Message from the President of the University of Tokyo

  • Makoto Gonokami
    President of the University of Tokyo

In the midst of rapid globalization, humankind as a whole must face emerging problems, including natural resource depletion, environmental deterioration, world financial insecurity as well as poverty. Responding to such global-scale issues requires a wide range of people to cooperate and to take action by sharing and utilizing their knowledge. The University of Tokyo’s mission is to cultivate talented individuals to become leaders in this sharing and utilizing of knowledge. We must continue to face challenges with courage, wisdom and a sense of responsibility.

As stated in the University of Tokyo’s Charter, we will press forward with academics that contribute to the peace and welfare of the whole humankind society. Ensuring gender equality is one of our key tasks in a world with rapid changes. Headed by the Office for Gender Equality which is directly under me as president, we will develop a support framework so that the University of Tokyo is a place where a diverse range of human resources can fully demonstrate their talents and abilities regardless of gender.

Message from the Director of the Office for Gender Equality

  • Norio Matsuki
    Director of the Office for Gender Equality
    Executive Vice President /Vice President

The mission of the University of Tokyo is to further improve its research and education which are already of the highest level. To do this, it is critical that we promote gender equality as well as internationalization, because the participation and contribution of diverse and outstanding human resources are vital, regardless of nationality, race, gender and age.

The Office for Gender Equality was established in 2006 and placed under the direct supervision of the university president. Since its founding, the Office has set up day nurseries and the Advising Room for Female Researchers on campus and promoted positive action to increase the number of female researchers. We also have been taking measures to raise the percentage of female students.

Currently, however, the ratios of female faculty members and female students are still far from the desired levels. More than ever before, we are called to develop an environment where all people regardless of gender can fully demonstrate their talents and abilities and then to continuously enhance that environment.

We are committed to continuing to promote gender equality, drawing on your input and feedback. We appreciate your continued support and cooperation.