Message from the Director: Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership

Message from the Director: Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership Jun-ichi Imura
Director
Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership

The Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership (ToTAL) was established to implement a degree program that provides Tokyo Tech students completing graduate school -- particularly doctoral graduates -- with the skills to transcend their respective fields of specialization and take on roles as leading professionals in resolving social issues.

ToTAL is an academic organization consisting of ten full-time faculty members and thirteen from various other schools who assist with the educational program. Our program began operating in April 2018. We are also designed to serve as an institute-wide platform that provides leadership skills training, including course offerings for the curriculum of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Outstanding School Program, which also began in the 2018 academic year.

ToTAL's educational program provides students with the training they need to optimize their skills while involving others in their activities, and acquire the wide-ranging liberal arts training needed to earn society's trust and help build consensus.

Based on the achievements of the four Tokyo Tech education programs selected for MEXT's Program for Leading Graduate Schools, we determined the educational content after three years of deliberating the skills doctoral degree program graduates would need as professionals in society, and contemplating how to develop such individuals.

Of course, there is an element of trial and error in a new curriculum such as ours, and we will optimize and refine the program by having society observe and assess the progress of the academy's students.

It is vital to have an environment in which students of different specializations, purposes, and backgrounds strive to improve themselves through friendly competition. To that end, we plan to open the door to graduate students from other universities. Our academic organization will be small in scale at first, but we strive to become a hub for training future global leaders.

The academy's students will be involved in various activities during the program, but after completion, their true sphere of action will be society. Therefore, we ask for your continuing support both on and off campus, particularly from members of industry.