The curriculum is based on TANKYU Practice, learning international cooperation utilizing ICT, and social development.
Features of education
This course teaches practical ICT knowledge and technology, along with professional and practical knowledge and know-how related to ICT4D (= social development using ICT), aimed at students from developing countries as well as Japanese students intending to work overseas, studying in a variety of student configurations.
After completing the program, students can expect to work not only for NPOs, public institutions and social entrepreneurs at home and abroad, but can also find employment in global companies, to play an active role in a wide range of fields.
- All courses are given in English.
- The curriculum is based on “TANKYU Practice”.
- Joint courses with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) take advantage of the ICT4D know-how of JICA.
- In addition to the existing KIC faculty, ICT4D experts representative of Japan contribute to the courses.
- The program is supported by a collaborative environment with the governments of developing countries, with JICA, universities, and global companies.
This course consists of classes preparing for actual projects, such as system development through group work, and of the Specific Theme Research work, where under the guidance of teachers, for the research topic of each student they experience through proactive work the discovery of the problem, building and solving hypothesis using ICT, and testing it to achieve verification of its effect. This allows the development of ICT innovators who can develop a solution that leverages practical ICT technology and can demonstrate leadership of practical problem solving.
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 education experts familiar with the human resource development as educators, who do the research guidance.
This is a program where you can learn international cooperation using ICT, social development, and social innovation, while in Japan, in all courses you can earn credits in English, and you can build a global communications capability. In addition, there is also guidance of academic writing in English.
In the IT-based courses, you can also earn credits in Japanese, also there is support for those who are not confident in English. Even without knowledge of ICT and international cooperation, it is possible to learn starting from the basics.
Human resources to foster in the ICT Innovator course
We call at KIC a “TANKYU-type person” someone who can discover social issues, and solve them while polishing their own strengths (technology and human power), and we develop such human resources as the following.
- 1. Someone who can look at the society with a new point of view, and is able to transform society with the help of ICT.
- 2. Human resources who are able to open up BOP businesses.
- 3. Human resources who are able to actively challenge growing overseas markets.
International students from 26 countries and regions (as of October 2016)
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Vietnam