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Establishment

Greeting and General Introduction of the New Course (when established in 2007)

Information Communication Technology (ICT), the foundation of advanced information society, has been progressing at a remarkable speed and been causing a revolution of our social life as well as all industrial fields. The revolution has just started, and its influence and spread will have a major impact on completely changing our social life. On the other hand, lack of excellent information technicianswho could lead the next generation has become a serious problem in Japanese industries. An impending crisis of failing the competition with Western countries, India and China is going to come if the situation remains unchanged. 

In order to deal with such rapid technology progress and social requests, Kyushu University established the “Social Information Systems Engineering Course” in the Department of Advanced Information Technology with full-scale supports from MEXT and Keidanren. The course aims at fostering leaders who master advanced technologies with a clear understanding of ICT’s social position, possess basic knowledge and high moral ethics at the same time, and could be accepted in the world. The course thus performs a practical education program for that purpose. More concretely, university teachers keep in cooperation with lecturers from industries to foster leaders who:

  • 1.Possess special skills that are directly demanded by on-site software research and development,
  • 2.Have foresight of long-term social-situation changes and corresponding progress of information technology,
  • 3.Conduct development of software to flexibly correspond to the changes,
  • 4.Have the abilities of playing a leading role in industries.

We expect that many graduates from the “Social Information Systems Engineering Course” newly established in Itou Campus of Kyushu University could become ICT technicians who will lead future information society and play active roles in the world.

Dean of Graduate School and Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering

Mitsuo Tateiba

Anticipation from Industries (when established in 2007)

21 Century is the age of information technology, an age in which not only industries such as manufacture, distribution, and finance etc., but also all social life including administration, education, research, medical treatment, welfare, public security, and national defense etc. will reply on information technology. A country without outstanding information technology could no longer keep its status of being advanced.

The first thing to do for securing information technology is to foster human resources. This time, Keidanren appeals to universities all over Japan for collaboration towards fostering advanced information communication human resources. From the universities with high enthusiasm to this appeal, Kyushu University and University of Tsukuba were selected as important hubs. By combining human resources and wisdom of industries and universities, this new education course was established.

The purpose of this course is to foster leaders who could support our country with information technology. Although learning practical skills is a natural request, it is also important to master human abilities including individual autonomy, creativity, and powers of expressing and negotiating etc. Independent activities other than lectures are expected much as well.

You are the first students of this course. Although the course has just started and not been finished, this is a chance for you all. Please consider the establishment of this course as a collaborative program of teachers and graduate students. Please work hard with a spirit of completing the course by yourselves rather than waiting for being taught. Your contributions will change the course.

Let’s leave our names as founders of the world level IT top-gun course in Itou campus.

Executive Director, NS Solutions
Leader, StrategyPlanning Team, CeFIL, Keidanren
Osamu Dairiki

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