Revisiting the idea of degree programs

 Degree Programs are educational programs that specify the skills to be acquired according to the level and discipline of the program, and are systematically structured to support students to achieve that goal in obtaining the degree. Unlike the conventional system focusing on departments and faculties, Degree Programs are designed from the perspective of the students to acquire the skills appropriate for the degree level and discipline. Consistency between the name of the degree and its content is at the heart of the Degree Program.

 The Degree Program in Informatics is designed for students to learn about knowledge and skills regarding information through an interdisciplinary approach that integrates arts and sciences. Information does not distinguish arts and sciences. The Degree Program in Informatics aims to let students acquire research skills in both arts and sciences, as well as knowledge of media, system and resources. 

 In our program, students can engage in any kind of research having to do with information, from Japanese subculture to fluid simulation in rivers or seas. Transient pieces of information on social media as well as conservation of archives dating back to centuries ago are within the scope of informatics. Research methods are also diverse, including social research, psychological experimentation, philosophical thought experimentation, fieldwork, content design, EEG measurement, programming and device production. In terms of the diversity of our research, we are the leading program among all the Degree Programs. We await for you to tackle with the multiplicity in the field of information.

Norihiko UDA
Chair, Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Informatics