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(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.  

(Apr 26, 2017) UTokyo Alumni Association of Indonesia to Host an Alumni Event

The UTokyo Alumni Association of Indonesia will hold an alumni event in Bogor City on May 6, 2017 as follows.

The purpose is to announce the organization's board members and also new graduates.

UTokyo Alumni in Indonesia: Gathering Invitation
- Date/time: Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Venue: Grand Garden Resto & Cafe*, Bogor Botanical Garden
*GPS location: -6.598765,106.80379

For those who are interested in the event, please contact Dr. Sutrisno at 0811-113-143 or Dr. Chusnul at 0877-7039-7307.

(Apr 13, 2017) Application Period for the 2017 Hands-on Activity Programs Set to Begin / Call for Support for the Establishment of the UTokyo-Russia Alumni Association

Launched in 2012, the Hands-on Activity Programs provide UTokyo undergraduate students with various off-campus experiences mainly during the vacation period. Many of the programs are organized and operated with tremendous contributions from alumni both at home and abroad. These programs are very popular among students because the students are exposed to local cultures and businesses, stimulated by working alumni abroad and given opportunities for cultural exchange with local university students. The application period for the 2017 Hands-on Activity Programs is set to begin on April 17, 2017.

Of the 17 programs supported by alumni abroad, the five new programs include "Educational Glocal Internship Programs"and "Experience Modern Russia, which is Currently Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Start of the Russian Revolution and the 60th Anniversary of the Re-establishment of Diplomatic Relations with Japan". The former is hosted by The University of Tokyo Alumni Association in Cambodia which was just established last August, while the latter will be supported by the UTokyo-Russia Alumni Association, which is undergoing preparations to be established.

If you are interested in helping to launch the UTokyo-Russia Alumni Association, please contact utaa.adm(at) (Please replace (at) with @.)

(Apr 4, 2017) Life-long Learning on Campus "Public Lecture on Water Systems for Sustainability" to be Held

Since starting in 2014, Life-long Learning on Campus has offered lectures on a variety of liberal arts themes for a wide range of generations based on books published by the University of Tokyo Press.

Lectures are given on the specific themes of the books published by the University of Tokyo Press and are followed by panel discussions and interactive discourse between lecturers and participants.

The 6th Life-long Learning on Campus entitled "Public Lectures on Water Systems for Sustainability" is to be held on May 11th, 2017, 19:00-21:00 at the Ito International Research Center on the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo.

The lecturer is Professor Hiroaki Furumai of the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Water Environment Technology. He also has a joint appointment as professor at the Department of Urban Engineering. His research group has conducted research on 1) Sustainable urban drainage management focusing on water pollution control and water quality dynamics; 2) Fate and control of pathogenic microorganisms in urban water cycles; 3) Bioremediation of contaminated soil and groundwater; and 4) Water quality characterization and its evaluation for sustainable urban water use. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Water Association (IWA) and the president of the Japan Society on Water Environment.

Register here

Further details can be viewed here. (in Japanese)

(Mar 10, 2017) Debriefing Session for the 2016 Hands-on Activity Programs Held

On February 28, 2017, the Debriefing Session for the 2016 Hands-on Activity Programs was held in Engineering Bldg. 2 on the Hongo Campus. After President Makoto Gonokami's speech, certificates of appreciation and memorial plaques were awarded to the five volunteer groups who have organized the programs for the five consecutive years. Three out of four participating groups were alumni association related; namely, the “Kaga hot spring village experience” was initiated by the Akamon Mayor's Association, while the New York Icho-kai organizes  “Feel the pulse of NY as a world information center,” “Community supported agriculture experience in Connecticut” and “Participate in conferences at the UN (NY) as student volunteers” and the Europe Akamon-kai (France) is engaged in handling career formation at École Polytechnique.

For the main part of the session, current students representing five programs gave reports on each program followed by speeches made by the volunteer groups which took care of those students. Two out of the five programs were supported by overseas alumni associations, namely "Participate in conferences at the UN (NY) as student volunteers" by Satsuki-kai America and "Current UAE-boiling city Dubai, future city Masdar and oil city Abu Dhabi" by UAE Akamon-kai.

The Debriefing Session was concluded with a speech made by Executive Vice President Tomokazu Haebara.

After the session, an exchange event was held in the Goten restaurant in the Sanjo Kaikan building. The event was attended by current students, volunteer groups including alumni associations, and faculty and staff members.

(Mar 9, 2017) Commemorative Academic Lecture Presented by Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi, the Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine, 2016

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, a commemorative academic lecture by Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi, the Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine, 2016 was held in the Lecture Hall (Classroom #900) on the Komaba Campus. The relationship between Professor Ohsumi and UTokyo is deep. He obtained his bachelor's degree in science and doctoral degree in science at the University of Tokyo's College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Science respectively. After being a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University in New York City, he returned to the University of Tokyo as a research associate. When he was an assistant professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor Ohsumi discovered the clue that would lead to the autophagy research for which he was to be awarded the Nobel Prize. Two out of the four important theses referred to as the reason for his winning the Nobel Prize were written during his time at UTokyo. It is very encouraging that the education given at the College of Arts and Sciences led to this outstanding research,  and this is also an honor for UTokyo.

Prior to the lecture, a Special Honorary Professorship was awarded to Professor Ohsumi by Professor Kazuo Hotate, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo.

In the lecture, Professor Ohsumi gave a clear explanation of his background, his research on autophagy and present research. Around 500 participants, mainly current students at the College of Arts and Sciences, listened to his speech attentively. During the Q&A session, the students asked many questions. Faculty members as well as students were fully impressed with what Professor Ohsumi had to say.

After the lecture, an exchange event between Professor Ohsumi and around 200 students was held on the second floor of the Komaba Communication Plaza South Building.

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(Mar 9, 2017) Call for Support for the Establishment of UTokyo Overseas Alumni Associations

The number of UTokyo overseas alumni associations has already reached 51 in 31 countries/regions as of March 9, 2017 following the registration of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Melbourne in February 2017:

The candidate sites of this year are Montreal, Canada; and Boston and Washington DC, the US; Russia; Berlin; Sri Lanka and Laos.
Preparations are underway to establish new associations in Sri Lanka, Laos, Montreal, Canada, Boston and Washington DC while they will also soon start in Moscow and Berlin.
We would be grateful if you could extend your hand in an effort to establish new overseas alumni associations. Please contact us at utaa.adm(at) for further details.