The world economy is rapidly and increasingly becoming globalized and networked these days, thanks to the development of economic and social infrastructure as well as information and communication technology. While we are urged to tackle emerging issues such as climate change and digital transformation, the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought about big challenges in our businesses and lifestyles today.
This year marks Tokyo Tech's 140th anniversary. Throughout its history, the Institute has made great contributions to Japan's economic development in areas such as science and technology by connecting talented individuals to industries. At present, Tokyo Tech is enforcing bold reform initiatives in education, research, and governance with the goal of becoming one of the world's top 10 research universities. We are proud to have built a system that helps develop talented individuals able to contribute to global society, as well as to create and grow new research fields that meet the needs of the times. These achievements will help the Institute contribute to solving immediate challenges.
Our alumni association will continue to enhance cooperation with Tokyo Tech and provide support to alumni members, current students, and the Institute itself from our base at Tokyo Tech Front on Ookayama Campus.
Unfortunately, we had to cancel last year's Home Coming Day due to COVID-19. We will hold the event this year for the first time online. Given the circumstances, this will be a great opportunity to reunite and strengthen our network in the Tokyo Tech community, and help bring about a bright future for Tokyo Tech and the alumni association.