School Introduction

Master Program of Information Systems Architecture

Message from the Head

Graduate School of Information Systems Architecture Director and Professor Hiroshi Koyama

The master program of information systems architecture trains information systems architects to become advanced IT professional engineers for the development of various information systems. Information technology (IT) has been continuously causing innovations, also called “information revolution”, as a disruptive technology in a variety of industry sector for about 50 years. An information system is equivalent to a realization of the innovations. Information systems architecture is a systematic technology that optimally designs, implements, and operates information systems for specific purposes. Our master program offers lectures and exercises of more than 55 subjects from programming to management. The subjects cover an IT related body of knowledge conforming to the Common Career and Skills Framework (CCSF) which is proposed by the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPA).

First-year students learn their own curriculum designed from their experience and future career plan. First, they will acquire the knowledge and skills required for information systems architect. Second-year students perform problem-solving in a project simulated an actual work using our original methods in PBL (Project Based Learning) exercise. Second, they will accumulate experience in using the knowledge and skills learned in the first year and will acquire the business ability for information systems architect, also called “competency.” All subjects in our program are designed to be contents and level appropriate for professional graduate school. Therefore, the program provides several original mechanisms. For example, a student can continuously check whether his knowledge and levels are properly acquired for his goal and career from based on his credits and grades.

Most AIIT faculty members who teach the various lecture and exercise subjects have experience in the corporate world. They not only teach IT but also guide students to acquire the practical skills necessary for society. In addition, faculty members not only rely on their own experiences but also improve the content and quality of education by continuing to develop their educational methods. All professional graduate schools are obliged to receive the accreditation of specialized department in every five years. At the accreditation in 2015, our education curriculum, methods, mechanisms, faculty organization, learning environment, and educational improvement system received an extremely high evaluation. Also, the PBL education methods and mechanisms, which is unique to our program, was highly reputed as a cutting-edge endeavor. With this achievement, we participate in “Education Network for Practical Information Technologies (enPiT)”, which is a project for “Establishing a Nationwide Practical Education Network for IT Human Resources Development” by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), as one of fifteen partner universities. AIIT added a new course of “Business Architect”, which focuses on learning the fusion of “strategies” and “technologies” as the successful result of “Advanced Professional Development Program for Business Developments and Reforms in Next Generation Growth Industry” which is a project for “Graduate School Program for Re-educating Professionals to Develop Advanced Professionals” by the MEXT. In addition, AIIT has continuously improved the learning environment for students and especially established various mechanisms designed for professional students to realize the balance between work and study.

Finally, I would like to talk about the student community of our program. Approximately 90% of our students are professional students. While their ages, professions, positions, and experiences are various, highly motivated students in the IT domain gather, study hard together in two years, and gain a substantial amount of experience and knowledge. The student community consists of not only same grade students, but also many seniors who offer advice to the juniors after graduation and who participate in discussions.

While many IT graduate schools in Japan, most aim to develop scholars and researchers. There are few graduate schools whose primary purpose is to train advanced IT professional engineers as does our program. However, it is not uncommon for graduate students of research graduate schools to be eventually employed by corporations as engineers. Our program trains information systems architects who can actually be active in society. I guarantee that the time spent learning at our program will be the most fulfilling time in your life for experienced professionals who wish to learn expertise for future career advancement or job switch, or those who wish to continuously refresh their professional knowledge, as well as young people who newly start their professional career.

Hiroshi Koyama