About Tokyo Tech

2014 New Year's Message

Tokyo Tech Working as One

Tokyo Tech faculty members, administrative and technical staff, and students are ceaselessly working toward our goal as one, just as we did last year. And, what is our goal? The goal is for the value of Tokyo Tech's research, education, outreach, and international exchanges to gain wide recognition in society. Each member of the Tokyo Tech community will continue to strive together toward this goal.

Education Reform

Tokyo Tech embarked on education reform in 2013. In 2014 many concrete measures will manifest themselves. First, the structure of the Institute's new curriculum will be in place at the end of March. All reforms are expected to be fully implemented by April 2016. To this end, tangible and intangible aspects of the reforms will be carried out this year, such as the establishment of a new education system and the renovation of classrooms and facilities for active learning.

It is no exaggeration to say that Tokyo Tech is at the cutting edge of education reform in Japan. The Institute is the leader in Japanese university reform.

Research Reinforcement

As Tokyo Tech's education reform is already in progress, I will focus on reinforcing research this year. In 2013 the Institute was selected as one of the organizations for support in the Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Tokyo Tech will establish a vibrant environment where young researchers play a central part in proactively tackling new research. University research administrators took up their posts in December 2013. Efforts to promote international joint research and communicate Tokyo Tech research globally will be in full swing in 2014.

Campus Improvement

Another major target of reform in 2014 is the improvement of the campuses. I will also formulate and outline new plans for the effective utilization of Tokyo Tech's three campuses: the Ookayama Campus, the Suzukakedai Campus and the Tamachi Campus.

Active Global Exchanges

I will remain committed to people-to-people exchanges with world leading universities to aggressively ensure that Tokyo Tech students study abroad and that excellent international students come to Tokyo Tech. In 2013 I visited leading universities, such as the University of Minnesota and Carnegie Mellon University, and traveled around the world to conclude agreements and promote exchanges. I can assure you that I will do the same in 2014.

Toward 2030

Tokyo Tech executives will command university operations with a long-term perspective through discussions with the Office of Advisors to the President and the President Advisory Board. I will drive education reform, reinforce research, and communicate to the world that Tokyo Tech is a leading sci-tech university. The Institute aims to become one of the world's top ten research universities by 2030, and 2014 and 2015 will be landmark years along this path. Plans to revitalize and internationalize education and research will begin in earnest this year. Your support and suggestions are always appreciated.

I would like to offer you my best wishes for the New Year and look forward to working with you in 2014.