The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, also called SOKENDAI in Japanese, is a national university founded in October 1988 as the first institution of higher education to offer graduate-only education.
While the main office of SOKENDAI is located at Hayama, Kanagawa, its branch offices are dispersed among 18 research institutions, each of which offers top-quality graduate study in a specialized field ranging from humanities and social sciences to natural sciences. The National Instutite of Informatics, called NII in short, is one of the 18 institutions accepting and educating graduate students belonging to the Program in Informatics of SOKENDAI since April 2002.
NII is the only national institution in Japan dedicated to the research on informatics. It covers a broad areas of research including the principles of informatics, architecture of information systems, software engineering, multimedia systems, intelligent systems, and information society and environment. NII is also engaged in the development of an advanced infrastructure for disseminating scholarly information, and plays a leading role in several national projects such as SINET4 (ultrahigh-speed Network for Science Information) and GeNii (Global Environment for Networked Intellectual Information). These projects will provide ideal testbeds for new thoughts and ideas
in large scales, which are not easy to otain in ordinary universities.
As of April 2013, there are about 400 faculty staffs at NII, including
80 professors and 100 visiting professors. NII also collaborates with other
academic, governmental, and industrial institutions in research and development.
In particular, more than 60 agreements have been made with foreign universities
and research institutes, which promotes exhange of researchers.
|In such a stimulating environment, students can foster wide and profound
knowledge in informatics while broadening and deepening their views in
their special fields. Furthermore, each student can choose among a rich
and flexible course menu fully customizable to his/her own needs. For example,
foreign students can take courses in offered in English, while students
working in the day-time may have discussions using e-mails or e-learning
facilities with their supervisors. As of April 2013, 79 students of SOKENDAI
are studying at NII, among which 44 are foreigners and 18 are working in
the day-time. We also accept students from other universities such as University
of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Waseda University.
［The Graduate University for Advanced Studies］ ［The National Instutite of Informatics］ ［Handbook of NII］