Notice: Regarding of measures during the state of emergency


Dear KIC Students,

Due to the spread of the third wave of COVID-19 infection, the second state of emergency has been declared to Hyogo Prefecture on January 14th, 2021. The declaration is valid until February 7, but could be extended.
Although universities and other institutions are not subject to closure this time, we are required to take thorough necessary measures to prevent infection, such as the cancelation of extracurricular activities and social gatherings that involve eating and drinking, which can be highly contagious by the droplets infection.
It is also requested to companies and organizations to reduce the number of commuters at workplaces by 70% and to cut back on work hours after 8:00 p.m.

In response to this, KIC will implement the following measures during the state of emergency.

  1. Continue offering classes online.
  2. KIC facilities will remain open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
    However, we would like to ask your cooperation to limit the use in the specific cases where it is essential, such as research guidance or experiments using the school facilities.
    Borrowing and returning of books at the library will be suspended from January 23 (Sat.) until the end of the emergency declaration. If you would like to borrow or return, please do it by January 22nd(Fri). On the otherhand, you can browse the books in the library during the period.
  3. If there are any changes in the operation or schedule of classes or school events, the updated information will be notified by email or posted on Moodle. We would like to ask you to check the emails from KIC and Moodle regularly.
  4. As a general principle, faculty members will work from home and come to KIC facilities only when necessary, such as holding research guidance. The administrative staff will take turns working from home and coming to the office, effective from January 19(Tue) during the declaration period.
    As the actual number of people at the office will be reduced, we may need to follow different procedures, such as issuing certificates. We appreciate your understanding and continue checking the information from KIC.

Please keep in mind the number of infected people with the disease has not yet decreased, and the cases of more highly infectious mutated strains have also been reported. Although KIC will be open its facilities to ensure the convenience of your research and study, e expect your continuous practice on the "new lifestyle" and refrain from going out unnecessarily to prevent further infection. In order to prevent the spread of infection, we ask that you act sensibly and be aware of the importance of "not getting infected" and "not letting others get infected. Thank you very much for your kind understanding and cooperation.

January 18th, 2021

Dean Masayuki TSUCHIDA (Ph.D.)
Executive Director of Office Toshio FUKUHARA

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Spring Graduation Ceremony for the fiscal year 2020


The Spring Graduation Ceremony was held on March 20th, 2021 at the Kobe Institute of Computing, Graduate School of Information Technology.

It was attended by graduates of the class of 2020, and students living in China also participated online. President Toshiki Sumitani sent a message to the graduating students, saying, "I hope you all make the most of the ‘Tankyu spirit’ (the spirit of searching and pursuing) that you have gained at this university to play an active role in society.

Ms. Shoko Koie then gave a speech on behalf of the graduating students. Although a part of the ceremony was shortened to limit the number of participants due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the graduating students and their supervisors all participated joyfully and peacefully.

Spring Entrance Ceremony for the fiscal year 2021


The Spring Entrance Ceremony for the ICT Professional Course was held on April 9th, 2021 at the Kobe Institute of Computing, Graduate School of Information Technology.

Following a welcoming speech by the Founder of Chairman of the Kobe Institute of Computing, College of Computing, Mr. Tomio Fukuoka, and a ceremonial address by President Toshiki Sumitani, Ms. Kgaphola Mabaleng Maria Brigette, a student from South Africa, gave the welcome speech to greet the new students.

An oath representing the new students was then taken by Ms. Kexin Wang from China.

Online Campus Open Day


Hi! This is Kobe Institute of Computing, Graduate School of Information Technology.
We would like to invite all of you to Online Campus Open Day. Come and Join us!

Date: 26, May 2021
Time: 19:00 - 20:00 (Japan time)
Language: English
1. Detail of KIC
2. Application Guideline
3. Q & A session

If you want to attend, please APPLY HERE!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

If you want to know our general information and scholarships, please check below.

Game-changing chemistry to create social innovation in a difficult era through "ICT x Peace-Building x Social Investment".


Overview: The pandemic of Covid-19 has continued to rage, and the path to its end is still hard to see. People are forced to curb socio-economic activities, and the effects are not only economic stagnation but also a wide range of adverse effects. The distance learning using information and communication technology (ICT) has spread worldwide at once. Online meeting is no longer a special item. However, the status of the digital divide is widening the gap between rich and poor. Even in peacebuilding, the process tends to be stagnant due to the restraint of actions by infection prevention.
Social investment, an integral approach to creating the most critical employment opportunities for developing countries, is entering a new phase due to the stagnation of international flow. All of those are seriously influencing SDGs achievement negatively. Thus, the non-traditional way to utilize ICT should now be boldly tried not only in education and health but also in peace-building and social investment to pursue sustainable development in a difficult era.This webinar series is originated by a group of development practitioners who share such awareness of crucial issues. With such a backdrop, this event explores how to examine the possibility of socially demonstrating and implementing the ideas on effective mix of ICT, peace-building, and social investment, through discussion between resource speakers and participants to surmount the academic framework.

If you want to attend, please APPLY HERE!

Webinar: Zoom
Fee: Free
Language: English and Japanese

Agenda: 1st Session - June 9, 2021(Wed)17:00~18:00(JST)
“Game-changing Chemistry - ICT x Peacebuilding x Social Investment.”
[1] “The background and aim of this webinar series / How ICT contributes to tackle the pandemic” Tomoyuki Naito (KIC)
[2] “Peacebuilding and the applicability of ICT and Social Investment in Sudan” Koji Sakane(JICA)
[3] Q&A

Agenda: 2nd Session - June 16, 2021(Wed)17:00~18:30(JST)
“ICT x Peacebuilding: Peace Tech”
[1] “Peace Tech – a game-changing wave” Ayaka Oishi(Peloria Insights)
[2] “Remote sensing and AI for peacebuilding” Elham Goumehei (Space4good)
[3] “Tech trend in international organizations” Yusaku Kawashima (The World Bank)
[4] Break-out session online / Q&A

Agenda: 3rd Session - June 23, 2021(Wed)17:00~18:00(JST)
“Peacebuilding x Social Investment”
[1] “The state and issues of social investment under the era of pandemic” Satoko Kono (ARUN Seed)
[2] “The role of private sector in promoting the economic independence of refugees” Eri Nakamura (JICA)
[3] Q&A

Agenda: 4th Session - June 30, 2021(Wed)17:00~18:00(JST)
Interactive online panel discussion
[1] “How to realize the game-changing chemistry: ICT x Peacebuilding x Social Investment?” Moderator: Tomoyuki Naito (KIC) 
[2] Discussants: Koji Sakane (JICA), Ayaka Oishi (Peloria Insights), Satoko Kono (ARUN), Eri Nakamura (JICA), others (TBC)

Agenda: 5th Session - July 7, 2021(Wed)17:00~18:00(JST)
Special Session on Palestine - “ICT x Social Investment in Palestine”
[1] “The state and issues of Palestine and the Japan’s ODA” Junji Kawashima (JICA)
[2] “(Title TBC) Monstarlab’s Challenge in Gaza” Kazuki Nakayama (Monstarlab)
[3] “The state of Gaza and ICT startups,” A speaker from Palestine (TBC)
[4] Interactive discussion and Q&A

Agenda: 6th Session - July 14, 2021(Wed)17:00~18:00(JST)
Special Session on the Philippines - “ICT x Social Investment in the Philippines”
[1] “Production DX Case in Developing Countries: The Prosthesis Production Innovation Using 3D-Printer and AI Technology” Yutaka Tokushima (Instalimb)
[2] A speaker from the Philippines (TBC)
[3] Interactive discussion and Q&A

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

If you want to know more about the Peace Tech webinar, please check below.
The Peace Tech Flyer

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Fall 2021 Graduation Ceremony Held with Students from 13 Countries

September 18, 2021

On Saturday, September 18, 2021, the Fall 2021 graduation ceremony was held on Kobe Institute od Computing campus after implementing Covid-19 measures. 15 students from 13 countries, including Japan, received their degrees.

The ceremony was attended by the graduating students and faculty members, while their families, friends, faculty members, current students, and people from JICA and other related organizations participated via online live streaming.
The students participated in the ceremony wearing traditional and formal costumes of their countries, expressing their feelings over the past two years.

President Toshiki Sumitani conferred the degrees on the representatives of the graduating students who had worked on their final research in the Corona disaster and celebrated their big day.
"I am confident that you will become a front-runner not only in your home country but also in the world."

The representative of the graduating class in his valedictorian speech said,
"When we started our first academic year, no one knew how things would change in a matter of months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all here now to celebrate our victories, our successes, our accomplishments, and the journey that we have all taken together towards our future destinations. We came here from different backgrounds and diverse cultures, but as proud students of a university, we move forward with a shared passion for success."

After the ceremony, the mood was relaxed. Students praised each other in their own way and took commemorative photos with their friends and mentors.
It has been a very difficult two years for this graduating class. However, on the day of the ceremony, we were blessed with clear skies after the typhoon passed, and it turned out to be a truly gorgeous and splendid graduation ceremony.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to all those who have supported these students and their families.

KIC Alumni from Kenya, Mr. Mutembei Kariuki makes it to the global top 10 In Falling Walls Competition

Nov 1, 2021

KIC Alumni from Kenya, Mr. Mutembei Kariuki’s "Innovation on Breaking the Walls of Artificial Intelligence” was chosen among the Global Top 10 by Falling Walls Competition in Germany from 1-10 November 2021.


PEACE AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE (PGL) Commerce,Communication, Culture (CCC) Conference and Exhibition on Cooperation in International Peace Building, ICT and Education in Kobe

Nov 1, 2021

Title of the event: PEACE AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE (PGL) Commerce,Communication, Culture (CCC) Conference and Exhibition on Cooperation in International Peace Building, ICT and Education in Kobe

Date: Thursday, 11th November 2021

Time: 15:00pm – 17:00 pm

Venue: KIC building, 4th Floor 2-1-15, Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
*about 10 minutes walk from both Kobe station and Shin-kobe station
**Participation in the real venue will be limited to 20 people.

Online: Online attendance is also available through Zoom
*Zoom link will be sent later after you apply.

Special Guests:

  • The ambassador to Japan of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo.
  • The ambassador to Japan of the Republic of Kenya, Ms. TabuIrina.
  • The ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency John Fisher Kambona.
  • The ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to Japan, Maj.Gen. Gotsileene Morake.

Language: English

Application Form: Click here to visit form page.

KIC Alumni briefs UNMISS about land mine action.

Nov 17, 2021

On November 17, 2021, Mr. Nicholas Wani Paul an alumnus of KIC as ICT Officer of UNMAS ( United Nations Mine Action Service ) presented land mine action to Mr. Nicholas Haytham of UNMISS (United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan).

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