The entrance ceremony of the graduate school that was newly established for students with visual and hearing impairments was held at Tsukuba University of Technology in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture on April 5. Seven men and women in the 20-40's were admitted to the graduate program.
The graduate school for the visually impaired students is the first time in the world according to the university. The graduate school for the Deaf students is said to be the third in the world following Gallaudet University and the Rochester Institute of Technology in the United States.
The graduate school offers only the technological-scientific research program with an MA degree.
It consists of two courses: the "industrial technology study major" that Deaf students study the information science, and the "health science major" that visually impaired students study acupuncture, moxibustion, physiotherapy, etc.