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 (December 13, 2021) UTokyo Alumni Association of Nepal holds Annual Meeting and Benkyokai in December 2021

The UTokyo Alumni Associaion of Nepal (UTAAN) organized an Annual Meeting and Benkyokai on December 4, 2021. As the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, the program was organized virtually through the Zoom platform. As a regular event of UTAAN, the aim of the Benkyokai Program was to welcome and hear the students who newly graduated as of October.

Three graduates, namely Ms. Arati Shrestha, Mr. Kamal Bahadur Basnet and Mr. Badri Kuikel, presented their research as well as what they learned at UTokyo. Ms. Shrestha and Mr. Kuikel completed their Master's degrees at the Graduate School of Engineering, whereas Mr. Basnet completed his Master's degree at the Graduate School of Public Policy.

An invited presentation was made by Dr. Surya Raj Acharya, a 1999 graduate and prominent expert in infrastructure policy. UTAAN has been holding the Benkyokai by having both presentations from fresh graduates and senior alumni on contemporary issues. This time, Dr. Acharya's presentation was on "Low-carbon Transport Development in Nepal," as improving public transport in the capital city Kathmandu has been a hot topic of discussion.

The program was attended by 20 participants, including 2 from Japan. The program was highly useful in providing a networking opportunity for new graduates with the senior alumni. The whole program was moderated by Mr. Jitendra Shrestha.

The Benkyokai Program was coordinated by Dr. Ramesh Guragain. At the end of the program, Mr. Ram Prasad Bhandari, president of UTAAN, concluded his remarks by welcoming the new alumni to the UTAAN and highlighting the importance of networking through such Benkyokai Programs.

 (November 4, 2021) Eight networking events hosted online by overseas alumni associations on Homecoming Day 2021

On Homecoming Day 2021, which was held on October 16, 2021, eight networking events were hosted by overseas alumni associations across regions and time zones. It was the first time for overseas alumni associations to hold events on Homecoming Day. The time zones and the names of alumni associations, etc. are as follows:
 

Time zone Name of alumni
association
Number of
participants
Participants from UTokyo
1. Early morning NY Icho-kai 66 (including 30 who attended a live event) President Fujii and Vice President Tange
  San Francisco Akamon-kai 25 President Fujii and Executive Director and Vice President Tsuda
  UTokyo Alumni Asosciation of Canada-East Chapter/West Chapter 11 President Fujii and Vice President Tange
2. Afternoon Singapore Tansei-kai 23 President Fujii and Executive Director and Vice President Tsuda
  Todai Beijing Friendship Association 13 Executive Director and Vice President Tsuda
  UTokyo Alumni Association of Malaysia (Light Blue-kai) 11 Executive Director and Vice President Sato and Vice President Tange
3. Evening United Kingdom Akamon-gakuyu-kai 45 President Fujii and Executive Director and Vice President Tsuda
  Europe Akamon-kai, Paris 17 Executive Director and Vice President Tsuda and Executive Director and Vice President Sato

Current students who attended the online Hands-on Activitiy Programs as well as four staff members from the UTokyo Office for Alumni Affairs also participated in these events.
In total, about 210 alumni members enjoyed the networking events such as general meetings, networking sessions, exchanging opinions, etc.

Some of the alumni associations held general meetings which had been postponed becuase of the COVID-19 pandemic, while others enjoyed amicable exchanges among alumni and with current students who attended Hands-on Activity Programs as well as UTokyo faculty and staff members.

(September 13, 2021) Newcomer welcoming gathering by Chicago Akamon-kai Held

On September 10, 2021, Chicago Akamon-kai hosted a newcomer welcoming online meetup for alumni and friends of UTokyo to welcome alumni from UTokyo who have recently arrived in Chicago. It was co-hosted by Satsuki-kai America and Friends of UTokyo.
 
A total of 12 members, including 5 newcomers, joined and enjoyed networking. Their backgrounds were diverse, ranging from students at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University to professionals such as lawyers and corporate employees. It was a thoroughly enjoyable meetup. They hope to continue to deepen their fellowship.

 (August 30, 2021) Newcomer welcoming gathering by Chicago Akamon-kai to be Held

Chicago Akamon-kai is hosting a newcomer welcoming online meetup for alumni and friends of UTokyo to welcome alumni from UTokyo who have recently arrived in Chicago. It will be co-hosted by Satsuki-kai America and Friends of UTokyo. Alumni and friends of UTokyo are welcome to join the event for an enjoyable meetup.
 
Day/time: Friday, September 10, 8:00 - 9:30 pm (CDT) 
Venue: Zoom
Cost: Free
RSVP: Contact chicagoakamonkai@gmail.com by September 9 with information about your name, email address, major at UTokyo, year of graduation (optional), and current affiliation/employer.
 

(July 15, 2021) Inaugural Meeting of UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada-East Chapter Held

With approximately four months of detailed planning, it is our great pleasure to inform you that the UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada-East Chapter (UTAAC-EC) has just been established! The inauguration ceremony was held online on July 9, 2021, and was attended by a total of 30 participants.  

The inauguration ceremony was honored with the presence of Mr. Takuya Sasayama (General-Consul of Japan in Toronto), Dr. Shinya Nagasaki (Professor at McMaster University), Dr. Teruo Fujii (President of the University of Tokyo), Dr. Atsushi Tsuda (Vice President of the University of Tokyo), and Dr. Henry Tsang (Professor at Athabasca University and the acting President of UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada-West Chapter), and many other alumni who are currently residing in Eastern Canada.

The ceremony started with a brief introduction of the short history related to the establishment, and the purposes of UTAAC-EC. After that, six candidates presented themselves to the participants and they were officially elected as executive board members of UTAAC-EC upon obtaining approvals from the participants. The ceremony reached its climax with a series of speeches by Consul-General Sasayama, Dr. Nagasaki, President Fujii, and Dr. Tsang. They congratulated this newly formed alumni association and shared their experiences, views, and future outlooks. Towards of the end of the ceremony, Vice President Tsuda gave a presentation on the recent efforts by the University to address existing challenges faced by society. The official ceremony ended with a closing remark by Kaylen Wang, President of UTAAC-EC. In her closing remark, she thanked every participant on the behalf of the executive board and talked about some upcoming activities for the association.   

The meeting ended with three ten-minute networking sessions that allowed participants to network and exchange their experiences as UTokyo alumni.
 

(June 17, 2021) Chicago Akamon-kai holds Annual Meeting  

The annual meeting of Chicago Akamon-kai for the year 2020-21 was held on May 23, 2021. For the first time in more than one year due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the alumni association was able to hold a meeting in person rather than on Zoom in the form of an outdoor picnic in a downtown Chicago park.  
  
For 2021-22, Chicago Akamon-kai elected Kanjis (Managers). Members look forward to having an active year under their leadership.  
  
A total of 11 members joined the gathering and enjoyed networking in the spring weather, complying with the government orders regarding COVID-19.Their backgrounds were diverse, ranging from graduate students at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University to professionals such as lawyers and corporate employees. As it was a potluck lunch, they brought a variety of home-cooked foods such as sushi, Iranian dishes, Cuban bread, cake and cookies. It was a thoroughly enjoyable gathering.  

(June 7, 2021) The Inaugural Ceremony of UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada - East Chapter to be Held

We are pleased to inform you that the inaugural ceremony of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada - East Chapter is to be held as follows:

Date: Friday 9th July 2021, 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm (ET) followed by networking session (Platform: TBA)
Venue: Online (Zoom)
For: UTokyo alumni currently residing in Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador)
Register here
Dr. Teruo Fujii, President of the University of Tokyo as well as Dr. Atsushi Tsuda, Executive Director and Vice President of the University of Tokyo are scheduled to join the event.

For more details, please click here.

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