Tokyo Tech News
The Student Initiative Support Office hosted the 10th Student Support Forum on February 22 at Ookayama Campus. The event provided an excellent opportunity for autonomous student bodies to share information and attract support for their activities, which aim to enhance student, university, and local community life.
In addition to Tokyo Tech students and staff, participants included faculty and staff members from the University of Tokyo, Chiba University, and Tama University, high school students planning to enroll at Tokyo Tech, and general members of the public. With 1st-year student Shoma Mori of the 4th Academic Group* as moderator, this year's event saw a record attendance of 100 people.
After a short greeting from Tokyo Tech President Yoshinao Mishima and an outline of Student Initiative Support Office activities by School of Engineering Professor Tetsuji Okamura, student representatives from Tokyo Tech's Student Association for Global Exchange (SAGE), Volunteer Group, Student Survey Group, and STEM Students Discovery and Development Project gave presentations on their activities. Each presentation was followed by questions, comments, and words of encouragement from the audience.
Five Tokyo Tech students shared their thoughts on the forum.
1st year, 4th Academic Group*
I took on the role of moderator on the actual day, but also participated in the planning and organization of the event beforehand. The experience once again demonstrated the importance of publicity during the preparation stages. The posters we made to disseminate information to potential participants were created, discussed, and then recreated numerous times. I am a member of SAGE, but I think student awareness regarding our group and others is still low. I very much valued learning and exchanging opinions about other groups' activities. I hope we can continue to increase the reach and frequency of sessions such as this one.
3rd year, Mechanical Engineering and Science*
Tokyo Tech Volunteer Group
The Tokyo Tech Volunteer Group has for several years focused its efforts on reconstruction support activities. As a small group with limited exposure, we have been struggling to find new members, so this event was an excellent way to spread the word and make new connections. Thanks to the comments and encouragement from the audience, we were able to rethink the significance of our activities, and the direction we may want to take.
1st year, 4th Academic Group*
Tokyo Tech Student Association for Global Exchange (SAGE)
This was a good opportunity to reflect on our activities, and to deliver our message to a much larger audience. We were able to share with other groups not only ideas on activities, but also on group organization, prospects, and difficulties. I myself also enjoyed the chance to discuss topics with a variety of professors and to hear directly their opinions on student activities.
3rd year, Physics*
2016 Student Survey Group
The Student Survey Group's task is to make students' voices heard, and to provide suggestions to the Institute based on those opinions. Although we are a student-based organization, we receive strong support from Tokyo Tech and make significant contributions to the Institute. Our activities are exciting as they allow us to understand different values, objectively view our environment, and search for and discover new ideas. I hope I was able to present our activities from a fresh perspective and motivate all those present.
3rd year, Inorganic Materials*
STEM Students Discovery and Development Project
This was a fruitful session as I learned about the various activities of other student bodies and presented the activities of our group. Once again, I was reminded of the lack of awareness among students regarding the various activities taking place. We need to think of better ways to spread this information.
After the presentations from Tokyo Tech students, the audience heard about the activities and achievements of the Peer Support Room at the University of Tokyo. Talks were given by University of Tokyo Lecturer Norihito Oshima from the Division for Counseling and Support and Takanori Ryuko, a 2nd-year master's student in the Graduate School of Engineering.
Panel presentations followed. In addition to the four groups mentioned above, presentations were also given by seven others — Peer Supporters, Techno girls, Tokyo Tech Alumni Association's student committee, Encouragement Project for All Tokyo Tech Students (EPATS), TEDxTitech, Disaster-stricken Area Support Project, and the Environmental Project.
The session ended with closing remarks from Executive Vice President Toshio Maruyama. According to post-event feedback, many participants suggested that more general awareness and support from the Institute is still required while lauding the pro-active stance of the students.