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2017/03/03(Fri) 10:10
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A visit from Novosibirsk State University (NSU) Institute for Humanities Staff and Students

Tohoku University Executive Vice President Toshiya Ueki received a courtesy visit from NSU Institute for Humanities Professor Elena Voytishek and five researchers and graduate students from the Institute on February 10, 2017. The group was in Sendai to attend the “Asian Studies at NSU and TU Ⅱ” workshop jointly organized by TU and NSU, and made use of the opportunity to visit EVP Ueki as well.

Professor Hiroki Oka, Director of the Tohoku University Center for Northeast Asian Studies (CNEAS TU), also attended the meeting. The attendees discussed how the fourth Japan-Russia workshop developed fruitful research meetings, the ongoing expansion of relevant research fields year by year, and the young researchers and graduate students joining as presenters since last year. EVP Ueki spoke regarding the bolstering of cooperation in a variety of research fields over the many years that TU and NSU have collaborated, and encouraging student exchange in recent years. He also expressed his gratitude for the earnest work of those from NSU who are involved in these efforts.

Following Tohoku University’s “Creation of Innovative Leaders for New Japan–Russia Relations” project adoption into the Re-Inventing Japan Project in 2014, several joint education programs have been carried out between TU and universities in Russia, and among these NSU is a valuable partner. We have strong expectations for further exchanges with them in the future.

(Front row from right) Director Oka, EVP Ueki and Professor Voytishek

At the Japan-Russia workshop.

Conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding for establishment of the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan

On December 16th, 2016, a signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding for establishment of the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan was held, with Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hirokazu Matsuno overseeing the signing of the MOU by Tohoku University President Susumu Satomi (Japan-side representative) and Moscow State University Rector Viktor Antonovich Sadovnichiy (Russia-side representative) in attendance.

The agreement, which aims to encourage further academic and student exchanges between institutions of higher education in Russia and Japan, was proposed by Moscow State University at the 6th Japanese-Russian Forum of Rectors held in Moscow in October of this year, and the 21 Japanese universities participated as founding members.

After being signed, the agreements were exchanged at a ceremony accepted by the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also in attendance.

It is hoped that under this agreement, exchanges between institutes of higher education in Russia and Japan will be expanded, with further student and staff exchanges, and increased joint education programs.

Minister Matsuno at the signing ceremony
Exchange of agreements at the ceremony(source:Official site of Prime Minister's Office

President Susumu Satomi attends the “Japan-Russia Business Dialogue”

On December 16th 2016, President Susumu Satomi and Associate Executive Vice President Masahiro Yamaguchi attended the second subcommittee meeting of the “Japan-Russia Business Dialogue” held at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo and hosted by KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) and The Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS (ROTOBO).

The second subcommittee was held on the theme of “Cooperation to expand exchanges among human resources” and president Satomi served as moderator for the Japanese side. Further, representatives from nine universities, local governments, and businesses introduced the results of their exchanges, with AEVP Yamaguchi presenting on the present status and outlook of Tohoku University’s academic exchanges with Russia. It is hoped that through future university and regional exchanges, as well as promotion of sightseeing and various other exchanges, human resource exchanges between Japan and Russia will be further broadened.

President Satomi serves as moderator at the subcommittee
AEVP Yamaguchi introduces the university’s initiatives

A visit from Far Eastern Federal University’s School of Engineering Vice Director

On October 12th, 2016, School of Engineering Vice Director Sergey Golikov, Professor S. Minaev, and Professor K. Shtym from Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok, Russia) paid a courtesy visit on Tohoku University Executive Vice President Toshiya Ueki.

Vice Director Golikov was visiting Sendai to attend the Thirteenth International Conference on Flow Dynamics, which was hosted by the Institute of Fluid Science, and made use of this opportunity to have a brief meeting.

At this meeting, Professor Kaoru Maruta, leader of a Russian Government Mega Grant joint laboratory with Professor Minaev on Energy Technology at FEFU was also in attendance, where they discussed future plans to develop and strengthen education and research between the two universities.

(From left) Prof. Maruta, EVP Ueki, Vice Director Golikov, Prof. Minaev, Prof. Shtym

A visit for the Dean of Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State University

On June 3rd 2016, the Dean of Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State University Professor Yury Zinchenko, Vice Dean Professor Valentina Barabanshchikova, and Adviser for the Dean Alexander Raevskiy paid a courtesy visit on Tohoku University Executive Vice President Toshiya Ueki. Professor Zinchenko was visiting to discuss the establishment of a jointly-supervised degree program between MSU and TU’s Graduate School of Arts and Letters, and used the opportunity to visit EVP Ueki as well.

TU Professor Tsuneyuki Abe and Associate Professor, Nobuyuki Sakai from the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, and Assistant Professor Masachika Shiotani of the Center for Northeast Asian Studies also attended the meeting, where they actively shared their opinions on the possibilities of future student exchanges and collaborative research.

The Japan-Russia Forum of Rectors is scheduled to be held at MSU this October, with MSU Rector Viktor Sadovnichiy and TU President Susumu Satomi jointly serving as chair. It is hoped that academic exchanges between both universities will continue forward in the future.

At the meeting

Group photo(From left: Mr. Raevskiy, Professor Zinchenko, EVP Ueki, Vice Dean Barabanshchikova, Professor Abe)

Visit from Far Eastern Federal University Vice President Tskhe

On February 4th, 2016, Far Eastern Federal University’s Vice President for Research & Innovations Alexey V. Tskhe and Deputy Vice President Oleg L. Shcheka paid a courtesy visit to Tohoku University Executive Vice President Sadayoshi Ito. Deputy Director Toshiyuki Takagi of the Institute of Fluid Science and Professor Kaoru Maruta, Russian Government MegaGrant Project Leader at Far Eastern Federal University were also at this meeting, where they discussed developments in strengthening future research connections between the two institutions.

During their visit they also toured the Institute of Fluid Science, where Deputy Director Takagi gave them an explanation of his latest research. Following this, with Professor Maruta coordinating, the party toured various locations throughout the facilityVice President Tskhe expressed strong interest in the research he was shown, as well as his hopes for Professor Maruta’s joint laboratory to continue to serve as the core of collaborative research.

(From left) Deputy Vice President Scheka, Professor. Maruta, Vi