Innovative Educational Framework

PBL (Project Based Learning) Education

Competency is a concept representing the skills of the individual in the real world and represents advanced business skills specifically required by architects. AIIT offers master’s degrees in basic and specialized courses, and students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies before acquiring real expertise through PBL education.

Three Meta Competencies

PBL for acquiring practical competencies

To help students acquire practical competencies, AIIT employs Project-Based Learning (PBL) methods. With PBL, students jointly plan projects, define clear project goals, and cooperate to achieve the goals and complete the project. Through the PBL process, students acquire the practical skills and expertise that are truly beneficial in the information technology (IT) and monozukuri industries. The selected PBL themes are always realistic and not simply academic theories. In AIIT PBL programs, students are placed into groups of approximately five students, and three instructors are assigned to each group to provide intensive guidance.

Features of the PBL education at AIIT

  • 1. Large-scale projects similar to the activities in the real world
  • 2. Engineering-type PBL education
  • 3. Project themes are set by incorporating the feedback from the business community
  • 4. A well-established PBL educational method
  • 5. Fine-tuned guidance and evaluation based on objective criteria
  • 6. Project members consist of students with a diverse array of backgrounds

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an effective educational technique to develop professionals who are industry-ready in the real world. Groups of students define clear project goals and cooperate to complete each project as similar as possible to the actual world of work. In the process, students acquire practical skills and expertise that are truly beneficial for employment. Most ordinary graduate schools focus on research and require students to write theses in order to earn a master’s degree. With PBL, on the other hand, the major difference is that students work on a project as a team, the work and their activities in the process are evaluated, and the students then present the specific projects. AIIT trains students to acquire basic knowledge and skills in the first year and offers PBL activities in the second year to help students acquire competencies through practical studies, which are the requirement for completing the course. Although PBL is a relatively new teaching method, AIIT employs the most-advanced educational approach as a pioneer in PBL development.

The 2017 AIIT PBL Project Presentation Meeting was held

The Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology held the 2017 AIIT PBL Project Presentation Meeting for the tenth time since its establishment at the Tokyo International Forum on Saturday, February 11, 2017 (national holiday.)

Project-Based Learning (PBL) of AIIT is a practical experience-oriented educational method. Students define clear project goals and through the PBL process they acquire the practical skills and expertise that are truly beneficial in the information technology (IT) and monozukuri industries.

This PBL is equivalent to theses in graduate schools that focus on research. Students in the second year spend an entire year working on one PBL project.

Now in its tenth year, the 2017 AIIT PBL Project Presentation Meeting was again viewed by many guests and ended on a high note.

AIIT PBL Interview

For the purpose of a better understanding of PBL, which is the greatest characteristic of AIIT courses, AIIT professors were interviewed by a professional reporter on the subject of PBL, titled AIIT PBL Interview.

In the interviews, the professors who directly teach students discussed AIIT’s basic idea of PBL, specific activities in PBL projects, and how students put effort into their projects. The interviews provided first-hand information on what is happening in the classrooms.

This section is updated in series. We hope that the interviews help people who are considering AIIT and those in the business community and educational circles know what AIIT and PBL have to offer.

[Interviewer]

Mariko Yoneda

A freelance reporter who has written for the Weekly Diamond, President, and Weekly Shincho. Specializing in finances, economics and management, she reports on new business models, interviews with top executives, universities, and graduate schools, regardless of business category. A graduate of the Faculty of Law, Kyoto University.

  • Twelfth Interview
    Professor Yoichi Seto

    Large-scale project simulation and the development of e-Learning materials on PBL

    Master Program of Information Systems Architecture
    Professor Yoichi Seto
  • Eleventh Interview
    Professor Yoichi Seto

    Fore-running in information security -PBL on the theme of developing challenges-

    Master Program of Information Systems Architecture
    Professor Yoichi Seto
  • Tenth Interview
    Professor Yoshie Kunisawa

    Development of monozukuri models by community-based questions and answers - PBL, which shares the process and efforts with the local community-

    Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering
    Professor Yoshie Kunisawa
  • Ninth Interview
    Professor Yoshie Kunisawa

    What type of design does AIIT teach? –What to learn before starting PBL?-

    Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering
    Professor Yoshie Kunisawa
  • Eighth Interview
    Professor Tetsuo Fukuda

    Proposing urban-type dynamic design for 2030 -Brushing up competencies through PBL-

    Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering
    Professor Tetsuo Fukuda
  • Seventh Interview
    Professor Tetsuo Fukuda

    What is needed is the integrated knowledge and design ethics -Industrial design that changes society-

    Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering
    Professor Tetsuo Fukuda
  • Sixth Interview
    Professor Kiyoshi Sakamori

    Simulation of large-scale projects and PM’s blended education –The reality of project management PBL-

    Master Program of Information Systems Architecture
    Professor Kiyoshi Sakamori
  • Fifth Interview
    Professor Kiyoshi Sakamori

    Hot skills for building your career –Learning project management-

    Master Program of Information Systems Architecture
    Professor Kiyoshi Sakamori
  • Fourth Interview
    Professor Yoshio Tozawa

    Bringing solutions to management challenges of corporations –IT solution for realizing the desire of top management--

    Master Program of Information Systems Architecture
    Professor Yoshio Tozawa
  • Third Interview
    Professor Yoshio Tozawa

    Acquiring IT to meet the industrial needs -Studies aimed at information system architect-

    Master Program of Information Systems Architecture
    Professor Yoshio Tozawa
  • Second Interview
    Professor Seiichi Kawata

    Building new services for protecting everyday household -All facts about the projects participated by students on a high level-

    Dean of the School of Industrial Technology, Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
    Professor Seiichi Kawata
  • First Interview
    Professor Seiichi Kawata

    Practice of projects on the subject of advanced technology -Acquiring advanced business skills-

    Dean of the School of Industrial Technology, Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
    Professor Seiichi Kawata