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KCG Group's 2021 Entrance Ceremony Held in Cyberspace

Wataru Hasegawa, KCG Group Chief Executive Officer, delivers his ceremonial address via video streaming.
Wataru Hasegawa, KCG Group Chief Executive Officer, delivers his ceremonial address via video streaming.

The KCG Group 2021 Entrance Ceremony, consisting of Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG), The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI), Kyoto Japanese Language Training Center (KJLTC), and Kyoto College of Motor Vehicles (KCGM), was held in cyberspace on Saturday, April 10.In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the ceremony was not held in the main hall of the university. Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, President of KCG Group, and Mr. Toshihide Ibaraki, President of KCGI, delivered the ceremonial address and welcomed and encouraged the new students via online video streaming.Amid the accelerating digitalization of society against the backdrop of the Corona disaster, young people with a desire to acquire specialized knowledge and advanced skills in IT and overflowing with hope to realize their dreams for the future have started their new academic lives as members of the KCG family.Congratulations on your enrollment!

Starting in the spring of 2020, KCG Group will hold its entrance ceremony, degree conferment ceremony, and graduation ceremony in cyberspace for both the spring and fall semesters.The latest systems have been installed throughout the school to provide a ceremony that is unique to a state-of-the-art IT educational institution.

After watching a video introducing the history of KCG and the group, which was established 58 years ago as the first computer education institution in Japan, President Hasegawa delivered his ceremonial address.The general director explained that the entrance ceremony was held in cyberspace to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection and to ensure the health and safety of the new students, their families, and other concerned parties.He added, "With the spread of the Internet, cyberspace has developed in human society.Now it has become a splendid "place to connect people with each other.I hope that by learning IT to the fullest, you will become students at the forefront of the times, with the ability to move freely between real space and cyberspace," he said.He also introduced KCG's educational philosophy and its history of taking on new challenges with a pioneering spirit and a spirit of challenge, saying, "During your time at KCG, make as many friends as possible who will become lifelong treasures, encourage each other, and study hard.I sincerely hope that you will follow in the footsteps of our outstanding seniors and become confident graduates and alumni who will carve out a bright future for yourselves," he said.

In his address, President Ibaraki said, "In the course of promoting online classes over the past year, our university has continued to make efforts to improve the effectiveness of various educational methods while experimenting with them.I believe that your seniors have been able to understand the pros and cons of both face-to-face and online classes," he said, adding, "During the pandemic, our understanding of digital technology has deepened.We believe that the use of smartphones and computers has become more essential than ever.This change will not be reversed.In the after-corona and post-corona societies, the role of ICT will be even greater than before," he noted.He added, "At our university, students can systematically learn ICT knowledge from the basics to the cutting edge.You can independently decide which of the many subjects to choose.At this point in your enrollment, please think carefully about what you want to study.It is important to have a study plan.We, the faculty and staff, will spare no effort to cooperate with you," he encouraged.

Then, on behalf of the new students, Mr. Ueda, who has enrolled in the Computer Engineering Course of the Department of Computer Engineering at KCG, gave the following message: "In today's advanced information society with the development of ICT, we believe that our mission as information engineers is to create a rich, safe and comfortable society where everyone can effectively use necessary information.Under the guidance of our teachers and seniors, we will strive to grow every day, aiming to cultivate not only specialized knowledge and skills but also "abundant creativity" in order to contribute to the realization of an ideal society," he pledged.

After the ceremony, participants were divided into small groups online to meet students and faculty members and explain classes.

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KCGI President Toshihide Ibaraki delivers his ceremonial address via video streaming
KCGI President Toshihide Ibaraki delivers his ceremonial address via video streaming