(May 13) Greater Boston UTokyo Alumni Club Just Registered
We are pleased to inform you that the Greater Boston UTokyo Alumni Club has officially been registered to the UTokyo Alumni Association as the 55th overseas alumni association as well as the 12th one in the North America.
The secretariat is Mr. Kosuke Yoshinaga, Ph.D. Candidate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About six years have already passed since the first idea of founding an alumni association in the Greater Boston Area. Core members including researchers such as Dr. Bryan Moser, a researcher of both MIT and UTokyo, and younger alumni have hosted get-together meetings several times a year, thus expanding the alumni network there.https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/alumni/news_events.html
(May 10) Professor Jong-Keun Park, Director of UTokyo Office in SNU, visits Office for Alumni Affairs
On April 25, 2019, Professor Jong-Keun Park, Director of the UTokyo Office in SNU as well as president of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Korea, visited the Office for Alumni Affairs.
Together with the Seoul UTokyo Association, the UTokyo Alumni Association of Korea has much contributed to Hands-on Activity Programs for the past three years. The Association has also hosted current UTokyo students who go to Seoul in order to attend the summer program ”UTokyo in SNU.”
We talked about the 2019 Hands-on Activity Programs as well as the 2019 summer program ”UTokyo in SNU.”
Further details will be discussed and explained over a TV meeting between Professor Park and other members on the Seoul side and current students who will participate in the 2019 Hands-on Activity Programs in Seoul and staff members on the Tokyo side.
(May 9) Professor Sudhir Misra, former president of UTokyo Alumni Association of India, visits Office for Alumni Affairs
On April 18th, Professor Sudhir Misra, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur as well as former president of the UTokyo Alumni Association of India, visited the UTokyo Office for Alumni Affairs. He visited Japan in order to participate in and give a lecture at the 8th Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region (CECAR).
His wife, Mrs. Vatsala Misra, who is a Japanese teacher in IIT Kanpur, has contributed to UTokyo Hands-on Activity Programs for the past few years.
Professor Misra proposed many constructive topics such as planning exchange programs between Japanese UTokyo students and Indian students who are studying in India.
He particularly likes the idea that current UTokyo students will go to India to study specific themes at research laboratories in India. He also suggested that it would be very helpful to international students who go back to India after completing their courses at UTokyo for the UTokyo Alumni Association of India to introduce job opportunities to them.
(March 19) United Kingdom Akamon-kai Welcomes Executive Director and Vice President Teruo Fujii
On March 13, 2019 in London, UK, the United Kingdom Akamon-kai welcomed Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Director and Vice President of the University of Tokyo, who was visiting the Royal College of Art for research purposes.
Prior to the gathering, Professor Fujii met Mr. Yasuo Kashiwagi, Director of the United Kingdom Akamon-kai.
The 7 participants of the gathering included 4 alumni who are members of the United Kingdom Akamon-kai and 3 other alumni who happened to visit there. They had a good time over dinner, discussing about various matters such as how the United Kingdom Akamon-kai is managed, current topics of the United Kingdom Akamon-kai, etc.
(March 19) Two Delegates from IIM Calcutta Visit the University of Tokyo
Dr. Anju Seth, Director of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta) and Mr. Shrikrishna Kulkarni, Chairman, Board of Governors/President of the UTokyo Alumni Association of India as well as a great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, visited the University of Tokyo on the 18th of March, 2019.
First, they met Dr. Masashi Haneda, Executive Vice President of University of Tokyo, to talk about the possibility of signing an exchange agreement between the two institutes. They then met staff of the Alumni Affairs Office and exchanged opinions including possibilities to dispatch students from India to UTokyo for a short term, holding an event celebrating the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the national father of India, etc.
It was the first opportunity for the Director of IIM Calcutta, who had just been inaugurated, to visit the University of Tokyo, thus making it a good opportunity for her as well as for staff of the Alumni Affairs Office to know each other and further discuss the various matters.
(March 18) The UTokyo Alumni Association of Taiwan held General Meeting 2019
The UTokyo Alumni Association of Taiwan held its 2019 General Meeting at The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei, Taiwan on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The more than 50 participants included Taiwanese alumni, invited guests as well as staff from the University of Tokyo.
First, Mr. Mitsuaki Hoshino, Chief Deputy Representative, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Taipei Office made a courtesy speech, followed by a message given by Dr. Liao Wei Ming, president of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Taiwan.
Next, Professor Manabu Chiba, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (an architect) presented a lecture entitled “Designing How People Gather.” The contents covered architecture of universities and housing made by Prof. Chiba, accommodations at Wulai, Taiwan, and restoration housing in affected areas in Tohoku, showing his design concepts which give more importance to human relations with nature, thus making the lecture quite interesting to all the Taiwanese alumni.
At the general meeting, a call for donations was made for the under-construction UTokyo Mejirodai International Village in order to further enhance UTokyo globalization, thus creating an amicable atmosphere as well as love for their alma mater. It gives us real pleasure that relations with the UTokyo Alumni Association of Taiwan have been further developed with consecutive events including a networking event in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Director and Vice President was invited, in November and a welcome party that hosted President Gonokami and his group in December.
(March 13) The University of Tokyo Alumni in Cambodia celebrate the start of a 2-year project
The University of Tokyo Alumni in Cambodia (UTAC) celebrated the starting of a 2-year project on March 12th in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The project is led by UTokyo and RUA (Royal Univ. of Agriculture) to establish veterinary education and veterinary statutory bodies. These will play key roles in ensuring the effectiveness of veterinary professionals and delivery of competent veterinary services.
The 13 participants included 7 professors who are affiliated with Veterinary Medical Science, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo, including Prof. Masaki Kuwahara, Prof. Hiroyuki Nakayama, Prof. Masatoshi Hori, Prof. Akio Yamada, Associate Prof. Kozue Miura, Associate Prof. Takeshi Haga, and Prof. Eihei Nishimura, two alumni including Mr. Yoshi Oya, Secretary of UTAC, two current UTokyo students and a special guest, Mr. Izumi Yamaguchi, who runs an agriculture business in Cambodia successfully through combining IT, business strategy and agriculture.
This is a good example of alumni in overseas alumni associations playing an active role in supporting UTokyo in a variety of ways. For example, many overseas alumni associations make plans for the UTokyo Hands-on Activity Programs and host current students who participate in the program, hosting professors from UTokyo who are visiting their countries, etc.
(December 19) UTokyo Alumni Association of China (Tokyo) Holds 2nd General Meeting
The UTokyo Alumni Association of China (Tokyo) held its 2nd general meeting at Sanjo Conference Hall on the Hongo Campus in the afternoon of Saturday, December 8, 2018.
40 Chinese alumni including President of the Tokyo Alumni Association of China (Tokyo), Professor Jie Liu, Waseda University, who graduated from the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology in 1993, Dr. Yan Hao, who graduated from the Graduate School of Medicine in 1993, Advisor to President of the Tokyo Alumni Association of China (Tokyo), Chairman & CEO of EPS Holdings, Inc., Ms. Wan Wang, Spouse of Ambassador, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Japan, who graduated from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1992, attended the event.
At the opening, Mr. Ning Ding, Secretariat of the UTokyo Alumni Association of China (Tokyo), who graduated from the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in 2005, reported its activities and Ms. Wan Wang was elected as new president, followed by Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Director and Vice President of the University of Tokyo, who presented a lecture titled ”University that drives changes.”
At the networking reception, Professor Norio Matsuki, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo, made a toast speech. Lively exchanges were made among participants during the reception. As Chinese alumni living in Japan expand their activities to business fields as well as academic areas, exchange activities will be further promoted in cooperation with the University.