Friday, Sep 22, 2017

Takashi Matsuoka

President

Company
Doshisha University

Bio

I was born and grew up in Nara, which, like Kyoto, is an ancient capital of Japan. A number of historical temples and shrines are scattered throughout Nara Prefecture, including Hasedera, a large temple complex located in my hometown with a spectacular view from the balcony of the main hall. I believe Nara’s serene atmosphere helped to cultivate my intellectual curiosity.

I have a wife and two children, and among my many pleasures is enjoying a cup of black tea.


Education

1979    Received B.Eng. degree from Faculty of Engineering, Doshisha University

1981    Received M.Eng. degree from the Graduate School of Engineering, Doshisha University

1987    Received D.Eng. degree from the Graduate School of Engineering, Doshisha University

 

Experience

1984-1987 Assistant at the Faculty of Engineering, Kindai University

1987-1991 Junior Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Kindai University

1991-1993      Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Kindai University

1993-1998      Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Doshisha University

1998-present   Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Doshisha University

2006-2010      Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Graduate

School of Engineering, Doshisha University

2010-2013    Vice president and Executive Dean, Organization for Research

                  Initiatives and Development

2016-present   President, Doshisha University

 

Areas of Expertise

Machine elements/Lubrication

 

What have been the main lessons you have learned in your career and how do you implement them in your management?

Throughout my career and life experience, I have learned how important it is to listen attentively to other people’s opinions and ideas. In addition, I believe that responding in a sincere and respectful manner will earn trust and lead to the achievement of one’s goals.

 

Mentors

My parents and wife have given me strength and encouragement in my personal life. In my professional life, my university colleagues and students always help me fulfill my roles and duties with their creative, dedicated and resourceful efforts.

 

Quotes

My favorite quotation, Ichigo Ichie (One time, one meeting), is linked to the concept of the Japanese tea ceremony. It means that we should treasure every meeting with others as it will never happen in quite the same way again. I always take care to value my encounters with people and appreciate our dialogue as a unique experience.


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