(June 22, 2020) Homecoming Day 2020 to be Held Online for the First Time
Homecoming Day is a university-wide event for all alumni to get together again on the Hongo and Komaba Campuses. Since its launch in 2002, it has offered opportunites for alumni to reconfirm their ties with fellow alumni and also with the University.
Under the continuing effects of Covid-19, it has been decided that Homecoming Day 2020 will be held online for the first time.
Both live streaming and prerecorded video streaming will be available.
(May 28, 2020) Chinese Alumni Donate a Wide Range of Medical Goods to UTokyo
Starting with the donation of 1,000 N95 Surgical Masks on April 28, 2020, Chinese alumni have donated various medical goods to UTokyo, as follows:
1st; 1,000 N 95 surgical masks (on April 28, 2020, photo on the left)
2nd; 2,100 GB19083 medical masks, 100 face shields and others (on May 15, 2020, photo on the lower left)
3rd; 400 face shields, 500 face goggles (on May 22, 2020, photo on the lower right)
4th; 30,000 PVC gloves for inspection
5th; JPY 54,000 donation to the COVID-19 Emergency Action Fund of UTokyo
Total worth: About JPY2.13million
All the medical goods were donated to medical institutions of UTokyo except 200 of the face shields, which were donated to the School of Engineering of UTokyo.
Mr. Fumiaki Sano, the secretariat of the UTokyo Beijing Friendship Association, who led these donations, said many Chinese alumni were worried about the negative effect on UTokyo by COVID-19 and more than 100 Chinese alumni both in China and Japan in total joined this donation project.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the heartful cooperation of all the members.
(May 21, 2020) Chicago Akamon-kai Holds Its Annual Meeting Online
The Chicago Akamon-kai held its annual meeting on May 18, 2020. Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, they held an online annual meeting via Zoom for the first time. In spite of this situation, a total of 27 alumni gathered to join the meeting. Participants’ backgrounds were diverse, ranging from graduate students at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University to professionals such as researchers and corporate employees working in the city.
This year, they invited Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo, to the meeting as a special guest speaker. Prof. Fujii presented a keynote lecture “Recent Activities at Utokyo” and he talked about how UTokyo is currently strengthening its ties with industry and research institutions around the world while keeping an eye on the changes that will occur in society in the future. He also explained about how UTokyo is dealing with the current global pandemic. After the lecture, they held a discussion session with Prof. Fujii and many of the participants were very enthusiastic in asking questions. They were able to have a meaningful exchange of ideas.
Besides this, the organizers of this meeting reported on activities during 2019, and proposed new executive members for the Chicago Akamon-kai for 2020. The proposal was approved.
Though face-to-face communication is severely restricted this year because of the COVID-19 crisis, they hope to continue to deepen their fellowship by using these online meeting tools.
(April 30, 2020) COVID-19 Emergency Action Fund Set Up
With an aim to combat COVID-19 which is spreading exponentially worldwide, the COVID-19 Emergency Action Fund has been set up.
The funds raised during the first term will be utilized for development of remedies as well as for improvement of the medical care system required in an emergency to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
More than 10 million JPY has already been raised.
Thank you for your kind support.
[The first term] April 20, 2020 to June 30, 2020
Messages from President Gonokami
(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 HeldOn 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.