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Kobe Institute of Computing (KIC)
Graduate School of Information Technology

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An Introduction to KIC.

Kobe Institute of Computing (KIC), Graduate School of Information Technology is just a short walk from Sannomiya Station in the center of the beautiful city of Kobe. KIC introduces a program to produce 'work-ready' professional IT personnel who, regardless of their previous field of education or previous work experience, will be prepared for professional roles in the IT industry. The program curriculum is progressively structured in a way that proceeds from foundations to application & practice.


Social Innovation & Development, with International Cooperation, through ICT.

We foster highly motivated individuals who can work in various fields, including engineers to develop software, build information & communication networks, create embedded software, construct and design various information systems. KIC graduates are capable of development management as IT architects and project managers, and can contribute to international cooperation & social development through information communication technology (ICT).

Training Focus

Our Two Targets for Student's Training.

1. Professionals who can provide technical solutions to social issues by the design and maintenance of new systems using their own ICT skills.

2. Highly insightful experts who are able to demonstrate leadership in problem solving practice, with the cooperation of ICT technicians.

President's Message

President Toshiki Sumitani

Why do you learn ICT?

Why do you learn ICT? Is it for yourself in order to make your living? That is fine, but we believe you could achieve much more than that. KIC's motto is "Social Innovation by ICT and yourself," which means you come up with ideas for solving issues in your society utilizing ICT, and taking leadership in implementing these solutions for your community, for your country for society as a whole. We believe technology should be used for social good, not for evil.

Persident Toshiki Sumitani

Social Innovation by ICT and Yourself

The first program in Japan to develop human resources capable of solving social problems in practice, using ICT technology.

Course Overview


Graduate School of Information Technology, Department of Information Systems


Master of Science in Information Systems (professional)

Term of Study

2 years

Admission Capacity

55 students


Students develop their skills through 'ICT' based subjects and 'Social Development and Innovator System' subjects. Students are able to combine the knowledge and skills gained through these subjects and apply them to the TANKYU Practice and Specific Themed Research which lie at the heart of the university.
For each of the issues in the Specific Theme Research, students are required to build and verify a hypothesis for providing new value using ICT technology. The students will also perform a thorough investigation and discuss the results and implications.
On top of this, students will confirm the uniqueness of their solution by investigating similar solutions, as well as verifying the possibility of realization by investigating income/expense balance through cost simulation. The student's findings are completed as an action plan and written up as a master's thesis.

Individual Subject Information

For further information on the course structure and individual subjects, please click the link below.

Student's Voices

Features of Education

Development of the ability to discover and resolve issues

For challenges in the real world, various factors complicate progress, and for such problems, you need to have the power to discover their essence. In the curriculum of KIC, you will develop this power through “TANKYU Practice” exercises and “Specific Theme Research”.

Learning international cooperation and social development utilizing ICT

By taking ICT and social development-related lectures and working on solving actual issues beside government-sponsored students from developing countries, it is possible to learn international cooperation, social development, and social innovation

Part of a global community

KIC is actively developing academic agreements and cooperation with various institutions both in Japan and overseas, in order to create a rich educational environment that promotes developing advanced ICT human resources, who can be successful internationally.
Learn more about our exchange programs and partner institutions by clicking below.

Our Faculty Members

Naito, Tomoyuki

Vice President/Professor

We provide learning opportunities and know-how to ultilize ICT to solve social issues... Let's learn together, explore (TANKYU) together, grow together, and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

Sumitani, Toshiki

President / Professor

Many ICT projects fail. They stop in the middle, don’t meet the deadline, or users don’t want to use the new system. As the president of KIC, I would like my students to succeed in their future projects. Learning “Tankyu Practice” will equip you with methodologies to increase your rate of success...

Fukuoka, Kenji

Acting President

KIC accepts many African international students, and contributes not only to ICT human resource development and industrial promotion, but also to the promotion of friendship between Japan and Africa. As a proactive mentor, Mr. Fukuoka is actively working on the development of many...

Our Schools

Kobe Institute of Computing is an educational organization that is made up of three main schools, teaching at many different levels from vocational ICT & Graphic Design skills to Masters Level ICT and ICT4D courses.

Our schools are The Graduate School of Information Technology where our Masters courses are taught, and Kobe Electronics Vocational School also know as 'Kobe Denshi', where we teach job-ready skills and we also have our Japanese Language Department, which prepares our overseas students for study on our courses that are held in Japanese.

Our Facilities

Lecture Room

It is equipped with facilities which enable distance learning from overseas. There is also a lecture room for group work which suits active learning.

PC Laboratory

This lab is used primarily to study Open Source Software (OSS), programming and networking classes. To provide ICT education with OSS, we have installed the Linux OS on each PC in the lab.


It has a variety of books on ICT and social development.

Seminar Space

Students can work on their research in a group with other laboratory’s members.

Free Study Space

All the booths are separated by partitions so that students can work on their research and study without distraction.

Foyer and Sonic Hall in the Kitano Building

The Foyer has a capacity of about 100 persons for special lectures and workshops. Sonic Hall can be used for various kinds of events with a capacity of 300 people. Internet broadcasting is also available.

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