Outline of the College of Information Science
The College of Information Science was created in 2007 as a new form of the previous College, which had the same name in English and which represented the core of advanced studies on information science at the University of Tsukuba. The original College of Information Science was established in April 1977, and in March 2006 sent off its 26th graduating class. About 2,600 graduates of this college are currently playing an active role in society.
The goal of the College of Information Science is to foster individuals with skills in both the fundamentals and applications of information sciences and technologies, who can resolve a wide range of real-world issues as information professionals, and who can contribute to the realization of a rich and well-organized society.
In the first and second years of study at the College of Information Science, students learn a broad range of theories, methods, and technologies that form the foundation of the information science. From the third year, students undertake more in-depth studies in one of three specialized areas – Software & Computing Science, Computer Systems, and Machine Intelligence & Media Technologies. The curriculum of the Software & Computing Science major focuses on understanding the mechanisms of information and
These broad ranging curriculums are supported by a team of about 50 faculties. The College of Information Science is a venue for comprehensive studies in the principles and technologies that enable the creation, communication, conversion, and maintenance of the information that acts as a driving force behind our modern society. In addition to lectures on cutting-edge information technologies, the College provides a rich curriculum that promotes deeper understanding and more advanced application skills through extensive practical studies and experimentation in the basic principles of this field.
Information technology is evolving at a rapid pace, but if students have a firm grasp of the basic principles, then they can easily understand, apply, and expand upon the fundamental characteristics of new technologies. The College of Information Science welcomes all students with an interest in contributing to the development of next-generation information technologies.
Philosophies and Goals of Education at the College of Information Science
Goals of Education at the College of Information Science
- Education with a rich grounding in information science and a strong sense of social ethics.
- Education that fosters creativity and a desire to take on new challenges.
- Education of individuals who can demonstrate leadership and contribute to the society.
- Education to foster skills in mathematics and physics, which form the foundation for representation, modeling, and abstraction of information.
- Education to foster application skills based on the education above (e.g., logical thinking and the ability to embody those theories).
- Education to foster an understanding of the theories and methods of mathematical modeling and programming, and the ability to construct high-quality intelligent software.
- Education to foster a systematic understanding of hardware, software, and network technologies, and the ability to design information systems.
- Education to foster the ability to systematically. understand diverse intelligent information processing technologies and media processing technologies.
Common elements shared by Fundamental Education and Specialized Education
- Introduction of courses focusing on students’ individual ideas, to foster creativity and independent attitudes toward learning.
- Project-oriented courses to foster the ability of systematic learning and problem-solving.
- Team-work oriented courses to foster communication skills and a spirit of cooperation.
- Opportunities for students to present the results of their studies, so as to foster presentation and debating skills.
- Education on social ethics and ethics for engineers, to cultivate an awareness of intellectual property rights and the relationship between technology and society.