FUJIMURA, Shigeru, Dean of Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems, Waseda University
Waseda University’s Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems (IPS) was established in Kitakyushu in 2003. Since then, it has enhanced its standing both as an international graduate school that attracts students from around the world, especially from Asia, and also as one that aims to contribute to society by creating cutting-edge technologies and putting them to use in manufacturing. Today, many Japanese and international students, with high hopes for research on new technologies, are inspiring each other across national boundaries. In doing so, they work enthusiastically on advanced research issues in Information Architecture, Production Systems, and Integrated Systems, or areas where these fields intersect.
IPS provides a stimulating educational system where students from a variety of backgrounds can come together in an environment of collaboration between industry, academia and government, where they can engage with the seeds of new technologies, the needs of industry, and a philosophy that aims to integrate new technologies into the way we live in society. Through this system, it aims to develop individuals who set ambitious goals, possess a spirit of taking on challenges, and hold a global outlook based on the three central principles of Waseda University. The program fosters the ability to acquire fundamental academic skills, to think for oneself, to set out problems and to carry out research, developing personnel who can sense trends, give shape to the latest technology, and achieve useful results in the real world. We believe that the experience of working hard to think for themselves and achieve their goals will be a very valuable asset in students’ future lives.
More than 3,000 outstanding students have already graduated from IPS, venturing out into society with the pride of having completed their own research. Today, they are active as global leaders in industry, research and educational institutions around the world. Going forward, IPS will continue to make great strides as a research and education institution, promote research in advanced technologies that can be shared with the rest of the world, and enhance its presence in Japan and abroad as an educational center that develops the human resources in demand across the globe.