Informatics changes the world.
Toward realizing "super smart society (Society 5.0)" where information technology is expected to help the creation of new value and services, the ﬁeld of informatics is becoming more and more important. The Coronavirus disease pandemic has forced an acceleration in digital transformation and revealed the importance of information technology. Rising from the traditional foundations of information science and engineering, informatics represents a comprehensive, interdisciplinary research ﬁeld that examines information-related issues, including issues in the data, the humanities, and the social sciences.
The Department of informatics established at the National Institute of Informatics (NII), which is the only comprehensive academic informatics institute in Japan, offers a Ph.D. program in informatics to educate and cultivate researchers in order to develop a solid grounding in advanced informatics and expertise across a broad range of disciplines, as well as ﬂexibility in perspective 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 interdisciplinary 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 expect our future students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We are conﬁdent that the progress and advancement of these students in informatics will change the world.