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Graduate Spring Graduation Ceremony 2014

Graduate Spring Graduation Ceremony 2014

Students, parents, members of the Board, deans, directors, and special guests: the Tokyo Tech community is pleased to welcome you to the 2014 Spring Graduate School Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations to all of our graduates, especially those of you who came from abroad to take your degrees. I would also like to express my respect to the families who have given so much to support the education of these men and women.

Today, we celebrate the graduation of 1,480 students with master's degrees, 31 students with professional master's degrees, and 219 with doctoral degrees. All of these students have displayed great potential for the future and have opened a new page in the history of the Institute.

I am certain that those of you heading into the business world are all excited, eager, and optimistic to start your new lives in a fresh, interesting environment. Society will expect great things of you as graduates of Tokyo Tech. Still, before you can respond to these expectations, it is important to focus on gaining day-to-day experiences. It is understandable that, at first, you will simply be doing what you are asked to do. But, with accumulated experience, you will notice that you bring added value to your employer. Wherever you work, endeavor to improve yourself, perhaps by learning the basics of corporate management or taking on another foreign language. Challenge yourself and broaden your horizons.

The majority of you continuing on to doctoral programs will develop the research theme addressed in your master's thesis as you further strengthen your research capabilities. You will spend many important hours experiencing the true depth of science and technology. You will develop unique perspectives on your topic of choice through the analysis and discussion of accumulated data and research materials, and you will be rewarded in the end.

Those of you receiving your doctoral degrees today, whether you decide to continue in academia or build your research careers in the business world, you now possess the ability to execute the elements and processes required to take on new challenges and solve difficult problems that often have no clear answers. I know you will all demonstrate your talent without failure.

More than ever, individuals with doctoral degrees are needed in various fields all across society. In addition to being able to provide extensive scientific and technical expertise, these individuals are also expected to hone their skills in non-research areas, often outside their comfort zones. Both government and industry in Japan need doctoral graduates. Key factors in the country's 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan, which begins in 2016, include the creation of innovation in science and technology, and highly competent human resources. The former requires not only breakthrough inventions, but the combination of entirely new concepts and techniques to create new value, giving birth to significant change in society. The likes of Intel, Apple, Google, and Facebook are symbolic examples of this overseas, but similar innovations from Japan are still scarce. In order to strengthen Japan's industrial competitiveness, we need to recognize the importance of creating new value in society.

In other words, flexible thinking sprinkled with a touch of creativity is required of us all. Regardless of age, specialization, or position in society, we all need to work together to allow innovation and new value to emerge.

You are graduating from Japan's finest university in the field of science and technology. I know that all of you will be ever proud of this achievement. I encourage you to be positive in working on cultivating new values in yourself as you exercise your individual capabilities on the global stage. Your role is to create a society with vitality. I am looking forward to seeing you do this actively all over the world.

I pray for your bright future.

Congratulations.

March 26, 2015
Yoshinao Mishima
President, Tokyo Tech