The Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering provides extensive and integrated education and research opportunities in the areas of (1) information systems to support the social infrastructure, (2) engineering systems to usher in a new area of engineering, (3) social systems to see societies from engineering points of view, and the (4) risks that these three systems contain. The Graduate School aims to produce highly qualified researchers and professionals with comprehensive and global perspectives and skills and abilities to contribute to the mankind and the societies in the 21st century by developing (a) individual technical fields to harmonize technological advancements and societal needs; (b) state-of-the art technologies to achieve a dominant standard by acceptance; and (c) engineering techniques to cope with systems involving uncertainty; and so forth.

An increasing percentage of our undergraduate students proceed to the Graduate School (70 to 80 percent). Being “practical” is strongly requested in our graduate school education that was once research centered. Due to the University’s policy that emphasizes graduate level programs, the quota of enrollment in the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering greatly exceeds that in the colleges of the University.

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering actively applies for open-type education support programs of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Currently, the following programs are ongoing, and a lot of programs have been accepted so far.

MEXT Project for Establishing a Nationwide Practical Education Network for IT Human Resources
Development – “Educational Network for Practical Information Technologies (enPiT)” (2012 – 2017) (in Japanese)
MEXT Programs for Leading Graduate Schools – “Ph.D. Program in Empowerment Informatics”
(2013 – 2020)

1. Research environment

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering is fully equipped with research facilities including the latest experimental devices that are hard to find in other universities. The School’s library is one of the largest in national universities and various centers in the country. Also important to note is that Tsukuba Science City can be characterized by its seamless mix of abundant greenery and developed urban functions and amenities. The Tsukuba Express (TX) runs between Tsukuba and Akihabara, Tokyo. It takes only 45 minutes by a rapid train of TX to and from Tokyo, which has accelerated the collaborative research between researchers in Tsukuba and Tokyo areas.

2. Collaboration with other research institutes

Since it is located in the center of Tsukuba Science City, University of Tsukuba is blessed with opportunities to have research collaborations with other institutions in the city. The main institutions include National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, National Institute for Environmental Studies, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, Public Works Research Institute, Building Research Institute, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Moreover, inter-institutional research collaborations are active with such private institutions as Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry.

3. Aligned graduate school system

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering adopts the Graduate School System aligned with the aforementioned research institutes. We invite researchers from the institutes as visiting professors and associate professors, which allows students to have the luxury to carry out hand-in-hand research with the institutes for completing their degrees.

4. Exchanges with foreign researchers

International research collaborations are also active in Tsukuba Science City. Many foreign researchers stay for research purposes, and many international conferences are held, in the city. This serves as golden opportunities for researchers to keep pace with the most advanced trends in scientific research.

5. Acceptance of international students

The University of Tsukuba accepts international students (both government-financed and self-financed) from many countries. The number of international students who successfully complete their degrees is increasing. We have the Language Training Center and the individual tutor system for them.