イベント報告 | 2022年10月 4日
The Congratulatory Address to graduates of September 2022
Kazuhiko TERASHIMA, President
Toyohashi University of Technology,
September 22, 2022
Congratulations to all graduates of the Master's and Doctoral Programs of the Toyohashi University of Technology! Toyohashi University of Technology has sent 30 students to the Master's Course and 7 students to the Doctoral Course this year. I would also like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to their families. I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to my supervisors and all those involved for their guidance and support of the students until today. Although the new coronavirus infection is now gradually recovering, we still cannot let our guard down, but I am sincerely happy that we are able to hold the graduation ceremony here today. As the President of the University, I would like to congratulate you on this blessed occasion.
First of all, I know that you have spent a lot of time and put in a lot of effort to complete your graduate programs. Today is the day that all this hard work has paid off. At the same time, completion of the program is a fresh start for your next challenge. I am sure that you have learned and deeply absorbed a great deal of knowledge at this university. You have been systematically taught the wisdom of mankind through lectures and textbooks. On the other hand, at this university, you have acquired not only knowledge but also wisdom about engineering and human ability by actively learning how to conduct scientific research, including experiments and practical training in laboratories and experimental sites, research methods, discussions with professors and fellow researchers, trial and error, numerous failures, and how to write papers. These are the real assets of learning at the university. I believe that the wisdom and knowledge you learned here can be applied to the various challenges you will face in the future. However, I believe that our face-to-face time has been greatly reduced in the past two and a half years due to the unexpected outbreak of the new coronary disease. This is truly unfortunate. Instead, we have managed to overcome this situation by introducing online lectures and combining online and face-to-face sessions. I would like to express my gratitude for the efforts of our students and faculty members.
Fortunately, mankind is rapidly developing digitalization technologies, resulting in the development of DX, and quality education and research are now available anywhere in the world. In addition, awareness of the SDGs, which are creating a sustainable society, is spreading around the world and is truly turning a pinch into an opportunity. To the graduates, I hope that you will apply the wisdom, strength, and courage you have gained in these difficult times to your future lives and society.
Here, I have three messages for the graduates.
First, I hope that you will continue to cherish and connect with the networks of friends, faculty, staff, and local communities with whom you have interacted during your time at this university. You have been at this university for a few years, but I believe that you have more than a few decades of life ahead of you. Our university is a small university with about 2000 students, 280 international students, and 380 faculty members. However, out of nearly 800 universities in Japan, our university is one of only 19 research universities selected for the program to promote the strengthening of research universities. In addition, Aichi Prefecture is located in a region that is the nation's largest producer of certain industries, including Toyota Motor Corporation, Denso Corporation, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd ets. Toyohashi in particular is a well-balanced region in terms of agriculture and industry, and is surrounded by the sea and mountains, making it a scenic area. I hope that you will continue to expand the network of contacts you have gained here into new social networks, and that you will have a broad perspective and human skills when you enter a new society. There is only so much one person can do with his or her own experience. Please connect with the world globally.
Second, your studies do not end when you enter society. In addition to studying for your work at the company, I encourage you to read a wide variety of books in your spare time. Reading broadens your horizons and fosters wisdom and knowledge. The fool learns from experience, and the wise learn from history. This is a quote from the German prime minister over 100 years ago named Bismarck. To explain it simply, since one's own experience like time, energy, money, etc. is limited, even if it is one's first experience, similar things have happened in the past, and books record how those who came before us thought about and dealt with them. By learning from them, we can develop the ability to make judgments in advance to avoid mistakes, as well as the ability to foresee the future and make decisions.
This brings me to the third and final point. You are young people with outstanding intellectual, physical, and human strengths who have gone through the rigorous program of education and research at our university. I ask you to "take on the challenge of doing what you are good at and what you want to do, without fear of failure, and with courage. And please change the world a little bit with technical science.
When you return to your home country, please tell your family, friends, and the people of your country about the Japanese people and Japan. Please do not hide the good and bad points that impressed you and tell them honestly. We would like you to share your impressions of the good and bad things about Japan with people in your home country. We are always watching over you. If you have any trouble, please feel free to write to us or come back to us anytime. We welcome you from the bottom of our hearts. I mentioned earlier that I would like to ask you to connect with the global community, but I would also like to ask you to strongly connect with the Alumni Association of TUT.
Have a good sailing. Bon voyage. This concludes the President's congratulatory address.