Founded in 1913, the 102-year old Sophia University has been selected to be part of the Top Global University Project” led by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2014. The project aims to boost the globalization of Japanese universities so that graduates can take leadership in the world.
The year before Top Global University Project began, Sophia University established an Institutional Research (IR) team to analyze enormous amounts of university data. Originally, they analyzed data in Access and Excel—a manual and time-consuming process.
Communication of data across departments also needed to be improved. Yoshiharu Aioi, ICT Office, Bureau of Academic Research and Information says, “We could not utilize information gathered from all departments like admissions, education, career support, finance and corporate planning. We had to look for a more sufficient BI tool to make the right decisions based on data.”