Tokyo University of the Arts
On April 1, 2016, I succeeded former President Ryohei Miyata as the 10th president of Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA).
As the only national arts university in Japan, since its foundation, TUA has provided unsurpassed education and research opportunities, and played a leading role in the succession and development of art and culture in Japan through extensive and various artistic activities and social practices both in Japan and overseas.
Especially in recent years, TUA has established a strong position as a center of national strategies in Japan. It has been selected, as the only art university, to be a “Super Global University” and a “Center of Innovation (COI) Site.” Also, in the assessment conducted by the Japanese government for the third mid-term plan starting the 2016 fiscal year under the national university reform initiative, TUA received the highest marks in all categories.
Reflecting on these great achievements as well as proud traditions of the university, I would like to express my heartfelt respect and gratitude for the extraordinary efforts made by successive generations of students, academic and administrative staff members, graduates and people from all sections of society who have supported the university.
This summer will see the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after which begins the new stage for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, where Japan will have opportunities to showcase its art and culture to the world.
TUA also regards the year 2020 as a historical turning point and intends to organize various activities towards it. However, the Olympic year is not the goal but a stepping stone for the university. TUA will strive to expand and develop the possibility of Japanese art and culture in a more creative and sustainable manner, hoping that they will further flourish on the international stage.
Being an internationally unique arts university with the faculties of fine Arts, music, film and new media, as well as global arts that started in 2016, the team of faculty and administrators will continue its efforts to nurture the next generation of outstanding artists, promoting the power of Japanese art and culture, and contribute to the global development of art through a close collaboration with relevant organizations including the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, thereby allowing the university to maximize its capabilities and values.