The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics

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The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics
京都情報大学院大学
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Type Private IT professional school
Established 2004
President Prof. Toshiharu Hasegawa, Ph.D.
Location Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu, Japan
Affiliations Kyoto-fu Joho Sangyo Kyokai 京都府情報産業協会 [1], Japan (Nippon) Association for Information Sciences (NAIS) [2]
Website http://www.kcg.edu/[3]

The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) [1] is Japan's first IT professional school with adjunct masteral programs in Applied Information Technology (M.S. IT) on Web Business Technology & Web Systems Development. KCGI is ranked among the top five Management of Technology (MOT) educational institutions in Japan by the International Strategy Design Research Institute (ISDR).[2] KCGI's course program was developed based on the new Masteral course program of Information System (IS) by the US-based Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), adopted to meet the needs of the contemporary IT and business sectors.

History[edit]

The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) was established in 2004 as part of the KCG Group headed by the Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG)—the first private computer educational institution in Japan founded in 1963 by Yasuko and Shigeo Hasegawa.[3]

KCG’s Eki-mae Main campus is located near Kyoto Station. KCG also has other sites at the Kamogawa Campus, which houses the Computer Graphics Art Department, and the Rakuhoku Campus, where the Computer Informatics Department is found. The KCGI is housed at the Hyakumanben building. The KCG group is also composed of the Kyoto Japanese Language Training Center (KJLTC), KCG Career, Inc. and KCG Co., Ltd.

Kyoto Computer Gakuin's incumbent head is Yasuko Hasegawa. She is the first woman to be enrolled at Kyoto University's doctoral program in Astrophysics, and she along with Shigeo Hasegawa formed a study group for IBM 709/7090 and started teaching young faculty and graduate students at Kyoto University. They called the workshop "the FORTRAN Research Seminar" which was later renamed as the "Kyoto Software Research Seminar". This workshop became Kyoto Computer Gakuin (Kyoto School of Computer Science) in 1969. Japan was then entering a period of post-war recovery and rapid economic growth; however, computers were still rare at that time. Only a handful of organizations like major banks, university research centers and airline companies possessed computer technology. At that time people asked: "Why should the average person study computers? What is the computer for?" “What do we need computer education for at this time?” But Yasuko and Shigeo Hasegawa, both educators, had the foresight of the future society in the IT era.

KCG Group’s Founders: Yasuko and Shigeo Hasegawa[edit]

Yasuko and Shigeo Hasegawa organized the "FORTRAN Research Seminar" in Kyoto in 1963. This became the roots of Kyoto Computer Gakuin and the KCG Group of institutions. There was an urgent need to have this kind of research group studying programming languages. However, there were neither accessible computer equipment nor books on computing in bookstores and FORTRAN could be used in Japan on a few computers which at that time were all imported. Under the ill-equipped environment of those times, Yasuko Hasegawa, the incumbent KCG president, struggled to develop a computer education system. In 1986, KCG founder Shigeo Hasegawa died at the age of 56.

From Kyoto’s FORTRAN Research Seminar to The Kyoto Software Research Seminar[edit]

The FORTRAN Research Seminar was started as the independent seminar which studied the uses and applications of FORTRAN. All the attendees were young research scientists from Kyoto University. "The FORTRAN Research Seminar" was renamed as the "Kyoto Software Research Seminar".

The uses of software was studied from a wider perspective, as the Kyoto Software Research Seminar group took in members not only from the academic community but from various sectors of society and subsequently the members found themselves involved in various educational activities.

The latter part of 1960s saw the emergence of Japanese made computers. By using the locally made "HITAC-10" computer, the seminar group was able to conduct courses on programming and as students increased, Hasegawa’s group had to rent an extra room as a computer laboratory.

In 1969, the "Kyoto Software Research Seminar" was renamed as "Kyoto Computer Gakuin". In the subsequent years, computer facilities of the school rapidly increased with the growing demand for computer education.

KCG’s outreach program: The early years[edit]

In the beginning, KCG founders Yasuko and Shigeo Hasegawa set the example by taking it upon themselves to transport the HITAC-10 in their car whenever there was a need to give lectures in faraway venues.

Later, KCG acquired the medium-scale-computer of Toshiba; the TOSBAC3400, IBM's main frames—the IBM 370, 4341, 3031; the large-scale UNIVAC (later called UNISYS) 1100, 1106 computers. In 1983 when the PC was just coming out of the market, KCG acquired a large number of PCs and initiated a PC Loan Program lending PCs to all KCG students for free.

Even the major universities did not engage in any such program, but this is one of the early evidence of the KCG founding president’s clear vision for the development of computer education in Japan.

KCGI's Faculty[edit]

KCGI's faculty was ranked first by the ISDR in 2005 among more than 60 MOT and MBA programs in Japan. Specialists and practitioners from the information technology and corporate sectors form the KCGI faculty and provide a pragmatic and business-oriented thrust to the IT program. KCGI courses utilize a learner-oriented instructional design supported by cutting-edge infrastructure on multi-media-aided programs and course management systems.

KCG Group's Global Orientation[edit]

International Development of Computer Education Program (IDCE): KCG Group’s current global outreach program[edit]

The International Development of Computer Education (IDCE) [4] program is a special program to expand computer education initiated in 1988 by Yasuko Hasegawa and her daughter Yu Hasegawa. Over the past several years, the IDCE program has donated almost 3,000 computers and provided computer instruction to countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. IDCE's launched its first project by donating 300 8-bit personal computers to Thailand’s secondary and upper level schools in Thailand in 1988. IDCE then went to other countries such as Ghana, Poland, Kenya, Peru, and Zimbabwe.[4] By 2008, 21 countries have been benefited by IDCE.

IDCE's goal is to widen access to basic computers for educational purposes in developing countries, where often there is no public access to computer technology. The program aims to enhance basic computer literacy and serves also as a medium for encouraging cultural exchange between Japan and participating countries.[5][6]

Academic Exchange Agreements[edit]

The KCG Group of institutions also has academic exchange agreements with various institutions with Information Technology programs in the US (Rochester Institute of Technology College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and B.Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (RIT))[5], in Asia (China's Tianjin University of Science Technology (TUST) [6], Dalian University of Foreign Language [7], Fujian Normal University [8], Nanjing University of Technology [9] and Korea's Korea University Graduate School of Information Security)[10], Cheju National University [11]), and in Europe (the Czech Republic's VSB-Technical University of Ostrava)[12].

On May 15, 2008 the KCG Group (including Kyoto Computer Gakuin [13] and KCGI [14]) and the University of Pardubice [15], one of the best national universities in the Czech Republic held the world's first online academic exchange agreement signing ceremonies between two universities in Japan and Europe. The KCG Group and the University of Pardubice [16] signed the memorandum of understanding for academic exchange agreement by holding ceremonies using video conferencing technology.

Kyoto Japanese Language Training Center[edit]

The Kyoto Japanese Language Training Center [17] is an institution accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education and authorized by the Ministry of Education as a preparatory school (currently there are only 17 approved schools in Japan).

Kyoto Computer Gakuin - Beijing Office[edit]

The office has been established in the Parliament Library of Beijing in 2002, as base of deeper academic exchange with Chinese universities and to support IT education in China.

Kyoto Computer Gakuin - New York Office[edit]

The office was established in World Trade Center in 2000 as a base of overseas projects of the KCG group. The office was moved to the Rockefeller Center in 2004 and resumed operations after the terrorist attacks in New York City.

Environment and Location[edit]

The KCGI Hyakumanben campus is located in the Sakyo Ward of Kyoto City in Japan.[18] The KCG Eki-mae campus which is also utilized by KCGI students is centrally located in the Minami Ward of Kyoto City in Japan. It is accessible from the Kyoto Station, the gateway into Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Kyoto is known to be a “student-friendly city” with several amenities and reasonable housing, food and shopping facilities that cater to its large student population due to the location of universities and schools in the area.

External links[edit]

KCGI website (Japanese): http://www.kcg.edu/
KCGI website (English): http://en.kcg.edu/

References[edit]

Coordinates: 35°1′50.4″N 135°46′45.8″E / 35.030667°N 135.779389°E / 35.030667; 135.779389