2020年6月2日火曜日

I have started iU, an ICT university

 I have decided to create an ICT university.
 It will be based on ICT and use industry-academia collaboration to nurture talented people who will innovate.
 I will be the university president.
 It is known as iUniversity, or iU for short.

 Using ICT as a base, this university will nurture talented people who will innovate. I will place the warp of ICT and the weft of creativity on the support of education, and use a project-based method to nurture talent based on collaboration with industry.

 ICT is the warp.
 We will drill into the information society - programming, data processing, etc. - that forms the foundation of the third Industrial Revolution, as well as IoT, AI, security, big data, blockchains, and other topics that form the foundation of the fourth Industrial Revolution.
 People with this knowledge can flourish in places beyond the ICT industry. Content creation, media, finance, manufacturing, retail, logistics, tourism, education, healthcare, agriculture - ICT is the heart of all the industries. It keeps the blood flowing.

 The weft is a professional liberal arts education.
 While keeping ICT - i.e. tech - as the base, we will nurture innovators with creativity and design skills. They will have management and policy knowledge, a fusion of the arts and sciences that makes them an immediate asset.

 Through collaboration with industry, all students will be able to build up these horizontal and vertical abilities as interns in a project-based manner. This is a pre-business university, as well as an OJT university that offers many internships and projects for students. Although it is a university, it will set up businesses and will allow all students to be employed there during their studies, taking on the challenge of the arrangement of “constantly learning while on-site at a business”. I would also like to prepare an environment where all students will be able to start a business during their studies.

 For this purpose, I will be collaborating with related businesses, starting with those in the ICT industry. I am already collaborating with 200 companies in the telecommunications, ICT, manufacturing, broadcast, and content industries, such as NTT, Cisco, and SAP.
 80% of the faculty do not have an academic background, but rather a background in industry. Pros with a track record in society will be teaching.
 Because it is an ICT university, all lessons can be held online. Students will be able to learn no matter where they are. The university will be on the cutting edge of the flipped classroom and adaptive learning. We will arrange virtual lectures by celebrated professors, researchers, and experts from around the world. It will be a learning environment that combines the virtual and the real.
 We will enhance our lessons with English, and enable our students to do business in English. We will not be teaching English, but letting our students learn in English.

 We will make good use of the National Strategic Special Zones. Our campus has been built in Sumida ward in Tokyo, near the Skytree. We will set up a satellite in the Takeshiba CiP in Tokyo, the Pop & Tech Special Zone. We will open here as well in 2020, as a community of digital businesses, international organizations, as well as university organizations such as Keio or Stanford.

  “Enjoy change, learn by yourself, and create innovation.” This is our educational principle. AI and robots mean that half of all jobs will be lost. New jobs that have never existed before will be created. What the generations from now on need to be equipped with is the recognition that unpredictable changes will continue to happen, and the skill of being ready to happily get through these changes.

 The “i” in iU is the I in “information”, “innovation”, and “intelligence”, as well as the “I” that means “me”, and the “ai” that means “love” (in Japanese). I will create a university with I.

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