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UTokyo Global Advisory Board

What is UTokyo Global Advisory Board?

The University of Tokyo established the President’s Council in 2006 to develop its international strategy and take bold action to become one of the world’s leading universities. It was reorganized to become UTokyo Global Advisory Board in 2017 by strengthening its function to operate more organizationally. The board aims to give advice on important issues and make proposals for future development of the university.
 
<Roles of UTokyo Global Advisory Board>

・ Reviewing and advising on strategies of the university
・ Advising on specific actions and proposing new directions
・ Advising on education, research, and funding
・ Assisting in creating and developing global networks
 

Topics & News

NEW  
(December 22, 2017)  Professor Dr. H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of the Kingdom of Thailand visited UTokyo
NEW  (November 27, 2017)  Former UTokyo President Hiroshi Komiyama Named Recipient of the 2017 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award
 


Meeting Topic: Toward UTokyo 3.0: The University of Tokyo in the Next 70 Years



The First Global Advisory Board Meeting took place over 2 days from Monday 27th to Tuesday 28th November, 2017 at the Institute of Industrial Science on the Komaba II Campus with 23 board members attending the event to discuss their views and opinions with President Makoto Gonokami, and other senior members of the University.
 
The following three challenges raised in the president’s speech entitled “Toward UTokyo 3.0: The University of Tokyo in the Next 70 Years” were discussed.

1. Promoting inclusiveness and diversity
Many of the members showed their interests in “gender balance” at UTokyo which also initiated discussion at last year’s meeting of the President’s Council. Additionally, we received opinions on a broader context of diversity which included disability and age. UTokyo should have a role in reducing inequality by ensuring equal access to education and research and support the creation of a more inclusive society.

2. Strengthening financial basis
We need a systematic effort to engage the industrial sector.Having become a Designated National University Corporation in June 2017, UTokyo must now become a more autonomous organization. During the discussions many members commented on the importance of knowing both its own strengths and weaknesses. Particularly, the board members gave their various experiences and knowledge on building relationships between alumni as well as the industrial sector. Many of the members showed their interests in “gender balance” at UTokyo which also initiated discussion at last year’s meeting of the President’s Council. Additionally, we received opinions on a broader context of diversity which included disability and age. UTokyo should have a role in reducing inequality by ensuring equal access to education and research and support the creation of a more inclusive society.

3. Improving research environment
Erosion of research time available was raised as one of the issues concerning research environment. Based on a recent survey, the faculty feel that the time they can spend on their research has been reduced over the past five years. In the light of this fact, the board members proposed some suggestions such as reforming the administrative functions and recruiting staff members who have specific skills or background that can be used to support academia.

In the last session of the meeting the board members compiled and distilled their opinions and ideas that were raised during the discussions over the two days. “A summary proposal” was submitted to the university by the board members some days after the meeting. The proposal, which is in effect a consolidation of the world leaders’ opinions and ideas, shows what UTokyo needs to be in the near future and what UTokyo needs to do in order to act for this ideal vision. On the basis of this proposal, the University need to now consider how it is to achieve and implement each of the suggestions on campus, so that an update on the situation can be given at the next meeting.
 



Past Meetings

Meetings of UTokyo Global Advisory Board are in principle held once a year, bringing together some of the board members to advise and make proposals on a particular theme.
 
Year City Meeting Documents
2006 Tokyo The 1st Meeting of the President’s Council Introduction [1.9MB]
Presentation slides [1.5MB]
2007 London The 2nd Meeting of the President’s Council Presentation slides [125KB]
2007 Tokyo The 3rd Meeting of the President’s Council Presentation slides [304KB]
2008 New Delhi The 4th Meeting of the President’s Council Presentation slides [115KB]
2008 Tokyo The 5th Meeting of the President’s Council Presentation slides [648KB]
2009 Tokyo The 6th Meeting of the President’s Council  
2010 New York The 7th Meeting of the President’s Council  
2010 Tokyo The 8th Meeting of the President’s Council  
2011 Geneva The 9th Meeting of the President’s Council  
2013 Bangkok The 10th Meeting of the President’s Council  
2014 Tokyo The 11th Meeting of the President’s Council  
2016 Tokyo The 12th Meeting of the President’s Council Presentation slides [1.3MB]
Wrap up [469KB]
2017 Tokyo The 1st UTokyo Global Advisory Board Presentation slides [3016K]
 

Board Members
 
UTokyo Global Advisory Board consists of 37 experts listed below. We are honored to have such distinguished members from academic, industrial, and political communities all around the world.
 

Prof. Dr. HRH of Princess
Chulabhorn Mahidol

Princess, Kingdom of Thailand;
President, Chulabhorn Research Institute

 
Dr. Jacques Attali
Chairman, A&A
Dr. Marta Szigeti Bonifert
Board Member,
Hungarian Business Leaders Forum
Prof. Christina Cameron
Professor and Canada Research Chair,
Université de Montréal
Dr. Morris Chang
Chairman & Founder,
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd.
Prof. Un-Chan Chung
Chairman, Korea Institute for Shared Growth
Dr. Bertrand Collomb
Honorary Chairman, Lafarge
Prof. Rita R. Colwell
Distinguished University Professor,
University of Maryland College Park and
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Prof. Luciano Coutinho
Visiting Full Professor,
University of CampinasUNICAMP
Mr. Bill Emmott
International author and advisor
Dr. Victor Kwok-King Fung
Group Chairman, Fung Group
Prof. Sadaoki Furui
President,
Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
Prof. Vartan Gregorian
President,
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Prof. Frederick G. Hilmer
Emeritus President,
the University of New South Wales
Dr. Naoko Ishii
CEO & Chairperson,
The Global Environment Facility

Mr. Hassan Jameel
Deputy President & Vice Chairman,
Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd.
Profile: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/hassan-jameel.html

 
Prof. Hiroshi Komiyama
Chairman of the Institute,
Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.
Prof. Kiyoshi Kurokawa
Professor Emeritus,
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Prof. Anthony James Leggett
Professor,
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee
President, the University of Giessen;
Vice-President, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal
Chairman,
Hero Corporate Service Limited
Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy
Founder, Infosys Limited
Mr. Stefan Noreen
Senior Adviser,
Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Mr. Pär Nuder
Chairman of the Board,
AP3 Third Swedish National Pension Fund;
Chairman of the Board, AMF
Prof. Carmencita D. Padilla
Chancellor,
University of the Philippines Manila
Prof. Kari Olavi Raivio
Chancellor Emeritus,
University of Helsinki
Prof. John Mark Ramseyer
Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies,
Harvard Law School
Mr. Charles P. Rockefeller
Head of Partnerships, Composite Apps, Inc.
Prof. Emma Rothschild
Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History,
Director, Center for History and Economics,
Harvard University
Mr. Andreas Schleicher
Director, the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD
Prof. Klaus Schwab
Founder and Chairman,
World Economic Forum
Dr. Wang Wan
Counselor, Chinese Embassy in Japan
Prof. Xu Zhihong
Boya Chair Professor of Peking University,
Academician of CAS

 
Prof. Yoshinori Yokoyama
Social Systems Architect
Mr. Peter Suk-Mynn Yoon
Vice Chairman,
SBS Media Group and Taeyoung Group
Prof. Michael Y. Yoshino
Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration,
Emeritus, Harvard Business School
Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
CEO, Ayala Corporation

*Data last updated in November, 2018.

 
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