About Tokyo Tech
About Tokyo Tech
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is my great pleasure to hold the 2015 Fall Entrance Ceremony of Tokyo Tech in the presence of executive faculty and staff members. Today, I am delighted to express my sincere congratulations to all of you who have been accepted into our graduate schools. The total enrollment of the fall entrance is 357, with 186 students in the master's degree program, 11 in the professional master's degree program, and 160 in the doctoral degree program. Among all of you, I am happy to welcome 238 foreign students from 41 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America. I do hope that all of you, with 119 Japanese students, will enjoy such an international environment, and that you all will broaden your vision through learning and understanding of different cultures. With such experiences, you will have the competence to work as members of international teams in the future to solve confronting problems in global society.
Tokyo Tech is the top science and technology university in Japan, having a history of over 130 years. Until now, Tokyo Tech has long endeavored to cultivate ambitious students who have a strong scholastic ability, the capacity to integrate diverse perspectives and approaches with real-world applications, and the creative competence to become future pioneers in various fields of science and technology. I do wish that all of you will now start a challenge to build and brush up your excellence while moving towards your future contributions to global society.
Tokyo Tech is currently moving forward to become more competitive with the world's top research universities and to show our presence worldwide. These efforts include improvement in the quality of our education system and enhancement of our research strengths. Along with such efforts, we have been selected as one of the Top Global University Projects about a year ago, in which the Japanese government provides prioritized support for world-class and innovative universities that lead internationalization. In order to internationalize education at Tokyo Tech, it is necessary to establish a system which is comparable to those of the world's top universities, to disseminate relevant content to world, and to move toward the acquisition of international accreditations. With such efforts, mutual credit transfers will become possible with the world's top universities. Tokyo Tech will launch a new education system next April with new curricula, each of them with clear learning outcomes and competences for students to gain. All of you will take advantage of this new system.
Internationalization of research at Tokyo Tech also requires reforms in many aspects, but obvious efforts to be made should include an increase in producing high-quality publications and in international co-authorships. All of you gathered here will engage in research from now under the supervision of our faculty members, who are conducting top-quality research in a wide range of science and engineering fields. I hope you will enjoy such an environment and will make a vivid contribution to the research output of Tokyo Tech as a global university.
Tokyo Tech is now heading for a mid-range target to become one of the world's top ten research universities by 2030. As the top science and technology university in Japan, Tokyo Tech will succeed in the world. Let's move toward the target together!
In closing, I wish that all of you will spend a successful student life here at Tokyo Tech. Always watch your health and be ambitious to work hard toward your goal.
Thank you very much for your attention, and again, congratulations to you all.
October 1, 2015
President, Tokyo Tech