イベント報告 | 2022年10月11日
Congratulatory Address to students enrolled in October 2022
October 4, 2022
Dr. Kazuhiko Terashima
President, Toyohashi University of Technology,
Congratulations to everyone on your enrollment. Toyohashi University of Technology has enrolled in the following graduate schools this year: Master's course 23 students and Doctoral course 11 students. To parents and guardians, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations on the enrollment of your children, whom you have worked so hard to nurture. Although the new coronavirus infection is expected to gradually recover, we cannot be too careful at this point, and while we continue to take strict measures against coronavirus infection, we will do our utmost to prevent a decline in the level of education and research by adopting a hybrid approach that flexibly mixes online and other methods with a focus on face-to-face meetings, and that you will be able to enjoy your studies and your daily life. As President of the University, I would like to congratulate you on this auspicious occasion.
Our University was established with the mission of education and research in the field of technological science, a field that develops new technologies through the exploration of the science that underpins technology. While respecting social diversity and strengthening cooperation with local communities and industry, our University aims to be one of the world's top engineering universities in basic and practical research, and social implementation of technology. Our university aims to scientifically elucidate and explore manufacturing technologies, pioneer more advanced technologies, and create technological systems. Graduates and graduates of our university, who are educated based on these principles, are highly reputed by industry and the local community for their integrity, strength in manufacturing and IT, ability not only in theory but also in design and prototyping, and excellence as engineers. Our University is a research university that excels in research. Our strong research areas are sensing devices, semiconductors, AI, and robotics, as well as materials and chemistry, vehicles, agriculture and biotechnology, and architecture and urban systems. Our university is a research university that has been selected for many national priority projects, including the Project for the Promotion of Strengthening Research Universities, which has been adopted by only 19 universities out of nearly 800 universities in Japan. Both faculty and students are very active in presenting papers and traveling abroad for international conferences. In terms of the amount of research funds per researcher received for joint research with private companies, the University ranked first in Japan in FY2020, surpassing the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Although our university is small, with about 380 faculty members, 2,000 students, and 280 students studying from abroad, our excellent results are due to the sincerity and excellence of our students as well as our professors.
Now, I would like to make two requests to all of you who have enrolled in our university. First, in addition to studying for your university lectures and research, I encourage you to read a wide variety of books in your spare time. Reading will broaden your horizons and develop your wisdom and knowledge. The fool learns from experience, and the wise learn from history. This is a quote from a prime minister over 100 years ago named Bismarck. Simply explained, since your own personal experience like time, energy, money, etc. is limited, even if you are experiencing something for the first time, similar things have happened in the past, and how your predecessors thought about and dealt with them are recorded in books. By learning from them, we can develop the ability to make judgments in advance to avoid mistakes, as well as the foresight and decision-making skills to predict the future. I believe that developing the habit of reading from a young age will enrich your future.
This brings me to my second and final request. Since you are all excellent students who have passed the entrance examination of the university, I would like to ask you all 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 lets change the world a little bit step by step with technical science, together. In Japanese, Gijyutuwa sekaio sukosizutu kaerukotoga dekiru. Our university will do its utmost to support you.
Although our university is not large, I think it is one of the best engineering universities in Japan. We, the faculty and staff, are proud to welcome you, our outstanding students. I hope that you will be proud to be TUT students and contribute to the world today and in the future. So, congratulations on your admission to TUT. I would like to conclude my congratulatory address by wishing you all a wonderful life at TUT.