平成30年度千葉大学入学式 来賓祝辞


Good afternoon Everyone.
It is a great privilege for me to be here today at the invitation of President Tokuhisa to offer you, and your families, my heartfelt congratulations on this auspicious occasion.
Today is a very special day.
Each and every one of you is about to embark on an exciting new journey of learning, personal growth and achievement at this great institution, Chiba University.
Today is also a special day, because it happens to be my birthday!
I won't tell you how old I am, but I can certainly tell you that one of the best birthday gifts that I could ever receive is the honour of sharing my thoughts with you today.
You are now standing at a critical crossroad in life. As you begin your studies at Chiba University, I am sure you must be thinking about how your world is about to change.
I encourage you also to consider your roles and responsibilities as the next generation of leaders and thinkers in Japan.
What will you leave behind on our planet, for your children, and for their children to come?
Your university education is a unique chance to explore your interests and talents. Value it and treasure it, as it won't come around in your life a second time.
Chiba University will offer you a wonderful opportunity to learn. It will also offer you the opportunity to dream.
And in the spirit of "Always Aim Higher", I hope you will think beyond Chiba, beyond Japan, consider your future as a global citizen and "Dream Big"!

As you set your sights on those dreams, I urge you to consider the rapidly changing world around us.
The world we now find ourselves in, where populism and the threat of turmoil is ever-present, and where technology is advancing at the speed of light. The world of SNS and the Twittersphere where the communication of facts and fiction alike is reduced to a few words only.
This is the world that will await you, where:
•the Impossible becomes Possible
•the Unthinkable becomes Thinkable
•Fiction becomes Truth
•Today's "normal" is no more than tomorrow's history

With the advent of Brexit in Europe, Donald Trump in the White House and the increasingly global footprint and influence of China, the world order and international alliances we have come to rely on are constantly challenged.
How many of us could have imagined that the United States and North Korea may one day be friends?
In today's world, there are no given certainties.
It is up to every one of you to shape your own future.
To live, dream, create, and innovate.
What will you believe in? Where will you stand?
There are no wrong or right directions. Even if you're not sure right now, follow the pathways that Chiba University will offer you.
Today I'd like to talk about a few of the important signposts to look out for along the way.

Firstly, the signpost to the Future You. As you pursue your studies here at Chiba University, take some time to consider- what are you really building? -The Future You
Many of you may already harbour dreams and ideas about who or what you would like to be.
But to truly prosper tomorrow, we all need to think beyond today.
By the year 2035 humanity will be in a Time of Transition. What sort of a world will the Future You live in?
•Humans may be on the way to Mars
•Our planet may be under serious environmental threat
•40-70% of jobs will be automated by robots
•There will be no need for licenses to drive cars
•And, unemployment may be a problem in many societies
What skills will YOU need to not only to survive, but more importantly to thrive?
Human beings need to work. They need to work not only to support themselves and their families, but equally to enrich themselves and contribute to society.
I encourage you all to consider the new world of human endeavour and opportunity that the AI revolution will bring. What would you really like to do if work as we know it today no longer existed?
The best and brightest will create their own jobs.
Now is the time for you to build the skills, and the mindset, to sustain you on that journey.

And as you embark on this critical step in the next part of your academic education and personal development here at Chiba University, I'd like you to take some time to reflect on the Power of Personal Choice.
My own life story, and most likely all your stories too, has really been the sum accumulation of all the choices I've made.
Sometimes some of those choices are so ingrained in our thinking, or so subtle, that we don't even know we're making them.
And yet, they can lead us down pathways and to destinations that we may never have imagined were possible or might never have dared to aspire to.
In my case, Japan was a part of my life in a way that was almost pre-destined. It started before I could walk or talk.
My father worked for a Japanese company in Australia for over 40 years. His Japanese colleagues nursed me as a baby, brought me Japanese dolls to play with in kindergarten, and taught me how to fold origami in primary school.
My early exposure to Japan as a young child in Australia guided and inspired me in ways that were beyond my understanding at that time.
I could not imagine, for example, that I would become a professional Japanese linguist, or that I would fall in love with and marry a Japanese man.
So too, the experiences and personal choices that define your time here at Chiba University will shape your future.
Some of you may already have very clear ideas about the subjects you wish to study and the disciplines you aim to pursue. Others may not.
But in either case, I urge you to cast the net as widely as you can in these early days of your studies.
The focus of your research and study may eventually be quite different to where you started, but the value of experience is never wasted. Knowledge and wisdom come from many sources. The true power of diversity is harnessed through the ability to see things from many different viewpoints.
It's also important to follow your heart. Don't be afraid to test yourself and question where your true talent and passion lies. In my own case I entered the law faculty of Monash University in Melbourne only to discover that my real talent and passion in life was for foreign languages. At that time, I could not imagine that the decision I took in the second year of my university studies to switch to a Liberal Arts degree with a major in Japanese would in fact be life-changing.
And yet, this small but significant choice set me on the pathway which, 35 years later, would eventually lead me to stand here before you today.
The pathway towards your future is not always a straight line. There may be many twists and turns along the way. When a door opens for you, if it feels right, go through that door to find out what is on the other side. Personal growth can be frightening, it can be painful, but it is always rewarding.

Now I'd like to take a moment here to reflect on Global Citizenship and issue you with a challenge:
"Could YOU change the world?"
We are all born citizens of the world. You, me, every one of us. There is nothing that qualifies me better than you, or anyone else. It is our shared right, and our shared destiny.
What, then, defines a truly global citizen?
A truly global citizen, in my view, is someone who leaves this world better in some way than when he or she entered it.
A truly global citizen does not confine his or her thinking only to the narrow space of home town, home country, or immediate family and community, but has the capacity to think beyond this to issues affecting the world at large.
And a truly global citizen believes in taking action, in challenging the status quo, in change, and in the legacy that we will leave behind for future generations to come.
Global citizenship is not restricted only to the rich, famous or powerful. Every single one of us CAN change the world in some way large or small. But to truly make a difference, there are several skills and attributes you will need:
1.Clear Thinking
2.Communication skills
5.Tolerance and cultural awareness
and finally,
6.Good judgement and mental strength
In the interests of time, today I'll focus on two that I feel to be amongst the most essential of these.

Before you can learn to communicate across cultures, the first skill you need to master is clear thinking. This is a very important life skill that will underpin almost everything you do. If you don't really have a clear idea of what you want to say, it won't come out well.
Clear thinking, in other words, being able to form a logical and persuasive argument about something applies equally to all ideas, opinions or feelings you may wish to express. It is just as important in poetry as it is in physics.
Personally, I found that clear thinking was the most useful thing that I learned in my own university days above all else. I have been constantly reminded of its value later in life.

The starting point to exploration and research of any kind is man's natural curiosity.
It's also essential that as a global citizen, you stay interested in what's happening in the world around you. Not just in those things that interest and excite you, but in other things too.
In this age of information overflow, when we all lead such busy lives, and with so many daily pressures to think about, it is easy to lose interest in anything that does not seem immediately helpful to you, to your study or to your work. There also was a time in my life when I allowed this happen to me.
But those with a narrow perspective and outlook on life limit their own possibilities by the field of their vision. This is also confirmed by prospective employers. The international human resources firm Egon Zhender ranks curiosity as one of the most important recruitment considerations for them in assessing global competence.
Chiba University will offer you a wealth of opportunity to expand and nourish your curiosity in the world, and in the endeavours of humankind. I encourage you to take full advantage of it.

Finally, I'd like to urge you to make wise choices and strive to Be the Best You Can Be.
Today, you are entering Chiba University full of hope and expectation, and you will graduate several years later as young adults ready to contribute to society with newly-acquired skills and knowledge.
Your values and beliefs are at the core of who you really are. You may find that there are hard lessons to be learned along the way. Remain true to your core values and beliefs and you will never have cause to look back with regret. Remember to "Be the Best You Can be", and I feel sure that you will all blossom here at Chiba University into global citizens with the good judgement and presence of mind needed to be the next custodians of our planet.

On behalf of the Management Advisory Board of Chiba University, I wish everyone here today much happiness, health and prosperity. Heartfelt congratulations to all those starting university today.
Always Aim Higher! The future of Japan is in your hands.


「Always Aim Higher!」のモットーを忘れずに、皆様の夢が千葉より大きく、日本より大きく広がり、常に「Dream Big!」を目指す次世代のグローバル市民に成長していかれることを心より期待しております。




 私自身もメルボルンのモナッシュ大学の法学部に入学しました時、半年経ったところで、自分が弁護士には向かないことに気がつきました。そこで、Liberal Artsに入学し、自分の好きな外国語の勉強に取り組みました。大学二年目から日本語を専攻として勉強する選択肢はいずれ私の人生を完全に変えていきました。



 また、クリア・シンキングの他にも好奇心はとても大切です。グローバル市民である以上、自分の身の周りに起きていることと世の中には是非好奇心を持って下さい。自分の興味が引かれる分野のみならず、他のことについても関心を抱くよう是非とも心がけて下さい。社会に出て、働き出すと仕事に追われて、会社の人とばかり付き合い、情報があふれる中で自分の仕事以外のこと、そして自分にとってメリットのある人以外の人物に興味を持たなくなる恐れがあります。自分も以前、そのようになってしまった経験があります。視野が狭い人間は自分の可能性を最初から自分の視野でとどめています。今後皆様を採用する企業側でも好奇心が重視されるようになりました。世界の一流人材会社であるEgon Zhender社はグローバル人材の最も重要な特徴として好奇心を挙げています。千葉大学は皆様に自分の好奇心を大いに伸ばす環境を提供してくれます。その環境をグローバル市民の目線で是非とも生かして頂きたいと存じます。

 最後にこの場を借りまして、自分の個人的なモットー、「Be the Best You can Be」を皆様にご紹介させていただきたいと思います。本日皆様は新入生として、千葉大学にご自分の希望を託して入学されます。数年後、新たなスキルと知恵を持つ社会人として卒業されていきます。千葉大学で学習することはご自分の中でのコア・バリューの統合にも繋がります。このコア・バリュー、すなわち正義の価値観はそれこそグローバル・ステージで活躍するために欠かせない精神力、判断力と自立心の源となります。
 「Be the Best You can Be」を毎日のモットーにして、その実現のために本当に最善の力を尽くしていれば、反省することはいっぱいあるとしても、決して後悔することはない、と私自信心から信じております。
 Always Aim Higher! The future of Japan is in your hands.

正宗 エリザベス