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KCG and KCGI Hold Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremony 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 entrance ceremony for the fall semester of the 2021 academic year for Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG), Kyoto Japanese Language Training Center (KJLTC), and Kyoto College of Information Technology (KCGI) was held on Thursday, September 30, in cyberspace.Due to the prevention of new coronavirus infection, the ceremony was not held in the main hall on campus, and KCG Group President Wataru Hasegawa and KCGI President Toshihide Ibaraki delivered remarks via online video streaming, welcoming and encouraging new students.With the digitalization of society accelerating in the midst of the Corona disaster, these young people have started a new academic life as members of the KCG family, determined to acquire the IT expertise and advanced technology required by the world and to realize their dreams for the future.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 ceremony is held at a state-of-the-art educational institution with the most advanced IT system.

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 president 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.I hope that by learning enough IT, you will become students at the forefront of the times, with the ability to freely move between real space and cyberspace," he urged.After introducing KCG's educational philosophy and its history and achievements, which have been carried out with a pioneering and challenging spirit, he added, "The KCG Group has been working on new challenges, always keeping in mind the leading edge of the times, without being bound by the old preconceptions of schools.The KCG Family, a network of more than 50,000 graduates and alumni, is not limited to Japan, but extends to countries around the world.You are a part of our university from today.Please study them thoroughly.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 added.

In his address, President Ibaraki said, "I believe that you have chosen this university because of your interest in ICT.Most of you may have enrolled in the program with the intention of learning more about its details in the future.Our university targets not only the core of ICT, but also a wide range of applied fields, and our goal is to nurture human resources who can play an active role in these fields," he explained.He added, "Advances in ICT continue unabated today.Important new technologies include IoT, AI, data science for big data, and next-generation communication technologies such as 5G and post-5G.Are gaming enthusiasts familiar with VR and AR?The University has prepared a wealth of such cutting-edge topics, so please look forward to them.I sincerely hope that you will enjoy a meaningful student life during the years you will spend at the University, and that you will leave the University with confidence when you finish your studies," he encouraged.

Then, on behalf of the new students, Ms. Shira, who has enrolled in KCGI's Graduate School of Applied Information Technology, gave the following words of encouragement: "I am filled with anticipation for my life as a student, and at the same time I am sobered by the importance of learning at KCGI, which will serve as the foundation for survival in society.In order to contribute to the realization of an ideal information society, I will strive to grow every day, aiming to cultivate not only specialized knowledge and skills, but also "abundant creativity".

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

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The KCG Group continues to make the utmost efforts to prevent the spread of the H1N1 coronavirus, such as by conducting classes and school events in cyberspace, with the utmost concern for protecting the lives and health of students and faculty members.

KCG Group's response to the prevention of new coronavirus infections