The activity report meeting on Priority Universities for Cooperation projects was held

The FY2017 activity report meeting on Priority Universities for Cooperation projects was held on two days, May 29th (Tue.) and June 4th (Mon.), with the President and Vice President of the University, senior members of URA, members of Office for International Strategy, and others in attendance.

Our university aims to increase the level of our research by strengthening the international collaborative activities based on research fields, and to provide educational support and international contributions through academics. To achieve these objectives, we designate overseas universities who have great potential to contribute to the improvement of our research capabilities as "Priority Universities for Cooperation," and support international collaborative activities with those designated universities.

In this activity report meeting, representatives from 11 research teams that had conducted joint research under the Priority Universities for Cooperation projects reported on the publications of their research papers that were co-authored with researchers of Priority Universities for Cooperation the previous year. In addition, there were reports on other topics, such as their activities, achievements, future prospects such as the situations concerning external funding and exchanges of researchers (including graduate students, etc.).

After the reports from each research team, we took time for question and answer sessions and received a number of questions regarding exchange activities and contents of research, which generated active discussions between presenters and other members present at the meeting. The President and Vice President of the University encouraged continuous efforts toward publishing research papers co-authored with researchers of Priority Universities for Cooperation and obtaining external funding through these Priority Universities for Cooperation projects.

 Our university reselected Priority Universities for Cooperation in May 2017, and currently have 13 designated universities and other institutes as Priority Universities for Cooperation. We also support 11 Priority Universities for Cooperation projects with the aim of strengthening our international research capabilities. We will make further efforts to globally develop our strength in our research fields through the Priority Universities for Cooperation projects, and to make contributions to the international community, so that our university would be more appealing to students and our local communities.