Informatics changes the world.
The field of informatics is widely expected to become one of the dominant areas of academic inquiry in the 21st century. Rising from the traditional foundations of information science and engineering, informatics represents a new, comprehensive, interdisciplinary research field that examines information-related issues, including issues in the humanities and the social sciences.
The Department of informatics established in the National Institute of Informatics (NII), which is only comprehensive academic informatics institute in Japan, offers a Ph.D. program in informatics to educate and cultivate researchers to have a solid grounding in advanced informatics and expertise across a broad range of disciplines, as well as flexible perspectives and sophisticated technical knowledge. Candidates for the Ph.D. program are also expected enter the ranks of international and interdisciplinary professionals well-versed in informatics.
NII has a clear vision of the students we hope to cultivate: researchers with a keen interest in informatics -- an inter-disciplinary field encompassing the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences -- dedicated to realizing an advanced information-based society, and capable of serving as leaders in the field of informatics. We seek students with the aptitude to become sophisticated professionals devoted to the development of information technologies that will contribute to societal progress, as well as members of society with a strong interest in acquiring broader perspectives and deeper technical knowledge as they serve in the workforce.
In the Department of Informatics, we look forward to our future students and the challenges we expect them to tackle. We fully expect that the progress and development of these students in informatics will change the world.