You may recall that last year the “University of Tokyo Day”was held on October 23, 2014 at Jones Hall of Princeton University. The ceremony was participated by President Junichi Hamada, Dr. Masako Egawa (Executive Vice President of UTokyo and a FUTI Director) and several other delegates from the University of Tokyo. Mr. Takeshi Komoto of JETRO New York Office, an alumnus of both universities attended and prepared the article below, which is being reproduced here for your information.
President Junichi Hamada visited Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey on October 23, 2014 to participate an event to commemorate the strategic partnership agreement that both universities made in January 2013.
In the welcome address President Christopher Eisgruber of Princeton University said, “Princeton University and the University of Tokyo had been already collaborating in a fascinating array of subjects, but we can solidify our relationship further by this formal agreement. I hope that both institutions will continue to grow as world-class universities through this partnership.”
In return President Hamada had expressed his desire to see the partnership grow and flourish, and stated,”The University of Tokyo aspires to become a world-class university by capitalizing on our position as a foremost Japanese university. Our students must experience the world outside of Japan so that they can be exposed to diverse ways of thinking.”
Dr. Masako Egawa, Executive Vice President of UTokyo and Provost David Lee of Princeton also reported on their internationalization programs at both universities.
Professor Takao Someya (Engineering School of UTokyo) and Mr. Warren Rieutort Louis (Ph. D. candidate, Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton) reported on their progress in their collaborative research on “Sensing Skins,” and Professor Naoki Yoshida (School of Science, UTokyo) and Prof. Jennie E. Greene (Astrophysics Department, Princeton) reported on their collaborative effort in astrophysics research.
As for the education program, Professor Jin Sato (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, UTokyo) and Prof. David Leheny (East Asian Studies Department, Princeton) reported on the status of the exchange program for undergraduate students. In all the presentations, the great value of the partnership that enables both universities to learn each other’s strengths was acknowledged.
In the Q&A session that ensued, various issues were brought up and discussed to improve the activities, and a lively discussion was exchanged concerning such topics as similarities between Japanese and American students in their attitude in classroom learning, as well as the difference in their customs to speak up or not to speak up in class.
The delegation of the UTokyo included, in addition to President Junichi Hamada and Dr. Masako Egawa, Prof. Hiroaki Aihara (Executive Vice President), Prof. Takehiko Kitamori (Special Advisor to President). In addition, Prof. Emeritus Shukuro Manabe (Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Princeton), Prof. Masaaki Yamada (Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, and FUTI Director of University Relations) and Prof. Nobuhiro Kiyotaki (Economics Department, Princeton) , Dr. Masako Osako (FUTI staff), and Mr. Takeshi Komoto (Executive Director, JETRO New York Office) attended to show their interest to support the event.
Related articles: “Princeton celebrates international partnership with ‘University of Tokyo Day’.”
Articles in this newsletter:
- The FUTI Board Appoints Dr. Ken Furuya as a New Member
- Makoto Gonokami Begins UTokyo Presidency
- Nine UTokyo Students and 11 U.S. Students Receive FUTI’s 2015 Summer Scholarships
- Mr. Wiegman of Modesto High School, California and Mr. Smith of Summit High School, Oregon, Receive FUTI’s Travel Grants to Attend PEAK
- President Hamada Participates in a “UTokyo Day” at Princeton University
- Princeton-UTokyo Educational Partnership on Plasma Physics
- UTokyo Professor Kiichi Fujiwara Speaks in New York
- "Go Global Study Abroad Fair 2015" Held at the Komaba Campus
- Renovation of Yasuda Auditorium Completed!