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  (March 12, 2020) India Akamonkai Meeting 2020 Held

On February 24th, 2020, the 2020 India Akamonkai Meeting was held at Mandap Hall, Hotel Jaypee Vasant Continental, and organized by The University of Tokyo India Office.

The objectives were as follows:

1. To honor Prof. Tatsuya OKUBO, Dean of the School of Engineering who was visiting Delhi prior to his superannuation at the end of March 2020

2. To provide an opportunity for the UTokyo student participants of the annual India visit program to interact with the UTokyo alumni in India

3. To strengthen the interactions among alumni members in India, as well as with the UTokyo India Office

A group of 13, which included eminent alumnae, attended the meeting. The small group enabled relaxed individual interaction and sufficient time to update each other.

The meeting began with opening remarks from the Dr. Neelam Ramaiah, Director of the UTokyo India Office. She introduced the office activities and elaborated on the commitment of the India Office towards creating awareness among Indian students and parents about the various undergraduate and graduate programs offered in English at several Japanese universities. The need for collaborative opportunities to establish strong industry-academia networks between India and Japan was stressed upon. She also spoke about using virtual platforms for organizing frequent interactive meetings between the alumni members.

In his welcome speech, Mr. Shrikrishna Kulkarni, President of the India Akamonkai, talked about his long connection with UTokyo, gave a briefing on India Akamonkai, and elaborated on ways to conduct the meetings in the future. He urged the need to contribute to the development of the India Akamonkai and help to increase the flow of Indian students to Japanese universities. Mr. Kulkarni also discussed the strategy to enhance the sponsoring and internship opportunities for Indian students by Japanese companies in India.

The speech by the Guest of Honor, Prof. Tatsuya OKUBO, was very motivating. He introduced the School of Engineering, and talked about the changes and new strategies introduced for smooth and effective functioning. He also elaborated on his vision for UTokyo and the need for futuristic strategies in education.

Subsequent to the self-introduction session, the members enjoyed enhanced interactions during the dinner time. All attendees shared the need for enhancing alumni activities and growth opportunities in the academia-industry sector between India and Japan.


Speech by the Guest of Honor, Prof. Tatsuya Okubo, UTokyo          Group photo

 (March 12, 2020) Indonesia Akamon-kai Holds New Year and Welcome Party

On February 19, 2020, Indonesia Akamon-kai held a new year and welcome party. Around 30 students from the University of Tokyo attended the event.
 
The students joined a 2-week winter program at the University of Indonesia. Indonesia Akamon-kai held this new year and welcome party as part of the UTokyo winter program. For this time, not only these students, but also two students who study abroad at the University of Indonesia, joined. Enjoying BBQ and drinking together, the students listened to interesting Indonesian business stories from alumni in Indonesia while the alumni were updated with new and fresh ideas by the students. They changed seats 3 times like at a workshop, so that participants could have conversations with many people.
 
At the end of the party, they wished for the success of the winter program and business in Indonesia.
The Indonesia Akamon-kai looks forward to continuing this kind of exchange session in the future.

 (February 12, 2020) Debriefing Session for the 2019 Hands-on Activity Programs Held

On February 10, 2020, the Debriefing Session for the 2019 Hands-on Activity Programs was held in Sanjo-Kaikan 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. Two out of three participating groups were alumni association related; namely, the “Community-supported agriculture experience in Connecticut” was initiated by the New York Icho-kai, while the UK Akamon Gakuyu-kai organizes “Experience London as a European business center.” Mr. Kenichi Hirokawa of the New York Icho-kai as well as Mr. Keisuke Ito and Mr. Satoshi Izumihara attended the event and received certificates of appreciation and memorial plaques as representatives.

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. Each representative student clearly explained their fidings through the programs with their own words.

 

The Debriefing Session was concluded with a speech made by Executive Vice President Norio Matsuki.

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

 

 (February 12, 2020) UK Akamon Gakuyu-kai Holds Breakfast Meeting with President Gonokami

On Friday, January 24, the University of Tokyo Alumni Club in the UK (UK Akamon Gakuyu-kai) held a breakfast meeting with President Gonokami who was visiting London. Seven members of the UK Akamon Gakuyu-kai, including H.E. Yasumasa Nagamine, Japanese Ambassador to the UK, welcomed President Gonokami and enjoyed delightful and informative conversation with him over a lot of topics, including the role of the University of Tokyo to encourage sustainable growth of society, enhancing collaboration between academy and industry, characteristics of management of US and UK universities, President Gonokami’s visit to the World Economic Forum 2019, and updates about Brexit.

In the afternoon, President Gonokami presented a lecture at the Japan Society which was chaired by Mr. Bill Emmoton. Many members of the UK Akamon Gakuyu-kai attended the lecture and learned about the University's role as a platform to promote social change in the new age.

 

 (January 27, 2020) Tanseikai, UTokyo Alumni Association of Singapore Hosted a Get-together Meeting to Concide with Executive Vice President Teruo Fujii's Visit There

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Tanseikai, the Singapore Alumni Association of the University of Tokyo, held a get-together meeting to welcome Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Vice President and Director General of the University of Tokyo, at Royale Restaurant in Mercure Singapore Bugis. Mr. Ryu Mishima, General Manager of the Office for External Relations, also joined the event. The 23 participants enjoyed conversations on topics such as population issues and common experiences at the University.
Executive Vice President Fujii visited Singapore with the aim to attending the 10th anniversary event of the Japan Creative Center (JCC). The exhibition titled "Prototyping in Tokyo: Illustrating Design-Led Innovation" was organized at National Design Centre, Singapore, by Design-Led X Platform, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. The event was a great success with the attendance of many participants including members of Tanseikai.

 

(January 23, 2020) UTokyo Sri Lanka Office Just Launched

We are pleased to inform you that UTokyo has just launched the UTokyo Sri Lanka Office and that its opening ceremony was held at the Auditorium of Lakshman Kadimar Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka on January 16, 2020. Since UTokyo was commissioned as the head of the ”Study in Japan Global Network Project-Southwest Asia” by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, UTokyo has been engaged in increasing the number of excellent international students from that region as the representative of Japanese universities. The project's activity base was first established in Delhi, India, and then now in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The 150 participants who attended the ceremony include H.E. Akira Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, representatives of the Sri Lanka government such as the Ministry of Higher Education, representatives from major universities and high schools in Sri Lanka, Japanese language institutes, The Japanese Graduate's Alumni Association of Sri Lanka (JAGAAS). Prof. Hiroaki Aihara, Executive Director and Vice President, the University of Tokyo, Prof. Naoto Sekimura, Vice President of the University of Tokyo, H.D. Karunaratne, Director of the University of Tokyo Sri Lanka Office (Senior Prof. University of Colombo), and staff of the International Strategy Group also joined from UTokyo.
During the panel discussion of the opening ceremony, Dr. Indika Palihakkara, University of Ruhuna, made a speech on the merits of studying in Japan as a panelist while UTokyo alumni who are currently working for universities in Sri Lanka also participated. It brings us great pleasure that student and research exchange is developing based on the network of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Sri Lanka which was established in 2017.

(January 10, 2020) Dr. Masato Ninomiya, President of Brazil Akamon-kai, Awarded the 2019 Order of the Sacred Treasure

Dr. Masato Ninomiya, President of Brazil Akamon-kai and Professor of San Paulo University, was awarded the 2019 Order of the Sacred Treasure (瑞宝中綬章).
The reason for the award was his contribution to the friendly relations between Japan and Brazil as well as to improving welfare of Japanese living in Brazil.

He usually attends royal family members who visit Brazil as an interpreter.
He also translated many Japanese books, including “Hashi wo Kakeru (Laying a Bridge Over)” authored by Empress Emerita Michiko, into Portuguese.

Dr. Ninomiya played a central role in organizing Brazilians and Japanese living in Brazil to launch Brazil Akamon-kai in 2013 when UTokyo Forum was held there.


 
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