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Introduction : Features of the Graduate School

Japan's only independent graduate school of information systems.
Responding to the broadening needs for information systems study.

The University of Electro-Communications Graduate School of Information Systems promotes advanced education and research relating to information systems, a field which is developing rapidly into a large interdisciplinary domain. The school aims to train creative and active people who can solve the problems of information systems under the guidance of a team of professors assembled from leading researchers in the field and with the latest education research equipment.

Education and research features

Study state-of-the-art technology in cooperation with external organizations

The campus is located near the center of Tokyo and is blessed with excellent public transport. Building on this geographical advantage, the school has set up various collaborative programs with research institutes. Researchers from these affiliates are invited to teach at IS as visiting professors, allowing students to study real-world information systems via lectures or research. Moreover, leading-edge research of real-world applications can be performed at affiliated educational facilities.

Welcoming a broad spectrum of students

As an independent graduate school without an undergraduate program, we open our doors widely to Japanese university graduates, working people and foreign students. The selection process and lesson plans are carried out with great consideration so that applicants with originality and zeal to tackle the problems of information systems can enter the school regardless of their undergraduate subjects or specialties. For example, to correspond to the students' diverse backgrounds, in the first semester of the first year of the Master's program, we offer a curriculum that provides an intensive grounding in the basics of information systems.

A rich educational and research environment

The Graduate School provides one teacher for every three to four students. While the form of research guidance may vary according to the laboratory, the excellent teacher-student ratio ensures that students enjoy close supervision in any lab. In addition, each student receives at least one computer in each laboratory for personal use, and all students are assigned their own booths to ensure they can concentrate fully on individual research.

Wide-ranging course curricula

The school's basic policy is to provide a place for education and research that is deeply connected to real-world concerns. In addition to lectures on cutting-edge subjects in specialized research and lectures on the fundamentals of information systems, the school also offers applied subjects where researchers from leading companies lecture on their fields of expertise and special lectures by outside researchers who cover various topics in greater breadth or depth. Moreover, the school holds joint lectures that enable students to obtain a wide range of knowledge on interdisciplinary and collaborative fields.

A global view is required to partner with the world on the international stage

In view of the changes in the international society accompanying the rapid development of information technology, global thinking is more important than ever. Technological research needs to not only advance the interests of a single country, but also consider the wider world and contribute to international cooperation and prosperity. Thus, the school actively encourages its students to publish their findings in overseas academic journals and present them at international conferences. In addition, the school is developing international exchange by inviting prominent foreign researchers to participate in joint-research projects.

Variety of financial support schemes

Scholarships offered by the Japan Student Services Organization, the Tokyo Scholarship Association, and other municipal bodies and private organizations provide between 50,000 to 130,000 yen per month as loans or grants. In addition, to further reduce the economic burden and support students in their challenge to obtain a degree, the school runs Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant programs. While the amount of money available on these programs depends on factors such as annual budgets, in the past students employed as Research Assistants were paid a total of 480,000 yen (annual upper limit), and that the proportion of successful scholarship recipients was about 40% in the case of the Japan Student Services Organization scholarship and about 85% in the case of scholarships for foreign students.

Introduction