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Undergraduate Spring Entrance Ceremony 2015

Undergraduate Spring Entrance Ceremony 2015

The Tokyo Tech community is pleased to welcome new students, parents, members of the Board, deans, directors, and special guests to the 2015 Undergraduate Spring Entrance Ceremony. Today, with cherry blossoms in full bloom here at Ookayama Campus, 1,109 undergraduate students are entering the Tokyo Tech. Congratulations to you all. I would also like to express my sincere respect to the families who have given so much to support these students' education.

You are now students of Japan's finest university in science and engineering, which celebrates its 134th anniversary this year. As with all its past students, the Institute will provide you with the fundamentals of both science and engineering and the humanities and social sciences, while placing strong emphasis on technical innovation. Should you decide to continue on to graduate level studies, you will experience a world-class research environment that has produced many leaders in both industry and academia. I encourage you to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Since my appointment as president of Tokyo Tech in 2012, I have been putting my efforts into guiding Tokyo Tech toward an important goal — becoming one of the world's top ten research universities by 2030. Since 2014, the Top Global University Project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, which aims to enhance Japan's competitiveness in higher education by supporting university reforms which promote internationalization and cooperation with top overseas universities in the next 10 years, has acted as a tailwind for Tokyo Tech's goals. The Institute's new education system will commence in April 2016. Curricula across all levels of study will be revitalized, allowing more systematic study of each discipline. Majors will become more interdisciplinary. New teaching methods will be introduced to ensure that students are motivated and learn actively. All of you will take advantage of these changes.

Today, you start your new life at Tokyo Tech. The scientific and technological expertise you gather here may form the foundations of your position and role later in life, but the people you meet and things you experience outside of the classroom, whether in sport, art, music, or volunteer activities, will also shape your personality. Be active and always take on challenges. Go abroad and see the world. Tokyo Tech offers a wide range of study abroad programs, both short and long term. Be courageous and put yourself in a completely fresh environment, as experiencing different cultures now will give you a significant advantage on the global stage in the future. Rediscover yourself. Always be ambitious and open. Make friends, talk, learn together, and make every day here at Tokyo Tech a fulfilling one.

Once again, congratulations and welcome.

April 2, 2015
Yoshinao Mishima
President, Tokyo Tech