It is really a great honor to be a recipient of this scholarship, which helps me with my academic journey by providing generous financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Studying at UTokyo is one of the best experiences in my life, although Covid-19 pandemic made campus life more complicated and inconvenient. But online course also saved me more time and energy to dive into the world of DeFi, namely Decentralized Finance, as an extension of my research in financial innovation field. DeFi applications in blockchain and cryptocurrency field from year 2020 overturned many of my previous cognition.
I am grateful that the academic experience at UTokyo enlightened me to explore in emerging fields like FinTech. Although DeFi is too cutting-edge to most of the scholars or professionals who focus their eyes in traditional finance sectors, I am looking forward to embracing a more decentralized financial world in the future. DeFi will redefine Finance.
To be the next generation
WANG Minzhao （ワン ミンザオ）
I am very honored to be a recipient of the University of Tokyo Foundation Scholarship. It has been a great support for my life and study in Japan especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
My research is on Japan’s social and cultural construction in Manchuria during the modern period. Related to my research, it is rather interesting to find that the University of Tokyo has been attracting foreign students who are interested in Japan as early as during the pre-war period. And among the generous donators of the UTokyo Foundation today, there are also great scholars in my field.
In this sense, the UTokyo Community has been passed on from generation to generation. I am grateful for the recourses this community has brought with me, and hope that I can be the next generation to contribute to the UTokyo Community through my own efforts.
曽 澤龍 （ソウ タクリュウ）
2020 was a remarkably difficult year, pandemic, wildfires, crash … We witnessed many bad things, but we have to go on. And it's my great honor to receive the scholarship in 2020. It helps me to decrease my life stress under this difficult period.
I came to U-Tokyo in 2018 and received my master’s degrees last year. Now, I am a PhD student and keep chasing my academic dreams. My research topic is about computer vision, or we can call it AI. I wish we can make computer/robot complete some difficult/dangerous tasks like human beings. For example, under the current severe epidemic period, there are many kinds of dangerous tasks need relative staffs to complete. If computer/robot can help us finish these tasks, I think it’s a great thing.
To realize these targets, I will try my best to do research in the feature even under a difficult period. And I know, U-Tokyo will keep supporting us in our struggle.
What Utokyo teaches me makes me stronger
陳 峻冬 （チェン ジュンドン）
It is my honor to be chosen for the University of Tokyo international student scholarship for the Fall 2021 semester.
My research focuses on Blue Carbon, which is the carbon dioxide sequestrated from the atmosphere by mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrasses. Plant biomass growth and organic matter accumulation and stabilization in the sediments are the main carbon sequestration routines. I use photogrammetry to develop a more accurate estimate method for seagrass blue carbon in the intertidal zone and the seagrass blue carbon accumulated on the coast. This methodology will be made available to local fishing associations and NPOs to quickly assess the carbon sinks of blue carbon in their coastal regions. Besides, as a case study in Tokyo Bay, the work based on the developing method will complement the blue carbon budget details in coastal seagrass ecosystems and support the estimation of potential carbon sinks on the coastal areas.
During the past two years at the University of Tokyo, I have received much help from my classmates and friends here, and I am incredibly grateful to my supervisor for his patience and careful guidance, who taught me step by step how to do research. I hope in turn one day, I can also help someone in the same way and become part of the connection between China and Japan.
Make the world a better place
黎 学思 （レイ ガクシ）
In 2020, COVID-19 brought suffering to people all of the world. The scholarship supported by UTokyo Foundation really helps me a lot in such a tough time. This is the fourth year that I have been studying in the UTokyo where I have broadened my horizon and fostered a global mind. How time flies. I can still remind of the day that I received the admission latter from the Utokyo as a master student. It is my great honor to study in the world-class university to search for the interrelationships among various academic fields and to find promising solutions to the improvement of global healthcare, facing challenges of the upcoming super-aging society.
After graduation, I plan to continue my research in the field of Internet of medical things (IoMT), especially on biodevices with the employment of deep learning, as a postdoctoral researcher. I decide to focus on the development of IoMT which is promising to bring a chance to transfer traditional hospital-centric healthcare to a home-centric one, offering a possible solution to the lack of basic medical resources in the remote places. My dream is to enlighten more students to raise interests in biosensors and study for making our world a better place as a university professor. What I can contribute to this field individually is limited, therefore, I would like to pass down what I have learned to the next generation and evoke their social sense to pay more attention to the global issues, like the super-aging society.
A way to pay back the world
LIU YANCHEN （リュウ ヤンチェン）
I feel extremely grateful for receiving this scholarship during this period when the whole world is affected by corona virus. It has great impact on my financial wellbeing and made me more determined to stay in Japan and contribute the Japanese society after graduation.
Now I’m studying in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science in Tokyo University. My main research is about Parkinsonism. Parkinson’s Disease affects more than ten million people worldwide, incidence of PD increases with age. While in Japan, the prevalence of PD is close to 1/1000. The cause of this disease is thought to be the pathological change in a protein called synuclein, which easily aggregates and form insoluble fibril. Lots of research consider these fibrils as the cause of neurons death, which lead to brain malfunction and eventually death. There are three subtypes of PD and researchers proposed that different synuclein protein structures could cause different kind of PD diseases. Thus, my main project is to observe the propagation of different synuclein fibrils in the brain and find out in what way they can cause different diseases.
I’m really interested in dementia related diseases and plan to participate in such field even after my graduation from Tokyo University. Hopefully I can contribute to the society through working in this field.
The COVID-19 pandemic has robustly affected my life. I lost most of my part-time jobs and was having an extremely hard life. Therefore, the 2020 Fall scholarship provided by the UTokyo Foundation has not only been an immense financial support for me, but it has also offered me the ease of mind to pursue my studies to the best of my abilities. A BIG THANK YOU for your generous support and help!
During my undergraduate years, I was mainly doing research in biology, especially focusing on the evolutionary history of a novel bacterium. However, I also hope to get involved in implementing and enforcing environmental policies to help both local and global communities and this is why I chose Todai’s IPADS program. My future research topic might be utilizing agricultural wastes to reduce marine plastics. The thing is that both agricultural wastes and marine plastics pose serious threats to the environment. If novel methods or technologies could be developed to recycle agricultural wastes for the production of environmentally friendly products, definitely a more sustainable marine environment would be possible.
I think marine plastic pollution is such a global issue exerting adverse impacts on human health and our planet, so I would like to the person who can contribute to building a more environmentally sustainable global society.
I’m greatly honored to receive this scholarship. As in the post-coronavirus era, this scholarship significantly eases my financial burden and make me to enjoy the study and life in UTokyo.
I’m a doctoral student and majored in condensed matter physics. My study meanly focuses on low-dimensional interaction systems, or more specifically, on the interaction systems with two-dimensional network structures. Such network systems are novel models and tightly related with unconventional superconductors. I hope I can understand the principle of high-Tc superconductors and related novel phenomena by studying the interaction network systems, and eventually helps people to produce practical room temperature superconductors.
The University of Tokyo is an ideal research platform with various of high-level researchers, including my current supervisor. They provide me a lot of helps about living in Japan and researching on my physics problems. Finally, I sincerely appreciate and enjoy the study and life in UTokyo.
It was a great pleasure for me to have received this scholarship from the University of Tokyo. Through the financial support, I could devote more time for my studies and research.
I am towards the completion of my Doctoral thesis from the Human Security Program of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. I look forward to the next chapter of my life. My dream is to be an educator. Having had a chance to receive my higher education in Japan, I believe that I have been bestowed with a lot of new skills and knowledge that I would otherwise have been deprived of back in my home country. I hope to establish my own educational institution and provide a learning opportunity for many underprivileged students in the future. I have realized that while creating an enabling academic environment is a must, designing economic support mechanisms for the needy is equally important to help them realize their true potentials. To this end, cherishing the learnings I have had at this university, I would like to pay forward what I was rewarded for to the people of the next generation.
Times fly since I entered the University of Tokyo. The two-year master course is unforgettable for me. Under the supervision of my professor, I was very enjoying my research activities. With the help of UTokyo Foundation scholarship, I can concentrate more on the research without any worries.
Now I am very happy to enter RIKEN for my PhD course. After graduation from doctoral program, I will work as an international physics researcher. High-speed, small, portable electronic equipment is the tendency for our smart society. To realize that, the development of memories is one the most important steps. My research on the ultrafast memory could promote the development of data storage technique. I hope what I learnt in the University of Tokyo could contribute for the promotion of the human world.
Great life in UTokyo
張 凱鹏 （チョウ ガイホウ）
It's my great honor to receive the scholarship. It helps me to concentrate on my researches about Artificial Intelligence (AI).
My research topic is about making a machine learning continually in the real world like a human, for example, using our daily life video log (Vlog) continually to upgrade a model to recognize what is happening in this world. I want to extend my researches to more and more applications to make our life more intelligent.
At the University of Tokyo, I meet many talented and friendly students and enjoy studying with them. Also, thanks to my supervisor always give me a lot of help and guidance in my researches. In the future, I will devote myself to more challenging researches.
I enjoy life in Japan. There are many places to relax and many beautiful natural and cultural landscapes. Japanese culture and customs are also very interesting. I hope to learn more about Japan in the future.
Utokyo empowered me to reach my dreams
ZHOU Yaxing （ゾウ ヤーシン）
I am honored to be one of the recipients of the scholarship and deeply appreciative of the support from Utokyo. The financial assistance provided is a great help to me to concentrate more of my time for studying.
The course at GraSPP has provided me with theories and practical tools to deepen and broaden my professional knowledge. With excellent research resources and valuable advice from professors, my research knowledge and skills have developed noticeably too. Utokyo also organized various activities for students to enjoy and gain new experiences. Life in school is wonderful.
Thanks to you, I am one step closer to reaching my education and career goals. Support from donors, professors, the staff of Utokyo make life brighter for me I hope that one day I will also be able to help students achieve their goal in the same way.
I am really grateful for the opportunity of receiving the “University of Tokyo international student scholarship”, that it helps me get through the difficult times during my research.
My research focuses on understanding the smallholder farmers’ decision-making of the sustainable soil management (SSM) practice in China. The SSM is promoted as an important integral component of the Sustainable Development Goals of food security (SDG-2) and climate resilience and mitigation (SDG-13). In the highest soil erosion regions of arid and semiarid northwest China, water resource deficits and farmland misuse have further exacerbated soil degradation. Therefore, understanding how farmers in diverse agro climatic zones perceive and respond to different SSM practices is important to the sustainable agricultural development in developing countries.
The University of Tokyo is such a great school that provides us with many opportunities including diverse courses, academic seminars and discussion forums. Also, I am really appreciate help from my supervisor and friends in here. My experiences in school not only broaden our vision, but also change my way of thinking. Changing our thinking pattern and minds is hard, but it’s important within growing divisions of the academic disciplines and society.
It’s a great honor for me to receive this scholarship which significantly lighten my financial burden. Thanks for this scholarship sincerely.
I’m a master student majors in physics and my research area is data analysis. Generally speaking, what I do is to use deep learning and machine learning to improve the sensitivity in neutrino mass hierarchy analysis.
As is known to all, the mass of neutrino is one thing that goes beyond standard model of particle physics which will reveal a more fantastic law than standard model. While we can not tell whether it is normal hierarchy or invert hierarchy because of the limitation of data volumes and sensitivity of analysis. I desire to make some progress in this area and extend human’s knowledge horizon in awesome subject which contain both macro and micro secretes.
Last but not least, Tokyo is a brilliant place with excellent people and dazzling landscape. Also, I’ve got a lot of help from my supervisor, lecture, classmates and friends in Tokyo. I can’t adopt to the life in Tokyo smoothly without their help. I’ve kept thousands of unforgettable experiences here. Wherever I will be in the future, I will deeply appreciate the splendid life in the University of Tokyo.
I felt extremely honored and excited to be able to receive the scholarship from the Support Fund for International Students, which reduced my financial burden greatly. With a better financial situation, I am able to focus more on my study and research.
Study at the University of Tokyo was definitely one of the best choices I've made in my life. With the interest of the culture of Japan, I came to study here after my graduation from university in China, becoming a first-year's master student in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. Currently, my research topic is to use knowledge graph to improve the performance of Question Answering task. i really appreciate that we have choices to choose whatever interests us to research. I would like to cherish this opportunity to challenge myself and to make more progress.
Once again, thank you for the scholarship from the Support Fund for International Students. I am committed to my education, and one step closer to my dream.
Receiving the “University of Tokyo international student scholarship” is really an honor for me and I am really thankful for this opportunity and for the support it provided to my research. Although in Europe PhD students are usually provided with a salary covering all or most of their expenses, it is rather difficult to find financial assistance in Japan, especially as a European student. Part-time jobs help to cover the expenses, but precious time for research is then lost. This scholarship greatly helped me financially and allowed me to focus on my research and my future career. In addition, I believe that being awarded with this scholarship rewards my efforts and my perseverance on scientific research and I am grateful for this recognition.
At the moment, my research focus on understanding the complex mechanisms found when humans move in large group (the so-called pedestrian dynamics). Although it is not possible to predict individuals’ behavior, when people move in large groups collective phenomena emerge and it becomes possible to investigate the crowd as a single entity. This type of research has been conducted for decades but there remain many mysteries and crowd accidents (such as stampede) are not completely understood yet. In particular, my research aim at developing some method to efficiently measure the degree of congestion in pedestrian crowds. One of the novel idea is to use smartphone or mobile devices to grasp an image on the situation of the crowd in large facilities. This can help preventing accidents and making pedestrian flow more smooth and comfortable. Considering the large crowds found in Tokyo and the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, it appears clear that there is a need to manage crowds more efficiently and I hope my research will help in this regard.