Kyoto University-The University of Leeds International Symposium (Sept. 17-19, 2018)

Kyoto University-The University of Leeds International Symposium “Advanced Engineering for Natural Disaster Identification, Mitigation, Prevention and Response” was held at the University of Leeds during Sept. 17–19, 2018. Dr. Kayo Inaba, Executive Vice-President, and 18 faculty and staff members of Kyoto University attended the symposium.

In order to realize more substantial progress in academic and educational exchanges, the Graduate Schools of Engineering of both universities organized this symposium at Leeds.

A LETTER 100  years ago 

Here is a letter we received. This silently tells us that exchanges between the Graduate Schools of Engineering date back more than 100 years ago from now.  We have been pursuing a good relationship of trust more than 100 years.  It is such bliss and glory that we have developed ideal exchanges.

Kyoto University and the University of Leeds commenced the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a Student Exchange Agreement in November, 2016.  Based on the umbrella of the comprehensive MOU and Agreement, the two universities have a steady partnership in research and education.  Both universities have promoted academic and student exchanges through the RENKEI program among Japan- UK 12 universities as well.

The University of Leeds, located in Leeds, was established as a national university in 1904. Currently, it has about 8,000 staff and 38,000 students in its 8 faculties.  It counts 2 Nobel Prize Laureates as alumni. Its research and education standards are highly appreciated internationally.  The University is also focusing on international activities.  Therefore, there are over 9,000 international students from more than 170 countries, including exchange students.

At the symposium, Prof. Tetsuo Sawaragi, Vice-Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering, introduced Kyoto University, including the Collaborative Graduate Program in Design, which is 5 years leading doctoral program and was launched from April, 2013.  Prof. Yasuto Tachikawa, the Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering, made a presentation on interdisciplinary research and education for natural disaster mitigation,

In concluding the symposium, it was confirmed that the two universities will cultivate better relationships to develop academic and student exchanges.  Overall, we truly construed this symposium proved fruitful and productive for both universities.  The two Graduate Schools of Engineering are scheduled to arrange another symposium in June, 2020.


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Prof. Sawaragi Leeds9
Prof. Sawaragi, Vice-Dean
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Prof. Tachikawa

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