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KIC signed a MoU regarding the ICT human resource development project in Rwanda.


Kobe Institute of Computing Graduate School of Information Technology is in the final preparation phase before commencing the “ICT Human Resource Development Project in Kigali, Rwanda” in partnership with the City of Kobe, which is to be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

This project aims to produce capable human resources in the ICT sector that satisfy the technical and general skills standards required by the ICT related enterprises in Rwanda. The training courses under the project will be provided through facilitation by local trainers who themselves have graduated from KIC through ABE Initiative program. As part of the project, activities to link Rwandan human resources with Japanese enterprises will be carried out in cooperation with the City of Kobe, which already has a partnership with the City of Kigali.

During the period between 16th and 20th January 2017, from the counterpart institution in Rwanda, the Rwanda ICT Chamber, Mr. Robert Ford Nkusi, Vice President, and Mr. Alex Ntale, Executive Director, have come to Japan to have discussion on the project implementation with the members of the City of Kobe, JICA and KIC.

On the last day, Rwanda ICT Chamber and KIC have signed a MoU, which lays out the basic common understanding between the two parties regarding the project. Based on this MoU, more detailed project implementation plan will be developed.

Students visited WIP Japan Corporation


African students and Prof. Yamanaka visited WIP Japan Corporation, one of the most esteemed “Translation and Overseas Marketing” companies in Japan. They discussed various aspects on how to increase trade and investments between Africa and Japan. We’d express sincere gratitude to Mr. Fuku, President WIP Japan Corp.

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Student Won Best Paper Award


Mr.Ghulam Haider Haidaree and his supervisor Prof. Nsenda Lukumwena won the Best Paper Award at 19th International Conference on Solid Waste 2017 (ICSW 2017).

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Students won the First Prize Paper Award


Students from Markon lab, Wannous lab and Sun lab received recognition in IEEE ICASI 2017 conference in Sapporo, Japan.

  • Mrs. Mwana Said Omar
  • Mr. Alexander Muriuki Njeru
  • Mr. Andrew Orlando Oduor
  • Mr. Antonio Reginaldo Antonio Francisco
  • Mr. Emmanuel Bikorimana
  • Mr. Joachim Rutayisire
  • Mr. Mohammad Nazim Kabiri

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[Report of Short-Term Training] 20 trainees from 16 different countries learned in KIC


KIC has been accepting and training officers and engineers in developing countries from 2015 as ”Capacity Building for ICT Project Planning” which is one of the JICA's Training Programs.

20 trainees from 16 different countries were trained in KIC for cultivating their capabilities for connecting to real solutions by utilizing “Problems solution method” and ICT technology in developing countries regarding industry, urban development, public health, health care, and education field within 5 weeks, from June 12th to July 14th, 2017.

We gave them training trough “Tankyu Practice*” which is our original method, and “PCM method*” which is JICA’s original method. They gave presentation about their achievements in presentation meetings of “Tankyu Practice” and “Action Plan”

Examples of problems in developing countries which the trainees approached:

  • The economical loss by traffic jams in the morning and evening
  • The worsening public security situation from the epidemic of crimes and traffic violations
  • The deficient healthcare services in rural area
  • The difficulty of obtaining employment for the youth

Student Voices

“Tankyu Practice is really practical method to develop new strategy!”

“PCM workshop is useful to analyses problems by logical thinking and make a plan.”

The presentation by students from KIC generated a reaction in International conference


The ICTer 2017 Conference (ICT for Emerging Regions) was held at the University of Colombo, School of Computing, in Sri Lanka on Sep.7-8.

KIC students Emily Kang’ombe and James Mmari had presented two papers on their research. Their presentations were well received and there were many questions. They have also visited the lab of Prof. Kasun De Zoysa and discussed possible research cooperations. The ICTer is a prestigious conference with a long history, and the acceptance of the papers shows the value of the research at KIC.

KIC graduation ceremony 2017 fall


KIC graduation ceremony 2017 fall was held at Sonic Hall on campus today. We were glad to have a lot of attendance from the embassies of various nations, Kobe city, companies, and student’s families. All of graduate students were shining, as they mastered the ”Tankyu” spirit and achieved their goals. We are sure of your future success in your country.

Additionally, in this ceremony, the first honorary degree of KIC was awarded to Mr. Stephen Mmodzi, Counselor of Embassy of Malawi.

Special lecture on “Autonomous Runway Independence” at KIC


A special lecture, titled “Autonomous Runway Independence”, was delivered by Mr Andrew Streett, the Vice President and Chief Scientist at Swift Engineering, CA, USA, at KIC on the 10th Nov. The welcome message was honoured by the Vice president of KIC Mr Kenji Fukuoka and he mentioned that the lecture would motivate the students to enhance their idea of areas in order to solve social issues in their own country by using ICT.

Swift Engineering is an innovative American engineering firm working on various products from racing cars to next-generation aviation and aerospace components. In this special lecture, Mr Andrew addressed the main three innovative products, UAS(Unmanned Aircraft System), UAV(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), and VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing). Distinguishing from the drones, these products are manipulated automatically, take off vertically, transit horizontally and so forth. With a swappable 1kg to 25 kg payload capacity and a 2 to 15-hour flight endurance, depending on the product, they can make remote operations faster, more inexpensive, safeer and efficient than any other currently available products on the market. Also, Mr Andrew talked about the application of these cutting-edge technologies to the existing and as-yet-unrecognized industries such as agriculture, mapping surveying, and surveillance.

After delivering his lecture to all of the attendants, Mr Andrew opened the floor for their questions for approximately 50 minutes. Since KIC has the core value that all of the students should be capable of tackling social issues with the application of ICT and innovation and they are trained to do so through our graduate-level education, a lot of questions regarding the applications and their business model were avidly asked from the floor. In this vigorous discussion, not only Mr Andrew but also Mr Rick Heise, the President and Chief Strategy Officer at Swift Engineering were actively involved in answering the questions. It seemed that all of the attendants in this lecture enjoyed the time and learned a lot from their innovative products.

At the end, Mr Hiro Matsushita the Chairman and CEO of the Swift Engineering made the ending remarks and showed his gratitude for their engagement in the active discussion.