Tokyo Tech 2030 Statement

Tokyo Tech 2030

An alternate future

Out of reach, beyond belief, unimaginable, unknown.

This is the world we envision as we stand at the chasm of potential, on the path to well-being for all humankind.

We relish the thousand failures that push us through the darkness in search of that elusive solution. The dream we share knows no boundaries. We advance together.

Our unfearing minds resist the stereotype, refute the pre-established,

and embrace the unconventional, for we see an alternate future. Tokyo Tech

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What kind of future will we create? What is the societal impact of the path we choose? Following the extensive reforms that took effect in April 2016, members of the Tokyo Tech community held workshops to reflect on these questions and formulate the "Tokyo Tech 2030" statement. Assured by our unfading commitment to teaching, learning, and research, Tokyo Tech confidently moves towards future challenges with strong intentions.

Workshop

Four workshops were held between fall 2016 and early spring 2017 to brainstorm Tokyo Tech’s unique strengths and societal impact. A total of 123 participants of all ages, including students, faculty, staff, and executive management, held small group discussions facilitated by Institute for Liberal Arts Professor Tamio Nakano. The creative dialogue resulted in a shared vision of the present and future of Tokyo Tech, which was condensed into the "Tokyo Tech 2030" statement — consisting of spirit and action — while taking into account external perspectives.

Spirit

An alternate future

Out of reach,
beyond belief,
unimaginable,
unknown.

This is the world we envision
as we stand at the chasm of potential,
on the path to well-being
for all humankind.

We relish the thousand failures
that push us through the darkness
in search of that elusive solution.
The dream we share knows no boundaries.
We advance together.

Our unfearing minds resist the stereotype,
refute the pre-established,
and embrace the unconventional,
for we see
an alternate future.

Action

Pursue

Tokyo Tech knowledge is born from our creative vanguard and individual diversity. High aspirations and integrity are at the core of our vision. We value divergence in the pursuit of discovery and research excellence in fundamental and applied fields. The student-centered Tokyo Tech model prioritizes proactive learning and aims to develop professionals active on the world stage.

Engage

Transcending conventional borders, Tokyo Tech’s teaching and research in new and interdisciplinary fields never cease to progress. We acknowledge and engage the expertise of each individual, and when united form a fountain of perpetual knowledge. Tokyo Tech’s open environment, together with increased international and public engagement, will bring about a new learning and research hub ahead of its time.

Transfer

To benefit people’s lives through novel ideas, Tokyo Tech must transfer the various forms of knowledge it creates. Increased joint research with businesses, science and technology consulting, entrepreneurship training, and startup support and development will preserve and promote the "creation of new industry," the unfading commitment of the Institute.

Message from the President

Tokyo Tech is united in an effort to strengthen its teaching, learning, and research capabilities. The establishment of our six new Schools, the expert-studded Institute for Liberal Arts, and the interdisciplinary Institute of Innovative Research are just some signs of this remarkable unity.

In order to achieve recognition as one of the world’s top research universities by 2030, a year shy of the Institute’s 150th anniversary, we must strive to carry this momentum forward, combining the collective strength achieved through organizational reform with the phenomenal individual strengths of Tokyo Tech’s students, faculty, and staff members.

Workshops were recently held to visualize the future of the Institute, and what resulted was a vision that resonates across all generations and specializations: each member of Tokyo Tech stands firmly at the forefront of creativity, and the Institute will continue into the future as a hub of cutting-edge knowledge that seeks to ensure the prosperity and well-being of the world with the power of science and technology.

The direction of the Institute’s reforms and the results of these workshops are encapsulated in the "spirit" and "action" required to realize this vision, which together form the "Tokyo Tech 2030" statement.

I encourage you to embrace "an alternate future" and actively "pursue, engage, and transfer" in order to generate significant change in society, and to ensure that we become the Tokyo Tech that we all envision.

Yoshinao Mishima President, Tokyo Tech
Yoshinao Mishima
President, Tokyo Tech

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