history of the KCG Group, Mr. Hasegawa said, "We are deeply grateful for the warm support we have received from so many people over the past 55 years.I am convinced that our current students, graduates, faculty and staff will inherit the pioneering spirit that is the DNA of KCG, the first computer education institution in Japan and the first IT professional graduate school in Japan, and that the foresight and challenging spirit of the more than 40,000 members of the KCG family will become the foundation of the next era.We will continue to strive for new challenges in order to respond to the support we have received, while taking advantage of our past achievements," he said.
The congratulatory speeches were given by His Excellency Estifanos Aforki Haile, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Eritrea, and His Excellency Joseph Gilo Effangon Obage, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Gabon, to whom Tohoku University donated personal computers and provided IT education support as part of the overseas computer education support activities (IDCE), followed by Mr. Terumasa Yamashita, Vice Governor of Kyoto Prefecture, Mr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN and former President of Kyoto University, Mr. Shojiro Nishio, President of Osaka University and Chairman of the Information Processing Society of Japan, and Mr. Akiyoshi Hiraoka, President and CEO CHO of Nihon Unisys, Ltd.At the end of the session, KCGI President Toshihide Ibaraki gave his acknowledgement.
Mr. Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto City, delivered a congratulatory speech.The banquet began with a toast by Mr. Masao Kitano, Executive Vice President of Kyoto University.The attendees enjoyed chatting with each other over food and drink.There were video messages from the president of the Rochester Institute of Technology and the president of the partner school in China, as well as a live performance by world music singer-songwriter, Cirque du Soleil main vocalist, and KCGI professor Nitza Melas.Mr. Toshihide Ibaraki, President of KCGI, gave the final address.
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In 1963, a computer research group, the FORTRAN Research Group, was established near Kyoto University, and an "electronic programming workshop" was held.This was the first computer education in the private sector in Japan, and the first step in the activities of the KCG Group.In August 1969, the Kyoto Computer Institute, Japan's first full-time computer education institution, was established.In 2004, “The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics”, Japan's first IT professional graduate school, was opened as a group school. In 2012, graduate satellites were opened in Sapporo and Tokyo.Furthermore, in 2013, "Kyoto College of Automotive Engineering", which has the longest history and tradition in Kyoto, joined the KCG Group.
The KCG Group has made steady but steady progress in the rapidly developing IT field, fostering many information processing engineers, producing more than 40,000 graduates, and building networks with overseas educational institutions.
In this milestone year, as I look back over the past 55 years, I would like to express my gratitude to the many people who have supported us to this day.With this milestone year as the first step toward further progress, we pledge to develop further in order to meet the expectations of related industries and other sectors, and to aim for new horizons with current students and graduates for the next era.
Society 5.0" = The Cabinet Office recently announced "Society 5.0" as the future society that Japan should aim for.This is a system that highly integrates cyber space (virtual space) and physical space (real space) to realize a human-centered society (Society) that achieves both economic development and the resolution of social issues. It is a pillar of the theme in the country's Fifth Science and Technology Basic Plan, which follows hunting society (Society 1.0), agricultural society (Society 2.0), industrial society (Society 3.0), and information society (Society 4.0).It can be said that this direction is common and consistent with the future vision of IT human resource development that KCG Group should aim for, which is to expand and enrich the study field of "Next Generation Industrial and Applied Information", which is considered necessary for the future society.