イベント報告 | 2018年10月 3日
Congratulatory Address in the Entrance Ceremony
Tuesday, October ２nd, 2018
President, Toyohashi University of Technology
On behalf of all the faculty and the staff, and the students, I would like to express our heartfelt welcome to all of you to the graduate school of Toyohashi University of Technology, TUT.
Taking various opportunities, I introduce the meaning of Gijutu Kagaku, technological science in English, which is used in the name of our university to express the subject we are all seeking. The technological science is different from "science and technology" often used in the modern society. Like social science or natural science, we are seeking the principles or laws of technology under the name of technological science. By mastering technology through understanding the scientific foundation supporting it, we can apply the existing technology to other fields or develop itself further and even create new technology leading to social innovation.
Therefore, our university lays out the motto of "Master Technology, Create Technology".
"Master Technology" implies that you must learn lots and work hard to catch up with the latest development of technological science to be a professional engineer. Of course, our faculty will provide with many excellent lectures, training programs and individualized advices on the advanced science and technology. I would like you to learn them in a proactive manner. This is "master technology".
"Create Technology" requires more to you. "Create Technology" is a self-sustained activity to open up a cutting edge stage of the development of technology. It is important to be ready always to challenge to solve things unknown. Your own dream or ambition will be an important driving force towards creativity.
Today creativity seems to be particularly important. There are many difficult issues facing us, such as energy, environmental, water, sanitation problems shown in SDGs of the United Nations. Those problems will not be solved only by our existing knowledge and technology. We have to develop novel science and technology with our creativity to solve current difficult global issues, and obviously you are expected to foster your creativity during your graduate program which now starts.
Please do your best in the graduate program keeping in mind "Master Technological Science, Create Technological Science".
In addition, I would like to mention that we are now promoting a new program to open further our university to the rest of the world. Globalization is a very important key word for the new era. We are conducting Super Global University Program, or top global university program in Japan, in which bilingual lecture program is expanded. New dormitory where students learn multi-cultural ways of life were constructed. Through the new program, the ratio of non-Japanese speaking students in the campus is increasing further. Therefore, you are expected to play more important role to change our university towards the new direction, which is globalization.
Finally, in addition to your study on technology, I hope you will learn lots about Japan during your stay here. That makes your life in Toyohashi more pleasant, enjoyable and fruitful. Also, if you meet any difficulties, don't hesitate to contact our faculty and staff who have enough experiences to support international students.I would like to conclude my speech with saying again, Congratulations and welcome to you and I wish your productive and enjoyable life in Toyohashi.
Thank you for your attention.