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Graduate Spring Entrance Ceremony 2014

Graduate Spring Entrance Ceremony 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Spring Graduate School Entrance Ceremony. We are honored to have with us today members of the Board of Directors, deans, directors, and special guests. Today, 1,797 graduate students are entering Tokyo Institute of Technology. These students include 1,521 in master's programs, 28 in professional master's degree programs, and 248 in doctoral programs. Congratulations are in order. You have worked hard to be here today, and you have every reason to be proud. Let us also congratulate your parents and express our deep gratitude for the time, effort, and resources they have dedicated to supporting you through your childhood and college life. Some of you are coming from programs at Tokyo Tech, and some have come from other universities. Still others are coming to us after experience in the workforce. As you stand on the threshold of the next stage of your life, I know that all of you will work with enthusiasm to achieve your aspirations to improve yourself and embark on careers through which you will contribute to society.

Those of you who have graduated from Tokyo Tech undergraduate programs will be building on the knowledge and experience you gained during your first four years as you broaden your horizons through exposure to your surroundings, improve your language and other educational skills, and deepen your humanity. Those who have come to us from other universities will be exploring new fields of science and technology. For the next two years, I know you will be working eagerly toward your goals as you prepare to begin your careers.

The job market is looking for graduates with solid ability in their individual specialties, graduates who are able to effectively apply the results of their master's thesis research, graduates with the spirit and drive to exercise their individual capabilities on the global stage, and graduates who are capable of clearly expressing themselves. This seems like a tall order to fill in the two short years ahead of you. However, Tokyo Tech is committed to providing you with the support you need to achieve your goals.

Those of you who are considering a doctoral program after the completion of your master's degree are encouraged to look into one of the four Programs for Leading Graduate Schools adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). These programs were developed to ensure that doctoral-level education provides students with experience in a broad range of research to cultivate human resources that meet the needs of society. This MEXT project aims to cultivate global leaders who transcend the borders of specialties, and who are capable of serving as international figures in academia, business, and government. It is a continuous program of education with financial support throughout the master's and doctoral programs run in cooperation with businesses and industries. Look out for the announcement of the selection, which usually takes place within six months after entrance to the master's programs.

For those who have entered doctoral programs, I know that you will be engaged in leading-edge research in your specialization at the global level. At the same time, you will be considering the direction you wish to take after completion of the program. There are many choices open to you. You may choose to contribute to society by pursuing world-class research in science and technology at a university or research institution, by increasing the international competitiveness of Japanese industries through careers in engineering, or by establishing new industries as an entrepreneur. Explore your strengths and weaknesses, and pursue the future you dream of during your time here. You are here to take your doctoral degree, and you are here because you can do it. The Tokyo Tech Innovation and Inventor Development Platform (IIDP) was established last year to provide guidance to help you select your career paths and give you useful information on what you may need in addition to your specialization to be successful. Please take advantage of the IIDP to maximize your opportunities. This will add to the foundation of your enthusiasm and confidence as outstanding human resources from Tokyo Tech, ready to serve society.

Once again, congratulations.

April 2, 2014
Yoshinao Mishima
President, Tokyo Tech