Message from the President
Tokyo Polytechnic University began in 1923 (12th year of the Taisho era) with the establishment of its predecessor, Konishi Professional School of Photography, as a place to master the new media of photographic technology and artistic expression. For the last 90 years up to the present time, it has existed as a unique university with two faculties - the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts. It has grown to a university of 5,000 students with 5 departments in the Faculty of Engineering, and 7 departments and 3 courses in the Faculty of Arts. However, the state of society surrounding us has now fallen to an unprecedented serious situation. The Industrial Revolution which occurred in England in the second-half of the eighteenth century opened the road to mass production and mass consumption and was, in a certain sense, a movement to enrich human life. In equal measure, it satisfied people’s simple desires and moreover, offered convenience that was able to be swiftly shared. In my time, the so called good old days, we worked hard to obtain cars and televisions and the like and also felt a sense of purpose. Although modern day digitalized society reaps the benefits from this, on the other hand, it has also come within clear sight of collapse. We are confronting the serious situation I mentioned above, for example, destruction of Earth’s environment and the crisis situation for living creatures. The human desires which exist on the underside of convenience are causing an ongoing loss of world order, with factors including globalization and wealth disparity. am strongly aware at this particular time for the necessity of educational settings which force young students to consider kindness, creativity and originality with the theme of “human beings and me”.