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10th anniversary ceremony KCGI founding

November 1, 2013

Commemoration Address by the CEO of the KCG Group For the Founding Anniversary of The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (Summary)

Kyoto Computer Gakuin
The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics
CEO of the KCG Group Wataru Hasegawa

Today is a special day to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI), which is Japan's first IT professional school with adjunct programs for master’s degrees. As KCGI is a graduate school specialized for IT professionals, our presence is attracting interests from all over the world. As we are coming to our 10th year, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all those who have been involved with and supporting KCGI.

November first is the day on which we celebrate the founding of KCGI every year. At the occasion when the ceremony of the 40th anniversary of founding of Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG) was held on November 1, 2003, the declaration of the opening of KCGI, Japan’s first and only graduate school for IT field professionals. We then admitted our students of the first graduating class in April of the following year.

The ceremony for the 50th founding anniversary of KCG was held at Kyoto International Conference Center in Takaragaike on June 1, 2013, attended by ambassadors of foreign embassies, the Vice Governor of Kyoto Prefecture, the Mayor of Kyoto, the President of Kyoto University, educators including representatives from overseas, friends and students, consisting over 2000 people. We talked about the history presented by the 50 years of KCG and the 10 years of KCGI.

One of the projects that the KCG Group is engaged in, introduced at the ceremony was “.kyoto” (dot Kyoto) which is a geographically termed top level domain. KCGI applied to ICANN, which is the American organization managing domain names across the board world-wide, to be the registry of “.kyoto” (dot Kyoto). As our application has passed the screening, the operation is going to start next year. Among educational institutions (universities) in the whole world, KCGI has registered the first and the only top level domain representing a geographical name.

“.kyoto” is the “Kyoto” brand on the Internet, which will find its use in wide range of fields such as the commerce and industries, sight-seeing, and local promotion of Kyoto. With this operation at work, building of a clean domain is part of its prospect as it will be free from illegal harmful information such as fishing fraud or adult sites known as problematic on the Internet.

Today, I would like to share our forward-looking vision for the 20th anniversary of KCGI’s foundation.

Tokyo won the title of the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. It goes without saying that IT is being used in various scenes for the Olympic Games. While huge crowds will gather in Japan, watching how IT will come into play there, this will present such opportunities for you to get actively involved.

Beside IT and information, Japanese culture is also attracting our attention. Unique culture of Japan is enjoying great reputation overseas.

The term, “Cool Japan” must be familiar by now. The term refers to various aspects of Japanese culture and phenomena. The Japanese Government has set up the Cool Japan Advisory Council in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to initiate various plans and proposals for its development overseas.

In 2012, KCGI set up the Content Business Course in which students study business models for web businesses while aiming to develop contents for animation, smart phone contents and e-books. Professors for the classes related to content business are distinguished members of the field.

Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013 was held at Kyotoshi Kangyokan (Miyako Messe) sponsored by the City of Kyoto and others on September 7th and 8th this year, the event of which the KCG Group co-sponsored and made the declaration of the foundation of the Kyoto Association for Manga and Anime Studies. Incidentally, KCG, one of the grouped schools of KCGI, is in the process of opening the IT Voice Acting Course in the Information Processing Program of the Computer Science Area and the Manga Anime Seminar in the Art & Design Area for April 2014.

In the past decade, with the advent of smart phones and tablet-type terminals, the forms of entertainment with games, movies, music, manga and printed materials have considerably changed. Technology providing contents will keep changing for the next 10 years as well. KCGI will continue to go forward with education offering the cutting edge studies and technology as KCGI takes a major role in leading to promote “Cool Japan.”

Incidentally, with the advancement of economic globalization, international competition is becoming more and more intense, and the same goes with the industry of education.

KCGI is ranked top out of 619 private universities nation-wide in the area of “growth” in the article, Remarkably strong universities – the ranking for financial power of private universities, in the special issue of Weekly Toyo Keizai. Since 2012 KCGI has doubled the student capacity of that of the first year. In April and October of 2012, the satellite campuses were established in Sapporo and Tokyo respectively. Our growth and expansion are still continuing today.

Just as “Cool Japan” is spreading across the world while gaining momentum, the name, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, is being known not only in Japan but also to the world.

KCGI, the students of KCGI, over 40,000 alumni of the KCG Group, and the faculty members shall get united and be single-minded so that we all can ride a wave of trends for the next decade and so that we ourselves can create a wave to see the next 50 years and 100 years of prosperity for KCGI and KCG respectively.


President  Toshihide Ibaraki

November 1, 2013

For the 10th Anniversary of the Foundation of The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (Summary)

The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics
President Toshihide Ibaraki

Here is my personal view on how IT and ICT (information and communication technologies) which is more inclusive of communication, are going to turn out to be in the future.

The popular character, Doraemon, is supposed to be born on September 3, 2112. Since his birthday is about 100 years from today, all the ingenious items that Doraemon takes out of his pocket were devised by the author who held the particular perspective for the future era. I don’t have a special power to foresee the time 100 years from now, so for now, let me share my view of the future that is five to ten years from now at the longest.

Let’s first take the evolution of hardware, which is the substantial part of computers. Regarding a description of its development, Moore’s Law to the effect that the capacity will grow to twice every 1.5 years, is well known. 1.5 years time ten equals 15 years, but it is not 20 times resulted by multiplying two by ten, but it is staggering multiplication of 1000 times by raising two to the tenth power. At KCGI, historical computers are displayed here and there reminding us of how large their bodies were 30 to 40 years ago. As a matter of fact, they actually hold capacity that is much smaller than that of your smart phones which fit into your palms.

In other words, computers are becoming smaller, faster and less expensive. As the result, they will be placed not only in your pockets but also in and on many other places and things, not to mention on bicycles, in electronic devices and IC cards and also as far as in all the printed materials at book stores, and food items and daily necessities at supermarkets, as to say almost any things can be such subjects. Computers attached to items can record various information such as ID numbers and information on production, sales, history, and owners. If any motion is required, a variety of functions can be made possible. It is not technologically impossible as these technologies are extension to the existing built-in systems and RFID chips.

Networks shouldn’t be forgotten besides the computer as the infrastructure of information-oriented societies. The Internet that you use every day is a representation of it. As it is already stated above, when computers are placed in and on many items in the future, many things will be possible by connecting them on the Internet. It is called “Internet of Things.” As the result, our society is heading towards a so-called ubiquitous society where “any time, any places, any things and any one” can be connected to a network and that is where you are going to actively engaged. If combined with, for instance, the geographically termed “.kyoto” (dot Kyoto), the top level domain that KCGI is working on, there will be all sorts of potentials including branding all made-in-Kyoto products on the Internet and linking historical sight-seeing sites of Kyoto to related buildings, art-works, reference materials and events.

Incidentally, to make communication between all the connected via the Internet, an address, which is what is called an IP address, must be assigned to each. Currently, addresses are allocated via IPv4, but the pool of available addresses are now too depleted to include all the necessary number of addresses. Now IPv6 is being promoted so that more addresses will be available and it is on its way to being implemented. As IPv6 is essential for ubiquitous societies to really take shape, its usage will be rapidly predominant.

What would be the effect of the development of computers and networks on our lives? As the world has been unified by the network, societies, economies and nations experiencing shifts beyond geographical borders. These huge waves are called globalization. It changed concepts we had held on nations, companies and businesses, and it will continue to do so, immensely impacting our daily lives.

Let’s be more specific on the topic of the changes brought by computers and networks. As an example of what was benefited by the accelerated computer speeds and the increased capacity would be numerical forecast of weather, which was made possible by the computer being able to compute faster than actual weather changes.

Now that computers recognize human utterance faster than the speed of our speech, some services are being developed based on this capability. If this is combined with the technology of translation into foreign languages, conversations with speakers of another language will be made possible via computers. Also, if networks of roads and locational information of vehicles are brought together, then automated driving will be accomplished, as it is predicted to be so by 2020.

The research and development of what is called “smart homes” is making progress which save energy by allowing remote or automated control of networked appliances. Power supply will be provided not only via conventional power plants but also via Smart Grid, which is an electric network combined with various sustainable energies.

These new potentials are brought about from the development of computers and networks. Now, what kind of process is required for these to become a reality? We first need to use our imagination and figure out what would be helpful for the quality of our lives to improve. We then need to devise a system which technologically allows it to happen. The final step will be to develop it, which calls for the work of programming. These steps require creativity to make something new and technical skills to make it a reality. And this is where I believe you can make your contribution.

You have been with KCGI studying and being involved in diverse application of businesses, the Web, database, manga and anime as well as ICT related technologies. It is from these application fields that a number of new potentials for the future era will come about. That is, I firmly believe, where you gain opportunities and should exert yourselves to.

Reportedly there has been a constant shortage of ICT related manpower since a few decades ago when computers started to be popularly used. However, the areas of manpower shortage have been changing. From the 1980s to 1990s, when Japan went through the bubble economy, for example, it was said that it was short of tens of thousands of manpower for software, specifically for programming. The work of programming back then was extremely hard, whereas now with the development of the programming language, especially specialized language for application, the workload has been considerably lessened. Now nobody builds websites in assembly and the C programming languages as JAVA, JAVASCRIPT, RUBY, PYTHON and others make the work easy. Similarly, the new form of application called cloud computing, too, takes a major role in diminishing the workload of programming.

In other words, human resources for the ICT field for the coming era should not be just programmers; they should be able to find out what kind of application is needed and to make it a reality based on wide range of knowledge on networks, computers and so on. According to a report prepared by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on human resources development, the emphasis was, rather than on ICT technology itself, but on abilities to combine ICT with another field to create new business models.

I had chances to witness the power of “Cool Japan” when I attended the event “Japan Expo,” centered around the theme of Japanese culture, in Paris, France and in San Francisco, the US, this July and August respectively. As such information on Japanese culture is spreading across the world in the form of digital information, ICT (information and communications technology) will be ever more important. On the other hand, rapid progress of IT and computerization is being seen in the fields of manga and anime as well as in computer games.

As mentioned above, students at KCGI learning ICT, are, in a new sense, well-suited human resources for this. I hope you will give all you have at a wide range of fields with confidence without reservation.

President  Toshihide Ibaraki

November 1, 2013

CONGRATULATORY SPEECH TO BE DELIVERED BY MS ROSEMARY KANYUKA, DEPUTY HEAD OF MISSION, MALAWI EMBASSY AT THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE KYOTO COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES FOR INFORMATICS ON 1ST NOVEMBER, 2013 .

Mrs. Rosemary Kanyuka
Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi in Japan

It is a great honour and privilege for me to be present today at this auspicious occasion of the 10th Anniversary of foundation of the prestigious The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI), which is the first professional graduate school in Japan.

Malawi Embassy is pleased to be present at this ceremony because in June, 2013 when Kyoto Computer Gakuin(KCG) was celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the Ambassador or any of his representatives could not attend the anniversary celebrations due to TICAD V Conference in Yokohama, but we are sure that the ceremony was colourful and memorable.

For some of you who might be surprised as to why Malawi is here today, let me inform you that Malawi and Kyoto Computer Gakuin has had a long standing and fruitful relationship. Malawi first received a donation of 222 desktop and laptop computers from Kyoto Computer Gakuin and Doshisha International Junior/Senior High School in 1998.

In July, 2009, this prestigious college also donated 15 desktop computers which are being used at Luchenza Secondary School in Malawi. These computers are benefitting about 480 students as they have access to useful information and are up to date on what is happening globally.

The relationship between Malawi and Kyoto Computer College was strengthened in October, 2012 when the late Malawi Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Hon Mrs Eunice Kazembe, (Deceased) Mrs Lonely Magreta, Principal Secretary in the Ministry and Mrs Grace Karonga, Counsellor at the Malawi Embassy visited the College. During that visit, the Kyoto Computer College pledged to donate desktop computers to Malawi.

I am pleased to be here today, to also witness the donation ceremony of 50 desktop computers to Malawi. I want to assure the College that the donations that you have made to Malawi students make a big difference in their lives and we look forward to continued cooperation with your school in the future.

Finally, I wish the prestigious The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics a happy 10th Anniversary and every success as you continue in being a leader in IT in Japan.

Arigato Gozaimasu.

 

Congratulatory telegram

Mr. Hakubun Shimomura Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology House of Representatives Member
Mr. Hakubun Shimomura
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
House of Representatives Member

Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry House of Representatives Member
Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
House of Representatives Member

Mr. Shoji Nishida House of Councilors Member
Mr. Shoji Nishida
House of Councilors Member

Dr. Susan Fuhrman President of Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Susan Fuhrman
President of Teachers College, Columbia University