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Introduction : Message from the Dean

Inauguration of the Graduate School

Dean, Graduate School of Information Systems
Hiroki HONDA

The Graduate School of Information Systems (IS) was established in April 1992 as an independent graduate school with no undergraduates. As an "independent graduate" school, it was founded as an educational and research institute to accept students both on and off campus, domestic and international, from a wide range of academic fields and professional backgrounds. The school awards Master and Doctor degrees of Engineering and Philosophy.

IS educational philosophy and advantages

The main feature of the school is its pursuit of problem solving by a systematic study of information systems and related matters from technical, industrial, social and personal viewpoints. Moreover, it aims to spread this wisdom as "education." Simultaneously, it aims to nurture information-systems leaders in society.

Currently, the school has the following four departments:

  • Department of Human Media Systems [MS]
  • Department of Social Intelligence and Informatics [SS]
  • Department of Information Network Systems [NS]
  • Department of Information System Fundamentals [FS]

The school conducts complex systematic studies, from research of basic and applied technology supporting information systems, such as computers, networks and information media, to research of social science regarding the individual and society. We have an educational philosophy to raise talented students who can consider matters in an integrated manner and who can think in system studies. To realize this aim, the school provides students with the following special features.

  • An entrance examination system that accepts people with a variety of talents and backgrounds
  • Meticulously organized and taught curricula such as courses for working students, fast-track completion, etc.
  • Practical education in trending themes via close cooperation with external organizations
  • A variety of economic support structures such as scholarships, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant systems, etc.
  • 100% employment rate: top-class employment opportunities in leading companies and organizations.
  • Talented professors with diverse careers, including business experience

In addition, both study and research are advised in private or small-group lessons, so the student can learn advanced and leading-edge theories under close technical guidance. The school aims to provide students with a "solid academic ability" and to nurture capable, talented people. To support this end, the latest data telecommunications and Internet environment are always available.

Furthermore, in the Doctor's program, students can choose from three dissertation types ("Scientific research," "System development" and "Case study") to aim for their doctor's degree. Qualifications can be acquired through a range of research methods and contents.

New missions that create the next generation

When we turn to the practical society of today, there are many issues and subjects for research, such as: welfare and nursing-care robots related to the aging society, new Internet and web technology development and business models, conceptual design of next-generation SNS and intelligent software development, miniaturizing and multi-functionalizing of computers and portable devices, management systems for safety and security, advanced visualization and image-processing technology, next-generation computer systems, knowledge mining and search technology, computational neuroscience, sensorimotor systems, etc. The school's mission is to promote systematic research on these subjects and themes.

Finally, we always welcome students with a dream, a desire to study and the tenacious will to make it a reality. We hope that students will come with their own plans for self-realization. Our doors are always open wide.

UEC-IS always moves at the very cutting edge of the era. At the same time, we continue to investigate harmony with society.

Introduction