UTokyo Future Society Initiative

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FY 2019

(May 14, 2019)
Signing ceremony of the agreement on the "Marine Waste Management Project" held with the Nippon Foundation

The University of Tokyo and the Nippon Foundation signed an agreement on the "Marine Waste Management Project" in order to contribute to countermeasures based on scientifically sound knowledge of the marine waste problem, which has become a major issue for humanity as a whole internationally.

In order to provide a scientifically sound foundation for a wide range of activities undertaken by the by the Marine Waste Management Project "CHANGE FOR THE BLUE", implemented under the initiative of the Nippon Foundation and various measures promoted by relevant domestic organizations or international cooperation, We will work on social dissemination of research and results on the behavior of plastics in the ocean and their biological effects, as well as the social scientific significance of the measures taken.

 

 

FY 2018

(March 25, 2019)
UTokyo Students Participate in Japan-ASEAN Students Conference

The "Japan-ASEAN Students Conference" was held from February 19 to 25, 2019, as part of JENESYS 2018, which is a series of people-to-people exchange programs between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

In this conference, a total of 143 university students and graduate students from 12 countries, including ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste and Japan, gathered as delegates on the theme of "The Youth of Asian Countries for the Realization of a Sustainable World."

They were divided into six thematic groups selected based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and deepened their exchanges through lectures, site visits and workshops by faculty members of the University of Tokyo and other experts.

In addition, they integrated the learning of each group and prepared the "Action Declaration" for the realization of a sustainable world.

The Multilateral Interaction with Students (MIS), an NPO led by students from the University of Tokyo, participated in the planning and management of the conference.

 
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(February 28, 2019)
Tokyo College Established

Tokyo College was established by the University of Tokyo on February 1st. It is a brand new institute where members of UTokyo collaborate with people from across the globe, discussing and creating a shared vision of an ideal future and bringing it to life. Professor Sir Anthony Leggett, a joint recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize, has been appointed the honorary director.

At Tokyo College, leading scholars, promising young researchers and influential intellectuals will be interacting with researchers and students from UTokyo to inspire one another and generate new knowledge for the future, based on the central theme: “Earth and Human Society in 2050.”

Moreover, open lectures and events will be held in the framework of “the Joy of Discovery and the Power of Knowledge” in order to share with the wider public the wonders of academia and the role universities play in shaping the future of society.

 
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(January 21, 2019)
14th Annual IARU Presidents' Meeting Held

The 14th Annual IARU Presidents’ Meeting (International Alliance of Research Universities) was held on January 21 at ETH Zürich (Switzerland), where the University of Tokyo was represented by President Makoto Gonokami, Professor Kiichi Fujiwara (Graduate Schools for Law and Politics), who is also a Special Assistant to the President, and Associate Professor Yasunori Kikuchi (Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science).

Member universities shared information on domestic and international issues impacting them as well as their internal policies. In particular, information and views were shared on the kind of actions each university should take regarding the large changes that are taking place in society.

Concerning the activities at UTokyo, President Gonokami reported on UTokyo’s Future Society Initiatives.

 
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(January 16, 2019)
The 1st UTokyo Future Society Initiative Advisory Board Meeting Held

The 1st UTokyo Future Society Initiative Advisory Board Meeting was held at Sanjo Conference Hall in the University of Tokyo on January 16, 2019.

The purpose of this meeting is to seek the cross-sectoral opinions from a broad spectrum and to utilize them for the management of the Future Society Initiative.

Fifteen members from outside of the university, as well as President Gonokami, executive vice presidents, and others, attended the meeting.

A lively exchange of views took place about the status and strategy of the Future Society Initiative and the formation of a vision of future society beyond SDGs and Society 5.0.

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(December 17, 2018)
UTokyo and Daikin Conclude "University Corporate Relations Agreement"

The University of Tokyo and Daikin Industries Co., Ltd. concluded a "University Corporate Relations Agreement" to promote at an advanced level comprehensive collaborative research and personnel exchanges of both organizations, and collaborations with UTokyo related venture companies.

Through collaborative research aiming at the creation of future technologies facilitated by this agreement, we will create innovation around the "value of air" centering on its importance in future society, solve complex social issues, and create new business.

Based on the purpose of this agreement, we will create the three collaboration programs: "Cooperative creation of future vision", "Creating future technologies", and "Implementing new value in society, through collaboration with venture companies". We will also carry out full-scale personnel exchanges between the two organizations.

We will implement global internship programs at about 90 Daikin Industries production and development bases around the world. These programs for UTokyo students who will lead the next generation will be carried out in regions, forms and number of people never before seen previously.

 
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(December 5, 2018)
UTokyo Extension Co., Ltd. Established

As a Designated National University Corporation, the University of Tokyo established UTokyo Extension Co., Ltd., which carries out services that utilize the results of research at UTokyo. In order to efficiently return the results of UTokyo’s world-class research activities to society, the company provides effective support for the training and consulting services allowed for Designated National University Corporations.

From April 2019, the company will start human resources development courses in mathematics and data science for office workers and others.

 
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(November 30, 2018)
German Junior Experts Visit Advanced Mobility Innovation Project Facility

Six German junior experts, dispatched as part of the Japanese-German Junior Experts Exchange Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, visited the Advanced Mobility Research Center (ITS Center) in the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo. The center is the central organization for the Advanced Mobility Innovation Project, a Future Society Initiative (FSI) project.

The visit likely provided first-time experiences for the group members, including the demonstration of driving simulators and mobility in the laboratory in the basement of the research facility. Participants raised questions and engaged in lively discussion.

 
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(November 27, 2018)
Symposium Marks Signing a Framework Cooperation Agreement Between the University of Tokyo and UNDP

A signing ceremony and joint symposium related to the conclusion of the framework cooperation agreement between the University of Tokyo and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were held at the University of Tokyo on November 27, 2018.

At the signing ceremony held in the newly renovated Sanjo Conference Hall, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and UTokyo President Makoto Gonokami met and discussed about further cooperation through the agreement. After the discussion, they signed the agreement.

Following the ceremony, the venue moved to the main conference room of the hall where the University of Tokyo-UNDP joint symposium, “Change the World: Challenges by the University of Tokyo and UNDP to Co-create a Sustainable Future,” was held.

After speeches by President Gonokami and Administrator Steiner, a dialogue session with students was held. About 100 participants took part and the event proved to be a great success.

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(November 23, 2018)
Ceremony, Symposium Held for Conclusion of UTokyo’s Comprehensive Partnership Agreement with Mie Prefecture

To commemorate the conclusion of the University of Tokyo’s comprehensive partnership agreement with Mie Prefecture, a memorial symposium was held in the city of Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture.

In his memorial speech, UTokyo President Makoto Gonokami talked about the activities of UTokyo’s Future Society Initiative (FSI), the importance of regional cooperation and the vision for regional cooperation utilizing the Science Information Network (SINET) in the future.

Additionally, representing the Collaborative Research Organization for Future Regional Society, which is scheduled to set up its satellite office in Mie Prefecture, Director Hiroshi Matsubara and Professor Akiko Okabe participated as panelists at the symposium. They introduced the activities of the future satellite office in Mie Prefecture and delivered the message that ”there are many things we become aware of for the first time by working in a regional society.”

The agreement aims to form and develop a regional society with energy and distinguishing characteristics by dealing promptly and appropriately with regional challenges facing Mie Prefecture. It is expected to promote academic research at the University of Tokyo, and lead to collaboration and cooperation with the prefecture through human resources exchange and other means.

UTokyo FSI will strive to continue to publicize and communicate regional cooperation and social contribution activities

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(November 19, 2018)
"Policies and Strategies for Utilizing Data – For a better Data-driven Society –” Held

"Policies and Strategies for Utilizing Data – For a better Data-driven Society –” was held at the Ito International Research Center by the UTokyo FSI and Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI).

In the opening session, UTokyo President Makoto Gonokami talked about the current status and issues of utilizing data, and his idea that each university can create new industries in collaboration with existing industries by utilizing SINET in order to create a better world. Also, he said discussions should be held with members of industry about past approaches, policies and strategies should be used in the future and communicated to society.

In the lecture sessions and panel discussion sessions, experts in diverse fields from both inside and outside the university exchanged opinions from various perspectives, such as case examples on data distribution and use, as well as utilization of SINET and business plan contests.

The agreement aims to form and develop a regional society with energy and distinguishing characteristics by dealing promptly and appropriately with regional challenges facing Mie Prefecture. It is expected to promote academic research at the University of Tokyo, and lead to collaboration and cooperation with the prefecture through human resources exchange and other means.

After the symposium, a social gathering was held, where speakers and participants engaged in lively conversation.

 
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(November 6, 2018)
UTokyo Publishes FSI Magazine

The University of Tokyo has published a magazine titled Future Society Initiative: Society 5.0 and the University of Tokyo.

The Future Society Initiative (FSI) is a framework at UTokyo to bring together research projects that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As of October 25, 2018, a total of 182 projects were registered by researchers under the FSI banner.

The magazine takes an in-depth look at researchers who are actively tackling challenges in the area of public health, a common theme underlying a large share of FSI projects. It also introduces six projects that demonstrate the breadth of research being carried out at UTokyo.

FSI intends to continue to publicize the university’s efforts to bring about Society 5.0, the latest stage of human development harnessing advances in science and technology.

 
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(September 20-21, 2018)
IARU Senior Officers’ Meeting Held

The 14th IARU Senior Officers' Meeting was held at the University of Tokyo. 25 participants, including the Chancellor Carol T. Christ of UC Berkeley, who is the current IARU Chair, attended the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, President Gonokami expressed his intention to serve as the next IARU Chair for two years, 2019-2020.

In the meeting, member universities shared information on domestic and international issues impacting them. Additionally, in a session to introduce each university’s activities, participants had an active discussion under the theme of “Campus Sustainability.”

 
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(September 5, 2018)
The 1st Community Workshop for Utilizing Research Data Held

The 1st Community Workshop for Utilizing Research Data was held at the Ito International Research Center by the Data Platform Promotion Task Force, which play the important role in the UTokyo FSI.

The workshop aims for the formation of the campus community related to utilizing data. About 140 participants from inside and outside of the university discussed research activities presented by the researchers throughout the university intending to link the researchers and projects across the departments, promote the cooperation in the university, and link inside and outside of the university.

The message from President Gonokami, “We emphasize the importance of the data utilization and the role of the universities as hubs of the knowledge-intensive industry, and promote formation of this platform to realize Society5.0.”, was introduced.

After lectures and panel discussions, about 40 presentations were conducted at the poster session, which intends to form communities to promote the cooperation.

 
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(May 5-6, 2018)
The President Gonokami Was Nominated and Confirmed as the Next Chair of the IARU for the Period 2019-2020

The 13th Annual IARU* Presidents’ Meeting (International Alliance of Research Universities) was held at Pekin University, where President Gonokami attended. Member universities shared information on domestic and international issues impacting them as well as their internal policies and discussed the role each university should play regarding the large changes that take place in society.

In the meeting, the President Gonokami was nominated and confirmed as the Chair of the IARU for the period 2019-2020, during which time the UTokyo will lead the IARU. Also, President Gonokami gave a keynote speech and reported on Society5.0 and the UTokyo’s the Future Society Initiatives at the World University President Forum and the Beijing Forum held on the day before the IARU Presidents’ Meeting.

*IARU (The International Alliance of Research Universities), established in 2006, is a network of eleven international research-intensive universities, whose members are the University of Tokyo, Peking University, Yale University, University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, ETH Zurich, University of Copenhagen, the Australian National University, National University of Singapore and University of Cape Town.
 
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(April 16, 2018)
The University of Tokyo-UNIDO Joint Symposium “Young Wisdom, Innovation and SDGs” Held

The University of Tokyo-UNIDO Joint Symposium “Young Wisdom, Innovation and SDGs” was held at Ito Hall in the Ito International Research Center.

President Gonokami gave a speech at the symposium titled “Science, technology and innovation for SDGs: The University of Tokyo's approach.”

Also, Prof. Taikan Oki of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, The University of Tokyo, acted as a moderator of the panel session.
 
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(February 23, 2018)
Press Release Information: Proposal of Spin-wave-based Information Processing Chip Device and Demonstration of the Basic Principle

A press release about research achievement has been issued by the Social Cooperation Program on Energy Efficient Information Processing (EEIP-SCP) of the Institute for Innovation in International Engineering Education, which is one of the FSI projects.

A new spin-wave-based information processing chip device has been proposed. This device realizes wireless interactions corresponding to high-density and flexible wired interconnections between neuron units in artificial intelligence. The generalization ability of the proposed device for extracting features in unknown temporal input signals has been demonstrated by machine learning utilizing the spatiotemporal dynamics of spin waves.

It is hoped that this research achievement will lead to a realization of high-performance low-power terminal devices for promoting an IoT society.
 
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(February 14, 2018)
International Conference “Sustainability and International Relations: Toward the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals” Held

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo, the international conference “Sustainability and International Relations: Toward the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals” was held under the leadership of PARI’s SDGs Collaborative Research Unit.

Experts from both inside and outside the University exchanged opinions on topics including the correlation between the global environment, international conflicts, and economic development, as well as paths to realizing the SDGs in which perspectives and innovations from academic research can play a role.
 

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 (January 26, 2018)
President Gonokami Attends the 2018 Davos Forum

President Gonokami attended the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland. He conversed with leaders from across the world about topics under this year’s theme of "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".
 
In the final session, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and one of the Co-Chairs of the meeting, ended the meeting with a call to action: "leave no one behind".
 

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2017

(December 18, 2017)
The Policy Alternatives Research Institute Establishes the SDGs Collaborative Research Unit

In response to the activities of the UTokyo FSI, the SDGs Collaborative Research Unit has been established under the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI).

PARI has previously promoted the SDGs as a research topic. The SDGs Collaborative Research Unit will become a hub of SDGs research at the University of Tokyo with collaboration throughout the University. Moreover, the Unit will further accelerate research on sustainability in the global environment, the associations between changes in the global environment and governmental conflicts, and sustainable economic development.
 

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(December 14, 2017)
“Disrupting Development through Science, Technology and Innovation” Forum Held

Upon the occasion of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s visit to Tokyo, the World Bank Group and the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo co-organized the forum “Disrupting Development through Science, Technology and Innovation”. President Gonokami of the University of Tokyo spoke at this event.

In his speech, President Gonokami said that proper linking of social systems, economic mechanisms and STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) is important for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, he discussed “STI for SDGs” activities of UTokyo which encompass the sciences, humanities and social sciences, while showing some projects registered under the UTokyo FSI as examples.
 
 

(October 1, 2017)
President Gonokami Co-chairs the University Presidents’ Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum 2017

President Gonokami co-chaired the University Presidents’ Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum 2017 held at Kyoto International Conference Center. Forty-five presidents and others from 23 countries participated in the meeting and held discussions under the theme of “Toward a Knowledge-Intensive World: The Role of the University in Enabling an Inclusive Society”.

The University of Tokyo will promote further strengthening of international collaboration and communication, centering on the UTokyo FSI.
 
 

(July 4, 2017)
Establishment of the UTokyo FSI

The University of Tokyo established the UTokyo Future Society Initiative (FSI). Our activities will be communicated through this website.
 

 

(June 30, 2017)
UTokyo has been Selected as a Designated National University Corporation

Three national universities, including the University of Tokyo, have been selected as Designated National University Corporations. The Designated National University Corporations are expected to lead higher education overall and the reforms thereof through their own initiatives.

The University of Tokyo aspires to form a “global base for knowledge collaboration” to contribute to the future of humanity and the planet through utilizing a system of Designated National University Corporations and establishing the UTokyo Future Society Initiative (FSI) as an overseer of University reform.

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