First Director of TODIAS

January 1, 2011

Sadanori Okamura, First Director of TODIAS

On this occasion, I would like to express my gratitude for being appointed as the Director of the Todai Institutes for Advanced Study (TODIAS). It is a tremendous honor and privilege that President Hamada has given me a position of such great responsibility.

TODIAS will comprise a host of research institutes, each of which must satisfy the following three requirements: to be evaluated as a world-class research hub by governmental organizations and global communities of researchers; to acquire sufficient external funds to sustain its operation; and to provide an international research environment.

At the inaugural steering committee of TODIAS on Jan.11, 2011, committee members are in consensus that the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU) is a suitable organization that meets all the criteria. We have decided to designate IPMU as the first institute within TODIAS.

IPMU was founded in October 2007 following its selection for the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The institute serves as a platform where a whole range of mathematicians, physicists, and astronomers cooperate with one another seeking to unlock the fundamental mysteries of the Universe, humanity’s never-ending quest. Under the outstanding leadership of Director Hitoshi Murayama, IPMU has evolved steadfastly since its inception and has now about 60% of its researchers coming from abroad. It has come to be widely recognized as a “world-leading center of knowledge” in relevant research communities throughout the world.

I am deeply committed to providing the best possible research environment for IPMU so that it can conduct research activities more quickly, flexibly and actively under stable management. This will help enhance the University of Tokyo’s academic excellence and internationalization. I would like to ask for your continued support and cooperation both at home and abroad.