The Graduate School of Information Science offers an advanced educational system to train in first rate research and supports students' international activity.
Program to encourage young researchers.
IT specialist fostering program
In a project started by MEXT in 2006, the School has been conducting two programs, pushing for highly professional training: the “IT Specialist Program Initiative for Reality-based Advanced Learning (IT-Spiral)” and the “IT specialist program to promote Key Engineers as securitY Specialists (IT-Keys)”. The experience from these programs will be reflected in the School’s standard curriculum even after MEXT completes the project.
The Graduate Schools of Information Science and Biological Sciences are part of the Global COE Program "Global Program for Frontier Life Sciences - Strategies for environmental adaptation and survival of organisms". This program promotes advanced research in life science and trains researchers for international activity in bioinformatics.
Education Program for Engineers and Enterprisers in Robotic (EPEER) aims to foster leading engineers.
Promotion of active research with generous research funds
Ranked top in domestic research funding
NAIST ranked as the top institution in the amount of scientific research funding granted to individual faculty members.
Also available are many external sources of funding from collaborative projects and private companies.
In 2009, 179 faculty staff and 116 students (25% of the enrolled students) traveled abroad for international conferences, to present their research, give lectures and exchange research ideas. NAIST, in fact, actively promotes English language skills by implementing the TOEIC Institutional test and providing an online English learning system, "ALCNetAcademy".
As of the 2nd year of the Master's course, students can assist in educational activities and receive an allowance.
Outstanding students can take part in research projects as Research Assistants.
After a selection procedure, some students can qualify for full or partial exemption from admission and tuition fees. The exemption also applies in the event of death of or damage to the person responsible for the payment of a student’s expenses.
NAIST offers scholarship programs sponsored by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), the Showa Foundation for the Promotion of Education and the MEXT scholarship for international students.
Outstanding Student Program
The Outstanding Student Program is a financial support for exceptional students in the form of a reimbursing of tuition fees as a research incentive.
Foundation for Nara Institute of Science and Technology
In addition to research grants, if a student publishes in an international conference, assistance for travel and accommodation expenses is also provided.
A relatively inexpensive insurance is provided covering disasters and accidents that can occur in curricular and extracurricular activities (compulsory when admitted to the graduate school).