Tokyo Institute of Technology: AY 2020 graduation ceremony for leading graduate schools held

Eighteen students completed one of Tokyo Tech’s leading graduate school programs in academic year 2020. These students, 14 of whom were present at a downscaled graduation ceremony held at Hisao & Hiroko Taki Plaza on Ookayama Campus, were honored on March 26, 2021.

Social distancing during program completion ceremony

Social distancing during program completion ceremony
During his congratulatory speech, President Kazuya Masu lauded the program participants not only for completing their doctoral research work, but also for acquiring the broad perspectives and creativity required of global leaders in industry, academia, and government. “I firmly believe that you have experienced significant growth through the interdisciplinary exchanges with your mentors and other students. Above all, however, I think is it the strong bonds you have formed with your leading graduate school program classmates that will motivate you when facing challenges in the future,” Masu commented.

The president’s speech was followed by brief congratulations from Provost and Executive Vice President for Institute Strategy Isao Satoh and Executive Vice President for Education Tetsuya Mizumoto. After the program participants were introduced individually, the ceremony concluded with words from Takashi Imada, graduate of the Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences (ACLS), and student representatives of the other academies.

Members of the Tokyo Tech community — particularly faculty, mentors, and staff involved in the Institute’s leading graduate school programs — look forward to seeing how the latest program graduates exercise their leadership and expertise on the world stage.

Tokyo Tech, in response to demands from industry, government, and academia, established four highly competitive programs and academies in academic year 2011 — the Academy for Global Leadership, the Academy for Co-creative Education of Environment and Energy Science, the Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences, and the Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent — to cultivate in graduate students the skills that would prepare them to become world leaders.

These programs were supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and run under its Program for Leading Graduate Schools.

MEXT funding for three of these programs ended in academic year 2017, while funding for the fourth finished in academic year 2018. The program curricula, however, continue to be offered as degree programs at the Institute.

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