Tokyo Tech News
The Fall Entrance Ceremony for new students of Tokyo Institute of Technology was held on September 27, 2016. A total of 401 new students from 33 countries joined the Institute, with 212 students beginning master's degree programs, 16 entering professional master's degree programs, and 173 students starting doctoral degree programs.
In his opening address, Tokyo Tech President Yoshinao Mishima welcomed the new students to the Tokyo Tech community, emphasizing the unique experience that the increasingly diverse and multicultural environment would provide. He encouraged students to take full advantage of the new education system and open research environment, stating that it was optimal time to be at the Institute.
After the introduction of the Board of Directors, deans, and other special guests, Dean Tetsuo Okada of the School of Science spoke on behalf of the deans and directors. With a brief account of his own struggles as a student, Okada pointed out that while challenges are in most cases accompanied by failures, students should try to enjoy rather than fear them. He urged students to take a "nothing to lose" stance when faced with new complex problems at Tokyo Tech.
In addition to warmly congratulating the students, Tokyo Tech Alumni Association Executive Director Takao Suzuki (Class of 1968) introduced the activities of the 80,000-member association he leads. "It is fate that all of you are now at the same campus," Suzuki said, encouraging everyone to develop strong friendships with fellow students of the Institute. He promised his full support to the students, and invited them to join the various seminars and events organized by the association.
To complete the ceremony, Department of Mechanical Engineering student Shunichi Kurumaya expressed his gratitude for a warm and cheerful ceremony on behalf of all the new students. He acknowledged the importance of a sustainable approach when using science and technology to make lives better, and expressed confidence and pride about being in the sciences. "We will do our best to achieve our goals together, not only for the enrichment of science and technology, but also for the future of humankind," Kurumaya concluded.
To all new students: Welcome to Tokyo Tech!