Selected for certification by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as a "Distinguished University Education Program", our faculty combines informatics educational expertise in both humanities and in science-technology.
Out of a total of 534 faculties in 497 Japanese universities applying for MEXT "Distinguished 'Good Practice'" certification, only 58 were selected.
Our faculty serves as a "model case" for universities throughout Japan seeking to emulate our success in designing an informatics education program with an optimal combination and balance of humanities and science-technology expertise.
Founded upon the knowledge paradigm of "informatics", our faculty addresses a multi-faceted array of issues, ranging from information technology (IT) to the social aspects of this technology, and everything else in between. To achieve this goal, our faculty organically integrates its entrance exam procedures, educational course design, educational methodology and self-evaluation system in an overall program intended to provide our students with the best education possible. Our informatics education program honed through multi-faceted self-evaluation has five distinguishing features:
Thorough Evaluation Methods and Evaluation Results Feedback
The rapid developments in IT and today's "information society" demand continuous evolution and growth in every program of informatics education. To meet this requirement, our faculty has instituted a self-evaluative "improvement cycle" we refer to as "Plan-Do-Check-Action". This provides us with various perspectives and feedback we use to constantly upgrade and adjust our program.
A Curriculum That Crosses "Departmental Boundaries"
In order to create and maintain a merged humanities/science-technology emphasis informatics program that can best accommodate the interests and talents of our students, we have instituted a curriculum based on three programs that overlap the humanities- and science-technology-intensive specializations of our respective departments.
Devising Lessons and Methodology with Emphasis on Experimentation and Practical Training
In order to avoid an unbalanced educational emphasis on theoretical content, the Faculty of Informatics has substantial lab facilities and other educational materials to ensure that students will be able to see and experience for themselves how "theory" is put into "practice".
Encouragement of Extracurricular Learning/Training
We provide our students with plentiful opportunities to experience putting the skills and knowledge they have acquired in our classrooms and labs to work in "real life" extracurricular settings.
An Entrance Examination System Accommodating Students of Many Interests and Talents
The presence of students with many different interests and talents is essential to make our merged humanities/science-technology emphasis informatics education program the best it can be. We have devised an entrance examination system to accommodate such students.