(August 21) Seattle Tansei-kai Holds a Get-together
The Seattle Tansei-kai held a get-together meeting on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Seattle. This is the first gathering since the former secretariat went back to Japan. Ten participants such as alumni, including Kiyokazu Tomoyoshi, Director of the Office for Alumni Affairs, the University of Tokyo, and their spouses attended the meeting.
Director Tomoyoshi explained the role of alumni in supporting current students as UTokyo Association supporters, hosts of Hands-on Activitiy Programs, etc. in addition to further expanding alumni networking through the UTokyo Online Community (TFT) and alumni associations. The amicable atmosphere continued throughout the whole meeting.
Now that the new secretariat has been selected, we hope that the Seattle Tansei-kai will take this opportunity to promote events in the future.
(August 19) UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada-West Chapter Just Established
We are pleased to inform you that the UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada-West Chapter has just been established and the inaugural meeting was held in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday, August 17, 2019 to coincide with President Gonokami's visit there.
The 18 participants who attended the event included alumni and guests such as Dr. Makoto Gonokami, President of UTokyo and Mr. Kiyokazu Tomoyoshi, Director of the UTokyo Office for Alumni Affairs. After opening remarks, seven new board members of the new association were selected, and objectives and planned activities of the new assocation were explained by Dr. Henry Tsang, president of the association, followed by President Gonokami's congratulatory speech. In his speech, President Gonokami explained the role of academia in driving transformation for a better society and various measures the University is promoting to achieve above goals.
During the networking dinner, attendees took part in a lively discussion on various matters both in English and Japanese.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Kiyokazu Tomoyoshi briefly introduced the main activities of Office for Alumni Affairs, including further expanding and fulfilling alumni networks through the UTokyo Online Community (TFT) and increasing UTokyo Supporters who play an important role in supporting students.
(July 9) UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada-West Chapter to be Launched in August to Coincide with President Gonokami's Visit There
President Gonokami will visit Vancouver, Canada in mid-August this year in order to attend the UBC (University of British Columbia) Baseball Friendship Match that will be conducted as part of the student exchange events between the two universities. Since UTokyo has signed an exchange agreement with UBC, it hosted the first Baseball Friendship Match last year.
The inaugural meeting of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada-West Chapter will be held in Vancouver, Canada in the evening of August 17, 2019 to coincide with President Gonokami's visit there.
Dr. Henry Tsang, who is affiliated to Athabasca University, has played an active role in founding this alumni association.
The inaugural meeting will be scheduled as follows:
Date: August 17, 2019
For further details, please contact us at utaa.adm(at)gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp. (Please replace (at) with @.)
(July 2) Mr. Lee Sungmoo, Secretary General of Seoul National University Alumni Association, visits Office for Alumni Affairs
On June 28, 2019, Mr. Lee Sungmoo, Secretary General of Seoul National University Alumni Association, visited the Office for Alumni Affairs with Mr. JeongHwan Seo of the Seoul National University Alumni Association in Tokyo, Japan.
First, they attended the guided tour of the half-renovated General Library. They then went to the Seoul National University UTokyo Office which is situated on the 4th floor of Faculty of Science Bldg. 1, where Deputy Director Byeongchel Lee warmly welcomed them.
At the end of their campus tour, they visited the Office for Alumni Affairs on the 7th floor of Administration Bldg. 1. They exchanged status reports on each alumni association and confirmed that the third networking event between the two alumni associations will be hosted in Tokyo someday in the future.
(July 2) The 18th General Meeting of NY Icho-kai Held
On Friday, June 21, 2019, the 18th General Meeting of NY Icho-kai was held at Yale Club in New York City. About 120 participants attended the event. UN Ambassador Bessho presented an opening remark followed by a speech and presentation on FSI (Future Society Initiatives) by Dr. Teruo Fujii, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo. His presentation included university management, from industry-university collaboration to "Forming a Global Base for Knowledge Collaboration," fundraising operations and the UTokyo online community (TFT). Since many participants were informed of recent UTokyo activities for the first time, positive comments such as ”I’m impressed” and “It was interesting” were heard. Besides holding a general meeting once a year, local alumni get together to exchange information with each other on a regular basis as the ICHI-O-Kai.
(May 30) Professor I Chiu Liao, President of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Taiwan, Awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize
On May 27th, 2019, Professor I Chiu Liao，Lifetime Distinguished Professor, National Taiwan Ocean University as well as current president of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Taiwan, has been awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize “Science and Technology” at the Nikkei Asia Prize presentation ceremony at the Imperial Hotel. Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo as well as four staff members from the Office for Alumni Affairs joined the event to celebrate his award.
Launched in 1996, the Nikkei Asia Prizes are designed to recognize outstanding achievements that contribute to the region’s sustainable development and to the creation of a better future for Asia. They are awarded annually in the following three areas of achievements: “Economics and Business Innovation,” “Science and Technology” and “Culture and Community.”
Professor Liao is famous for his research on black tigers. After obtaining his Ph.D in the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo, he succeeded in farming black tiger shrimp for the first time in the world in 1968. He is recognized as the "father of shrimp farming" in Taiwan. What is noteworthy about him is that instead of patenting his methods, he communicated everything about farming black tiger shrimp to international students from the Asian region, thus making the know-how widely disseminated, leading to the shrimp's abundance in Asian foods.
As president of the UTokyo Alumni Association of Taiwan, Professor Liao agreed to be an advisor of the UTokyo Alumni Association, a member of the board of the UTokyo Alumni Association.