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New Year's Message

2015 New Year's Message from President Yoshinao Mishima

Enhancement of regulatory compliance

In November 2014, a former Tokyo Tech professor and others were arrested for the misappropriation of research funds. On behalf of Tokyo Institute of Technology, I offer my sincerest apologies to all those concerned.

This incident occurred despite the best efforts of the Institute, including faculty and staff, to enforce measures to prevent the misuse of research funds. In response to this, Tokyo Tech will further strengthen its preventative measures and work toward restoring the public's trust.

Innovating Learning

Innovating Learning

The past year was marked by progress toward Tokyo Tech's education reform. With the concerted efforts of faculty and staff to revitalize the Institute's education system and curricula, the reform plan is shaping up for its full implementation in April 2016--about a year from now. The plan remains on track and is now ready to be submitted to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for approval. In 2015, we will further specify and refine the details of the reform.

The success of the Institute's education reform will depend on the faculty's enthusiasm for education. Therefore, I will continue to reiterate the importance of the reform as we work toward its implementation. This education reform is not simply an initiative designed for Tokyo Tech, but a model for all Japanese universities to follow. I hope that Tokyo Tech becomes a catalyst for the internationalization of Japanese higher education.

Putting Tokyo Tech on the world map

Tokyo Tech reached another milestone in 2014, being selected as one of the universities for MEXT's Top Global University Project. I believe we were recognized by MEXT for our education reform and internationalization initiatives driven by governance reform. The Top Global University Project is a ten-year funding program, so we need to envision Tokyo Tech in 2023. Along with education reform, we will implement research reform to enhance the international standing of the Institute. Our goal is to become a top-level university that attracts the best students and researchers from around the globe by promoting quality education and world-class research.

I hope that Tokyo Tech will continue to be one of the premier choices for high school students and international students considering a degree in the field of science and technology, and that they aspire to become global leaders through Tokyo Tech.

Tokyo Tech will hold a kick-off symposium on the Top Global University Project at the end of January. I look forward to seeing you there.

Becoming one of the world's top 10 research universities

I take pride in the fact that world-leading researchers are working on cutting-edge research at Tokyo Tech. The Institute aims to become one of the world's top 10 research universities by 2030. In order to accomplish this, we established the following goals in 2014 for our research reform:

  • Enhance governance promoting international research activities as a world-class research hub
  • Lead the world in developing new research fields by establishing a flexible research infrastructure
  • Prepare an environment necessary for comprehensive research support

Becoming one of the world's top 10 research universities

We will finalize the details in 2015 and fully implement the research reform in 2016 along with the education reform.

In 2013, Tokyo Tech was selected as one of the organizations to receive support from MEXT's Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities. Under this program, the Institute has been promoting international collaborative research, building an international research environment, and enhancing research strengths. We will continue to drive these efforts in 2015.

The construction of two new research buildings, one for the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI)outer and the other for Materials Research Center for Element Strategy (MCES)outer, will be completed in the spring of 2015. Both ELSI and MCES are world-class research hubs, and more than 100 researchers will gather at each of these research centers from around the world to conduct global-scale research.

Message to the Tokyo Tech community

Message to the Tokyo Tech community

As Tokyo Tech students--and also prospective students--you should set your own educational goals and decide how best to develop your professional skills at the Institute. I hope that you will also think about how you will contribute to society after graduation. Tokyo Tech's reformed education system will allow you to do this as you advance your studies.

Tokyo Tech's education reform is planned by the Institute's administration--including myself--but executed by students, faculty, and staff. Therefore, I would like the entire Tokyo Tech community to think about what we can do to elevate the Institute to one of the world's leading universities. Let us all embrace this challenge with spirit, enthusiasm, and confidence.

I trust that 2015 will be another exceptional year for Tokyo Tech, and your continued support is greatly appreciated. In closing, I would like to offer you my best wishes for the New Year.