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Environment of Information Education

Education, research and communication continue to develop and evolve across a range of disciplines.

In addition to reliability and stability in their collective role as information infrastructure, the networks that support these endeavors must provide the security to allow users peace of mind and the expandability to deal with future requirements.

Doshisha University’s Academic Information Network provides a high-speed, high-capacity connection and gigabit communications, linking facilities throughout its campuses. In terms of external connectivity, Doshisha is proud to be the first private university to be selected to serve as a node on Super SINET, the world’s fastest research network, constituting a network environment that allows students, teachers and researchers to send and receive large files in a comfortable, stress-free way.

The Academic Information Network takes advantage of state-of-the-art technologies and equipment to support educational and research activities by emphasizing the following priorities:
  • Highly reliable and consistent operation
  • Safety through security
  • Easy and far-reaching accessibility

From the network as system and equipment to an advanced service infrastructure, Doshisha University is committed to staying at the leading edge of today’s rapidly evolving technologies as it works to build a network environment capable of meeting the needs of our increasingly advanced information-based society.

Doshisha University maintains about 2,300 high-performance computers for student use in 28 computer classrooms and 16 open computer labs (numbers do not include special-use undergraduate and postgraduate facilities).

In order to facilitate the use of this installed computer base in a variety of applications ranging from computer literacy training to advanced study, the university provides applications such as word processing software, statistical analysis software, and language compilers as well as maintaining UNIX and Linux environments. Doshisha is committed to encouraging the use of computers in a variety of educational and research activities, for example, by increasing the graphics processing capabilities of some systems to enable CAD use. All computers are connected to a high-speed, high-capacity gigabit network, streamlining the use of all manner of educational and research data. Additionally, the use of firewalls and a redundant architecture keeps service safe and consistent. Although the average user probably never notices it, advanced technology is at work behind the scenes, too, where it plays a critical role in ensuring that Doshisha students and faculty enjoy a comfortable user experience around the clock.

Fall 2006 saw the launch of several new services, including remote desktop Internet connectivity using system computers and a campus grid computing system. By staying abreast of and actively deploying new technologies as they become available, Doshisha University will continue to maintain a user-friendly computing environment that excels in comfort and convenience.

Recognizing that companies today are leveraging high-impact content in many contexts as a means of appealing directly to viewers’ senses of sight and hearing, Doshisha University maintains fully equipped multimedia production environments at both the Kyotanabe and Imadegawa campuses, empowering students to express themselves through activities such as studio photography and website creation.

Whether it involves digital image manipulation, audio editing, or streaming video delivery over the Internet, the world of multimedia is one where every day brings new progress. Students at Doshisha University can explore the possibilities of these new technologies at Multimedia Lounges (found on both campuses) and the Media Workshop (Imadegawa campus only). These cutting-edge facilities provide content creation tools to help students do everything from studio recording and nonlinear editing to DVD authoring and media-rich website creation.

Students are able not only to express their ideas as multimedia-driven content, but also to experience doing so entirely by themselves as they leverage their creativity to push the limits of multimedia.

Doshisha University is committed to supporting the boundless possibilities of multimedia, from simple editing of photographs to creating content for Internet delivery.

Doshisha University is working hard to enhance not only its core Academic Information Network but also a range of other services designed to support the educational and research activities of its students and faculty.

The university is committed to supporting these activities by organically linking facilities, systems, and functions with networks. The school will continue to maintain a safe, comfortable user environment that is designed with security in mind and built around services allowing ubiquitous access to information, both on and off campus.

New services include VPN connectivity, online storage, remote desktop connectivity, a campus grid computing system, and email service.

Doshisha University is implementing a new instruction paradigm that leverages the potential of information technology.

The school maintains a state-of-the-art learning environment that backs up students’ thirst for knowledge with a learning system incorporating the newest information technologies, offering remote lectures that join the Kyotanabe and Imadegawa campuses and other universities over high-speed networks and e-Learning technologies that use the Internet to teach more effectively. By freeing instruction from the constraints of time and place, these classes provide learning opportunities for adults who have difficulty commuting to a campus and people living in distant areas.

The university is also actively working to increase public awareness of its educational programs through information technologies, for example by making the course materials used in its various faculties, postgraduate programs, and centers available online.
Environment of Information Education
For more details on Doshisha’s information facilities please refer to the “ PC-NETWORK-MULTIMEDIA use guidance ” document (Japanese only).