Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

The field of study referred to as informatics at Kyoto University consists of three core areas related to information in both natural and artificial systems: the interface between humans/society and information, mathematical modeling, and information systems. The aim of the Graduate School of Informatics (hereafter, “the School”) is not confined to the creation of a new field of learning that might be termed 21st-century informatics. More broadly, we seek to promote an understanding of the essence of ‘information’ and the immense influence of IT on society, and to advance information-related science and technology in the appropriate directions. Through this type of education and research, we hope to assist in achieving a more humanistic lifestyle and contribute to a harmonious coexistence in the global community.

The School welcomes students who aspire to develop this new academic area in the field of informatics. Thus far, we have accepted students from diverse backgrounds—unfettered by the conventional framework of sciences versus humanities—from throughout Japan and the world. This program also welcomes working professionals. For this reason, the entrance examination adopts a format allowing examinees to select questions from various specialized fields. In certain departments, we also permit the selection of candidates based on recommendations.

The education offered at this School seeks to nurture high-level research capabilities and rich scholarship in order to instill the skills of researchers and top-quality technicians who can contribute to a knowledge-based society. More specifically, we strive to instill a broad vision in our students that extends beyond any individual field of expertise. We have put together a closely knit fabric of graduate education in which the specialized instruction within the department may be likened to its warp, and the woof would be instruction that crosses departmental borders, such as the Perspectives in Informatics seminar. The School also extends its education to those who hail from fields other than information.

By providing such an education, we aspire to produce graduates who are endowed with the communication skills that are necessary to contribute on the international stage and to be actively engaged in research, who excel in having the type of originality and creativity needed by industry, and who possess the rare ability to master and apply a wide range of basic technologies that can be used to develop interdisciplinary fields. Our mission is to produce skilled individuals who can exercise leadership as both researchers and engineers.

Educational Research Goals

The field of informatics consists of three core areas: the interface between humans/society and information, mathematical modeling, and information systems. We aim to serve as an international research center in the field of information science by opening up new fields of study in information science and promoting pioneering and original academic research from a broad perspective.By nurturing high-level research capabilities and rich scholarship, our goals are to cultivate researchers who will push information science forward as well as top-quality specialized professionals and to train outstanding individuals who will take the lead in solving the various issues of today's knowledge society.In addition, a primary mission of the School of Informatics is to contribute to the development of a healthy and harmonious knowledge society and to play a part in fulfilling Kyoto University's mission of "pursuing a harmonious coexistence within the human and ecological community on this planet" through activities such as establishing industry-government-academia partnerships as well as regional partnerships and by fostering the transmission of information in society.

Established on October 10, 2008 at Faculty Meeting of School of Informatics

Curriculum Policy

Education in the School seeks to cultivate advanced research abilities and a wealth of scholarly insights, in order to produce researchers and high-standard technical experts who can contribute to the development of a knowledge-based society. Specifically, we aim to equip students with not only expertise in their own areas but also a broad outlook that transcends any single specialized field. For this purpose we have created a closely-woven educational system combining the vertical threads of specialist education in each department with the horizontal threads of cross-departmental education. In structuring the curriculum, we have given full consideration to the provision of education for individuals with backgrounds in fields other than those related to information technology.

Degree Conferment Policy

The School was established around the three keystones of interface between humans and society, mathematical modeling, and information systems. Our goal is to function as an international center for informatics research by pioneering the new interdisciplinary field of informatics and taking an integrated approach to the promotion of trailblazing original academic research. Our educational aim is to train accomplished individuals with a broad outlook to take leadership roles in addressing a diverse range of issues confronting a knowledge-based society. For this purpose we seek to cultivate advanced research abilities and a wealth of scholarly insights, producing both leading researchers in the field of informatics and specialized professionals with high-quality technical expertise. In order to achieve these aims, we award academic degrees according to the following standards to individuals who have obtained the designated number of course credits .

(Master’s Degree): the Master’s thesis submitted is judged on its inclusion of new findings in informatics and related fields; or its scholarly content founded on a broad outlook in informatics and related fields. Also the thesis is judged as being written in a clear and coherent manner with an adequate level of expertise in the fields.
(Doctoral Degree): the Doctoral thesis submitted is judged on its inclusion of new findings in informatics and related fields and a scheme for organizing those findings; its advanced scholarship in informatics and related fields and content that will contribute greatly to the further development of the applicable field(s); or its scholarly content demonstrating that the applicant is capable of autonomous research activity in informatics and related fields. Also the thesis is judged as being written in a clear and coherent manner with a high level of expertise in the fields.

For the accreditation criteria for the Kyoto University Doctoral Degree in Integrated Studies to be conferred to the students in the Program for Leading Graduate Schools, refer to the relevant Diploma Policy.