On May 26, 2015, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) and Kyoto Prefecture signed a comprehensive agreement on collaboration and cooperation, which includes the revitalization of Keihanna Science City, strengthening the promotion of the Kyoto brand using the top-level geographical name domain ".kyoto" for which KCGI serves as the registry (management and operating entity), fostering future workers, developing the area etc. KCGI will soon open the "Cyber Kyoto Laboratory," which will focus on the management and research of ".kyoto" and the construction of an "Open University Kyoto" that will promote collaborative education with universities around the world using e-learning, at the Keihanna Open Innovation Center (KICK, formerly the Watashinoshigoto-kan, Seika Town and Kizugawa City), an academic research facility operated by the prefectural government. The Cyber Kyoto Laboratory received the first certification from the prefectural government in September last year for the center's research utilization plan. In concluding the agreement, Kyoto Governor Keiji Yamada said, "Kyoto will be able to discover more of its potential through collaboration and cooperation with KCGI, which has a proven track record and has fostered many IT professionals. We look forward to collaborating in various aspects toward the realization of a smart city in the future.”
On this day, a signing ceremony was held at the Kyoto Prefectural Government Office, where KCGI Dean Wataru Hasegawa (President of KCG Group) and Governor Yamada signed and shook hands on the agreement, which outlines that "The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, as an educational institution specializing in technology and education in the ICT field, will actively work with Kyoto Prefecture in education, research, development, and other projects related to information.” KCGI President Toshihide Ibaraki, Cyber Kyoto Laboratory Director Masatsugu Kidode, and Cyber Kyoto Laboratory Deputy Director Shozo Naito also attended the ceremony. President Hasegawa said, "With the guidance and support of the prefectural government, we are finally starting to utilize the .kyoto domain name. The use of this domain name will be limited to organizations and individuals associated with Kyoto, so the URL will be a proof that it is "Made in Kyoto", which will surely lead to the promotion of the Kyoto brand. In addition to establishing the Cyber Kyoto Research Laboratory in Keihanna Science City and developing its business, we will strive to contribute to the development of Kyoto in cooperation and collaboration with Kyoto Prefecture in various aspects," he said in his address.
The following items of cooperation and collaboration are included in the Comprehensive Agreement.
Cyber Kyoto Laboratory established in the Keihanna Open Innovation Center, contributing to the realization of a next-generation smart city utilizing ICT.
Expansion of Study Abroad in Kyoto
Research, development and provision of educational content, etc.