The Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies/Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies is structured differently from the University’s other Graduate Schools, being divided into the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III) and the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (GSII). This pair is distinctive in that the former is a research unit composed entirely of academic staff while the latter is an educational unit intended for graduate students.
In addition to its core permanent faculty members, the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III) has a number of positions reserved for faculty seconded from other departments of the University for a fixed term. The teaching staff is further supplemented by faculty members who remain affiliated to their original departments but adopt an adjunct role in the III. The result of this arrangement is a rich diversity of highly qualified teachers and advisors for students enrolled in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (GSII).
The GSII is organized into six courses: Socio-information and Communication Studies, Cultural and Human Information Studies, Emerging Design and Informatics, Applied Computer Science, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and the International Master's/Doctoral Degree Program on Information, Technology, and Society in Asia (ITASIA). Although instruction in the first five of these courses is mostly through the medium of Japanese, classes and supervision in the last-mentioned program (ITASIA) are conducted entirely through the medium of English and require no knowledge of the Japanese language.