iSO-KU's staff and contact information

Director

Professor Yasuyuki Kono

Professor Yasuyuki Kono is Kyoto University's Vice-President for International Strategy, and Director of iSO-KU, formerly Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (2014–2018).

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Vice-Director

Professor Kaoru Kitajima

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Professor Kaoru Kitajima is the Vice-Director of the International Strategy Office, the Vice-Dean of the Graduate School of Agriculture, and the Director of Kyoto University North American Center.

Dr Kaoru Kitajima is a forest ecologist, with approximately 40 years of research experience in tropical America, Asia, and Africa. As vice-director of Kyoto University's International Strategy Office, she assists the director and oversees the University's North American Center (2022‒current).

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Kyoto University Overseas Centers Directors

Dr Eiji Nawata

Dr Eiji NAWATA is the Director of the Kyoto Univers i ty ASEAN Center and Professor of the Graduate School of Agriculture. He is committed to work towards the constructive and sustainable relationships with universities and academic institutions in the ASEAN region, and is doing his best to support various activities of students and colleagues.

Contact information:

  • Email: asean-bangkok*kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @ )
  • Tel: (Bangkok office) +66-(0)2-664-0060

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Professor Kaoru Kitajima

Professor Kaoru Kitajima is the Director of the Kyoto University North American Center.

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Professor Mika Yokoyama

Prof Mika Yokoyama is the Director of the Kyoto University European Center.

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Program-Specific Senior Lecturers

Dr Paola Sanoni

Dr Sanoni is a Program-Specific Senior Lecturer at iSO-KU. Her main responsibilities relate to the design and implementation of measures for promoting the University's internationalization, attending diplomatic response, promoting active participation of faculty members in international collaborations and the creation of synergies toward strengthening research collaborations with partner universities.

She is in charge of domestic and international liaison affairs and the University's institutional relations in the Americas and Oceania.

Contact information:

  • Email: sanoni.paola.7n*kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)
  • Tel: (075) 753-5044

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MA Mariko Adachi

Ms Adachi is a Program-Specific Senior Lecturer at iSO-KU, where her main responsibilities relate to the design and development of internationalization at Kyoto University in multilateral cooperation. She is in charge of supporting the operations of the North American Center, as a point of contact for partner universities and internally for KyotoU faculty and administrative offices. She also has a role in Kyoto University's On-site Laboratory initiative, bringing participating faculty together to attain the goals of the National Designated University program, and supporting internship programs involving international organizations.

Contact information:

  • Email: adachi.mariko.3c*kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)
  • Tel: (075) 753-5745

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KURA (Kyoto University Research Administration) Office, International Group

MA Chiyoko Kanno

Chiyoko Kanno is a senior research administrator (URA) and leader of the International Group at Kyoto University Research Administration Office (KURA). She is mainly in charge of European affairs and serves as deputy director of the European Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Together with partner universities and institutions, she is engaged in building and expanding networks in Europe to foster research exchange and encourage mobility.

Contact information:

  • Email: kanno.chiyoko.3c*kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)
  • Tel: +81.(0)75.753.5740

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Dr Taro Sonobe

Dr Taro Sonobe is a research administrator and sub-leader of the International Group at Kyoto University Research Administration Office (KURA), where he has been working as an URA since 2007. Currently, he is also a member of Provost-Office at Kyoto University and a deputy director at the Kyoto University ASEAN Center in Bangkok.

Contact information:
  • Email: sonobe.taro.7m*kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)
  • Tel: +81.(0)75.753.5179
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Ms Chisato Saito

Chisato Saito is a research administrator at Kyoto University Research Administration Office (KURA). She is in charge of supporting international academics and students with grant applications. Concurrently she serves as a deputy director of the Kyoto University ASEAN Center in Bangkok. Together with partner institutes in the ASESAN region, she promotes international exchange through workshops, exhibitions, symposia, and lab tours, where she communicates effectively with people of various backgrounds and disciplines.

Contact information

  • Email: c-saito*kura.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)
  • Tel: +81.(0)75.753.5179

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Dr Tsubasa Sakamoto

Dr Tsubasa Sakamoto is a research administrator at Kyoto University Research Administration Office (KURA), and is primarily responsible for planning and facilitating international research projects with European and African countries.

Contact information:

  • Email: sakamoto*kura.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)

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Ms Aya Oyamada

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Aya Oyamada is a research administrator at Kyoto University Research Administration Office (KURA). She is tasked with maintaining effective partnerships with foreign universities, mainly in Europe, as well as providing support to KyotoU's international faculty.

Contact information:

  • Email: oyamada*kura.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)

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