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Message from CEO and President

 
CEO of the KCG Group, Kyoto Joho Gakuen Professor
The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics
Wataru Hasegawa
President Wataru Hasegawa
Bachelor of Arts, Waseda University
Master of Education, Master of Arts, Columbia University, USA
Chairman, Kyoto Prefecture Information Industries Association
Trustee & Chairman, All Nippon Information Industry Association Federation
Representative Director & Prime Vice Chairman, Japan Federation of IT Associations
Trustee, Japan(Nippon) Association for Information Systems
Awards, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports Thailand(Twice)
Minister of Education Award of the Republic of Kenya
Visiting professor, Tianjin University of Science & Technology, China
Policy advisory committee, JDC, Jeju Free International City Development Center
Courses: Leadership Theory
A KCGI Education
The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) is Japan’s first IT professional graduate school. KCGI's parent organization, Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG), was Japan's first private computer education institution. KCG was established as a private school by Shigeo Hasegawa and Yasuko Hasegawa under their unique, forward-looking philosophy. KCG has been engaged in computer education for over 50 years since its establishment in 1963 and during that time not only high school graduates but also many graduates of four year universities have enrolled in and graduated from its programs. At that time, only research-oriented graduate schools existed in Japan.
Many of the students who enrolled after graduating from university chose KCG after searching for an institute of higher education directly connected to the practical side of computers. Even though KCG was organized under the vocational school system, it holds a role in Japanese society as an educational institution for university graduates and has also served the function of a kind of occupational and practical graduate school.
Based on this state of affairs and history, in 1998 KCG established a joint program with graduate programs (including Information Sciences and Technologies, Computer Science, and others) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the United States and has since implemented a professional graduate school curriculum oriented towards practical learning. This collaboration between a Japanese vocational school and American graduate school programs was both the first of its kind in Japan and ground-breaking.
In one sense, it could be said that it was inevitable that we would embark on the establishment of an IT professional graduate school under the new Professional Graduate School system with staff from the Kyoto Computer Gakuin, which had made such achievements as those mentioned above, at its core. The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics was established as Japan's first IT professional graduate school in April 2004, the first year of the new education system in Japan, with the endorsement and cooperation of Masao Horiba, founder and current chief adviser of Horiba, Ltd. and numerous other persons involved in the financial world, as well as many persons involved in education, including professors and researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Teachers College at Columbia University in the United States.
At the time of our establishment, KCGI created a program to cultivate engineers and, in particular, CIOs specializing in web business (e-business) based on the revised edition of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) IS (Information Systems) master's program curriculum with information technology education serving as a foundation while also taking into consideration international business education. We also set forth the following as our founding philosophy: "Cultivate specialists in applied information technology who possess creativity and high level practical abilities which will meet the needs of society, support the present age, and lead us into the next generation." KCGI advocates as our mission and purpose the contribution to the realization of a high level information society and the recovery of the economy in Japan through the provision of high level IT professionals who possess extensive knowledge and high level skills beyond what is conventional and who are also internationally minded in order to meet the need for high level and diverse human resources in our IT society, as well as the adaptation to developments in information and related technologies and the provision of education on theory and practical technology in academic fields related to science, technology, and business management in the training of high level professionals.
It is to this extent that major programs concerning web business (e-business) in Japan at the undergraduate and graduate school level were virtually non-existent and the subject was treated as merely a sub-field in traditional major programs such as business management, industrial engineering technology, and majors related to information. In other words, the subject was in fact merely researched and taught as part of a systematic and comprehensive major or as part of a major field.
What distinguishes KCGI is that we are not a "vertically divided single field" computer science graduate school, nor are we an informatics and mathematics graduate school as can be found in many university engineering departments in Japan. Although we may share many similarities with the above, we aim to be a world-class professional school as a different genre of IT professional graduate school in the broader sense of the idea and with a focus also on the cultivation of leadership abilities. In addition to curriculum designs and an advisory teacher system based on a pedagogical point of view, KCGI also aims to have a well-rounded education system widely integrating elements and policies heretofore virtually unseen in Japanese universities such as learner-oriented instructional design, an education system with an open and horizontal division of labor, and periodic evaluations of learning outcomes.
Further, KCGI is also focused on the cultivation of international leaders equipped with IT and management skills who are able to exhibit their true potential throughout Asia, an area experiencing increasing globalization. At KCGI, we have aimed to be the number one IT professional school in Asia since our establishment and we actively accept students from around the world and particular Asia.
In addition, against the backdrop of the recent international acclaim for Japanese content such as anime, the importance of the content industry is increasing. KCGI is thus exploring the even greater possibilities posed by the internet than that which has already been achieved in the relationship between the content industry and IT. We are also focusing on the development of actual content and research into new content business models and are creating relevant courses in relation to the same.
Already IT is something which cannot be done without in our daily lives and business activities and significant societal needs lie at the base of the wide range of related fields. Graduates of KCGI, furnished with practical skills and communication abilities and possession of a global perspective, are active in numerous fields.
In April 2012, KCGI established a satellite campus in Sapporo, Japan, and another in Tokyo was established in October 2012. Connected to the main school in Kyoto via an e-learning system, this makes it possible to receive cutting-edge IT professional education while studying at either satellite campus. Courses are taken in real time; in addition to being able to ask questions of professors directly via camera, these courses are recorded and it is also possible to view courses stored on our servers from home. It is, so to speak, possible to go beyond the boundaries of space and time to receive a high level professional education anywhere, anytime. In addition, KCGI is also endowed with a solid network connecting it with higher education institutions around the world, including in the United States, China, and South Korea. Through our repeated experiences in partnering and networking with these institutions, KCGI is further increasing its interaction with other countries and is actively developing education projects towards this end.
KCGI is celebrating its 10th anniversary since its establishment. Amidst the hectic changes of the day, we are steadily advancing and pushing forward with the training of high level IT professionals based on our founding philosophy and our established mission and purpose. I eagerly await the entrance of ambitious students such as yourself.
 
President, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics
Toshihide Ibaraki
President Toshihide Ibaraki
Bachelor of Engineering, Kyoto University;
Doctor of Engineering, Kyoto University (major in Electronic Engineering);
Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University;
former Dean of the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University;
former Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University;
former Professor, Guest Professor, University of Illinois and others.
Fellow of ACM; the Operations Research Society of Japan; the Institute of Electronics,
Information and Communication Engineers; the Information Processing Society of Japan;
and the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Courses: Advanced Topics in Systems Theory; Network Optimization Theory
At the Turning Point of a New Era
The Industrial Revolution, which occurred from the latter half of the 18th century through the 19th, began thanks to the creation of a new type of power known as the steam engine. The increase in productivity was later further accelerated by the use of electricity and petroleum, until, by the latter half of the 20th century, the productive capacity of humanity far exceeded the amount needed. The result, termed the conversion from quantity to quality, lead to the obsolescence of mass production methods at the time and a transition to the age of large variety, small volume production. Amidst these stormy seas of change, the industrial composition of the world is undergoing a significant transformation, giving birth to a new social order.
This same phenomenon is also occurring in the world of information. The speed of it, however, is far higher. Although just 70 some years have elapsed since the production of the first computers, their progress has been explosive, to the point where both their operational speed and memory capacity are inconceivable. The ability of computers to solve the partial differential equations which describe atmospheric changes faster than actual weather phenomena occur is the decisive factor in making numerical weather forecasting possible. Voice analysis and recognition has become fast enough to handle the speed of human speech. Barriers to memory capacity are virtually non-existent and it is now possible to store every book in the entire world as digital data. Computers also have the potential to record every bit of data taken in by a human being’s eyes and ears throughout their lifetime. There is no doubt that this increase in information power has reached a level sufficient to change the quality of our very lifestyle and culture.
Indeed, I feel that since our entry into the 21st century we are increasingly seeing signs of a qualitative change. With the implementation of convenient features and decreasing size, cell phones and smartphones have found their place in people's pockets, particularly changing the lifestyle of young people. Signals over the internet can now instantaneously exchange not only letters and characters but also pictures and video data via fiber optic cable. Information and communication technology (ICT) as infrastructure is globalizing finance and business and continues to exert a significant influence even on the nature of countries and societies via the direct connection of people around the world. Needless to say, not all of these changes are necessarily in a positive direction. In addition, negative aspects such as computer crime cannot be ignored. In that sense, we are truly in the very midst of this conversion, and one could go so far as to say that we are coming to a turning point in the future of humanity.
Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG), the parent organization of the Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) was established in 1963 when computers were in their infancy. KCG grew with the development of computers as Japan's first computer education institution and has sent forth many promising graduates into the world. Inheriting this tradition and history of results, the Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics was conceived as Japan's first professional graduate school, announcing its establishment in November 2003 and welcoming its first students in April of 2004. At this turning point, we can now say we have truly begun our journey. KCGI, while continuing to devote itself to the further study of information and communication technology, fully understands the influence this will have on society and seeks to cultivate human resources who guide it in the right direction. If you have the will, doors will open for you regardless of age, personal history, nationality, or whether you come from the humanities or the sciences. We welcome with open arms not only those who have just finished their undergraduate studies but also working adults looking to advance their careers who are already flourishing in the real world and students around the world interested in studying in Japan.