Tokyo Tech News
Prof. Edward Crawley, President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), and Prof. Mikhail Myagkov, Vice-President for Outreach and International Relations at the Institute, paid a courtesy call on President Yoshinao Mishima on February 10, 2015. Tokyo Tech's Executive Vice President Toshio Maruyama and Vice Presidents Tetsuya Mizumoto and Hidetoshi Sekiguchi were also present during the visit.
Skoltech is a private graduate research university established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT which aims to educate global leaders in innovation, advance scientific knowledge, and foster new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world.
President Mishima and President Crawley gave brief overviews of their respective institutes. They then exchanged information and opinions on various topics, including research fields, academic-industrial collaboration, and the roles of their institutions in driving innovation.
After the courtesy visit, President Crawley and Professor Myagkov met Vice Presidents Mizumoto and Sekiguchi to discuss potential engagement in research and education. They visited the Collaboration Center for Design and Manufacturing and the laboratory of Professor Nobuyuki Kawai in the Department of Physics to get a better understanding of leading research activities at Tokyo Tech.
President Crawley's visit concluded with a seminar at the West Building. He explained the research fields, strengths, and goals of Skoltech in a speech titled "Building a University for the 21st Century".
Skoltech is actively promoting international collaborations with Japanese universities. On March 20, Skoltech will co-organize in Moscow the 3rd Skolkovo Robotics International Conference for which a Japanese researcher has been invited as a speaker. Future collaborations between Skoltech and Japanese universities are expected.