To dear all international students,
How are you doing? I hope everything is going well with you. I am Kimio Hanawa, the former Executive Vice President for Education, Student Support and Student International Exchange.
First of all, let me introduce to you my current situation. At the end of March, I stepped down as my position due to expiration of my term. At the same time, I retired from the university since my age reached the regulation age of 65 years. Now, as a Professor Emeritus, I spend and enjoy my time especially studying my research field, at the office of the Physical Oceanography Laboratory at the Graduate School of Science in the Aobayama Campus.
For six years from academic year of 2012 to 2017, as an Executive Vice President, I have engaged to accelerate the internationalization of the university from various points of view: increase in number of international students, preparation of various courses taught in English fit for international students, and construction of University Houses (UHs), among others. One result of such changes is, international students increased from 1,431 as of May 1st, 2012 to 2,027 as of May 1st , 2019. We are now able to accept more international students than before from various countries and regions. Honestly speaking, this achievement exceeds our expectations.
I absolutely think that this tendency of internationalization should be continued at Tohoku University. On this point, I strongly believe that new executives led by new President Hideo Ohno will endeavor towards the same direction. Actually, President Ohno mentioned in his message which appeared on the English website that “I want to continue that growth, to make Tohoku University an institution that is universally respected for the quality of our research and educational standards.” I also trust that the university will provide more comfortable environment and occasions for your studies, research and campus life. As you must be knowing, UH Aobayama with 752 rooms will be open from this October. Some of you will have a chance to enter this dormitory.
Finally, I would like to say that, I strongly hope and expect that all of you can achieve your purpose of study abroad at Tohoku University and enjoy your university life as well as life in Sendai. After graduation, most of you may leave Tohoku University but, you are members of the Tohoku University community. The friendships you have nurtured on our beautiful, green campuses, and your relationships with your instructors, will be valuable assets. I hope that you will think of Japan and Tohoku University as a home away from home and build bridges between your home countries and Japan, and in particular Tohoku University.
As expressed by Prof. Kimio Hanawa, Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University. He is the former Executive Vice President for Education, Student Support and Student International Exchange at Tohoku University.
E-mail address: hanawa @ pol.gp.tohoku.ac.jp