Message from the Dean

Yoichi Yamashita

Dean, College of Information Science and Engineering
Ritsumeikan University

Yoichi Yamashita

We aim to develop human resources that contribute to society by utilizing “information,” and to develop new technologies to make society more convenient, more enjoyable and safer by the power of “information.”

In our lives today, information technology (IT) supports various services and products surrounding us including communication, home appliances, and entertainment, as well as social infrastructures such as transportation, energy, finance, and administration. The evolution of IT continues with increasing speed, and there is a high expectation for the development of new technologies in the IT research field. To meet these social demands, we founded the College of Information Science and Engineering (CISE) in 2004, which covers a wide range of IT related fields as one of the largest informatics colleges in Japan. The current CISE consists of seven education programs (or courses) in one department. The Information Systems Science and Engineering course (ISSE), which is one of seven courses in CISE, offers English-based education, where all classes are taught in English.

With the progress of globalization of society, it is becoming increasingly important for students to acquire high English language skills. The CISE have unique overseas training programs in which students study cutting-edge IT in English, and we send students to the USA, Australia, India, China, and so on through the programs. Meanwhile, the CISE has jointly established the DUT-RU International School of Information Science and Engineering with the Dalian University of Technology in 2013, and also partnered with many other overseas universities to accept international students. International students and Japanese students study IT together with mutual interaction at a campus with a rich harmony of multiculturism, learning a global mindset by accepting different cultures.

All students firstly learn primary subjects that are common to all courses, such as information theory, probability and statistics, logic circuits, and so on, and after acquiring the essential knowledge necessary for understanding advanced IT subjects, they proceed to learn with specialized subjects provided in each course. In our curriculum, each student is allowed to pursue diverse studies based on his/her interests by taking subjects beyond the borders between the courses. Finally, each student is assigned to a laboratory in the middle of the third year and starts graduation research work as a compilation of his/her study in CISE. Through the graduation research work for a one-and-half-year period, he/she practices the knowledge and skills acquired so far and tackles his/her problem. After graduation, many students go on to the graduate school to extend his/her research.

The research conducted in CISE is characterized by its connectivity to society. CISE runs several innovative research projects that impact the world, including cooperation with the public administration for network security and tourism disaster prevention, collaboration with medical science and engineering for a new technology development useful for robotics and medical care, and application program developments based on new concepts. The mission of CISE is to develop human resources which have acquired the knowledge and skills to support the foundation of IT and to realize a more comfortable future society by creating new technologies and paradigms that have never seen.