First of all, let me introduce myself as the new President of Tokyo Institute of Technology as of today, October 1st, 2012. It is therefore my great pleasure, as my very first job as President, to address you at this 2012 Fall Entrance Ceremony at Tokyo Institute of Technology in the presence of executive faculty and staff members. On behalf of our Institute, I am delighted to welcome all of you who have been accepted to the Graduate Schools. I'd also like to express my sincere respect to the families who have supported you students up until now. The total enrollment this fall is 317, of which 165 of you are pursuing a master's degree, 10 the professional master's degree and 142 a doctoral degree.
I believe that all of you are filled with a strong desire to acquire higher-level skills, broader knowledge and flexibility in your individual fields of study at Tokyo Institute of Technology, hereafter Tokyo Tech. I am sure that all faculty members are ready to provide you with a high-quality education and various research opportunities. You have earned these opportunities through your ambition and endeavors that brought you here.
Tokyo Tech is the largest and the top national science and engineering university in Japan and has a 130-year history of education and research. The mission of Tokyo Tech is as follows:
As one of Japan's top universities, Tokyo Tech seeks to contribute to civilization, peace and prosperity in the world, and aims to develop global human resources par excellence through pioneering research and education in science and technology, including industrial and social management. To achieve this mission, we strive to educate highly moral students who acquire not only scientific expertise but also expertise in liberal arts, and have a balanced knowledge of the social sciences and humanities, as well as master research techniques spanning the basics through the use of sophisticated technology. Through these activities, we seek to contribute to the global sustainability of the natural world and the support of human life.
Along with this mission, the current role of Tokyo Tech can be more concretely described as one of making contributions to the international community by tackling various global problems such as the development of reusable energy resources, the protection of the environment, the responsible management of water and ensuring a safe and adequate food supply through our science and technology. Additionally, the individual research activities of our faculty members in the graduate schools greatly contribute to these international efforts through three interdepartmental organizations. They are the Inter-Departmental Organization for Informatics, the Inter-Departmental Organization for Environment and Energy, and the Organization for Life Design and Engineering. With six research laboratories and several research centers all pursuing active research, Tokyo Tech is always contributing to the global community through its advanced science and technology. I look forward to seeing you all take part in such research activities and make your contributions.
International activities at Tokyo Tech have recently become quite extensive. We currently have over 1,200 international students, who make up about 12% of our student body. We have had a consortium among five top Asian universities since 2008 which includes Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and China's Tsinghua University. The consortium has been collaborating since 2009 with a league of five top European universities, including Imperial College London and Delft University of Technology in Holland. We have also just started a new student exchange program with a grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This program involves ten top universities in the United States including MIT, UC Berkeley and CalTech. Through these international collaborations with top universities around the world, we are accepting more international students and sending more Japanese students abroad than ever before. We also promote exchanges of researchers in order to stimulate and encourage both sides in their endeavors to solve global issues. At Tokyo Tech, you will enjoy a very international environment.
In closing, I wish all of you an enjoyable, meaningful and successful period of study here at Tokyo Tech. Take care of your health and work confidently and diligently toward your goal. Spirit, enthusiasm and confidence will take you far at Tokyo Tech.
October 1st, 2012
Yoshinao Mishima, President, Tokyo Institute of Technology