With a distinguished history of over 130 years, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, also known as Tokyo Tech, has an equally storied list of alumni; many of whom are active in pioneering fields on the global stage.
Tokyo Tech alumni retain strong ties with the university, and the university also strives to foster such relationships through events such as Homecoming Day – an annual event hosted by Tokyo Tech to encourage co-mingling and communication within its community. Such events not only support the building of networks between current students and alumni, but also encourage members of the local community outside of the university to find out more about the Tokyo Tech through activities such as special lectures by eminent guests, or through poster sessions to introduce students’ research.
To further build strong connections with its alumni, Tokyo Tech also has other initiatives, such as the Tokyo Tech Online Community – a networking platform designed to encourage interaction within alumni, current students, and the university itself. Members can easily communicate with each other on this networking platform, as well as obtain information about the university and its events through a regular newsletter. Tokyo Tech also has Departmental Alumni Associations for each of its various departments, for example, the ‘Hakuseikai’ (Mechanics-related alumni association), or the ‘Shakoukai’ (Department of Social Engineering alumni association).
Some of Tokyo Tech’s most distinguished alumni include:
Dr. Yoshiharu Doi
Yoshiharu Doi has put in a great deal of time at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He graduated with a both a Bachelor and Master of Engineering from Tokyo Tech’s School of Engineering and Graduate School of Engineering respectively. Following that, Doi continued on as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering before achieving his Doctor of Engineering, all at Tokyo Tech. Dr. Doi is currently the President of the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), an organization that is not only in-charge of the world’s largest synchrotron radiation facility – SPring-8, but is also an organization that was established to further research and experimentation activities in Japan by focusing on ‘endangered’ academic fields, such as the study of rubber.
Chong Tow Chong
A Singaporean graduate of Tokyo Tech, Chong Tow Chong is the current President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) – Singapore’s fourth national university. He was SUTD’s founding Provost and was actively involved in the planning and development of the university as it was founded. Tow Chong is by his own rights a distinguished researcher in the field of electronic engineering. After graduating from Tokyo Tech, Tow Chong went on to do a Masters of Engineering at the National University of Singapore and consequently a Doctor of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked in a variety of technological and data centers in Singapore, such as the A*STAR’s Science and Engineering Research Council, before embarking on his current role as President of SUTD.
A graduate of the Department of Architecture and Building Engineering, Shingo Tsuda found his way into first working in a trading company, before being offered the appointment of Japan’s Ambassador to Qatar in October 2013. True to Tokyo Tech’s vision of a global citizen, Tsuda, in his position as Ambassador, helped Japan strengthen its relationship with Qatar by developing partnerships in a variety of areas such as culture, education, and even disaster recovery.