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President Satomi Attends the “Japan-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Issues” in Moscow

On September 22nd, 2015, President Satomi attended the 11th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Issues in Moscow. The committee was co-chaired by Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Mr. Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.

Held in the Russian government’s Guest House, the Japanese delegation included Minister Kishida, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Mr. Sakane, Senior Advisor at Komatsu Ltd., and representative of the Public-Private Coordination Meeting for Promoting Japan-Russia Relationship and other representatives from economic circles were also in attendance, with the Russian delegation consisting of many leaders in government and industry.

During the conference, President Satomi spoke on the importance of inter-university academic exchanges, especially student exchanges. In response to this, First Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov expressed the Russian government’s continued desire to actively support such exchanges between Japanese and Russian universities.

President Satomi at the Japan-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Issues

Confirmation of the conference minutes

Executive Vice President Toshiya Ueki attends the 12th Japan-Russia Science & Technology Cooperation Committee

On September 10th 2015, EVP Toshiya Ueki attended the 12th Japan-Russia Science & Technology Cooperation Committee, an intergovernmental conference held in Moscow.

At the meeting, representatives from both countries exchanged information on national policies regarding science and technology, as well as presentations on recent developments in fields of cooperation. Since first being held in February 1993, this meeting has been held once every few years.

At this meeting, relevant ministries, affiliated organizations, and major universities involved in exchange between Japan and Russia took part in discussions and exchanges of opinions regarding successes and new developments in inter-university exchanges.

EVP Ueki gave a presentation on Tohoku University activities serving as the Japan-side organizer of the Japanese-Russian Forum of Rectors, as well as the recent initiatives for Japan-Russia university exchanges, and introduced the collaborative research activities between researchers from Tohoku University who serve as project leaders with Russian researchers as part of the Russian government-funded mega-grant project.

Following the conclusion of the meeting, EVP Ueki went to Novosibirsk, area of Siberia, where he visited the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS) and Novosibirsk State University (NSU). As part of MEXT’s “Re-inventing Japan” project that Tohoku University was selected to be part of, EVP Ueki proposed the conclusion of a doctoral course-level student exchange agreement with SB RAS’ Chairman Academician Aseev Alexander Leonidovich, and also took concrete steps towards establishing graduate student exchange by having an exchange of opinions with NSU’s Rector Mikhail P. Fedoruk.

*About the Russian government-funded mega-grant project

  • The first large-scale system designed to invite and support excelling researchers from within and outside the country to Russian research institutes.
  • Invited researchers stay at Russian universities for more than four months a year and guide a team of Russian researchers and students in performing their research.
  • Research projects last 3-5 years, with funding of approximately 1 million dollars a year (total funding of approximately one hundred million yen a year, for a total of 3-5 hundred million yen.)
  • Has selected over 160 people to date, five of which were Japanese, of which three were from Tohoku University (Emeritus Professor Yoshiyuki Kawazoe, Professor Eiji Ohtani, and Professor Kaoru Maruta).

The Japan-Russia Science & Technology Cooperation Committee

EVP Ueki introduces Tohoku University’s recent activities

SB RAS’ Chairman Academician Aseev A. Leonidovich welcomes the visitors

NSU’s Rector Mikhail P. Fedoruk (5th from left) and administrative staff engage in a discussion

Far Eastern Federal University Students Visit Tohoku University under the Re-Inventing Japan Project

In 2014, Tohoku University was chosen to be part of the Re-Inventing Japan Project (support largely focused on exchanges between Japanese-Russian universities), and began collaborative education programs with Moscow State University, Novosibirsk State University, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University and the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

As part of this project, the Far Eastern Federal University School of Engineering chose five of their students to take part in the Tohoku University Cross-Cultural Program with Russia (TUCPR), organized by Office of Japan-Russia Relations at Tohoku University and the Institute Fluid Science International Exchange Promotion Office.

Under the Russian government’s mega-grant project, Tohoku University professor Kaoru Maruta (Institute of Fluid Science) was chosen to be a project leader of a joint laboratory at Far Eastern Federal University. While there, he carried out joint research and student exchange in the field of Energy Engineeering (combustion), one of the priority fields of the Re-inventing Japan Project.

The program ran for eight days from September 2nd-9th, 2015, with the Russian students taking part in Japanese language and culture classes. The students also enjoyed field trips to Matsushima, Akiu, the university library and museum, as well as their tour of Sendai Thermal Power Station. These courses and excursions helped deepen the student’s understanding of Japan.

Additionally, following Professor Maruta’s plan and with the cooperation of the Division of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute of Fluid Science, the students were able to tour many different laboratories, attended lectures, and learned about the cutting-edge research being carried out by Tohoku University.

Further, during the program’s field trips, students from Tohoku University accompanied the students, engaged in discussion about the difference between electricity generation in Russia and Japan, and created an open, cooperative environment.This program provided not just a valuable educational opportunity, but the chance for Japanese and Russian students to share their views and opinions, understand each other, and deepen friendship between the two nations.

Touring Sendai Thermal Power

Closing Ceremony

A visit from representatives of the National Academy of Science of Belarus

On June 3rd, 2015, Dr. Sergei Chizhik, First Deputy Chairman of the National Academy of Science of Belarus and his associates visited Tohoku University in order to see our cutting-edge research.

The group visited the Institute for Materials Research (IMR), where Prof. Takashi Matsuoka explained his research, followed a visit to his laboratories, where they viewed actual experiments currently underway.

After this, the group visited the Research Institute of Electrical Communication (RIEC), where Prof. Satoshi Shioiri gave a brief overview of the institute, followed by a tour of Prof. Yoshifumi Kitamura’s research laboratory.

Lastly, the group visited the New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), where Prof. Yoshiyuki Kawazoe explained his research activities, and engaged in an exchange of opinions regarding academic exchanges with Belarus.

The group showed a great deal of interest in Tohoku University’s research, and expressed their hope to carry out cooperative research in the future.

Visiting the Matsuoka laboratory at IMR

Visiting RIEC

Visiting the Kawazoe laboratory at NICHe

Cultural exchange visit between Novosibirsk State University and Tohoku University

In 2014, Tohoku University was chosen to be part of the Re-Inventing Japan Project (with a particular focus on supporting exchanges with Russia) funded by Japanese Government. As part of this, the university is continuing to form collaborative education and exchange programs with Moscow State University, Novosibirsk State University, Far Eastern Federal University and Russian Academy of Sciences (Siberian and Far Eastern Branch).

For one part of this project, Tohoku University and Novosibirsk State University recently held a dual cultural exchange visit for first and second year students called Tohoku University Cross-Cultural Program with Russia (TUCPR).

To start the program, Tohoku University hosted ten students selected from Novosibirsk State University for eight days from January 30th, 2015 to February 6th. The participants from Russia took courses in Japanese language and culture, as well as field trips to research facilities, museums, and trips to the seaside area where was attacked by the Tsunami in 2011, and Shiroishi Castel, gaining a deeper understanding of Japan.

Following this, Novosibirsk State University hosted ten students selected from Tohoku University for eight days from February 13th, 2015 to February 20th. Tohoku University had over fifty applicants, displaying the large number of students with interest in Russia.p>

The participants from Tohoku University took courses in Russian, viewed ballet and classical music performances, as well as participating in traditional Russian cultural activities and touring the Russian Academy of Sciences Siberian Branch, all of which helped them in gaining a deeper understanding of Russian culture.

TUCPR’s special characteristics are the mutual support to receive students in both countries, the cooperative project work, and the efforts to create a welcoming, collaborative environment.

By giving many Japanese and Russian students the chance to participate, they will be able to gain a valuable experience not available to them in their home country, as well as deepen their mutual understanding of their partner country, and create new bonds of friendship between Japan and Russia.

(In Japan) Visiting Shiroishi Castle

(In Russia) Visiting the Ob River Railway Bridge

President Satomi attends the 5th Japanese-Russian Forum of Rectors

On March 3rd, 2015, Chiba University held the 5th Japanese-Russian Forum of Rectors (Organizer of Japanese side– Tohoku University, Organizer of Russian side, Moscow State University) at the Tokyo International Exchange Center, with 26 Japanese and 11 Russian universities in attendance.

The forum gave attending universities the chance to discuss issues such as the accelerating academic environmental changes taking place alongside new global developments, and exchanged opinions on issues that both Russian and Japanese universities have experience and knowledge on, as well as discussing plans for future education and research exchanges between universities in the two countries, and aimed to strengthen their partnerships.

The forum began with a keynote lecture on the forum’s theme “University and society – Role of universities in society”, followed by presentations on the sub-themes of environment and food. Additionally, there were presentations on exchanges between member universities, as well as presentations on the Re-Inventing Japan Project from universities chosen to be part of the project.

At the end of the forum, a communique summarizing the agreements adopted to date was signed by the presidents of the two organizing universities (President Satomi and Rector Sadovnichy), as well as the president of the host university(Chiba U.), President Tokuhisa.Tohoku University has served as the organizer of the Japanese members since the second forum in 2010.

In addition, President Satomi and Rector Sadovnichy signed an agreement regarding the relocation of Tohoku University’s Russia Office within Moscow State University, as well as the possibility of the establishment of a Japan-Russia Joint Research Institute.

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A visit from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) President, Professor Edward Crawley

On February 11, 2015, Professor Edward Crawley, President of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia), and Professor Mikhail Myagkov, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and International Relations, paid a courtesy visit on President Satomi. Executive Vice Presidents Ueki and Akeno also attended this meeting, where they exchanged opinions on future exchanges between the two institutions.

Prior to the meeting, the party visited the Institute of Fluid Science, where they met with Director Shigeru Obayashi and Professor Kaoru Maruta to discuss current research projects. Following that, they listened to a presentation from the Director of Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Professor Motoko Kotani, and toured Professor Dmitri V. Louzguine’s laboratory.

-About Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology(Skoltech)

  • Founded in Skolkovo (a suburb of Moscow) in 2011, as part of former Russian president Medvedev’s Skolkovo Innovation Center project.
  • A research university working in cooperation with the American Massachusetts Institute of technology (M.I.T), incorporating an education system to M.I.T’s. Courses are taught in English showing their mission to become an international university.


(From left)Director Obayashi, Vice President Myagkov President Crawley, President Satomi, EVP Ueki, EVP Akeno, International Exchange Division Director Yasushi Wagatsuma