On May 22, exactly 50 days after the program officially commenced, faculty members and students gathered for a special celebration. Following a toast by Professor Shojiro Nishio, attendees mingled informally, sharing their hopes for the program’s success.
When proposing the toast, Professor Nishio commented: “Even within the same class, there are always people you don’t get a chance to talk to. I hope you will make the most of the opportunity to talk with those people today. If you have any concerns, feel free to approach me or another faculty member. We will do our best to advise you, whatever the problem may be.” Throughout the gathering, students mixed actively with professors and students from other graduate schools, bringing all participants in the program closer together.