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12 May 2017
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Kyoto University opens San Diego Liaison Office (1 April 2017)

With the cooperation of University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Kyoto University has opened a KU San Diego Liaison Office adjacent to the UCSD campus. KU and UCSD have built a collaborative relationship through co-hosting international symposia, and exchanging researchers and students, all based on the memorandum for academic cooperation and exchange.

UCSD is ranked 41st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017, and first in the world's best "Golden Age" universities, a ranking of universities founded between 1945 and 1966.

Similar to KU, UCSD excels in biomedicine and medical sciences. Located in a home for a number of biotechnology ventures, UCSD has engaged in molecular biology- and medicine-based entrepreneurship education. Through the Liaison Office, KU hopes to strengthen university-wide efforts to create international collaborative research projects and to support cooperation with industry on the West Coast of the United States.


  • 4445 Eastgate Mall, Suite 200, Sunroad Corporate Center, San Diego, California 92121
  • 22 minutes to north from the San Diego International Airport by car


  • One special advisor of KU Research Administration Office (also serving as a visiting professor at UCSD), and one program-specific associate professor. Both are non-residential posts.

Main activities

  1. Promoting research and education exchange, and offering support for collaboration with industry on the US West Coast
  2. Exploring opportunities in collaborative research activities and academic projects
  3. Investigating trends in science and technology, and creating new businesses on the West Coast

The building housing the KU San Diego Liaison Office

KU San Diego Liaison Office

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Collaborative activities co-organized by KU and UCSD after concluding the general memorandum for academic cooperation and exchange in February 2014 are as follows: