Kobe Institute of Computing (Private)
Graduate School of Information Technology
- Program name
- ICT Innovator Course
- Master of Science in Information Systems
- Credit and years needed for graduation
- 40 credits, 2 years
- 2-2-7 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, 650-0001 Kobe Japan
Features of University
Kobe Institute of Computing (KIC) was established more than 55 years ago in Kobe City, as the first vocational school in Japan dedicated to computing. Since then it has been steadily growing, with many achievements that were recognized by numerous awards. Currently there are about 1,700 students enrolled in the courses.
Our goal is to develop human resources with advanced skills of ICT, who can be successful in real society, and for this we have experts of education who know personnel training well and have experience in various companies including Sony and Panasonic. They guide how to develop the ability for practical use in the classes like in system development through group work, which assumes working with real projects. We should also mention that Forbes has ranked Kobe City as no. 25 of “World’s most beautiful cities Top25”. It is a fascinating city with rich nature surrounded by the ocean and mountains, and together with Kyoto it is considered as one of the prominent university cities in Japan.
Features of Graduate School
For the promotion of ICT in Myanmar, for network technology development and for the development of utilizing ICT including rural areas, we need to develop not only the infrastructure, but also it is very important for the policymakers and the administrative officers to solve issues by utilizing ICT as a tool. For that, it is necessary to acquire knowledge of practical skills, application methods and solution methodology. This course consists of acquiring the skills of ICT, system development through group practice based on real projects, and the so-called “specific theme study” which is the process of identifying the issues, building hypothesis, using ICT for execution, and verifying the effect of the solution.
This is a very unique course in the world, which allows us to nurture ICT innovators who have the leadership to arrive at solutions, utilizing practical ICT skills in solving the problems.
Features of the Program
This course provides students with the opportunity to acquire specialized and practical knowledge and know-how about social development that utilizes ICT4D (ICT for Development), by learning with Japanese students who aim to work for international cooperation and also with foreign students from various countries.
To select the students, at first KIC looks through the applicants’ inception report for solving their selected development issue utilizing ICT. Once they enter KIC, they will acquire the knowledge and techniques of practical ICT in subjects specialized to ICT and also they will learn the knowledge and know-how to promote ICT4D in social development in “subjects for social development practice”. This is a program to develop the practical ability uniting the knowledge and the techniques learned in each subject, in the “specific theme study” that solves a concrete problem using ICT.
For the theme "ICT of Myanmar", each official from Myanmar will acquire practical knowledge beyond mere classroom lectures, such as the technique of practical ICT, including field investigation in Myanmar that will be the beginning of the solution. After identifying the problems, the process involves building the hypothesis of offering new value with an ICT technique, then the verification thorough investigation and discussion. In addition, it is necessary to confirm of the originality by investigating similar solutions; and to examine of possibility of realization by inspecting it through expense simulations from an income and expenditure point of view. And then the process is finally completed with the action plan for master's thesis that is given in a presentation. We will guide the students to follow up the situation in their country by exchanging information to assure better development.
Our school has experts of the educational front who know personnel training well, from experience in various companies including Sony and Panasonic, also those with experience in international cooperation with developing countries at JICA, and also researchers and professional educators, who will guide the students to reach high levels of professional capabilities.
Students will learn the skills and know-how as below to form action plans and plan for solution, to initiate projects and to execute it; to solve problems which each administrative officer faces in their own country after returning home.
- 1. The skill to build safe systems based on certification technology and security technology, which tie various services and apparatuses safely in the network.
- 2. The construction technology of communication services using the store and forward type communication technology which is expected to be useful as a communication technology in disasters and for developing countries. This also includes visualization technology of the network use, and techniques such as the communication traffic control that utilizes SDN technology.
- 3. Project management techniques such as the PCM technique for ICT infrastructure maintenance.
- 4. City planning techniques which combine analysis and geography data (GIS) with the acquisition of the city information using ICT.
Necessary Curriculum to Obtain the Degrees
The curriculum is established with four domains.
- 1. "Subject specialized in ICT" to acquire the knowledge and an applied technology of ICT
- 2. "Subject for social development practice" to find out the issue of the society
- 3. "Special program" to accommodate to special needs for JDS Fellows
- 4. "Specific theme study" to solve the issues by utilizing ICT unifying "Subject specialized in ICT" and " Subject for social development practice"
The subjects mentioned above are comprised of basic subject, application and specialized subject.
The subjects available for JDS Fellows are as follows.
【Subject Specialized in ICT】
- Foundations of Computer Systems：Data representation, logic circuits, basic structure and function, I/O devices, hardware, software, OS (Operating Systems)
- Fundamentals of Open Source Software：OSS overview (history, philosophy, current status), OSS License, OSS community, Linux installation and Linux exercise
- Fundamentals of Information Networks：Information network overview, IP networks, communication protocols (such as TCP / IP), basic Internet technology, communication services (such as cloud services), wireless LAN, Foundations of mobile communication technologies
- Computer Programing Exercises：Programming languages(such as C, Java), Development environments, Structures of program, Use of libraries, Programming exercise, etc.
- Information Security：Overview of Information Security, Security Threat and countermeasure, Security risk management, Security Incident response, applied cryptography, etc.
- ICT Solutions：Case studies of ICT solutions (such as the ERM / SCM / cloud / smart systems), and evaluation of the applied ICT solutions, such as ICT investment / return calculations
- Software Engineering：Overview of Software engineering, Software development processes and methods, requirements specification, basic design, quality control, test methods
- Special Programming Exercises：Open source platform of embedded systems (examples: Arduino, Raspberry Pi), external equipment (such as sensors, actuators, and telecommunications equipment), system development exercises including real-time programming
- Project Management Special Experiments：Basics and practice of PM (Project Management), PMBOK practice
- Application Development Exercises：Web application development exercises using HTML and Integrated Development Environments (Eclipse), (examples: home page, blog site, DB system etc.)
- Requirements Analysis Exercises：Outline of BA (Business Analysis: Strategic Analysis and requirements definition), organizing customer needs, demand modeling
【Subject for Social Development Practice】
- 'Tankyu' Practice：Discovering issues, Theme selection, creating hypotheses of delivering value, field surveys, Research of ICT resources, Cost simulations, Hypothesis validation, Review and rebuilding
- Fundamentals of ICT4D：ICT4D (ICT for Development) overview, ICT4D process, self-reliance and sustainability, case studies of success or failure
- Fundamentals of Social Development：Development strategies, research and needs analysis, statistical analysis techniques, e-business, business concepts and planning, revenue model structure, model and social development, funding, response table, BOP business
- Practice of Creativity Development：Idea creation, KJ method, development methodology of creativity, transformational method of creativity, theory of knowledge creation, SECI model, new business creation
- Leadership Development Exercises：Leadership development theory, the theory of action, exercises
- Fundamentals of International Cooperation：Theory of international cooperation, support of developing countries, JICA & ODA policy overview
- E-Learning : Aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to start engaging in the use of ICT for teaching, learning and assessment in a classroom environment
- ICT4D Exercises(Program Management)：The objective of this course is to practice of the P2M Project & Program Management that use the PCM(Project Cycle Management )Method for Education, Health, Disaster management, Private Sector Development in the field. And to understands how to create the project by PCM method for the field
- ICT4D Special Experiment 1(Welfare, and Health-care, and Education)：Case studies utilizing ICT in education, health care and social welfare
- ICT4D Special Experiment 2(e-Government)：Case studies of utilizing ICT in e-Government projects/ program
- ICT4D Special Experiment 3(Social infrastructure)：Case studies utilizing ICT in the field of social infrastructure (E.g. backbone communication networks, use of ICT in transportation, energy, etc.)
- Geographic Information System：A fundamental understanding of GIS(Geographic Information System) and its applications in different research areas
- Urban Planning：Covers both urban planning theories and advanced ICT in addition to the urban planning history in 20th century
- Cloud Computing for ICT4D: Overview of Cloud Computing, Service models of the Cloud. Cloud implementations and security
- Basic Japanese for Communication : Introduction of Communication in Japanese (no credit)
- Japanese for beginners: Introduction of Japanese Language (no credit)
- Practical conversation and manners in business situations : Introduction of Japanese for Business(no credit)
- Academic English Writing: English writing for Academic papers (no credit)
- Business English Writing: English writing for business communication (no credit)
- Business English Presentation: : Presentation in English (no credit)
【Specific Theme Study】
- Specific Theme Study A：Problem-solving practice based on 'Tankyu' practice - 1
(Theme setting: Issue discovery - creating a hypothesis of solution - deciding the method of validation)
- Specific Theme Study B：Problem-solving practice based on 'Tankyu' practice - 2
(Implementation of the solution - verification and evaluation - improvement)
List of faculty members capable of guiding JDS Fellows
|Prof. Toshiki Sumitani, President
|Professor. Sandor Markon
|Professor. Hisato Shima
|Professor. Mamoru Ito
|Professor. Ikuo Sugiyama
|Professor. Ryosuke Okuda
|Professor. Toshiyuki Yamanaka
|Professor. Takashi Tsuji
|Associate Professor. Chika Yoshida
|Associate Professor. Nsenda Lukumwena
|Lecturer. Teruaki Yokoyama
|Lecturer. Atsushi Yamanaka
|Lecturer. Tomonari Takeuchi
|Assistant Professor. Paracha Samiullah
|Assistant Professor. Sun, Yi
Entrance Ceremony Oct. 4, 2016
■ Semesters of the 1st year:
Autumn 1: Oct. 2016 - Nov. 2016
Autumn 2: Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017
・Winter Holiday (approximately 2 weeks)
Autumn 3: Feb. 2017 – Mar. 2017
Spring 1: Apr. 2017 – May 2017
Spring 2: Jun. 2017 – Jul. 2017
・Research Outcome Presentation (Specific Theme Study A)
Spring 3: Aug. 2017 – Sep. 2017
・Summer Holiday (approximately 1 week)
■ Semesters of the 2nd year:
Autumn 1: Oct. 2017 - Nov. 2017
・Research Plan Presentation (Specific Theme Study B)
Autumn 2: Dec. 2017 – Jan. 2018
・Winter Holiday (approximately 2 weeks)
Autumn 3: Feb. 2018 – Mar. 2018
Spring 1: Apr. 2018 – May 2018
Spring 2: Jun. 2018 – Jul. 2018
・Preliminary Thesis Presentation (Specific Theme Study B)
Spring 3: Aug. 2018 – Sep. 2018
・Summer Holiday (approximately 1 week)
・Presentation of Master Thesis (Specific Theme Study B)
Graduation: Sep. 2018
There is no KIC dormitory for the exclusive use of foreign students, however we take responsibility to arrange a decent house and support to move in there.
Message for Applicants
The ICT Innovator Course is a cutting-edge graduate program we are proud of and already boasts an excellent track record. ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) that is taught in this course is about how to put to practical use ICT in the field of social and economic development and international development, and now its importance is recognized by many international development organizations. There are not many institutions yet which provide ICT4D for study in the world, and our faculty is comprised of what could be described as the best line-up of lecturers in the field.
Our vision is to develop leaders who contribute to the social and economic development utilizing ICT in each country.