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Organization

The Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering (ISEE) consists of the following three departments.

Contents of the Graduate School of ISEEThe Department of Informatics studies Information Science from the viewpoints of theoretical foundations of sciences and tools for sciences, which provide us a deeper understanding of “information.”

The Department of Advanced Information Technology aims to create sophisticated systems to support a variety of human social activities by combining computer engineering, communication technology and real-world information processing. To provide effective education in specialized skills in this field, we have two different educational courses in this department: Social Information Systems Engineering and Intelligent Information Systems Engineering.

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering aims to construct the bases of the industrial systems in the advanced information society by combining electrical, electronic and communication engineering. There are two educational courses under this department: Electrical Engineering and Information Electronics.

These three departments collaborate to provide a comprehensive education ranging from the fundamentals, to the applications of our new academic discipline, Information Science and Electrical Engineering.

Departments

Departments

Students Admitted

Departments Doctoral Course Master Course
Department of Informatics 14 40
Department of Advanced Information Technology
(Intelligent Information Systems Engineering Course)
(Social Information Systems Engineering Course)
15 45
(25)
(20)
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
(Information Electronics Course)
(Electrical Engineering Course)
16 55
(27)
(28)
Total 45 140

Graduate School and Graduate Faculty System

Kyushu University was the first of all graduate schools in Japan to adopt this new system in 2000 following the revision of the School Education Law. Splitting the former Graduate School into the Graduate School (the education body) and Graduate Faculty (the research body to which faculty members belong), seeks to re-vitalize relationships between the Graduate Faculty and the Graduate School as well as the Graduate Faculty and the Undergraduate School. This contributes to more dynamics and flexibility in the Graduate Faculty in its relation to the Graduate School and the Undergraduate School.

Along with the general shift to the Graduate School and Graduate Faculty System, all faculty members under the new structure have been transferred from the Undergraduate Faculty to the Graduate Faculty. In addition, the educational body (Graduate School) and the research body (Graduate Faculty) are technically separated. Doing so, creates a more flexible administrative organization, enabling Graduate Faculty members to participate easier, in the education of both the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools. In this way, we are able to promote a more dynamic relationship between the education bodies (Undergraduate and Graduate Schools) and the research body (Graduate Faculty), and thereby accommodate changes and shifts of pedagogic and research focus as these may occur in the future.

At present, departments in the Graduate School correspond to departments in the Graduate Faculty, except for the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The advantage of separating research from education is to allow more flexibility in the Graduate School system. This flexibility has enabled the “System LSI Research Center” to be established in 2001. It is a new-type of research institute, the first of its kind in universities in Japan, comprised of faculty members from this Graduate Faculty as well as the Graduate Faculty of Engineering and the Graduate Faculty of Economics. All of these faculty members also hold a teaching post. The foundation of new graduate schools, the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences and Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences, is another result of this new system. The former consists of four departments, Bioinformatics, Life Engineering, Medical Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Life Sciences and the latter consists of two departments, Kansei Science and Automotive Science. A number of faculty members from our Graduate Faculty are in charge of education in these new schools. Activities of these newly established institutes have attracted attention nationwide.

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