Message from the Program Director
The Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics is a joint doctoral degree program between Nagoya Institute of Technology and University of Wollongong in Australia. Students who graduate from the program are awarded a joint degree from both institutions. The program is designed to foster researchers who can create super smart societies, contribute to the fourth industrial revolution, and lead the world in pioneering new areas of study within the field of informatics. Our aim is to develop practical researchers and engineers who will serve as global leaders, paving the way for new projects at multinational companies, particularly IT firms developing a worldwide presence.
Students in the program will be jointly taught by a world-class faculty team. Admission requires a test of English skills to make sure candidates have what it takes to engage in international research activities. Applicants are expected to have a level of English proficiency equivalent to 6.0 in each category and an overall score of 6.5 or higher in the IELTS Academic module. Students will also reside on campus at both universities, so that they can fully concentrate on their research and develop a real sense of what international research activities entail. The joint doctoral degree they are awarded will be further honed into innovative and practical research, thanks to our faculty team consisting of international leaders at both universities. This is an extremely rigorous program, but one that naturally comes with tremendous rewards. I invite interested students to join us in bringing a vital international perspective to their work in the lab.
Hidekata Hontani, Program Director
Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics
About the Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics
Establishment and background
As we head towards the fourth industrial revolution, which is having a tremendous impact the way industry is structured through artificial intelligence (AI), big data, the internet of things, and other technological innovations, governments and companies all over the world are striving to develop innovative solutions. Amidst this revolution, Japan is promoting a variety of initiatives with the aim of leading the world in the creation of a “super smart society” characterized by a high degree of integration between cyberspace and the physical (real) world.
Creating super smart societies during the age of Industry 4.0 demands the presence of scientists and engineers with the sophisticated knowledge and skills to drive innovation in core technical fields—artificial intelligence, big data, IoT, and other information sciences. Our institutions of higher learning will be increasingly called upon to develop these industry leaders.
In order to meet this demand, the Nagoya Institute of Technology is teaming up with the University of Wollongong to develop a long-term joint education and research program in informatics, with a focus on AI and multi-agent systems. This joint degree program will take advantage of the educational and research resources at both institutions in order to establish the Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics. (Joint degree doctoral programs are partnerships between Japanese and overseas universities whereby a joint educational program is established. Students who complete the program are given a joint degree from both institutions).
|Host universities||Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech) and University of Wollongong (UOW)|
|Program||Doctoral Program (3 years)|
|Degree conferred||Doctor of Philosophy (joint degree)|
|Enrollment capacity||2 (one student each through NITech and UOW)|
|Admission period||Through UOW:
March (in principle)
|Program established||March 2018|
About University of Wollongong
University of Wollongong (UOW) is a public university located in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. Established in 1951, it is made up of four faculties: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; and Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health. It is a fully-fledged university that boasts a student body of nearly 34,000. It is also thoroughly global in character, with some 40% of its students participating in foreign study programs. University of Wollongong ranks among the top 200 universities in the world (185th in the 2023 QS World University Rankings) and has gained an international reputation for quality.
About City of Wollongong
City of Wollongong is a city in New South Wales located in southeastern part of Australia and it is roughly 80 kilometers south of Sydney. It is with a population of approximately 210,000 (2021). It takes about one and a half hours by train from the Sydney Airport. With Tasman Sea to the east and Illawarra escarpment to the west, the city enjoys rich nature including beautiful coastal lines.
Information for applicants
Ideal program graduates
This program is designed to foster researchers who can create super smart societies, contribute to the fourth industrial revolution, and lead the world in pioneering new areas of study within the field of informatics. Our aim is to develop the practical scientists and engineers who will serve as global leaders, paving the way for new projects at multinational companies, particularly IT firms developing a worldwide presence.
To that end, the program gives graduates: 1) The skills to understand the problems facing the global community from a technological perspective and the ability to create a vision for the future of industry, 2) Highly specialized knowledge in the field of informatics as well as wide-ranging interests and penetrating insight into the technologies that will help to create a super smart society, and 3) The ability to drive innovation through exceptional originality and advanced research.
Placements available per academic year
|Nagoya Institute of Technology||University of Wollongong|
|Nagoya Institute of Technology and University of Wollongong Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics||1||1|
1. Applicants apply either to Nagoya Institute of Technology or to University of Wollongong. Applicants to NITech take their entrance examination at NITech. In such instances, the entrance procedure, payment of tuition and other costs, and applications for grants and scholarships will be handled at NITech. 2. Applicants cannot apply to both NITech and UOW for the Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics. 3. Applicants should ideally have a level of English proficiency equivalent to 6.0 in each category and an overall score of 6.5 or higher in the IELTS Academic module. Admission guides are posted here. Please refer to the one named “Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics”.
About the IELTS (translated from the Eiken Foundation of Japan website)
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the ideal test for people who are looking to move to the UK, Australia, Canada, or other English-speaking countries and need proof of their English ability for overseas study or training. The IELTS is accepted by nearly every institute of higher learning in the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, while more than 3,000 educational institutions in the US accept IELTS scores instead of TOEFL scores for admissions. More and more people are taking the IELTS worldwide, and it is becoming the global standard for English proficiency certification. The IELTS is jointly owned and administered by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English. Within Japan, it is administered by the Eiken Foundation of Japan. IELTS is available in two versions: the Academic Module and the General Training Module. The Academic Module evaluates whether the applicant has achieved the level of English proficiency needed to be admitted to a university or graduate school that gives classes in English. Universities and graduate schools in the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand use the Academic Module test results as one of their criteria for admissions.
In this program, one supervising instructor is assigned from each university, and the two supervising instructors collaborate. A research guidance plan is created and research guidance provided based on the research plan created by the student and in accordance with the individual characteristics of each student’s research and their progress. The standard length of the program is 3 years; for one year during the program (usually during the second year), the student will stay at the partner university and conduct research. In the case of students enrolled at Nagoya Institute of Technology, the first year will involve advancement of research at Nagoya Institute of Technology, deepening the student’s professional insight and the acquisition of expert knowledge. In the second year, the student will travel to Australia and complement their research through exposure to fields in which University of Wollongong excels, working under the UOW supervisor. There, they will also develop a broader international perspective through encounters with different cultures. In their third year, the student will return to the Nagoya Institute of Technology and complete their doctoral dissertation by summarizing their research results. The supervising instructors work jointly across a great geographical distance and students can receive guidance from both academic advisors online. Both advisory professors prepare a system that allows students to share their research progress and the knowledge and abilities they have acquired. A rubric is used to assess the abilities students have achieved. Students will go through a “1st-year final research proposal review” by the end of the first year, and an “Mid-course review” by the end of the second year. At the end of the program, the student will deliver a paper to the Joint Academic Review Committee consisting of academic advisors of both universities, and will undergo oral exams and final exams.
List of program advisors
Nagoya Institute of Technology
|Title||Name||Current research topics||Researcher Database|
|Associate Professor||UCHIYA Takahiro*||
|Associate Professor||OTSUKA Takanobu*||
|Associate Professor||GOTO Tomio*||
|Associate Professor||MATSUI Toshihiro*||
|Associate Professor||MORIYAMA Koichi*||
|Assistant Professor||KUGLER Mauricio||
※ Please add “@nitech.ac.jp” to complete the Email address.
University of Wollongong
|Title||Name||Current research topics|
|Associate Professor||HAGENBUCHNER Markus||
|Associate Professor||YAN Jun||