Tokyo Tech News
On July 16, 2019 at Ookayama Campus, the Institute hosted the 56th Tokyo Tech Global Researcher Gathering, bringing together 99 researchers, family members, and host researchers from 25 countries.
Tokyo Tech has hosted this event biannually since 1991 to promote academic and cultural exchange. Since 2010, the event has also included an orientation, providing attendees with useful information about Tokyo Tech in English.
At the orientation, President Kazuya Masu gave a summary about Tokyo Tech's history and mission. During the Q&A session that followed, Masu and his executive team — Provost and Executive Vice President for Institute Strategy Isao Satoh, Executive Vice President for Education Tetsuya Mizumoto, Executive Vice President for Research Osamu Watanabe, and Executive Vice President for Finance and Secretary-General Tadayuki Fujino — answered questions. There were comments and questions about diversity and research funding, to which the board members provided frank responses sprinkled with occasional humor, and explained the status quo and future challenges at the Institute.
After the orientation, a reception was held. Mizumoto welcomed participants in his opening remarks while Watanabe offered a toast to Tokyo Tech's newest researchers, three of whom also gave short presentations about their work and experiences. Overall, everyone enjoyed mingling in a relaxed atmosphere. Dean of the School of Environment and Society Norihiro Nakai gave the closing address, ending the event with inspiring words on internationalization.
The next Tokyo Tech Global Researcher Gathering will be held on February 7, 2020 at Suzukakedai Campus.