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Unprecedented Growth of Revenues Thanks to Ito Foundation U.S.A.

We are pleased to announce that the annual fundraising campaign in FY 2015/16 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) concluded with a total revenue of approximately $316,000 which shows an unprecedented growth in contribution revenues compared with the previous five fiscal years ($116,000 in FY 2014/15, $110,000 in FY 2013/14, $131,000 in FY 2012/13, and $139,000 in FY 2011/12 – See figure below).   The substantial increase in contribution revenues is attributable to a grant in the amount of $200,000 FUTI received from Ito Foundation U.S.A. The grant was provided to support the “Ito Foundation U.S.A. – FUTI...
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FUTI Announces 2016-17 Fundraising Campaign

In November 2016, FUTI launched its seventh annual campaign. FUTI has grown steadily over the years and contributed to the globalization of UTokyo. Since its inception in 2007 FUTI has cumulatively supported 52 UTokyo students who studied in the US and 57 US students who undertook internships or studies at UTokyo, providing them with invaluable experiences. The programs were made possible solely because of the generosity of supporters like yourself. Click here for the greetings from President Masaaki Yamada and Vice President Kuwama. (Read this article in Japanese) Articles in this newsletter:...
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Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting Held

FUTI Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting, October 1 (Sat), 12 pm-5pm Board members present: Masaaki Yamada (chair), Ken Furuya, Yuichiro Kuwama, Shigenori Matsushita, Nobuko Sakurai, Fumiko Tamura Advisory Committee (AC) member present: Iwao Ojima Other present: Masako Osako FUTI’s Annual Board and Advisory Committee joint meeting was held at the UTokyo New York office in New York, commencing at 12pm on October 1, 2016. After President Masaaki Yamada’s welcome greeting, Ms. Masako Osako, acting Secretary, presented the minutes of the Annual Board meetings held on September 19, 2015 and May 9, 2016. The minutes were unanimously approved...
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FUTI Hosts Supporter Appreciation Reception in New York

On Saturday, October 1st, Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI) hosted a reception to express appreciation for its supporters. Following the opening remarks by Dr. Masaaki Yamada, president, Mr. Shigenori Matsushita, a board member, made a report on the activities of FUTI. After explaining that FUTI provides research grants and scholarships to researchers and students aiming to attain international leadership, he reconfirmed FUTI’s commitment in this area. Dr. Matsushita commented that while globalization is more important than ever for the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) community, a concern has been expressed that its students are not actively participating in summer and...
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Excerpts of Reports by 2016 Summer Scholarship Recipients

As reported in Newsletter 15, six University of Tokyo (UTokyo) students and eight U.S. students received the 2016 FUTI Global Leadership Awards (FUTI-GLA). The FUTI summer scholarship award, a.k.a. the “FUTI Global Leadership Award (FUTI-GLA),” is designed to nurture future global leaders of Japan and the U.S. One of the selection criteria is a demonstration of leadership quality. Selected excerpts of their reports are shown in this article. Six UTokyo students participated in various summer programs at U.S. universities, such as University of California, Berkeley; Yale University; University of Michigan; and Stanford University. Two were science or engineering majors,...
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Prof. Furuya Lectures on Ocean Desertification in New York

On September 30, Professor Ken Furuya, director and executive vice president of UTokyo and a board member of Friends of UTokyo, Inc, gave a lecture titled “The Expanding Oceanic Desert” and was welcomed at a reception (at Morrison & Foerster LLP) during his visit to New York City. Dr. Furuya, who received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from UTokyo, served as dean of the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UTokyo. His area of expertise is aquatic bioscience with a special interest in marine phytoplankton and their role in the ecosystem. He has served on numerous...
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FUTI Co-Hosts Newcomer Welcome Lunches in New York and Chicago

FUTI hosted several newcomer welcome lunches for UTokyo students in New York and Chicago this fall in collaboration with local UTokyo alumni associations. The purpose of the gatherings was to facilitate adjustment to life in the US for newly arrived students and to offer guidance/advice to allow new students to begin enjoying their time in the US as soon as possible. At each lunch, a lively exchange took place between newcomers and older alumni, some of whom have lived in the US for over a few decades. FUTI is interested in working with UTokyo alumni associations in our effort...
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Ms. Nobuko Sakurai and Dr. Fumiko Tamura Elected as Board Members

At the Board Meeting held on May 9, 2016, FUTI Advisory Committee Members, Nobuko Sakurai and Fumiko Tamura were elected as Board Members. Ms. Sakurai will continue her duties as a member of Scholarship Review Committee. Working with the Treasurer (Dr. Kuwama), Dr. Tamura will focus on financial reporting, tax and regulatory matters....
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Six UTokyo Students and Eight U.S. Students Receive FUTI’s 2016 Summer Scholarships

The FUTI Award Selection Committee has selected six UTokyo students and eight U.S. students for this summer’s scholarship program. A list of these students is shown at the end of this article. The number of UTokyo award recipients declined significantly from nine in 2015 to four this year. This may be attributed primarily to the newly implemented semester system at UTokyo. To the award committee’s disappointment, while last year three attended English language programs and two attended Global Summer Programs (GSP) in the US, no UTokyo students have been selected for these programs this year. FUTI hopes award recipients...
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Ten Recipients Selected for the Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship

With the Ito Foundation U.S.A. as the financial sponsor, this year marked the first year of the Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship program. Because this is a new program for FUTI which supports University of Tokyo students/alumni to study in a U.S. university for one semester or more, we were initially not certain as to whether an adequate number of applications would be submitted, but in the end we received many applications from highly capable students. This was surely made possible by the efforts of staff at the University of Tokyo administration, departments, and graduate schools, and to them we...
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