Tokyo Tech Director-General of IIR Professor<br />
Fumio Koyama Tokyo Tech Director-General of IIR Professor
Fumio Koyama

Tokyo Institute of Technology is world-leading university in both education and research, as recognized in March 2018 by its selection as a Designated National University by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The Designated National University program is designed to further enhance a small number of the most outstanding national universities in Japan, allowing them to compete with universities at the top of the global rankings system. The globalization of education and research is one of the key efforts of the program.

Tokyo Tech has been aggressively pushing to deepen its extensive research activities, and reorganized its research structure on April 1, 2016. As part of this initiative, the Institute of Innovative Research (IIR) was founded, incorporating about 180 faculty members to enhance international collaboration in emerging and interdisciplinary research fields. The IIR consists of four laboratories in cutting-edge research fields, three research centers, and 10 research units that will conduct ground-breaking research in small teams. Tokyo Tech World Research Hub Initiative (WRHI), a project to accelerate international collaborative research and researcher mobility, forms an additional part of the IIR initiative that is funded and supported by MEXT. The WRHI is a six-year program that recruits top-level international researchers as specially-appointed professors or visiting scholars, facilitating interdisciplinary research and broadening the research scope of Tokyo Tech, enhancing its global profile.

WRHI comprises four international hub groups: the Information and Artificial Intelligence Research Unit, the Cutting-edge Cell Biology Research Unit, the Materials and Devices Research Unit and the Social Implementation Research Unit. Through these hub groups, we are enthusiastically recruiting leading researchers from around the world as we enhance the reputation of Tokyo Tech as a leading player in international collaboration and research.

At WRHI we continue to develop new ways to promote interdisciplinary research and international collaboration. On behalf of all members of WRHI, I would like to thank all our supporters for your support, and invite those interested to join us in this bold initiative.

April 1, 2018

Tokyo Tech Chairman of WRHI Committee, Professor<br />
Masaki Azuma Tokyo Tech Chairman of WRHI Committee, Professor
Masaki Azuma

Tokyo Tech World Research Hub Initiative (WRHI) was established as a part of the Institute of Innovative Research and is the driving force behind our aspiration to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange between the world’s top researchers as well as acting as a center for groundbreaking research. Seven principal investigators from abroad are permanently running research groups at the IIR and many of the world’s top researchers are invited to visit us for months at a time to carry out collaborative research with our researchers. The WRHI program is open to all Tokyo Tech staff members and provides funding and support to invite researchers from abroad. In addition, we dispatch young researchers from Tokyo Tech overseas to establish new international collaborations in all fields of science and technology. The WRHI also organizes meetings and seminars to promote scientific communication and exchange between our researchers and leading academics from around the globe.

The WRHI has already begun to yield novel results and opportunities for the development of our young staff through accelerated international collaboration. Many further exciting outcomes are promised as the program ramps up, so make sure to come back and check our website for news and announcements. Thank you for your interest, participation in and support of this bold and exciting initiative to further enhance the leading research at Tokyo Tech.


April 1, 2018

Masaki Azuma