(December 2) Four Representatives of Tsinghua Alumni Association, Tsinghua University Visit the University of Tokyo
On December 2, 2019, 4 representatives of Tsinghua Alumni Association, Tsinghua University, namely, Professor Mei Xiaopength; Ms. Zhang Yueyue, Director of Executive Office; Ms. Zeng Zhuokun, Editor, Shui Mu Tsinghua Magazine; and Mr. Sun Yao, Research Department; visited the Office for Alumni Affairs, the University of Tokyo accompanied by a Chinese student of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo as an interpreter.
The purpose of their visit was to understand how our alumni office is organized, and what our activities are like, etc. and also to exchange opinions.
What impressed us most is that all the alumni of Tsinghua have love towards the university, and therefore they would like to contribute to the university in some way or other through efforts, time and/or money. Moreover, Tsinghua Alumni Association has access to 80% of their alumni through e-mail or WeChat compared to 25% of ours.
At the same time, we found some common issues including, for example, how to organize the alumni of graduate schools who seem to have less affinity towards the university than bachelor alumni.
After visiting the University of Tokyo, they will visit Kanazawa University before returning to China.
(November 8) The Europe Akamonkai in France Holds a Get-together Meeting to Coincide with the Visit of Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo
The Europe Akamonkai in France held a get-together meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Paris, to welcome Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo.11 participants enjoyed a conversation while having a delicious wine and roast chicken lunch.
All members were updated by Professor Fujii on the latest news of UTokyo, social cooperation activities and the professor's research themes, and they all discussed how to revitalize alumni association activities in France.
Since its establishment in 2011, the Europe Akamonkai in France has held several events a year.
(October 5) Chicago Akamon-kai holds Newcomer Welcome Lunch
The Chicago Akamon-kai held a newcomer welcome lunch on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in downtown Chicago to welcome UTokyo alumni who arrived in the city this summer. Far exceeding our initial expectation of about 15 attendees (based on attendance at our previous meetings), a total of 33 alumni and 2 young children joined the gathering at an Italian restaurant. Participants’ backgrounds were diverse ranging from graduate students at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University to professionals such as lawyers and corporate employees working in the city.
Because many participants were aged around 30 years old, they could share not only their common experiences at UTokyo, but also current life concerns regarding work and family. As a result, the conversation was lively and involved. (I myself thoroughly enjoyed listening to fellow alumni’s exciting experiences about life and work in Chicago of which I was not aware.)
Because we had a sit-down lunch format, each of us could talk to only a limited number of people. In retrospect, to accommodate for the large size, perhaps we could have had a cocktail party type arrangement where people can freely move around. Going forward, we hope to be flexible so that participants can fully enjoy each other.
Those of us in charge of events at the Chicago Akamon-kai are planning to hold more gatherings for alumni. We look forward to continuing our enjoyable and stimulating discussions! (Author, Hiroshi Nishimoto, Member of Event Planning)
(October 1) Greater Boston UTokyo Alumni Club Hosts a Get-together Meeting to Coincide with the Visit of Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo
Since registering with the UTokyo Alumni Associaion this April, the Greater Boston UTokyo Alumni Club has hosted guests from UTokyo including Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo, for the first time. Fourteen participants, including alumni living there as well as three guests from UTokyo: Professor Fujii, Mr. Masami Shimokawa, Senior Director of the Office for External Relations and Mr. Kiyokazu Tomoyoshi, Director of the Office for Alumni Affairs.
All the participants enjoyed having conversations over a nice dinner and seemed especially happy to receive updates on the latest news of UTokyo.
After the dinner was over, Professor Kaneki, Professor Yoshida, and Ph. D. candidate Mr. Yoshinaga talked about what the future of Greater Boston UTokyo Alumni Club should be like.
(September 17) Peru Akamon-Kai Hosts UTokyo Professors
On August 22, members of the Peru Akamon-Kai had a meeting with the president of UNI, Dr Jorge Alva. Participants included Dr. Victor Konno, president of the Peru Akamon-kai, Dr. Koichi Kusunoki, professor of the Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, MSc. Fernando Lazares, Academic Director of the Japan-Peru Center for Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Mitigation, and Dr. Carlos Zavala of CISMID. They talked about the possibility of an exchange MOU between UTokyo and the National University of Engineering.
After visiting the Faculty of Civil Engineering, they showed an isolated building, which was designed and constructed by professors of UNI and CISMID, where Dr. Hiroshi Aihara, professor of the Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo, attended the International Symposium on Earthquake Engineering.
On August 25, Peru Akamon-kai members had lunch with Dr. Aihara at Jose Antonio Restaurant where good Peruvian cuisine was served. All the members including Dr. Konno and Dr. Miguel Estrada, Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation of Peru, enjoyed the lunch. Members of Akamon-kai warmly welcomed UTokyo professors and they hope they can strengthen their relations with the UTokyo Alumni Association in Japan.
(September 17) Mexico Akamon-kai Hosts a Get-together Meeting with Professor Hiroyuki Ukeda
On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Mexico Akamon-kai hosted a get-together meeting with Professor Hiroyuki Ukeda, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in Mexico City. Professor Ukeda was visiting several areas of Mexico for research purposes. About 15 participants enjoyed the dinner and exchanged views on many subjects.
Since its establishment in 2014, Mexico Akamon-kai holds several events a year and has about 50 members, of which 29 members are international students who have gone back to their countries after obtaining a degree at UTokyo.
(September 9) Three Activities Hosted by UTokyo Alumni Association of India (UTAAI) in Japan in August
On August 15, 2019, UTAAI in Tokyo and the UTokyo Indian Students' Association (UTISA) representatives joined the celebration ceremony of the 73rd Independence Day of India that was held at the Embassy of India in Tokyo.
On August 18, 2019, UTAAI took eight Indian students (four boys and four girls) who were visiting Tokyo from West Bengal State, India for the 23rd Japan India Students' Conference program, to a memorial event at Renkoji Temple in Tokyo on the 75th anniversary of the death of Mr. Subas Chandra Bose, India Freedom Fighter Neta-ji.
Also, UTAAI and UTISA welcomed them to the Hongo Campus on August 21, 2019. They enjoyed seeing the Sir Tagore portrait in General Library, which was given as a gift by H.E. Mr. Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, during his memorial visit to our University in 1952. Before Nehru's visit, Sir Tagore presented his memorial lecture on the Hongo Campus under the title of "Message of India to Japan" in 1916 as the first Nobel Prize winner in Asia, Literature 1913. We shared with them experiences of campus life, information on GSCC, PEAK and the Graduate School of Public Policy, and exchanged views about international relations, particularly about how India is so important for Japan. We recommended that they study at graduate schools in Japan and also to get jobs in Japan.