From September 28-29, 2015, Da Nang, Vietnam hosted the Vietnam-Japan University Presidents’ Conference, where presidents and delegates of Japan and Vietnam’s major universities participated. Vice-President Toshikazu Kato and Faculty of Science and Engineering professor Hiroshi Shirai were in attendance representing Chuo University.
This Conference, first held in Hanoi in 2009, with the second in held Kyoto in 2012, was jointly hosted for its third installment by the University of Da Nang, named as host school by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), and Kyoto University, the secretary school on the Japanese side, with backing from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). About 200 people attended the conference at the Da Nang City Hall, consisting of representatives from 28 universities, MEXT, the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Universities Association from the Japanese side, and 44 universities and MOET from Vietnam.
The main theme of this year’s conference was “Cultivating Human Resources for the Future of Vietnam and Japan”, and dealt with topics relating to the promotion of academic exchange between universities and an increase in student exchanges.
The first day began with greetings from the University of Da Nang president Tran Van Nam, representing the host school, and from the Japanese secretary school, Kyoto University president Juichi Yamagiwa, followed by greetings and keynote speeches by government officials from both countries. President Ha Van Toan, of Vietnam’s Can Tho University, and Vice-President Kato presided of the panel discussion titled “Research Collaboration and Utilizing Research Outcomes for the Benefit of Society”, in the afternoon sectional meetings. In the sectional meetings, the current situation of technology transfer of research results of each university and research technology exchange with industry field were introduced, with information sharing and discussions on the topics. In the evening reception, participants from both countries mingled together in a friendly atmosphere. Day two saw a general debate with promises of future promotion for education and research agreements between the two countries being made, and the Conference ended as a huge success. The next Conference is scheduled to be held in Japan in 2017.
During the span of this Conference, we had opportunities to talk with representatives from Hue University, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, and Hanoi National Economics University, with whom we have exchange agreements, as well as representatives from other universities, making it a meaningful time in terms of future exchange promotion and entering of cooperation agreements. Chuo University currently has exchange agreements with seven major Vietnamese universities, and there are 12 students from Vietnam, the highest number after China, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia, studying at our university. Through the exchanges at this Vietnam-Japan University Presidents’ Conference, we can expect reinvigorated academic research exchanges with Vietnam and a further increase in student exchanges.
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