ICT Innovator Course Features

This course teaches practical ICT knowledge and technologies, along with professional & practical knowledge and real-world know-how related to ICT4D (ICT4D = social development using ICT).

The course is aimed at students from developing countries as well as Japanese students intending to work overseas. After completing the program, students can expect to work not only for NPOs, public institutions and as 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.

Course's Key Features

  • All courses are taught in English.
  • A curriculum based on "TANKYU Practice".
  • Joint courses with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) take advantage of the ICT4D know-how of JICA.
  • Along with the KIC faculty, ICT4D expert representatives of Japan contribute to the courses.
  • The program is supported by a collaborative environment with the governments of developing countries, JICA, universities, and global companies.

  • All courses are taught in English.
  • A curriculum 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 expert representatives of Japan contribute to the courses.
  • The program is supported by a collaborative environment with the governments of developing countries, JICA, universities, and global companies.

Real-World Based Projects

This course consists of classes preparing for actual projects, such as system development through group work, and of 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.

This course consists of classes preparing for actual projects, such as system development through group work, and of 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.

Study Skills

This is a program where you can learn international cooperation using ICT, social development & 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 from the basics.

This is a program where you can learn international cooperation using ICT, social development & 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 from the basics.

"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.

Using the know-how from joint ventures with JICA.

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Using experience obtained through cooperation with JICA.

ICT Innovator course curriculum is based on “Problem Resolution for Development issues (medical treatment, Agriculture, industrial development, government service streamlining, education) by Information –Communication Technology (ICT) training” which is held in 2012 for the 29 government officials from 8 African countries received a commission from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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Professors who have considerable experience

KIC has a variety of teachers: not only the teachers who has served on the front line at the field of IT but also the expert on ICT4D, Urban Planning, or International Public Policy with considerable experience based on the actual business at JICA etc.

Our Teachers are Experienced Practitioners

You Can Take the Full Course in English.

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You can learn the whole program in English.

In all programs it is possible to earn credits in English. Since the ICT related course is held in Japanese as well, students can select the courses to meet the English proficiency of each student. In addition, students can learn from the basics even without any knowledge of ICT or International Cooperation..

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Students from Every Corner of the Globe.

We have a truly multi-cultural body of students studying at KIC. In addition to Japan, our students currently come from a total of 15 different countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. They bring with them backgrounds at government agencies, international organizations or as IT engineers in the private sector.


By joining us at KIC, you will meet new friends and add fellow professionals from a diverse range of countries and cultures to your growing professional network.

A Truly Global Student Body

Programme Concept


Schooling from methodology to an actual practice with technique by International Development or ICT Specialist

Our students study applying ICT to International Cooperation, Social Development and Social Innovation through attending lectures and exercises in ICT and social development, and participating in group work doing actual problem solving, together with many overseas students from developing countries (Africa, Central and South Asia), all this while living in Japan.

Real-World Work Experience

Develop your ICT skills through an internship at a Japanese company.

Currently, internship experience is only available for students participating in the ABE initiative*.
All participants are expected to do internships at Japanese companies during summer break. Summer Internship opportunity is mandatory and will be arranged by matching between your availability and offers from companies.
Post-Graduation Internship can be arranged only if a Japanese company offers you the opportunity. Maximum period of Post-Graduation Internship is 6 months starting from your graduation. Internship programs are carried out in English. In principle, no reward or compensation should be paid to the companies and the participants. Details of the internships will be fixed according to the hosting companies' schedule. The participants of the "private sector" category who are nominated /recommended by private companies at the time of application are all supposed to do their internships at those companies.

*There is currently no information about ABE initiative scholarship program for 2019.

Adopted Projects.

Grass Roots Projects (More Information Coming Soon!)

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Industrial human resource development initiative for young people of Africa (ABE initiative)


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Afghanistan “Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development” (PEACE Project)

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Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS)

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The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS)

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Curriculum

Subject Overview

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 Theme 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.

Admissions

Guidelines

KIC is looking for graduates and working adults, regardless of nationality or age, from Japan and abroad with experience and knowledge of ICT, and the desire and sense of purpose to solve social issues utilizing ICT.
A good applicant will have the following characteristics:
  • An interest in solving social problems utilizing ICT and intend to contribute to global development after the completion of the course.
  • The ambition to share widely the knowledge and skills they have acquired.
  • An understanding and interest in different cultures and values, and a cooperative personality.
  • Flexible thinking, able to take positive action and the spirit to challenge themselves.

Tuition and Financial Support

Entrance Fee Tuition Facilities and Equipment (Annual) TOTAL
¥200,000 ¥1,000,000 ¥200,000 ¥1,400,000
The total amount is paid over three installments. Financial assistance is available for privately-financed international students who meet the relevant criteria.
For full details on tuition and financial support, please click the link below.

Support

KIC aims to provide students with the best possible financial and personal support. This is done through a number of ways including scholarships, tuition assistance, and consultations on mental health and harrasment.
For further information, please click the link below.

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