Graduate School of Information, Production and SystemsWaseda University

About the School

Educational Policy

Objective

The Objectives of the Human Resource Training and the Education & Research

IPS aims to train prospective researchers and engineers who can solve complicated contemporary technical problems by utilizing high insight and advanced knowledge capable of creating new values in the real world and in scientific fields. As research areas of IPS, there are three research areas: Information Architecture, Production Systems, and Integrated Systems. Through education and research at IPS, you will acquire the ability to apply basic knowledge to real world problems as well as professional knowledge. It is expected to acquire information literacy and problem finding ability, logical thinking ability and problem solving skills, practical leadership and international communication ability. In Kitakyushu where IPS is based, new industries such as automobiles, robots and environmental business are expanding. By participating in joint research with companies and national projects and actually applying research results, you can enjoy the real pleasure of research and development. IPS will deliver world-class research results from Kitakyushu.

Concept

From Kitakyushu, advanced engineers to support the needs of manufacturing in an internationalized age

Think Global

A new knowledge base for the Asia-Pacific region

Economic globalization demands an approach to manufacturing that considers the whole world. IPS, as a state-of-the-art educational research base for the Asia-Pacific region, trains the highly-specialized professional engineers required in an age of internationalization.

A cosmopolitan research community, with many international students

Many international students from various countries in Asia and other regions are currently enrolled in IPS. It is a multicultural environment in which interchange among different cultures and intellectual traditions leads naturally to a cosmopolitan world view.

Promotion of research exchanges with leaning overseas universities and research institutes

IPS actively pursues tie-ups and research exchanges with leading overseas universities such as UCB (University of California, Berkeley), EPFL(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne), KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), National Taiwan University, Tsinghua University, Indian Institute of Science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Nanjing Univercity, Zhejing Univercity, Fudan Univercity, and Thammasat Univercity.

Act Local

Educational research that draws on Kitakyushu’s manufacturing tradition

Kitakyushu City has a manufacturing tradition that goes back more than 100 years. More recently, it has been actively promoting a state-of-the-art system-LSI industry. IPS takes a distinctive approach to educational research that makes use of the advanced techniques and know-how accumulated in the region.

Cooperation with the business community helps produce engineers with advanced practical skills

The industries of the region possess a wealth of human resources and experience. IPS makes good use of this know-how for practical education, while providing recurrent education that allows people already pursuing careers to shuttle between the enterprise and the graduate school.

Industry, academia, and government working together to create new industries in the region

Through participation in such joint efforts of industry, academia, and government as the Kitakyushu Human Technology Cluster Plan and the Regional R&D Innovation Project, IPS feeds the benefits of its research back into the region and contributes to the creation of new industries.

Policy

Policy on the Acceptance of New Students (Admission Policy)

We seek students from inside and outside the country who understand the guiding principles of Waseda University, “Independence of Learning,” “Practical Utilization of Knowledge,” and “To Create Good Citizenship,” and have the determination and ability to learn and conduct research aiming to solve issues and create value.
・Students with sufficient basic knowledge, sharp intellectual curiosity, and an interest in study and research with a sense of purpose
・Students who understand the research ethics and the social impact of engineering and information technology, and aim to become researchers and engineers who can resolve social problems and create added value
・Students who aim to become researchers and engineers who rely not only on basic and elemental technologies, but also integrate them in complex ways and resolve difficult issues through systems thinking
・Students who resolve problems from a global perspective, and aim to become researchers and engineers who can contribute to developing local regions

In order to admit a diverse student body with the determination and ability to achieve these goals, the entrance exams for our master’s program include a general examination aimed at Japanese students, foreign students, and professionals as well as a work force entrance exam targeting professionals who have already made existing accomplishments when they apply. We also practice recommendation exams, based on recommendations from partner institutions of learning, to actively admit excellent students from both within and outside the country. The recommendation exams, operating in cooperation with specialized high school programs from around the country and top-class universities mainly in Asia, admit talented students with skills as researchers and engineers from both within and outside the country. Our doctorate program adhere to the entrance examination methods above, admitting talented students with research and engineering skills that are internationally applicable.

Policy on the Design and Operation of the Curriculum (Curriculum Policy)

Centered in the three research fields of Information Architecture, Production Systems, and Integrated Systems, we provide education from both concrete and abstract perspectives, including research fields requiring interdisciplinary cooperation. Students in the master’s program enter one of the three research fields, earn credits in the established curriculum according to the diploma policies, and acquire the essential basic knowledge and abilities for research. Namely, in order to acquire various kinds of specialized knowledge required for their master’s thesis, students can take basic research courses that extend the foundational knowledge acquired in undergraduate studies, specialized research courses that instill and apply specialized knowledge necessary for research, and experimental classes that allow students to master practical knowledge through using devices and equipment. Additionally, under the guidance of instructors, they carry out research for their master’s thesis for each research question, and assemble and present their results as research papers. In the doctoral program, students supplement the abilities developed in the master’s program and acquire advanced abilities to conduct independent research. Students in the doctoral program do not have a required number of credits, but can take courses in the master’s curriculum when needed. Furthermore, under the guidance of instructors, they investigate specialized theories relating to higher level research problems, conduct research based on new proposals and their applications, actively publicize their research findings at meetings such as conferences, and compile them into a doctoral dissertation which is then presented. Also, in order to cultivate talented graduates capable of operating internationally, courses and research guidance are provided in both Japanese and English, contributing to an environment where students from abroad and Japanese students study together.

Policy on Graduation Certification and the Conferring of Degrees (Diploma Policy)

In three research areas: Information Architecture, Production Systems, and Integrated Systems or research areas which cooperate with the three research areas interdisciplinary, we train prospective researchers and engineers who can contribute to developing technologies related to those research areas, solve complicated contemporary technical problems, assume an approach of new systems and create new values in the real world and in scientific fields by utilizing high insight and advanced knowledge. You will acquire the ability to apply basic knowledge to real world problems as well as professional knowledge. Also, it is expected to acquire information literacy and problem finding ability, logical thinking ability and problem solving skills, system conception ability and practical leadership. Students in the master’s program carry out research under the guidance of instructors, compile their research results into a master’s thesis, and acquire fundamental research skills and specialized knowledge to allow them to work as researchers and engineers. When this is accomplished, a master’s degree in engineering is awarded. Students in the doctoral program, under the guidance of instructors, master the ability to carry out independent research by making full use of specialized knowledge and sophisticated research skills by conducting independent research that contributes significantly to the development of their field, presenting their results inside and outside of Japan, and compiling them into a doctoral dissertation. When these accomplishments are recognized, a doctorate in engineering is awarded.

Learning Outcome

Master Program

(Learning Outcome 1) Students acquire information literacy and fundamental application skills.

(Learning Outcome 2) Students acquire the ability to think logically and solve problems.

(Learning Outcome 3) Through research on information production systems, students acquire the latest knowledge and the problem-finding skill in their specialized research fields.

(Learning Outcome 4) Through international communication skills, students acquire high ethical standards, research skills and practical leadership that enable them to play an active role as researchers.

Doctoral Program

(Learning Outcome 1) Students acquire advanced expertise in their own research fields related to  information production systems.

(Learning Outcome 2) Students acquire the ability to carry out original research that contributes significantly to technological development.

(Learning Outcome 3) Students acquire the ability to carry out research with high ethical standards and independent assignments based on a healthy critical spirit.

(Learning Outcome 4) Students acquire the ability to present and discuss research results at domestic and overseas academic societies.

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