Rector Ilshat Gafurov and Vice-President Otani Yoshio represented the two sides at the ceremony on 17th September.
Kanazawa is one of the longstanding partners for KFU, with cooperation history dating back to 1998. Suzuki Haruhiko, founder and research consultant at the Ultra-low Temperatures Lab of Kanazawa, was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of KFU in 2009, and Vice-Rector Dmitry Tayursky is a Collaborative Professor at Kanazawa. After a visit to Japan in 2016, partnerships have increased, partly thanks to the two universities having won the Leaders of the Future Grant in 2017. In August 2018, Kanazawa students arrived to KFU for exchange studies.
While addressing the guests at the ceremony yesterday, Rector Gafurov said, “By opening a Kanazawa University office here, we want to show our good relations and position our cooperation more widely. Everything is ready inside the room, and we are waiting for your recommendations on the interior design.”
Dr. Otani said that the opening is indeed timely because the number of bilateral exchange trips will grow, and students and academics will need consultations and help.
The ongoing visit is not limited to just the opening ceremony. This week, the Institute of Physics is holding a forum on fundamental science and prospective technology for a sustainable development in the 21st century (17th – 18th September). The program includes 19 reports by KFU and Kanazawa researchers and 39 poster presentations.
The Japanese delegation this time also includes a representative of Shinshu University, Vice-President Tanaka Kiyoshi.
Source text: Kamill Gareev
Translation: Yury Nurmeev