Tokyo Tech News
On March 28, President Yoshinao Mishima welcomed the University of York's Vice-Chancellor and President Koen Lamberts and Director of Internationalisation Hilary Layton to the Institute. Attendees to the meeting on the Tokyo Tech side included Vice President for Institute Strategy Isao Satoh and Institute of Innovative Research Professor Masaaki Fujii, a key faculty member in Tokyo Tech-York collaborations.
Mishima expressed thanks for the hospitality shown during his visit to the University of York in June 2016, when the two presidents signed a student exchange agreement. After sharing brief updates on each university's activities since their last meeting, the presidents discussed strategies to develop new areas for research collaboration and to increase student and researcher mobility between Tokyo Tech and York.
The two institutions have a long history of research collaboration, particularly in the fields of chemistry, physics, and biomolecular engineering.
In 2016 and 2017, Tokyo Tech conducted cohort-based short-term study tours to the University of York under the Global Scientists and Engineers Course. Designed to offer Tokyo Tech students a glimpse of what they might experience as exchange students at the university, the tours included opportunities for students to attend lectures by York professors, visit laboratories, and interact with students and members of the local community.
Interest in longer-term study abroad at York has heightened among Tokyo Tech students as a result of the program. Participants commented on York's relaxed and intellectual student life, evidenced by numerous groups of York students engaged in discussions at cafés and common spaces throughout the campus.
York students are encouraged to consider taking part in summer or academic year exchanges at Tokyo Tech, which offer international students from partner institutions opportunities to take courses in English, conduct research in the labs of renowned researchers, and come in contact with Tokyo Tech's state-of-the-art research facilities — all while experiencing Japan's unique culture and life in the nation's capital.