Tokyo Tech News
The Tokyo Tech 2021 Fall Entrance Ceremonies for new students and those advancing to further studies were held on September 30, 2021. Bachelor's and master's program students were welcomed during a morning ceremony, while new doctoral students were celebrated in the afternoon.
This fall, four bachelor's program students, 293 master's program students, 11 professional master's program students, and 199 doctoral program students were admitted to the Institute. Of the total number of 507 students, 375 international students joined Tokyo Tech from 36 countries and regions.
Due to preventive measures against COVID-19, in-person participants were limited to less than half of the capacity of the 70th Anniversary Auditorium, this fall's venue for the event. Approximately 60 bachelor's and master's degree students were present in the morning, while roughly 40 doctoral degree students joined President Kazuya Masu, other members of the Board, and Tokyo Tech Alumni Association President Kiyoto Ido (Class of 1972, Department of Mathematics) at the venue in the afternoon. Other guests, family members, and friends were asked to experience the ceremonies virtually via a livestream.
During his welcome addresses, Masu encouraged Tokyo Tech's newest cohort to "identify and master the fundamentals required to create impact" in a rapidly changing world. He highlighted a dedication to create a better future as a core component of Tokyo Tech, and paid homage to the late Satoru Iwata, a Tokyo Tech graduate, as an inspirational example of this dedication. Masu also invited the new students to "take charge of your academic journey from today" while utilizing fully the Institute's facilities and the support offered by Tokyo Tech faculty, staff, and other students.
After Masu's speech, the alumni association's Ido also offered some brief words. He encouraged Tokyo Tech's new students to examine various business sectors, explore the liberal arts, and adopt a global perspective in order to contribute to technological development and innovation.
To conclude the ceremonies, two student representatives — Yugo Koyanagi from the Department of Mathematical and Computing Science for bachelor's and master's program students, and Su Jun from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences for doctoral program students — gave short statements about their ambitions and new commitments.
"We live in an age that demands non-contact, but I will strive to become a human resource who can contribute to society together with others by keeping close mental proximity and interacting with them frequently," Koyanagi declared.
"We will treasure every opportunity here, and try our best to turn future possibilities into reality," Jun stated while referring to an old Japanese proverb.
To all new students: Welcome to Tokyo Tech!