Graduate School of Information, Production and SystemsWaseda University

About the School

Educational Policy


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 on the Acceptance of New Students (Admission Policy)

The graduate school welcomes many students from throughout Japan and the rest of the world who are aiming to cultivate the “Enterprising Spirit,” the ideal of Waseda University, and have a high level of academic ability, a lively intellectual curiosity, and the willingness and individuality required to form their own goals and positively deal with the various challenges that need to be overcome to achieve those goals.

This graduate school is promoting collaboration and exchanges with top class universities throughout the world, primarily universities in Asia, and as a part of this approach it is accepting top class students from countries throughout the world using various approaches tailored to the circumstances of each country and school. For example, we have established systems rich in variety to welcome outstanding new students from overseas to the graduate school. These include systems to accept students who have completed the third year of their Bachelor’s Degree into the Master’s Program of the graduate school, early completion for students who have certified Master’s Program credits from the partner university, etc.

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

The graduate school teaches both hardware and software aspects of research areas that go beyond the three basic areas of Information Architecture, Production Systems and Integrated Systems and connect to each other. Three courses have been established in the Master’s Program: the research-centered course, the standard course and the lecture-centered course. Aiming to make this graduate school a graduate school with a presence in Asia and to realize “co-creation of knowledge in the Asia-Pacific region,” most of the lectures are presented in English and Japanese in order to cultivate researchers, advanced technicians and leaders who can function throughout the world. We are aiming for human resources development that ensures that students who have completed our courses not only become future technology leaders in Japan but also return to their own countries and become technology leaders there, while also becoming a cultural bridge to Japan.

By creating this kind of highly-diverse borderless environment with many foreign students enrolled, the graduate school will increase the specialized skills of its students and develop human resources with a truly international character to send out into the world.

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

In order to receive graduation certification and certification of the conferring of a degree, students must be enrolled at the university for the prescribed period, obtain the necessary credits, receive research guidance, and submit a Master’s Thesis or a Doctoral Dissertation. Master’s degrees are conferred after the student has submitted his or her Master’s Thesis, it has been approved by half or more of the examiners in the Master’s Thesis Examination Board comprised of a chief examiner and two or more assistant examiners, and it has been approved by the IPS Steering Committee. Presentation of the thesis in an academic journal or in an international academic society is preferable, but this is not a necessary condition for degree conferral. Students from the partner schools discussed in the section on admission policy above can be conferred Master’s degrees from two schools in some circumstances.

Doctoral degrees are conferred after the student has submitted his or her Doctoral Dissertation, it has been discussed and approved in the Doctoral Dissertation Examination Meeting comprised of a chief examiner and two or more assistant examiners, and the degree has been approved by the IPS Steering Committee. Publication of the dissertation in more than one eminent academic journal or international academic society is a necessary condition for degree conferral. In addition to the aforementioned Doctoral degrees, people with an outstanding track record in science and technology can be conferred Doctoral degrees, even if the person is not enrolled in this university, after they have submitted their dissertation and it has undergone an examination in compliance with the aforementioned examination.

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