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Social Information Systems Engineering Course

Course Philosophy and Admission Policy

photoSocial Information Systems Engineering Course has been established within the Department of Advanced Information Technology. In the late 20th Century, Information Communication Technology (ICT) progressed rapidly and several breakthroughs brought fundamental changes to the way various organizations (corporations, government, and educational institutions) operate. It has large influences on our society, including: product design, manufacturing, services and education systems. It will create fundamental changes in our social system and social structure. ICT as a basic technology has become the core of social infrastructures, which underpins the various social systems (government administration, economy, finance, communication, transportation, logistics and education). On the other hand, there is a serious shortage of skilled personnel who can lead the Japanese information communication industry in the next generation. With joint efforts between industries, government agencies and academia institutions, this course provides education and training programs to foster engineers who will lead the information society in the future.

Engineers will understand the positioning of ICT in society and will have wide breadth of knowledge, high ethical standards and outstanding technical capabilities. Graduates of this course will have: 1) technical skills that are immediately required in software research and development, 2) insight to assess long-term changes of social environment and to transform ICT accordingly, 3) flexibility to develop software accommodating such changes and 4) skills and capabilities to take on a leadership position in business communities and various social organizations.

Course Overview

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has selected Kyushu University as one of six hub universities for the “Promotion program to foster leading IT specialists”. Kyushu University was also selected as one of two critical alliance universities by the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations. Our partners are Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka University, Kumamoto University and the University of Miyazaki. The purpose of this course is for students to acquire the following state-of-the-art IT knowledge and skills which are said to be insufficient in current education systems:

  1. Skills and knowledge to plan, design, develop and manage technology in society
  2. Skills to develop large-scale systems
  3. Leadership and communication skills

In particular, Project-Based Learning (PBL) is the focus of this course allowing students to experience real system development projects with the support from various companies. ICT sophistication classes and ICT human skills classes are also offered as well as practical classes in order to foster self-motivated and well-structured engineers. Internships give students opportunities to learn and experience real jobs in corporations and the mentoring program, which staff from business communities provide career guidance are also offered in this course.