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The education system of our university has at its core the “TANKYU Practice” exercises, Specific Theme Research A, and Specific Theme Research B, and students learn the theory and skills in “social development innovator based courses” and “ICT system courses” required for practice. ” The curriculum after admission is structured to acquire the knowledge and skills of practical ICT in the ICT specialized subjects group, and the knowledge for the promotion of ICT4D in the social development practice courses. The knowledge and skills learned in each subject group are overall combined in the Specific Theme Research, forming a program to improve practical ability by performing a specific problem-solving task utilising ICT.

For each of the issues in Specific Theme Research, students build a hypothesis of providing new value using ICT technology, and then perform its verification. During this time, they also perform thorough investigation and discussions. Moreover, they confirm the uniqueness of their solution by investigating similar solutions, and by also performing the verification from the point of view of income / expense balance through cost simulation, they verify the possibility of realization. Ultimately, they complete it as an action plan, as well as writing up as a master’s thesis, to the point where it can be presented.

The university, in order to develop human resources with a high practical expertise and skills, has in the faculty not only experienced practitioners from various companies such as SONY and Panasonic, and with work experience in developing countries cooperation in JICA, but also researchers and education experts familiar with the human resource development as educators, who do the research guidance.

Lectures based on “TANKYU” Practice

The method of teaching through “TANKYU” Practice has at its core an active learning model, by a repetition of “lectures → exercises → presentations”, using case studies for hands-on lessons to experience problem-solving close to the actual real-world practice. In the offered courses, the class exercises and experimental subjects will be carried out basically in this form.

ICT-based courses

Foundations of Computer Systems, Fundamentals of Open Source Software, Fundamentals of Information Networks, Computer Programing Exercises, Information Security, ICT Solutions, Software Engineering, Special Programming Exercises, Project Management Special Experiments, Application Development Exercises, Requirements Analysis Exercises, etc.

Social development and innovator system courses

‘Tankyu’ Practice, Fundamentals of ICT4D, Fundamentals of Social Development, Practice of Creativity Development, Leadership Development Exercises, Fundamentals of International Cooperation, ICT4D Exercises(Program Management), ICT4D special experiment 1, 2, 3 (government, education, health care, agriculture, environment, disaster prevention, social infrastructure, etc.)etc.

Special programs

Urban Planning, Geographic Information System

Specific Theme Study

The discovery of the problem to be solved, construction and validation of the solution hypothesis, practical implementation of the solutions using ICT and verification, resulting in a master’s thesis.