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KCGI's 18th Anniversary Celebration Held Online

Prof. Gary Hoichi Domochi, Vice President of KCGI and Director of the Center for Innovation in Higher Education and Learning (top right), delivers a commemorative lecture at the 18th anniversary ceremony of the founding of Kyoto College of Computer Science and Technology (KCGI)
Prof. Gary Hoichi Domochi, Vice President of KCGI and Director of the Center for Innovation in Higher Education and Learning (top right), delivers a commemorative lecture at the 18th anniversary ceremony of the founding of Kyoto College of Computer Science and Technology (KCGI)

Kyoto College of Computer Science and Graduate Institute of Information (KCGI) celebrated the 18th anniversary of its founding on Monday, November 1, 2021, and held a ceremony online to commemorate the founding.In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the ceremony was broadcasted via the Internet, and students and faculty members celebrated the 18th anniversary at their respective locations and pledged further development.In his ceremonial address, Dr. Toshihide Ibaraki, President of KCGI, said, "KCGI has continued to grow steadily with the establishment of the Sapporo and Tokyo Satellites, and in recent years has been building its position as a global graduate school with students from all over the world.In order to cope with the increase in the number of students, we are currently constructing a new school building on a site adjacent to the Hyakumanben main school.We are planning to complete the project in August next year," he said, describing the current status and prospects of KCGI.

Then, Prof. Gary Hoichi Domochi, Vice President of KCGI and Director of the Center for Innovation in Higher Education and Learning, gave a commemorative lecture titled "Tips for Online Classes: Active Learning Recommendations.Dr. Domochi received his undergraduate and master's degrees from California State University in the United States, his master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University's Graduate School of Education, and his doctorate in 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, and Nagoya University.He is an authority on pedagogy and has been working tirelessly at KCGI to instill a new pedagogy, active learning (a teaching and learning method that incorporates the active participation of learners, as opposed to one-way lecture-style education by teachers).

In his lecture, Professor Domochi began by saying, "The start of online classes in the wake of the new coronavirus infection has raised the question of 'what is a class?Until now, the style of teaching has been one-sided, with teachers lecturing from the podium and writing on the board, and students learning from this, but this has changed dramatically with the Corona disaster," he pointed out.He added, "The key to taking an online class is to be an 'autonomous learner.He explained in detail that there are many types of active learning, such as discussions and learning outside of class time, and that it is necessary to recognize that active learning is learning by 'thinking' at school.He concluded his lecture by saying, "Due to the effects of the new coronavirus infection, we have no choice but to use online classes, but I think you will understand that there are some ways of learning that can only be done online," and "Students need to recognize and adapt to the fact that online classes are a good opportunity to develop 'autonomous learners.

KCGI inherited the pioneering spirit of Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG), Japan's first computer education institution founded on May 1, 1963, and opened its doors as Japan's first graduate school for IT professionals.The Graduate School of Applied Information Technology offers a major in Web Business Technology, and upon completion, students are awarded a Master of Information Technology (Professional), the highest degree in the field of IT applications.We have established the following specialized subject groups: ▽ERP ▽Business Data Analytics ▽Global Entrepreneurship ▽Web System Development ▽Network Management ▽IT Manga/Animation ▽Tourism IT ▽Artificial Intelligence, and the following industry subject groups: ▽Fintech ▽Agriculture ▽Marine ▽Medicine/Health ▽Contents Marketing ▽Education.The enrollment capacity has been increased from 80 students (160 students in total) to 600 students (1200 students in total).We send talented people with knowledge and skills in IT, management, and content to the IT industry in Japan, Asia, and around the world.

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