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(July 11, 2017) Lecture Entitled “The Future of China Focused on Human Resources” Hosted


On July 4th, 2017, Mr. Yuji Miyauchi, former Director of UTokyo Beijing Office, gave a lecture entitled “The Future of China Focused on Human Resources” on the Hongo Campus hosted by the UTokyo Alumni Association/UTokyo Alumni Office. The Conference Room 002 on the basement floor of Sanjo Conference Hall was filled with almost 50 participants in spite of the slightly typhoon-like weather.

Mr. Miyauchi discussed many eye-opening topics, including how the number of university students has skyrocketed in China over the past ten years while the number of international students studying in Japan has remained relatively the same, how China is accepting so many international students as a national policy, and also how all these factors will affect international relations in the future, all while using a great amount of data to explain his points.

According to the questionnaire results, most of the audience was awed with the wide range of data and the lecturer's specific knowledge.

Also, some of them requested a larger room since the venue was so crowded with participants.
 


(July 3, 2017) General Meetings of New York Icho-kai and Akamonkai Mexico Held

General Meetings of the New York Icho-kai and Akamonkai Mexico were held as follows:

New York Icho-kai
On June 16th, the 16th General Meeting of the NY Icho-kai was held in New York.
More than 150 alumni attended the meeting. This number is much larger than that of last year.
The participants include Mr. Kenichiro Sasae, the Ambassador of Japan to the US, as president of the NY Icho-kai .

Akamonkai Mexico
On June 28, a General Meeting of Akamonkai Mexico was held in Mexico City, Mexico. Twenty-one alumni attended the meeting. Of the total number, four members were Mexican alumni while 17 were Japanese. It is the first time that the number of Japanese alumni far surpassed the number of Mexicans, perhaps because many Japanese companies are now actively operating in Mexico.

The schedule for General Meetings hosted by other overseas alumni associations is as follows: 

Name of Alumni Association Venue Scheduled date
Philippines Akamonkai Manila, the Philippines August 25, 2017
United Kingdom Akamonkai London, the UK October 6, 2017

(July 6, 2017) UTokyo Alumni Association of Sri Lanka to be Established Soon

We are pleased to inform you that the UTokyo Alumni Association of Sri Lanka will be established on Monday, September 3, 2017 in Sri Lanka. It will be the 53rd UTokyo overseas alumni association.

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/alumni/alumni_association.html

The meeting is organizedy  mainly by former international students including Dr. Indika Palihakkara of the University of Ruhuna as follows:

  • Date/time: Sunday, September 3, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Venue : Conference room, Hecter Kobbakaduwa Agrarian Research & Training Institute (HARTI) ,114,Wijerama Mawatha,Colombo 07, Sri Lanka

If you are interested in joining this event, please contact us at utaa.adm(at)gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp. (Please replace (at) with @.)

(July 6, 2017) UTokyo Alumni Association of Lao PDR Newly Established

We are pleased to inform you that the UTokyo Alumni Association of Lao PDR was established on Monday, July 3, 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. It is the 52nd UTokyo overseas alumni association.

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/alumni/alumni_association.html

A total of 19 alumni, including Japanese/Lao alumni who are members of the Japanese Embassy, JICA, WHO and LuxDev, Lao Ministry of Health, Kansai Electric Power, etc., attended the inaugural meeting.

The meeting was co-chaired by His Excellency Mr. Takeshi Hikihara, Ambassador of Japan to Lao PDR and Professor Masamine Jimba (Department of Community and Global Health, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo), and was facilitated by Mr. Outavong Phathammavong. In his opening remarks, His Excellency Mr. Hikihara expressed the importance of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Lao PDR in contributing to strengthening the relationship between Japan and Lao PDR. These remarks were followed by remarks from the UTokyo President (read by Prof. Jimba), with the president of JAOL (Japan Alumni of Laos) as a guest and video on construction of the Nam Ngiap Hydropower Project explained by Mr. Yamabayashi of Kansai Electric Power.
After the approval of the new members including Mr. Soulivanh Phengxay as President, Prof. Jimba made a short presentation on sustainable development in the health sector of Lao PDR, which inspired the participants.

(June 8, 2017) UTokyo Alumni Association of Lao PDR to Be Established Soon

We are pleased to inform you that the UTokyo Alumni Association of Lao PDR is soon to be established in Vientiane. It will be the 52nd UTokyo overseas alumni association.

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/alumni/alumni_association.html

The inaugural meeting is scheduled to be held as follows:
Date/time: Monday, July 3, 2017
Venue:  Crown Plaza Hotel
Participation fees: 320,000 LAK per person (about 4,200 JPY)

20 registrants include Japanese/Lao alumni ranging from members of the Japanese Embassy, JICA, WHO, Laos, Ministry of Health, Kansai Electric Power, etc.

If you are interested in joining the event, please contact us at utaa.adm@gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp.

(July 3, 2017) Stanford Mindfulness Class @ UTokyo Held

On June 6th, 2017, Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Psychologist of Wellness, Education, Health and Human Performance, Stanford University gave a workshop on mindfulness on the Hongo Campus. The conference room 333 on the 3rd floor of the Medical Library was filled with almost 100 participants.

He stressed that it is important to accept yourself as you are and this moment as it is ("Arugamama") and act positively. As the first step to achieve this objective, he explained to the participants how he actually presents mindfulness courses at Stanford by introducing a short meditation at the beginning of the class followed by pair works on "who are you ?",  "what activates you most?" and so forth.

As a great dog lover, he compared the dog which is always "mindful" to the human being whose "mind is full" of miscellaneous thoughts.

According to the questionnaire results, most of the participants seemed to be impressed with and inspired by Dr. Murphy-Shigematsu's warm and benevolent character, and quite satisfied with the session.

Many of them seemed to feel that the one and a half hour course was too short for the workshop and want to attend another one or further study mindfulness.
 

(May 8, 2017) UTokyo Alumni Association of Indonesia Holds Alumni Event

On May 6th, 2017, the UTokyo Alumni Association of Indonesia held a gathering at Bogor Botanical Garden in Bogor City, Indonesia. The gathering was attended by 27 alumni from classes from the 1980s to 2010. Some of them brought their family members, which made the atmosphere more family-like. During the opening, a message from Mr. Kazuhiro Mori, Director of the Alumni Office of the University of Tokyo, was delivered by Dr. Budi Indra Setiawan, Chairman of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Indonesia, followed by warm greetings from all members.

The gathering was intended to strengthen the friendship among alumni from all generations and produce fruitful synergy in the future.

In the next gathering, we plan to invite a renowned UTokyo scholar such as a Nobel Laureate to give a public lecture by around October 2017. We seek guidance from the Alumni Office for an appropriate candidate that suits the Office agenda.