東京大学大学院 情報学環・学際情報学府 The University of Tokyo III / GSII

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March 23, 2020

令和元年度 東京大学大学院学際情報学府における課程修了にあたってGraduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies On the Completion of Studies for the 2019 Academic Year



越塚  登

As Dean of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of you who have completed your studies, and to your families.
Amid the joy of this occasion, however, it would be remiss of me to not mention the novel coronavirus pandemic now spreading around the world, including Japan. All over the world, there are people suffering from infection and battling against the resulting illness. To all of those, I wish a speedy recovery. Let us also not forget the many people in the fields of medicine and administration charged with the task of prevention and treatment. We must all work together to win the fight against the virus.
In response to the current situation, the University of Tokyo has had to scale back its graduation ceremony. The Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies has unfortunately had to cancel the planned graduation certificate presentations. However, this does not indicate any lessening in our desire to congratulate you all.
This year, we celebrate 20 years since the founding of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. It was established with the aim of broadening the field of information studies from its previous focus on computer science to a more comprehensive perspective including humanity and culture, thus furthering the progress of research and education and contributing to the formation of a healthy information society. It was founded on the ideal of creating an inclusive study of all aspects of “information” responsive to diverse social, cultural and individual needs by bringing together disciplines from the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences.
Now, 20 years later, this ideal is being realized. The idea of the information society has grown into a world-encompassing global civilization. The information age predicted at the time of our founding has become a reality. In response, we must redouble our efforts to contribute to society, and indeed, I believe we have the capacity to do so.
Our task now is to think about the next 20 years. We must mobilize all the cutting-edge knowledge acquired so far to form a new ideal informed by predictions of the next 20 years, thus sustaining ourselves into the future.
There will no doubt be further trials we must all face in the future. My hope is that the knowledge and human networks that you have acquired here will enable you to face these challenges and contribute to the well-being and happiness of humanity. Your time has now come. It is now your turn to become the drivers of the information civilization of the future. From this day, the baton is in your hands.
Sincere congratulations to you all!

March 23, 2020

Noboru Koshizuka, Dean
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo