About Tokyo Tech
About Tokyo Tech
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is my great pleasure to hold the 2015 Fall Graduation Ceremony of Tokyo Tech, in the presence of executive faculty and staff members. I am delighted to express my sincere congratulations on your successful completion of the courses in the undergraduate and graduate schools. Today, doctoral degrees have been conferred on 71 students, master's degrees on 150, professional master's degrees on 5, and bachelor's degrees on 34 students. I do respect all the 260 students for their dedication and achievements toward each one's goal. You should be proud of yourselves as graduates of Tokyo Tech, the top science and technology university in Japan.
I just mentioned that Tokyo Tech is the top science and technology university in Japan. As the president since October three years ago, I have set a mid-range target to become one of the world's top ten research universities by 2030. True internationalization is the key effort we have to make for the purpose. Last October our proposal was selected as one of the "Top Global University Projects" by the Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology of the Japanese government. In the project, Tokyo Tech has been moving forward to become a world hub for international research and human resources by enhancing Tokyo Tech quality in education and research.
In the past years, Tokyo Tech has already established an MOU, or memorandum of understanding, with over 100 universities worldwide, so far mainly for the purpose of student exchange. However in order to become one of the world-class universities along with the Top Global University Project, stronger actions should be taken for ambitious internationalization. I have visited many top universities in the world to meet and talk with their presidents in the past three years to enhance alliance in higher education and research collaborations with us. The universities I have visited include MIT, Harvard University, and UC Berkeley in the US, RWH Aachen University, ETH Zürich, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Europe, and Tsinghua University, KAIST, and Nanyang Technological University in Asia.
Through such effort, I am convinced that nurturing the international human network is one of the most important efforts to be made on becoming world class universities. We are launching an entirely new education system to be comparable in quality to the world's top universities as of April next year. With this system, Tokyo Tech will attract more talented students from abroad to substantially increase the ratio of foreign students to the overall student population. On the other hand, we need to raise our research strength by enhancing international collaborations. To be a world-class research university, it is necessary to improve the quality of research and to increase international co-authorships. For this purpose, we are now on the way of reforming the structure of our research system. The whole system should be flexible and effective to be able to invite the world's top researchers from various sectors worldwide. In these prospects, you will see that the increase in the mobility and diversity of students, faculty members, and visiting researchers are crucial for the future of Tokyo Tech.
Today, I would like to ask you to become leaders of your professional fields in the near future and give us your hands for further evolving Tokyo Tech, which is your home port.
Now is the time for you to start a new life. Those who are continuing studies here, look for a high level of establishment in your research skills and brush up your personality to be able to meet and work with wonderful leaders in future. Those who will now leave Tokyo Tech and start your job, be positive always. Try everything with spirit, enthusiasm, and confidence. I am looking forward to hearing from you from any part of the world that you are an active Tokyo Tech graduate making a striking contribution to global society.
In closing, I hope that all of you, first, will be healthy always, and then, will be successful in your every future endeavor.
Thank you very much for your attention and congratulations.
September 25, 2015
President, Tokyo Tech