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USP signs MOU with Tokyo City University

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Dean of Tokyo City University’s Faculty of Knowledge Engineering, Professor Akira Taguchi and USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra during the MOU signing.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Tokyo City University (TCU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 2 June 2016, to establish programmes of exchange and collaboration to benefit both universities for a term of five years.

Under this MOU, both universities agreed to exchange faculty and research staff, establish programmes that will enable students and staff to pursue either short-term or extended programmes of study in each of the universities, and provide awareness on the academic programmes, research institutes, and educational resources of both universities.

As part of the MOU, the two universities have also agreed that, exchange staff and students will be exempted from tuition and other scholastic fees.

The interaction between USP and TCU dates back to 2010 when a six member research team led by the Chairman of the Department of Natural Sciences at TCU, Professor Masafumi Yoshida visited USP to explore the possibility of collaborative research with USP faculties, especially in Chemistry.  This led the foundation stone of the collaborative research between USP’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) and TCU in various areas of Chemistry.

Speaking at the MOU signing at USP’s Laucala Campus, Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra said that connecting with TCU gives the University opportunities to have exchanges and essentially to get better educational and research outcomes.

Professor Chandra added that the MOU is a fruition of the efforts made by USP’s Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment under the leadership of the Dean, Dr Anjeela Jokhan and Head of School of Biological and Chemical Sciences Professor Surendra Prasad.

“Be assured that we are very interested in this MOU and I am confident that under this MOU, we will continue the excellent work,” Professor Chandra told the TCU delegates.

Dean of TCU’s Faculty of Knowledge Engineering, Professor Akira Taguchi extended his appreciation to USP for signing the MOU on behalf of the President of Tokyo City University, Dr Chitoshi Miki.

Professor Taguchi talked about TCU’s Department of Natural Sciences, which was established in 2009 and offers students various practical training programmes in fieldwork.

He added that the fieldwork programmes are carried out in various places in Japan and other countries including Fiji.

Professor Taguchi highlighted that the two universities share a long history because of the programmes offered in Fiji which is supported by USP.

As part of the signing, the team from TCU also promoted the exchange programmes in education and research field at their university. These exchange programmes are the Sakura Exchange Programme in Science and the Science Research Technology Exchange Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).

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