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Undergraduate Spring Entrance Ceremony 2014

Undergraduate Spring Entrance Ceremony 2014

The Tokyo Tech community is pleased to welcome new students, parents, the Board of Directors, deans, directors, and special guests to the 2014 Spring Undergraduate Entrance Ceremony. Today, 1,109 undergraduate students are entering the Institute. Congratulations and welcome to Tokyo Tech. I would also like to express my respect to the families who have given so much to support these children's education. After years of earnest study and rounds of tough entrance examinations, you arrive here full of hopes and dreams as you embark on this new chapter in your lives.

Following your experience in high school, your life at university will expose you to new and interesting challenges, and you are certain to feel great differences between what you have done in the past and what you will be doing from now. I encourage you to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity to broaden your education and perspective, fortify your ethical stance to strengthen your integrity as human beings, and strive to build upon the foundation of your primary and secondary education in your chosen field. University is not a place for you to be taught, but a place for you to proactively think and learn. Since becoming president of Tokyo Tech in October 2012, I have encouraged students and faculty to embrace the challenge of learning with spirit, enthusiasm and confidence. I want you to keep these three words close to your hearts.

The confidence you bring to your studies is important because, as students of Japan's finest university of science and engineering, you will be strengthening and expanding your knowledge and ability so you can contribute to society in a myriad of ways. Acquiring credits for graduation is not the goal. Your goal is to gain the knowledge and skill required to master your chosen field. The enthusiasm you bring to your studies allows you to set higher goals and strive to achieve them both in and outside of class. The higher you set your goals, the more your confidence grows. Enthusiasm and confidence will drive you to achieve your goals. The enthusiasm you bring to your tasks allows you to shine and build trust. This is how leadership is developed.

Please embrace all challenges with confidence and enthusiasm. Do not limit or underestimate your ability. Know that you will develop and grow through the wide range of experiences you have here at Tokyo Tech and discover abilities that you did not know you have. Never doubt that you can handle the challenges that come before you. Always welcome the risk of failure as you strive to achieve higher goals. Risk-taking is a path to growth.

Studying abroad is an excellent example. As you prepare yourselves to compete in the global arena, spirit and ability are just two parts of the equation. Tackling the challenges that face our world will involve working with others in science and technology beyond the boundaries of region and culture, and this requires the ability to feel at home with people from diverse backgrounds. Taking the risk of exploring new people and places by studying abroad will help you to discover your potential as you become comfortable with the larger world around you. Tokyo Tech offers a Global Scientists and Engineers Course to help you develop international sensibilities and improve language skills required for study abroad, and many other useful events such as the Study Abroad Fair. If you feel that you are not ready for a year abroad, there are shorter, month-long summer programs at partner universities that may appeal to you. Find what you are interested in, take the plunge, and join in. From Tokyo Tech to the world, let's embrace the challenge of learning with spirit and enthusiasm.

Today, you start your new life at Tokyo Tech. Remember that the enthusiasm and confidence you bring to your studies will enhance your experience. Remember also, "university is not a place for you to be taught, but a place for you to proactively think and learn." With this in mind, I hope all of you make new friends as soon as possible so you can learn, communicate, and enjoy a fulfilling college life together.

Once again, congratulations and welcome.

April 2, 2014
Yoshinao Mishima
President, Tokyo Tech