AsianScientist (Oct. 10, 2020) – The College of Tokyo (UTokyo) has elected Professor Teruo Fujii as its 31st president.
Fujii, who’s presently its govt vp, will succeed President Makoto Gonokami on April 1, 2021, following his appointment by Japan’s Minister of Training, Tradition, Sports activities, Science and Expertise.
He was chosen by UTokyo’s President Choice Committee, consisting of professors, affiliate professors and lecturers who forged their poll for 3 shortlisted candidates on September 30.
At a press convention on October 2 at UTokyo’s Ito Corridor, Fujii stated that he was humbled and honored by the nice duty with which he has been entrusted.
“I’ve been saying that I need to create a venue for studying the place everybody on this planet would need to come… whereas listening to a variety of opinions from inside and outdoors the College,” he stated.
Fujii described how he would proceed to assist “large-scale collaborations with corporations arrange below the present president” and burdened the significance of “relearning” in step with modifications in society.
“The velocity by which society has been altering is accelerating quickly,” Fujii stated. “Even if in case you have experience in particular fields, the scenario the place you may apply that information successfully might change.”
He additionally envisioned the digitalization of UTokyo to extend the period of time that college members and administrative workers can use successfully.
Born in Zurich, Switzerland, and raised in Tokyo, Fujii’s analysis pursuits are targeted on autonomous underwater autos and microfluidics, the place extraordinarily small-scale constructions that may regulate the circulation of fluids are used for chemical and biochemical analyses and cell tradition.
After acquiring a PhD diploma in engineering from UTokyo in 1993, he carried out analysis at UTokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) and RIKEN Institute, and have become a professor at IIS in 2007. He served as IIS director-general from 2015 to 2018, and assumed the place of UTokyo govt vp in April 2019.
Supply: College of Tokyo.
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