The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) celebrated its 16th anniversary on November 1, 2019.On the same day, a commemorative ceremony was held in the main hall of the KCGI Kyoto Station Satellite, where all students and faculty members celebrated and pledged further development.In his ceremonial address, Dr. Toshihide Ibaraki, President of KCGI, said, "In recent years, we have been accepting students from all over the world, including Asia, and we are building our position as a global graduate school.On the other hand, we have established Sapporo Satellite and Tokyo Satellite in order to develop community-based IT education.We are making preparations to expand education not only in Japan but also overseas," he said, describing the current status of KCGI.
Next, Vice President / Professor Doichi Tsuchimochi gave a commemorative lecture entitled “Learn new ways to learn at The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics”.Dr. Domochi received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University in the United States, and his master's and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of Education at Columbia University.He is also a doctor of education from the University of Tokyo.He has served as a professor at Hirosaki University and Teikyo University, and as a visiting professor at the University of Victoria, Canada, the University of South Florida, USA, and Nagoya University.He is an authority on pedagogy, and since coming to KCGI last year, he has been working tirelessly to bring new pedagogical methods to take root in our university.
In his lecture, Professor Domochi said, "Einstein said, 'I do not teach my students.'It's just about giving students an environment where they can learn,' he said.My educational philosophy is the same, and I believe it is important to create an environment where I can 'create' classes with KCGI students.I believe that teachers learn and grow just as students do," he said.Professor Domochi introduced the shift to a "learning paradigm" in the U.S., which changed from classes where teachers stood on the podium and taught to classes where students discussed in groups to advance their learning, saying, "'Learning how to learn' begins with knowing what kind of learner you are.We need to know that everyone learns and sees things differently.This leads to the development of autonomous learners," he explained.He went on to observe that "'Learning how to learn' may not lead directly to college grading, but it certainly leads to social and life grading."
KCGI was established as Japan's first IT professional graduate school, inheriting the pioneering spirit of KCG, Japan's first computer education institution, founded on May 1, 1963.The Graduate School of Applied Information Technology offers a major in Web Business Technology. Upon completion of the program, students can earn a Master of Information Technology (Professional), the highest degree in the field of IT applications.In the academic areas, the curriculum has been substantially reorganized starting in 2018.In the 2019 academic year, we have established the Concentration Course Model: ▽ERP ▽Business Data Analytics ▽IT Entrepreneurship ▽Web System Development ▽Network Management ▽IT Manga/Animation ▽Tourism IT, and the Industry Course Model: ▽Agriculture ▽Marine ▽Medicine/Health ▽Contents Marketing ▽Education ▽FinTech.Enrollment capacity has been increased from 80 students (total capacity of 160) at the time of opening to 480 students (total capacity of 840) in the 2019 academic year.We have been sending talented people with knowledge and skills in IT, management, and content to the IT industry in Japan, Asia, and around the world.