In the new world of information and communication technology, where exclusively local markets are rapidly disappearing, globallyoriented technical and social skills are essential to the survival of nearly every organization and occupation. The Information Systems Science and Engineering Course educates students to become
Bachelors 2017 in Kusatsu Japan.
In the new world of information and communication technology, where exclusively local markets are rapidly disappearing, globally oriented technical and social skills are essential to the survival of nearly every organization and occupation. The Information Systems Science and Engineering Course educates students to become professionals who would be productive members of information technology teams anywhere in the world, with the experience and knowledge to develop practical and creative solutions to new problems. The program lays a foundation in the basics of
engineering and the technical competency to work flexibly with continually evolving hardware, software, and user needs. Students in the program develop the information systems engineering skills necessary to work as productive team members and as competent leaders of diverse and dynamic communities and organizations.
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Engineering
Duration: 4 years
Language of Instruction: English
Yearly Intake: 50 students
Location: Biwako Kusatsu Campus
The College of Information Science and Engineering offers the Information Systems Science and Engineering course (ISSE) that builds on recommendations of the Association for Computing
Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), while conforming to the Japanese higher education standards and guidelines. In an increasingly
interdependent world, the program will prepare graduates for diverse roles within interdisciplinary teams, addressing current and projected needs of society, where synergy and mutual understanding are critical to success.
Prospective Career Paths
Possible career paths for graduates of the course may include the following and more:
Big data analyst
e-government system engineer
Global ICT support specialist
Global computer networks specialist
Digital arts and humanities specialist
Message from our Professor
"We established the Information Systems Science and Engineering Course as an inter-disciplinary education, research, and human development program, the first of its kind in the country, aiming to extend the best of Japan’s engineering traditions and welcome young talents from around the world. The Course contends with the best practice, personnel, and facilities of world leading educational institutions. Studying carefully selected fundamental disciplines allows our students to thoroughly prepare themselves for taking on pretty much any current and future information system problems that society may face.
As part of the education process, our students are also engaged in various system development projects where themes span from mechanical engineering and computer science to medicine, welfare and social security, and to education, economics, and the arts. Another distinctive feature of the Course is its international and global character: the working language for all activities is English, and every student project includes external international collaborators.
As someone who has been with the Information Systems Science and Engineering Course since its inception, I am excited to explore new horizons together with people of different cultures, interests, and backgrounds. I personally believe that this diversity is essential to our progress both as human beings and as professionals. Together we can make this vision reality".
Victor Kryssanov, Professor
The Information Systems Science and Engineering Course is project-based learning at its best — offering practical, hands on engineering experience to match the demands of industry leaders in Japan and worldwide. Students join engineering projects from their very first year of study while education is centered around project work throughout the program.
The course offers flexible study plans to complement and foster individual abilities in the best possible way. A combination of fundamental classic science courses and interdisciplinary
engineering practice disciplines allows students to learn both for and from doing. The learning environment as a whole is designed to develop distinctive talents, embracing diverse personalities who will work together to innovate the future world.
The ISSE course provides for a high-quality, globally recognized education that is ideal for students who want to get the most out of their investment. While the living cost in Japan is on par with other developed countries, the tuition fee is significantly lower.
The campus is located in the middle of Japan — the Kansai region, a natural hub linking education, science, and industry in the country and across Asia, North America, Oceania, and Europe. The state-of-the-art infrastructure and the ever growing international community help students to quickly tune in and always stay connected both locally and globally.
Work with Global Leaders
Collaboration with leading academic institutions, such as Oxford University, and the University of Zurich, creates opportunities for academic mobility and integration with top-level research. A range of extracurricular programs and internships provides students with opportunities to test
themselves in the larger world.
Message from a Current Student
"In the College of Information Science and Engineering of Ritsumeikan University I have
the opportunity to work in a very motivating environment. I receive lots of ideas and advice for my research during weekly consultations, enjoy the comfort of state-of-the-art lab equipment, and receive tutoring from highly-skilled and experienced teachers from all over the world. Thanks to the cultural diversity of the college, I can share my thoughts and work together with people from several foreign countries, widening my knowledge about other cultures, languages and professional trends. This bright, inspiring environment broadened my ambitions and helps me work towards achieving them every day".
Péter Ihász, Current Student of the Doctoral Program
Applicants MUST fulfill ALL of the following three requirements.
Where a student is made an offer of a place at the University in the prospect of satisfying one of the requirements under 2.below, should the student fail to fulfill the requirement before the enrollment date, the offer of admission will be revoked.
Applicants must possess non-Japanese nationality. Applicants who possess only Japanese nationality can apply if, by the time of enrollment, they have graduated or are to graduate from high schools / senior secondary schools located abroad.
Applicants must fulfill one of the following requirements.
Applicants must have completed, before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, a standard 12-year course curriculum, or an equivalent curriculum as designated by the Minister of MEXT.
Applicants must possess a qualification, such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Abitur, Baccalaureate, etc., that is recognized by universities outside of Japan as an entrance qualification and must have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.
Applicants must have passed an exam demonstrating equivalent academic ability to completion of a standard 12-year course curriculum outside Japan, or the High School Equivalency Exam (高等学校卒業程度認定試験) / the University Entrance Qualification Exam (大学入学資格検定) provided by MEXT in Japan and must have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.
Applicants must have completed a 12-year curriculum at a school for international students accredited by an international accrediting organization (WASC, CIS or ACSI) or a school for international students in Japan accredited by the Minister of MEXT to be equivalent to a high school outside of Japan and must have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.
Applicants must have been recognized, through an individual screening review by Ritsumeikan University, as having an academic ability equivalent to or greater than that of a person who has completed high school, and be at least 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate sufficient English ability to understand lectures in English. In order to demonstrate sufficient English ability, applicants must take one of the tests listed below and achieve a score of at least the minimum score indicated below by the time of application.
You must submit the following to enable Ritsumeikan University to confirm you are eligible to apply and to prove your academic and language proficiency:
Original documents proving that you meet the educational criteria for application: Usually this will be a Graduation Certificate or proof that you are scheduled to graduate from secondary school before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.
Original Academic transcripts for all grades of your high school or senior secondary education
If you have taken any official national university entrance exams, please submit results from these, too.
Proof of English language proficiency: Usually a photocopy of the results certificate for a test such as TOEFL®Test, TOEIC®Test, IELTS etc.
The College of Information Science and Engineering is based at Biwako Kusatsu Campus (BKC) in Kusatsu City, Shiga prefecture located only minutes away from Kyoto and home of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake. Lake Biwa plays an important role in supporting businesses, agriculture and the lives of people throughout western Japan. To this extent, Shiga has become a cluster of hightech industries and an important hub of businesses. In addition, lying next to
the ancient capital Kyoto, Shiga has flourished as an important area linking the cultures of East and West Japan. National treasures such as Hikone Castle and many more historical sites can be found on the beautiful lakeside of Biwa.
Biwako Kusatsu Campus (BKC)
Biwako Kusatsu Campus (BKC) was established in 1994 with the aim of creating a world-class campus which integrates the humanities and sciences. It is the largest campus of RU and has various facilities for cutting-edge research.