President Michael Schaepman of the University of Zurich – one of our strategic partner universities – paid an online courtesy call to President Nagahiro Minato on 21 April 2021.
The intensification of this partnership started with the Swiss-Kyoto International Symposium held in Switzerland in November 2013 prior to the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland. This was followed by an international symposium in Kyoto in 2016, and a medical workshop in Zurich in 2019. These events led to the conclusion of the Strategic Partnership Agreement in July 2020.
In the courtesy meeting Vice-President Christian Schwarzenegger – the driving force behind the partnership – recapitulated past activities and outlined future initiatives, including “strengthening research collaboration,” “obtaining external funding,” “transforming the partnership between two universities into a multi-disciplinary partnership,” “educational collaboration, student and faculty exchange, and post-doctoral fellowship”.
President Minato also mentioned (student) exchange through high quality short-term programs.
He also talked about the possibility of introducing joint calls that contribute to society, reminding us of the potential for diverse and multi-layered exchanges that can be achieved through the organizational framework of strategic partnerships.
The Kyoto University European Center will continue to contribute to maintaining and promoting harmonious communication by connecting these activities.