Tokyo Tech News
Student staff recently submitted the results of the 2018 Student Survey, together with a proposal based on these results, to Tokyo Tech President Kazuya Masu. A total of 2,619 students — a new record high — completed the survey, which was carried out from June 11 to July 11, 2018.
The Tokyo Tech Student Survey, an online inquiry conducted every other year, provides an opportunity for the Institute's students to express their opinions on topics such as curriculum content, campus services, and study and extracurricular facilities. The 2018 survey was the seventh time student staff members conducted the poll. Eleven student staff members gathered and analyzed the data, held discussions with relevant administrative groups, and put together a proposal for desired improvements at the Institute.
On March 18, 2019, five student staff representatives submitted the proposal to President Masu, explaining and discussing the key points. "The Institute will work to solve particularly study and food-related issues promptly," Masu declared to the students. "The management asks students for their continued cooperation in making Tokyo Tech a better place for everyone."
I also led the Student Survey in 2016, just after Tokyo Tech had implemented its education reforms. Back then, a lot of the feedback was related to confusion regarding these changes. Two years on, however, students had clearly settled into the new system. The 2018 survey data shows that students now are focused on awareness regarding the diverse, rapidly changing world, and are keen to help Tokyo Tech keep up with these changes. It is important for the Institute to create an environment where students' ideas are heard and implemented, and to keep evolving as a place of leadership where students can realize their visions.
I would like to thank the Tokyo Tech management, the various administrative groups who shared with us their precious time, and of course all the students who participated in the survey and made this all possible.
The main proposals based on the 2018 Student Survey included an improved attendance system, public information on grade distribution, and the promotion of more paperless activities on campus. In terms of facilities, students wanted longer weight training room hours, improved air conditioning for additional comfort in the library, and more user-friendly wireless LAN on campus. Facilities for students with varied religious beliefs and more varied lunch menus were also requested.