Faculty of Policy Informatics
In the Faculty of Policy Informatics, we believe in a hands-on approach to learning through direct cooperation with the local community. Faculty support students in all their endeavors, working side by side, as students learn about and make use of IT and media expression. Education in the faculty centers around two pillars of learning, a "community policy planning" course and "media informatics." A cross-sectional approach enables students to learn about the wide range of topics fundamental to "problem finding and problem solving." We aim to nurture students who are both capable of and willing to take action to tackle problems and issues facing the local community and society today. To realize our objectives, we welcome applications from candidates with a strong desire to develop problem-solving skills through the study of policy informatics.
Fundamental Qualities for Prospective Students
- Belief in our faculty's educational philosophy and a strong desire to acquire skills and learning in and beyond this field of study as well as the core skills and knowledge necessary to take an active role in solving problems and issues facing society today
- A strong desire to create products and to take on original endeavors, making full use of one's adaptable ideas and media technology
- A strong desire to put problem solving ideas into action, working side by side with faculty and other students, increasing one's communicative aptitude and ability to express oneself clearly and eloquently
- The ability to take action autonomously with a spirit of inquiry, operationalizing ideas that can instigate transformation, and exceeding current ways of thinking
- A strong desire to contribute to society after graduating, making full use of competences developed as a student necessary to make and put plans into action
- [International students and/or prospective students whose mother tongue is not Japanese] The ability to make use of Japanese language skills in everyday life and endeavors at the university
Admissions Assessment Policy
Candidates applying for admission to the Faculty of Policy Informatics via "Admission by Recommendation" or the "AO (Admissions Office) Entrance Examination" will be assessed using documents submitted as part of the application, an interview on their autonomy, their inquisitiveness, and their capacity to express themselves clearly and eloquently in order to understand the idea of "problem finding and problem solving," which the Faculty of Policy Informatics aims at, and to realize it in the local community and society.
"Admission by Recommendation" candidates' assessments are split about 50/50 between submitted documents and interviews; and "AO (Admissions Office) Entrance Examination" candidates' assessments are split about 40/60" with greater emphasis on interview. Candidates will primarily be assessed on academic results and activities during high school and on the feasibility and tangibility of plans they intend to put into action after entering the university. Notable achievements of activities, such as creations, qualifications, or certificates completed or acquired during high school will also be considered during the assessment process. In the interview, touching on information presented in submitted documents, candidates will be asked to talk in detail about future plans and study interests after entering the university, such as which course of study they would like to pursue and which courses they are interested in taking. In addition, in the interview, candidates will also be assessed on their communicative competence, persuasive ability, and propensity to promote themselves. Candidates' resourcefulness in response to questions from the interviews and ability to use language to explain themselves will also be scrutinized. Furthermore, as part of the "AO Entrance Examination," candidates applying for a scholarship are required to make a presentation on a problem or issue of interest to them, facing society or the local community. Presentations that include a survey, data analysis, and a unique proposal to address the problem or issue will be evaluated highly.
The "General Entrance Examination" and "National Center Test Utilizing Examination" focus on Japanese reading comprehension, foreign language aptitude, mathematical ability, and general knowledge and are used as means of assessing how well candidates understood content of materials covered in high school. Furthermore, candidates who excel on the "General Entrance Examination" or the "National Center Test Utilizing Examination" will be eligible for a scholarship. As part of our "Comprehensive Evaluation Entrance Examination," in addition to an examination designed to test scholastic ability, documents, such as candidates' school records, submitted as part of the application, will be used to assess comprehensively their academic achievements and records of extracurricular activities during high school.