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Educational Goals and Policy

1) Educational Goals

The goals of the Toyo University Graduate School of Information Sciences and Arts are as follows:

1. To develop highly professional human resources with world-class expertise, through a combination of the new field of information sciences and arts, which integrates diverse fields into one with a common language of “information”; highly specialized knowledge and skills of the most advanced information and communication technology (ICT); and our educational method for motivating students to continue improving their behavioral traits.

2.  To provide our students with opportunities for education and research, aiming to enable them to acquire:

  • The ability to be a pioneer in the field of information sciences and arts;
  • The ability to apply ICT to various fields;
  • The ability to take the initiative in discovering problems, and exercise their own leadership to tackle those problems; and
  • The ability to live and cooperate harmoniously with diverse people in the international community, based on deep respect for diverse cultures.

3.  To produce a wide range of leading specialists, mainly including IT engineers, IT managers, planners and government workers, who can demonstrate their excellent performance at IT companies (such as software and data processing companies) and IT user companies of various business types in different industries, including the service, manufacturing, and logistics industries, and governments and public agencies.

2) Policy Overview

Admissions Policy

【Master’s Program】
We conduct various entrance examinations in an appropriate manner, according to the applicant’s
characteristics. We accept individuals who demonstrate the following qualities and abilities through
any one or a combination of written examinations, interviews and document screenings:
(1) Strong enthusiasm to pursue personal development through the process of applying their
specialized knowledge to solve real-life problems, thereby contributing to the establishment of
information sciences and arts
(2) English skills that enable explaining their own research field and the ability to apply information
processing technology
(3) Knowledge in multiple specialized fields related to information sciences and arts

【Doctoral Program】
We conduct various entrance examinations in an appropriate manner, according to the applicant’s
characteristics. We accept individuals who demonstrate the following qualities and abilities, through
any one or a combination of written examinations, interviews and document screenings:
(1) Strong enthusiasm to contribute to the development of information sciences and arts
(2) Information processing skills that enable the writing of programs, if needed, practical English skills
to write papers, and the ability to carry out research
(3) Extensive knowledge on the social background related to themes of information science and arts
and related fields

Curriculum Policy

【Master’s Program】
(1) Curriculum Formulation / Content and Educational Methods
To achieve the diploma policy, the curriculum is systematically organized by combining coursework
and research work.
Courses are classified into two categories: major and common. In the major course category, a
group of courses are offered in the three specialized fields in information sciences and arts:
“System Informatics Field”, “Media Informatics Field”, “Psychological and Sports Informatics Field”.
The common course category includes courses designed to enable students to acquire the high
information-processing skills and cutting-edge ICT skills required to pursue closer integration with
related fields, and courses designed to enable students to use their acquired skills to engage in
practical activities. We will teach these courses in an interdisciplinary manner to enable students
to deeply explore the meanings of information for future global society, to facilitate the integration
of different disciplines from the perspective of information and the creation of a new perspective
toward contemporary society.
In research guidance courses, we give students guidance on the writing and presentation of
research papers in English to develop their practical English proficiency, with the aim of developing
globally competent human resources with high research abilities.

(2) Evaluation of Student Achievement
Student achievement is evaluated on the following components, using the following methods:
① For a course, the instructor in charge of the course will evaluate the student’s performance in
accordance with the predetermined grading criteria, using the evaluation methods stated in
the syllabus for that course.
② For research work, the academic supervisor and other faculty members who belong to the
Course will systematically evaluate the student’s research progress and accomplishments
through thesis presentation, etc., based on a research guidance plan.
③ The degree thesis will be evaluated based on the predetermined thesis review criteria and
system.

【Doctoral Program】
(1) Curriculum Formulation / Content and Educational Methods
To achieve the diploma policy, the curriculum is systematically organized by appropriately
combining coursework and research work.
The curriculum of the Doctoral Program includes only major courses. Major courses are offered
in the three specialized fields in information sciences and arts: “System Informatics Field,” “Media
Informatics Field,” “Psychological and Sports Informatics Field.” In these courses, students are
trained (1) to develop the ability to continue acquiring cutting-edge specialized knowledge and
skills in the applied fields, (2) to acquire advanced ICT knowledge and skills practically through a
problem-solving process, and (3) to be independent researchers and conduct research systematically.
(4) In the case of an interdisciplinary research theme, students receive interdisciplinary research
guidance from multiple teachers from different specialized disciplines. In research guidance courses,
we give students guidance on the writing and presentation of research papers in English to develop
their practical English proficiency, with the aim of developing globally competent human resources
with high research abilities.

(2) Evaluation of Student Achievement
Student achievement is evaluated on the following components, using the following methods:
① For a course, the instructor in charge of the course will evaluate the student’s performance in
accordance with the predetermined grading criteria, using the evaluation methods stated in
the syllabus for that course.
② For research work, the academic supervisor and other faculty members who belong to the
Course will systematically evaluate the student’s research progress and accomplishments
through thesis presentation, etc., based on a research guidance plan.
③ The degree thesis will be evaluated based on the predetermined thesis review criteria and
system.

Diploma Policy

【Master’s Program】
Based on its aim in human resources development and other educational and research aims, the
Course of Information Sciences and Arts will award a Master’s degree to students who have
acquired the following kinds of expertise and abilities, have satisfied the requirements, including the
specified duration of study and number of credits, and have passed the Master’s thesis and the final
examination:

(1) A high level of interdisciplinary specialized expertise in any of “System Informatics”, “Media
Informatics”, or “Psychological and Sports Informatics”, required to fully develop information
sciences and arts.

(2) The advanced ICT skills, and the ability to use them to engage in practical activities in society.

(3) The ability to pursue research, and logically explain research results, and the ability to write
academic papers that are academically significant, innovative, creative, and applicable.

(4) Practical English proficiency for writing and presenting academic papers in their specialized field.

【Doctoral Program】
Based on its aim in human resources development and other educational and research aims, the
Course of Information Sciences and Arts will award a Doctoral degree to students who have
acquired the following kinds of expertise and abilities, have satisfied the requirements, including the
specified duration of study and number of credits, and have passed the Doctoral thesis and the final
examination:

(1) Ability to continue to acquire leading-edge specialized knowledge and skills in applied informatics,
to contribute to the development of information sciences and arts

(2) The advanced ICT knowledge and skills

(3) Ability to carry out research independently in various interdisciplinary fields related to information

(4) Communication skills needed to play an active role on the global stage