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"Vision 2009"
For the Future of Tokyo Institute of Technology

Tokyo Institute of Technology has taken various opportunities over the years to formulate a vision for the future with a view to making significant advances in education and research. As we approach the period for formulation of our second set of mid-term objectives and plans, as well as the auspicious occasion, in 2011, of the 130th anniversary of our founding, we set up a working group in the Planning Office and Special Exploratory Task Force directly under the president. As a result, we established our first vision for the future under the new framework of a national university corporation. We call this "Vision 2009."

This vision incorporates my own aspirations as university president. Accordingly, I have been so bold as to coin a phrase: "knowledgeable, skilled, ambitious, peace-minded and harmony-seeking scientific creators of the times." This refers to scientific creators who master knowledge, perfect their skills, and embrace both great ambition and a desire for peace and harmony. I propose this phrase on this occasion in the hope that the Institute will gain social recognition for this phrase by embracing and realizing high ideals, and eventually have it become established as "a concept originating from Tokyo Institute of Technology." As with the old adage "wherever there is a chimney you will find someone from Kuramae," "knowledgeable, skilled, ambitious, peace-minded and harmony-seeking scientific creators of the times" is a motto that encompasses our hope that the Institute will be held in high esteem by society for evolving in a manner appropriate for the times.

To ensure that this hope becomes a reality, the entire university will have to work as one to realize the concepts envisaged in "Vision 2009" and meet the expectations not only of our students and industry, but also those of society at large. As university president, I will do everything I can to realize this vision, and would like to ask you all for your wholehearted support and cooperation.

April 2009

Kenichi Iga, President

Tokyo Institute of Technology

(Oct. 2007 - Sept. 2012)

"Vision 2009" For the Future of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Overview)

Tokyo Institute of Technology (hereinafter, "the Institute") has, over a period of almost 130 years, continued to nurture outstanding scientists and engineers, produce excellent research results, and play a role in supporting monotsukuri: the driving force behind Japan's development. We have formulated "Vision 2009": A Vision for the Future of Tokyo Institute of Technology, focusing on the next ten years, with a view to enabling the Institute to fulfill this mission over the long term and contribute to ongoing world development in the midst of the unprecedented difficulties facing humankind. "Vision 2009" clarifies the "shape" of the Institute we aspire to, and comprises guidelines for achieving our long-term goal: to realize a truly world-class science and engineering university.

"Vision 2009" defines our primary objective for the coming ten years as follows:
Tokyo Institute of Technology regards nurturing "knowledgeable, skilled, ambitious, peace-minded and harmony-seeking scientific creators of the times" to be its primary objective. We will endeavor to enhance the Institute's overall standing from a global perspective, prioritize strengthening fields capable of contributing to society, and create new values. We will respect freedom and diversity, pursue fairness, and strive to engender the trust of the world.

With a view to realizing the goals mentioned herein, the content of "Vision 2009" should be regarded as a summary of key elements rather than a comprehensive document. In concrete terms, we have summarized the following elements to enable the Institute to continue developing as a university that enjoys the trust of citizens at large and in which both students and faculty can take pride and pleasure, and as a science and engineering university that engages in all-round character building on a foundation of scientific knowledge through realization of this vision.

  • Education
  • Research
  • Contribution to Society
  • International Cooperation
  • Organizational Review
  • Strengthening of our Management Base
  • Promotion of Integrated Use of Campuses

We will strive to manifest the content of this vision by appropriately reflecting it in the formulation of our second set of mid-term objectives and plans (fiscal 2010-2015), establishing a special task force directly under the president, pressing ahead with formulation of an action plan and considering the feasibility of realizing fiscal resources and organizational systems.
In other words, the vision will provide the Institute with guidelines on how to lead reform in tertiary education and realize "a truly world-class science and engineering university."

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