About Tokyo Tech
About Tokyo Tech
President, Tokyo Tech
Tokyo Tech's new education system launched less than two years ago, but its effects on 1st-year students are already evident. Particularly through the revitalized liberal arts program, students are taking the initiative from the moment they set foot in the Institute to tackle problems through more open, active communication, and are expanding their perspectives as they pave their way to becoming highly specialized scientists and engineers.
There are, however, rough edges that still require ironing out. Mobility between Tokyo Tech's campuses and the new quarter system are two examples that continue to generate varying opinions. The Institute is taking measures to address these and other matters in order to create the best possible environment for both students and faculty.
I am pleased to say that FY2017 has been a very strong year for Tokyo Tech's emerging researchers. The Institute ranked 3rd and 1st respectively in terms of researchers supported by CREST and PRESTO*, two funding schemes of the Japan Science and Technology Agency. Tokyo Tech's new Research Units also secured substantial amounts of external funding for their activities. Additionally, the Institute expects to begin large-scale joint research with industry in the next year or two, which will further strengthen and stabilize the financial base of the Institute.
Significant governance reforms have also been implemented. Tokyo Tech established the Strategic Management Council in April 2017, enabling senior management to exercise their leadership in a more effective and timely manner. The work of Tokyo Tech's deans and directors has been crucial in facilitating this important change. At first glance, these reforms may appear like a move towards a more top-down organization. However, the reality is quite the contrary. The wider involvement of all Tokyo Tech members " regardless of age or position " is a crucial factor in navigating the Institute down its own path.
Through a series of workshops involving management, faculty members, and students, the Institute recently conceived Tokyo Tech 2030, a two-part statement encompassing our core values. This statement includes "an alternate future,” a declaration of Tokyo Tech's spirit, which not only highlights the Institute's strengths and societal impact, but also exudes the devoted enthusiasm that makes every Tokyo Tech member special.
Embracing these unique characteristics as we continue to reinvigorate the Institute is essential.
It is encouraging to see faculty and staff members taking action, brainstorming together how they can continue to improve Tokyo Tech as it keeps pace with the world's leading research universities. I urge these enablers to keep asking themselves: "How am I making an impact?”
Tokyo Tech's students are engaging in dynamic discourse, and are formulating and asserting their ideas as they become the proactive, confident professionals that the new education system aims to nurture. Their time at the Institute is a time to take on the greatest of challenges, and so I gently remind them again: At Tokyo Tech, there is no failure, only accumulation of valuable experiences.
As the Institute continues to advance at the forefront of education and research, it also calls upon its alumni to take action. Engage with your alma mater by reconnecting with your old department or laboratory, or by visiting us to see the progress we have made.
My time as president of Tokyo Tech will end in March 2018, and I hope the new administrative team continues to push forward with Tokyo Tech's vision for the future. The Institute is on the rise, and I encourage my successors to harness with confidence this momentum that is diversifying Tokyo Tech.
With our extensive reforms in full swing, the Institute has recently seen an increase in 1st- and 2nd-year applicants who want to join the Tokyo Tech community. We envision a brighter, alternate future, and I invite all prospective students looking to innovate science and technology to join us. Here you can create a personal vision that enables you to shine on the world stage.
And finally, to our friends in industry. Tokyo Tech is eager to conduct more dialogue, and to think together about the knowledge and technology we can create to contribute to a better, more prosperous society. Our newly established system for full-scale industry collaboration was designed specifically to facilitate this, and we welcome your cooperation in making Tokyo Tech a more open, accessible institution.
I would like to offer you my best wishes for the New Year and look forward to working with you in 2018.
President, Tokyo Tech
CREST and PRESTO are two components of the Japan Science and Technology Agency's Strategic Basic Research Programs. CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology) is a funding program for team-oriented research, which aims to create revolutionary technological seeds for science and technology innovation. PRESTO (Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology) focuses on funding individual researchers who aim to nurture the future seeds of innovation and organize unique, innovative networks. Figures on rankings from Japan Science and Technology Agency bulletin No. 1276, Reference 3, "Number of applicants and selection by affiliation,”published on September 19, 2017.
An alternate future
The Tokyo Tech 2030 statement, consisting of spirit and action, formulated in a series of workshops by members of the Tokyo Tech community
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Published: January 2018